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ABA March Luncheon Notes

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Attendance: Approximately 25-30

Board Reports

Introduction and Testimonials

Welcome by Karen Bolin and recognition of 5 years of ABA!  

Self introductions of members and guests.

Board Update

Board Meeting is the first Thursday of every month!  We are working to transition from Kody to Malia as Executive Secretary. Reminder to check in on the EBlast for information on upcoming events including the Class of 2016 Fundraiser for Grad Night.  It will be Saturday April 9th.  

The Farmers Market will open May 5th with a currently being planned VIP Event!  

Treasurer report – Mike Holcomb

Renewal notices sent by email. Payment can be made online with PayPal, or checks mailed to our PO Box provided on the invoice. Mike Holcomb provided a report with a 1/31/2016 data. January Income was $300, January expenses were -$295, for a Net Gain of $5.00. $1,136.16 current account Balance.

Meeting Educational Program:

Francis and Lamprecht, LLC – CPA  (Becoming Linda Lamprecht, CPA when Ross Francis retires later this year)   Explained reporting requirements for ACA –  Small business vs large business, Self Insured or Insured.  Updated us on the new Minimum Wage situation, which will be a tiered increase beginning in July 2016 and will increase to $14.75 in Portland, $13.50 in Smaller Cities.  $12.50 Rural areas by 2022.  She led us through Top Mistakes and how to avoid them, most important to not procrastinate!

Business Spotlights:

Kody Harris – Update on Aloha Farmers Market

Generating interest in Board Members – Legal, Financial and outreach.  There will be a meeting Saturday meeting April 2nd.  LAST one before Market Opens!  Public Input welcome. The Go Fund Me Account is at $2000 which covered license and Insurance.  Now they need funds for Signs!  (Thank you to Impact Signs) as well as physical items like tables and tents.  They are trying to tie up last minute details and would like to hire two staff members.  PLEASE share on Facebook!  EBT will be accepted.  Anyone willing to do a donation match?  We need a $2000 Donation to match on SNAP.    VIP 1:30 day of Market ($25 to get in to VIP Event, $100 = Sponsor)  Donations to ACFM – Aloha Community Farmers Market.  

Announcements:

BestHQ – Business Expo West – ABA = 50% discount on Registration.  Thursday April 7th.  

West Side Cruisers – Every Wednesday Night Weather Nice May.  4pm- Dusk by Rite Aid (fundraising for Homeless Aloha Youth, and Aloha Auto Shop)

Impact Sign – Open House March 11

Information on Aloha Auto Shop – Open to all Aloha Students, only one in BSD.  7 kids went last year to National Association took 7th in Nation.  (speak at next meeting?)  Will be highlighted at Breakfast, please check it out.  

Aloha High School Theatre – Cinderella this week and next

Bricks and MiniFig – March 21-23rd Stop Action Filming Camp.

Business Breakfast: Aloha High School April, get your reservation in today.

Aloha Community Farmers Market:  Meeting April 2nd at the

Washington County Citizens Academy: March 1, 2016 through May 10, 2016.

Not a member? You can sign up and/or pay dues at our website: www.alohabusinessassociation.com

Next Meeting: April 14th at 11:15 AM at Peppermill Restaurant

ABA June Luncheon

June 9, 2016
Lisa Mentesana, Homeless Education Liaison Program Specialist, Beaverton School District HELP Outreach Center
Lisa is working with over 1200 youth in our Beaverton School District who do not have a secure home each evening and have other needs to be addressed.  We will begin our discussion on what we as a community can do about our EPIDEMIC HOMELESS ISSUE in ALOHA!  Please join us for this important information and discussion.
Program starts at the Peppermill Restaurant at 11:30 and ends at 1:00pm.
Everyone is welcome to attend, invite a friend!

April ABA Luncheon Notes

Thursday April 14 , 2016

Attendance: Approximately 25-30

Introduction and Testimonials:

Welcome by Karen Bolin and celebration of 5 years of ABA!!

Self introductions of members and guests.

Board Update

Board Meeting is the first Thursday of every month!  We have transitioned from Kody to Malia as the Executive Secretary, if you need anything you can contact her at ExecSec@alohabusinessassociation.com or malia@theenchantedtraveler.com.  Please remember to check in on the EBlast for information on upcoming events including the Grand Opening of the Aloha Farmers Market on May 5th.  

We have a new member!  Baskin Robbins has joined us!  Please stop by and welcome the owner Steve to our Association!  

We are currently looking to revamp our website, including better organization of areas such as restaurants and places of worship.

Karen is working to have reusable grocery bags printed with our ABA Logo as a give away for the Farmers Market.

Treasurer Report – Mike Holcomb

Renewal notices have been sent by email. Payment can be made online with PayPal, or checks mailed to our PO Box provided on the invoice.  Mike Holcomb provided a report with year to date and month to date income and expenses with a March 30th balance of $1,586.00 in the bank!  

Membership Committee –  Sally Fabre reported that Baskin Robbins has joined ABA

Community Partnership – Sally Fabre announced Sat April 30th is our road clean up of 198 &  Johnson to 198 and Baseline.  Meet in the parking lot at Aloha High School!  Reminders will be sent.  

Upcoming Meetings At our May Luncheon the Program Speaker will be:  Carolyn McCormick, CEO of the Washington County Visitors Association.  She will be  discussing “Staying Connected as a Welcoming Community”

 And our Spotlight Business Speaker will be :    Malia Paulsen, Independent Consultant with Enchanted Traveler.

 We are currently looking for business related speakers for upcoming months!  

Meeting Program:

Gladys Boutwell – Health Insurance Broker with PBP Insurance

Health Insurance  – looking at changes in technology and how they compare to changes in the healthcare insurance system.  ACA changed the health insurance industry, it is a tax law which makes it difficult to remove.  It requires legal residents to acquire insurance through purchasing directly with insurance companies, group employer plans or federal state exchanges.  You will be assessed a tax penalty if you do not have it.  There are some exceptions – hardship exemptions. Less than 50 full time (or equivalent) employees you do not need to offer, more than 50 you do – starting 2017.  Offering benefits is an incentive to potential employees.  It is also a business write off.  Employees go to carrier or broker not boss.  We ended by playing a fun game of jeopardy to see how much we already know.  

Business Spotlights:

Regina Ford – United Homecare Services

In home care for seniors in their home.  We are living longer and need to plan for it.  43 million family – unpaid – caregivers (kids, grand kids, spouses,etc)  Families are changing, kids moving away, families getting smaller.  This is the reason for inhome care.  In Oregon we have 140.   Most are franchises, most cost more. Why use UHS?   UHS is non profit, saves clients $  Base rates are 10% less than franchises.  Savings to clients and higher rate of pay for caregivers – keep them longer (average rate of turn over 6 months!  Turnover is hard on clients!)  UHS requires experience, drug tests, background checks, etc.  Flat hourly rate, minimal service minimums.  Mission/people over profits.  

Upcoming Community Events and announcements:

Curvy Chic Sale – April 28-May 1  

Farmers Market Opening Cinco De Mayo – Farmers Market 2pm VIP opening, officially open at 3.  Every Thursday from 3-7 until September!  Alohacommunityfarmersmarket.org

Monte Carlo Night – Edwards Community Center

Homeplate Youth Services – Raises funds which assist homeless youth June 5th at Hillsboro Stadium.  Free for spectators, but still looking for sponsors.  Family Friendly – kids games and events!  

Prescription Drug Turn in April 30th 10 – 2

K9 Trials June 4th Hillsboro stadium – free event 10 – 2 Looking for Sponsors.

ABA Monthly Luncheon

The ABA invites you to join us for our monthly luncheon meeting at the Peppermill Restaurant. This educational gathering is the second Thursday of every month. All community members are welcome to join us as we work together for the betterment of Aloha Businesses and our community!

Our Featured Speaker will be: Carolyn McCormick, CEO of the Washington County Visitors Association, discussing “Staying Connected as a Welcoming Community”
Our Spotlight Speaker will be:  Malia Paulsen, Independent Consultant with Enchanted Traveler.
ABA Luncheons are the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Peppermill Restaurant.
The program starts at 11:30 and ends at 1:00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, invite a friend!

ABA Monthly Luncheon

The ABA invites you to join us for our monthly luncheon meeting at the Peppermill Restaurant. This educational gathering is the second Thursday of every month. All community members are welcome to join us as we work together for the betterment of Aloha Businesses and our community!

Our Speaker will be Gladys Boutwell with PBP Insurance.  As Health Insurance options evolve, we need to ask questions so we can compare and purchase the right kind of health insurance.  Gladys is an expert and will share some ideas on what questions to ask and what to be aware of as you shop.

Our Spotlight Business Speaker will be :    Regina Ford from United Homecare Services

Aloha Named to Top 10 List

Aloha has been named one of the Top 10 cities on the rise.

Here is the list of the top 10:

  1. Oak Grove
  2. Hermiston
  3. Redmond
  4. Lebanon
  5. Corvallis
  6. Sherwood
  7. Pendleton
  8. Damascus
  9. Portland
  10. Aloha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out this Oregon Live article: http://www.oregonlive.com/aloha/index.ssf/2014/09/aloha_ranked_no_10_city_on_the.html#incart_river

Check out this nerwallet.com article: http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/cities/economics/cities-on-the-rise-oregon/

 

 

Adopt A Road

Aloha may be looking a little brighter these day due to the efforts of members of the Aloha Business Association with support from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.  On Saturday, April 11, a crew of nearly a dozen people participated in the Adopt-A-Road Clean-Up.  In about two hours their efforts resulted in a much cleaner area on 197th & 198th from Baseline to Johnson.  This coming fall, you too will have an opportunity to help keep Aloha beautiful.

 

Aloha Library

Aloha Library is now open 29 hours a week.  Come check us out!