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National Small Business Week St. Johns businesses

St. Johns Celebrates Small

Every year since 1963 the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week to recognize the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

More than half of all Americans work for a small business, and small businesses create two out of three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

National Small Business Week May 1 – 7

We are right in the middle of 2016’s small business week and taking the opportunity to support and promote the many small business that make St. Johns a great place to live, shop, and play! All week we are sharing photos of our business owners on the St. Johns Boosters Instagram account along with some of the many reasons to shop the small businesses in St. Johns.

Reasons to Shop St. Johns

  • Small businesses donate to local causes two-times more than national chains.
  • 70% of every dollar you spend at a small business stays in the local economy.
  • 97% of Oregon’s employers are small businesses.

In the St. Johns business district there are over 200 small businesses that support our economy, employee our residents, and make our neighborhood a better place to live, shop, and play.

St. Johns Celebrates Small

Enjoy these images of some of our many small business owners, then get out there and join us in celebrating National Small Business Week.

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Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention Tips from NERT

Always report all crime!

Thank those who came out after work in the rain to the Crime Prevention Meeting, sponsored by the St. Johns Boosters Business Association on April 12th. Mark Wells, City of Portland’s Community Organizing Specialist and our NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Team) officer Michael Schmerber shared a lot of good information regarding our local crime and setting up a Business Watch program.

The one thing that stood out was the need to report all crime!

In an emergency always call 911.

Otherwise you should report to either:

We will have some magnets and literature at our general meeting on April 20th.

Our General Membership meeting will be held this coming Wednesday morning, 7:15 am, at Johns Street Cafe. Rather than a guest speaker this week, we will have the opportunity to listen to one or two of our members talk about their businesses. We will also introduce a draft revision of the bylaws for discussion.

Location: John Street Cafe, 8338 N Lombard

Agenda: 

  • 7:15 am – Introductions
  • March meeting minutes approval
  • Staff Reports
    • Treasurer
    • Communications and IT
    • Business District Relations
    • Events/Promotions
    • Operations
  • Old Business
  • Bylaws – introduction of draft revisions and discussion
  • New Business
  • 9:00 am – Adjourn

Not a member?

Check our website for the 2016 Membership Application. Print it out and bring it to the April meeting or drop it off in advance with Mike Johnson at St. Johns Ace Hardware. (There are also copies of the application available at St. Johns Ace.)

We look forward to seeing you.

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Crime Prevention

Business Crime Prevention Meeting

Learn how to reduce crime in the St. Johns business district

Informational Meeting Sponsored by the St. Johns Boosters

The Business Crime Prevention meeting will be led by Kenton resident and Community Organizing Specialist for the City of Portland, Mark Wells.

Learn how to prevent crime in the St. Johns business district, how to access resources, and how to start an active business watch in St. Johns.

Tuesday, April 12th from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the St. Johns Community Center, 8427 N Central.

Select for downloadable flyer: Business Watch Informational Meeting, 1 page PDF

Business Watch informational meeting

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Favorite Businesses St. Johns businesses St. Johns Favorites

Favorite Shops in St. Johns

The Olive & Vine shop with a display of gourmet olive oils and aged vinegars.
The Olive & Vine in St. Johns

The Oregonian has spoken … well posted, actually, their 10 Favorite Shops in St. Johns. Leading all the rest is The Olive & Vine, our very own gourmet specialty store.

If you haven’t visited, you should. Owner Kim Shaw is delightful and knowledgable.  She sources organic olive oils, aged vinegars, sea salts, herbs, spices and fine teas for the shop as well as for her home kitchen. She is brimming with ideas that will liven your table with deliciousness.

The Olive & Vine is more than a job for us. Food has always meant family, friends and love in our home. The shop is really an extension of our home. It’s a look into our pantry and our lives. We use these products and enjoy sourcing new items and sharing them with our customers.

Kim Shaw, Co-Owner
The Olive & Vine

No wonder The Oregonian picked The Olive & Vine as a favorite! Link to The Olive & Vine hours, location, phone, etc.

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Events

Plant Swap & Recycling

Scheduled for Saturday, April 23rd, the Plant Swap & Recycling event is a favorite for St. Johns residents and businesses alike. Time to ‘get your spring cleaning on’ and take your recycling and donations to where they can be reused and recycled.

Pick up a new plant for the garden, exchange seeds, or bring plants to share.

All this takes place in the St. Johns Christian Church Parking Lot at 8400 N Richmond at Central from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. See the flyer for Accepted and Unaccepted Items.

Poster for Plant Swap & Recycling event

 

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General Membership meetings

New Laws for Oregon Employers

If you hire employees or are considering hiring in 2016, you should be familiar with the new Oregon employment law. At the March 16th Boosters meeting we welcome Attorney David James Robinson who will speak about new laws for Oregon employers including:

  • Ban the Box (HB 3025B)
  • Non-Compete Agreements (HB 3236)
  • Mandatory Sick Leave (Senate Bill 454 and Portland City Code Title 9)
  • Wage Transparency (HB 2007)
  • Marijuana
  • Changes in the minimum wage
David James Robinson, Attorney at Law
David James Robinson, Attorney at Law

Don’t leave yourself exposed to potential discrimination lawsuits or fines. Come to this meeting to learn and prepare your company for these changes.

Mr. Robinson is a Portland attorney specializing in business solutions including business startups and commercial leases. He helps his clients transact wealth and also offers wealth planning solutions that include estate and retirement planning.

He runs a sustainable and digital practice, bikes to appointments with clients, and gives back to the community by donating his legal expertise to qualified nonprofit organizations. You can learn more about him as his website: DavidJamesRobinson.com.

Meeting Location:

John Street Cafe, 8338 N Lombard St.

Agenda:

  • 7:15 am – Introductions
  • February meeting minutes approval
  • Staff Reports
    • Treasurer
    • Communications and IT
    • Business District Relations
    • Events/Promotions
  • Old Business
  • Guest Speaker – New Laws for Oregon Employers
  • New Business
  • 9:00 am – Adjourn

 

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General Membership meetings

Crime Prevention in St. Johns

We love St Johns mural
We love St. Johns mural on the Tulip Pastry Shop.

General Membership Meeting

Crime continues to be a concern for business owners in St. Johns. Petty thefts, graffiti and, occasional, sometimes violent interactions with alcohol or drug dependent residents and passersby are problems we deal with as part of this urban environment.

On Wednesday, February 17th, we welcome Meg Juarez and Jenna Plank who will speak on crime prevention, contacting the police and other City resources. Juarez is the Crime Prevention Coordinator from the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and Plank is our Neighborhood Deputy District Attorney from the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

Bring your questions, concerns, and suggestions to this General Membership meeting of the St. Johns Boosters. Meeting begins at 7:15 am at the John Street Cafe, 8338 N Lombard.

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#pdxLOVESsmallbiz

#pdxLOVESsmallbiz

Small Biz Big Hearts campaign poster

As part of Venture Portland’s year-long 30th birthday celebration, we are hosting a contest to promote neighborhood businesses called the ‘Click. Tag. Win. Selfie Challenge.’ It’s simple. Participants will take a picture of themselves (selfie) at their favorite neighborhood businesses and then upload the photo to their personal Facebook, Twitter or Instagram social media accounts with #pdxLOVESsmallbiz, @VenturePortland or they can email their photos to selfie@ventureportland.org.

Venture Portland staff will collect all the photos and present them to the Venture Portland Board who will vote for their favorites. The winners will receive a gift certificate from the business featured in the photo (Venture Portland will purchase the gift certificate; businesses DO NOT have to donate them).

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The contest will follow this schedule:

  • 2/1 – Launch
  • 2/1 – 2/14 – Small Business Big Hearts (Valentine’s day tie-in, plus first challenge)
  • 2/15 – First prize awarded for Valentine’s day tie-in challenge
  • 2/15 – 4/24 – Contest continues; ’10 weeks, 10 challenges, 10 winners’
  • 4/25 – Venture Portland Annual Meeting; attendees vote for their favorite photos
  • 4/26 – Final prizes awarded

Does your shop need posters for #pdxLOVESsmallbiz? Email your requests using the contact form on this website. Available sizes include 8 1/2 x 11, 11 x 17 and 5 1/2 x 17. Samples of the posters are already up in several member shops.

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General Membership meetings St. Johns Boosters

Oregon’s Small Business Advocate

Introducing Ruth Miles

I run with scissors.

Ruth Miles
Ruth Miles
Oregon’s Small Business Advocate

Oregon scores in the middle of the pack in terms of its business environment. That’s little consolation to a small business owner facing a troubling situation with state government. When every miscommunication with the state can cost your business money, it’s good to know that there’s someone who can step in and help.

What does that kind of help look like and who can get it?

Oregon’s Small Business Advocate, Ruth Miles, will be presenting at the January 20th St. Johns Boosters breakfast meeting and will walk through how she helped one small business and unveil small business data and trends observed in Oregon during 2015.

With 18 years of experience running small businesses to add to her nine years of service in the legislative branch, Ruth Miles understands first-hand the challenges entrepreneurs face. She’s crisscrossed Oregon over the last two years to visit with business leaders and associations, chambers of commerce and community partners to hear their concerns about getting caught in red tape.  And everywhere she goes, she runs with scissors.

The St. Johns Boosters invite you to attend this general membership meeting beginning at 7:15 am at John Street Cafe, 8338 N Lombard.