St. Johns banners

We Sold Out!

Woohoo! Thank you St. Johns!

The St. Johns banners team is proud to announce that we sold all 51 weeks available to advertise in the header of the St. Johns Boosters website.

Banners Grant

To catch you up, in the fall of 2017 the Boosters applied for a placemaking grant from Venture Portland to design, print, and install banners in St. Johns. The grant of $3,000 required matching funds. We were hoping to raise $2,000 in matching funds by selling advertising in the website header. Ultimately, we raised $2,900 from businesses who purchased 3, 5, or 9 weeks of advertising. These ads will be seen by the hundreds of site visitors who are looking for restaurants, shops, and services in St. Johns.

Another $500 was raised in-kind matching services donated by Shiref Eksander, owner of Alshiref Design and Print, who worked with the Boosters Banners Team to design the banner.

This means that the Boosters made a profit of $400! The money will go to support lighting the St. Johns business district trees with lights during the holiday season.

St. Johns Boosters banners team
St. Johns banners team. Left to right, front row: Mary Ann Aschenbrenner, Liz Smith. Back row, Allison Kirley, Leah Dowling.

Banners Team

The St. Johns Banners Team includes Mary Ann Aschenbrenner, President of Waterlink Web and the site designer for the Boosters, Liz Smith of Bizzy Lizzie and the social media rep for the Boosters, Allison Kirley of Delicious Life Wellness, and Leah Dowling of Leah Dowling Real Estate. Banners Team members not pictured here include Berdine Jordan of St. Johns Clay Collective and Brandon Rivera, a U of P student who wrote most of the grant application.

The team deserves a BIG thank you for working with the designer, PGE, City of Portland, the Boosters Board, and the printer/installer, Able Sage LLC to bring these 20 cheerful banners to St. Johns. In all, the project required about 100 hours of volunteer time.

Want to Advertise?

If you want to advertise in the website header, check back in March/April 2019 when we will be scheduling ads that begin May 11, 2019. Advertising runs week to week from Saturday to Friday. Ad charges are as follows:

  • 3 weeks, $200
  • 5 weeks, $300
  • 9 weeks plus 1 week on the marquee, $500
General Membership meetings

Social Media Expert Scheduled for Boosters’ Meeting

Two Stroke Coffee interior
Two Stroke Coffee at 8926 N Lombard is the location of the June 15th Boosters’ meeting.

Come to the June 15th Boosters’ meeting to learn about using social media for branding and business growth. Guest speakers from Venture Portland, including Jacob Falkinberg, will present how to use Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and more. This is your chance to get your specific questions answered by an expert.

In addition, Karen Urban and Emily Stanfield will talk about Salty Teacup and the ingredients of their success.

Our general membership meeting is on Wednesday, June 15th and begins at 7:15 am. The location this month is Two Stroke Coffee, 8926 N Lombard St.



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

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).


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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