Ambassador Feature of the Month - Johanna Shrout, BSD

July 24th, 2018

Making Connections with Business and Community Leaders

Name:  Johanna Shrout

Business:  Beaverton School District

Job Title:  Coordinator, District Volunteer Services 

Contact info:  503-356-4443 or

Years in current role/with employer or industry:  

At the end of this school year, I will have been with the District for 18 years.

How long have you been a Chamber Ambassador? 

Not sure, but I think it’s been 16 or 17 years.

What do you like best about being an Ambassador?  

Making connections with different Business and Community leaders. 

What is your favorite product or service that your company provides and why?  

The District’s goal: WE Empower all students to achieve post-high school success.  For me, this is not just a tagline I say at the Coffee Connections, it is a goal and focus that I am proud to be part of.  Today’s students are tomorrow’s doctors, construction workers, mechanics, teachers, entrepreneurs and community leaders. I truly believe that their success is our success as a community.  WE all have a role to play in how they achieve this success.

 If you could own/operate another local business, What would it be?

My dream would be to own a Weaving Studio.  A place to both teach weaving and for others to show/sell their work.

What or who is your “go-to” person or place for business and professional advice? 

I don’t have one “go-to” person.  For any business or services I need, I always check the Chamber Directory first!  If there isn’t a current Chamber Partner that provides what I need, I will ask another Partner for a recommendation.  

What’s your favorite sport team or movie?

Since my nephew went to the University of Oregon, I’m a Duck fan all the way!

What is your favorite hobby or what do you do for fun?  

Weaving! I have a floor loom at home and I weave at the Multnomah Arts Center.  I love learning new techniques and materials.  I’ve woven everything from rugs and upholstery to delicate scarves. The latest scarf used a silk as fine as sewing thread.

What’s something on your bucket list?  

There are a few archeological sites I would like to see in Turkey.  I lived in Africa for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I would like to go back to the village I lived and there are several other areas I would like to see again.  




July 10th, 2018

Don’t Miss LeTip of Beaverton’s Summer Business

Mixer, Tuesday, July 17, 7 am – 8:30 am

Beaverton, July 3, 2018 – If you are a local professional or business owner you won’t want to miss LeTip of Beaverton’s summer business mixer, 7 am-8:30 pm, Tuesday, July 17, at the Beaverton City Hall, 12725 SW Millikan Way, 3rd Floor, Beaverton, OR 97005.

Guests will take part in exchanging business cards, networking, buying raffle tickets for great prizes and helping support a great organization. There will also be complimentary food and drink. “We are very excited about hosting this event for our local business community and to offer a great format for networking in our area,” said Eric Gantenbein, Beaverton LeTip president.

For more information, and to RSVP contact: Eric Gantenbein,, 503-924-1462 or visit us at .

About LeTip of Beaverton

The Beaverton LeTip chapter is a dynamic group of business owners and professionals who are dedicated to the LeTip mission of sharing qualified leads with each other. Members represent leading businesses throughout Beaverton and the Greater Portland Metro area.  Each business category is represented by one member and conflicts of interest are disallowed. The chapter meets from 7:01am to 8:31am at the Beaverton City Hall Building, 12725 SW Millikan Way, 3rd Floor, Beaverton, OR 97005.




Building Big Things in Beaverton with OAME

July 10th, 2018

We are building big things in Beaverton as part of our strategic partnership with Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME).

As a key community stakeholder for over 30 years, OAME is well established and known supporting diversity and inclusion of all entrepreneurs across Oregon. This week we host OAME Beaverton Coffee & Issues and bring Kira Cador, Rembold President and developers of the Beaverton Central Creekside Redevelopment project together with minority, women and small emerging small business owners. Attendees network, share leads and learn about business trends, opportunities and resources.
More than networking, we are also working hard to provide Portland centric resources in Beaverton. No longer will you be stuck in traffic to work with the #1 micro lender in Oregon. Save yourself the trip get to OAME’s North Portland Incubator in Delta Park because now Westside entrepreneurs and small business owners now have access to complementary and confidential OAME business advising and technical assistance at the Beaverton Chamber. If you need help to start and grow your business be sure to schedule an appointment. These services and events are free, open to the public, and membership is not required.

OAME Beaverton Coffee & Issues
Thursday, July 12, 2018 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Beaverton Building, City Council Chamber, 12725 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, OR 97005

OAME Office Hours in Beaverton
Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 1:30-4:30pm by appointment
Beaverton Chamber 12600 SW Crescent St., Ste. 160 Beaverton, OR 97006

About OAME: Formed in 1987, the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME) is a non-profit, tax exempt membership organization with a mission to promote and develop entrepreneurship and economic development for ethnic minorities in the State of Oregon & SW Washington.

About IMPACT Beaverton: As a strategic partnership of the City and Chamber, IMPACT Beaverton is an innovative program helping small business start, grow and thrive.

For more information or to make an appointment contact: