The Economic Outlook - Rhetoric vs. Reality

February 11th, 2020

Presentation by Christopher Thornberg, PhD. – View Here



Assistance League Celebrates 55 years

January 28th, 2020

Assistance League of Greater Portland is celebrating its 55 Anniversary. The Assistance Guild of Portland became a fully qualified chapter of the National Assistance League, Monday, Jan. 18, 1965. The Portland group, organized in 1961, worked for full chapter status through adoption of the Creston Dental Clinic for disadvantaged children as its major project. The Assistance League of Portland was the 33rd chapter in the national chain and the second in Oregon.  Today there are 120 chapters across the U.S. Funding for the dental program came from a Thrift Shop at 629 NW 23 Ave., Portland. Selling donated clothing and housewares. At that time the chapter had approximately 70 member volunteers.

Today Assistance League of Greater Portland is located at 4000 SW 117th Avenue, Beaverton with a Thrift and Consignment Shop with 175 volunteer members. The funds generated from the shop support Operation School Bell which cloths approximately 4,000 students annually with new clothes in Beaverton, Hillsboro schools and Portland Public School Clothes Closet.   Currently Beaverton and Hillsboro students are shopping for new clothes at Fred Meyer. They are able to purchase $135 of school related clothing. 

Here is what a local school counselor said:  “Parents really appreciate the program. To families of poverty, the monetary savings to them is significant. It gives them security knowing they can take care of their children’s needs. For older students, they now feel like they fit in. They can have clothes like the other students.”

A mother said: “My family has experienced homelessness for a long time and last year finally had a place to call home. It was a blessing to have my kids chosen for this program. It made them feel special. They told me, ‘Now with my new clothes, I won’t be picked on in school.’ I cried happy tears. You guys made my kids feel good inside. Thank you.”

Assistance League of Greater Portland is an all-volunteer organization so all funds generated stay local and fund additional philanthropic programs which transform lives and strengthen our community:

  • Victims of assault are given dignity with clothing and personal need items through

Assault Survivor Kits® given out at seventeen area hospitals and clinics.

  • Scholarships are awarded to local students pursuing careers in trade programs at

Portland Community College, giving them the skills to earn a livable wage.

  • Member volunteers support the recovery of teen boys in residential treatment run by

Janus Youth Program.

This month’s Coffee Connection, Friday, January 31, will be held at Assistance League. Members will have an opportunity to see first-hand their work and a chance to do a little shopping. On April 27, the annual Portland Promenade Fashion Show luncheon will take place at Multnomah Athletic Club, showcasing area boutiques with a silent and live auction. Tickets are $80 and sell out quickly.

Looking to make a difference in 2020? Consider joining Assistance League. Learn more at or on Facebook @assistanceleagueofgreaterportland



Is Your Business Subject to the new CAT Tax?

January 7th, 2020

Dear Corporate Activity Tax stakeholder:

General guidance on how to calculate a business’s Corporate Activity Tax (CAT) liability has been added to the FAQ on the CAT page of the Oregon Department of Revenue’s website

The guidance uses two hypothetical examples and includes what information a business will need to figure its CAT liability and how to use the labor or cost subtraction.

Three other new frequently asked questions and answers have been added to the CAT page. The CAT FAQ includes high level summaries of the first rules and topics which will help taxpayers comply with the law.

The subjects covered by the new FAQ are:

  • Are motor vehicle dealer trades excluded from the CAT? 
  • Can I pass the CAT on to my customers?
  • How do I estimate the amount of the CAT attributable to a sale?

Registration reminder

Registration for the CAT opened earlier this month through the Department of Revenue’s Revenue Online system found

The new law requires businesses with Oregon commercial activity in excess of $750,000 to register for the Corporate Activity Tax. Once they reach that threshold businesses must register within 30 days. Businesses can choose to register early.

To register, individuals doing business in Oregon will need their name, and their social security number or individual taxpayer identification number. Businesses will need their legal name and federal employer identification number. 

Businesses and individuals will need:

  • Their mailing address;
  • The date they exceeded or expect to exceed $750,000 in Oregon commercial activity;
  • A valid email address or current Revenue Online login, and;
  • Their Business Activity Code (Refer to the current list of North American Industry Classification System codes found with their federal income tax return instructions.)

Those with additional questions are urged to email their questions to

Follow @ORrevenue on Twitter.

Thank you,

Corporate Activity Tax Policy Team

Oregon Department of Revenue



2019 in the Rear View Mirror

January 7th, 2020

Annual Report for 2019



2020 Candidate Forum

January 2nd, 2020


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Partner All Families Surrogacy Nominated for 2020 Parent Picks

January 2nd, 2020

All Families Surrogacy, LLC

Contact: Carey Flamer-Powell

12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 300

Beaverton, OR 97005



Beaverton Surrogacy Agency Nominated by PDX Parent Magazine for 2020 Parent Picks as Local Favorite Fertility Resource

BEAVERTON, OR – January 2, 2020 – All Families Surrogacy, LLC (“AFS”) is a Beaverton based gestational surrogacy agency, founded by an experienced surrogate, and winner of the 2017 Better Business Bureau NW Torch Award for Ethics. In a further nod to their positive impact on Oregon’s surrogacy and business community, AFS has been nominated by the editors of PDX Parent Magazine as a 2020 Parent Pick in the Fertility and Surrogacy Resource Category.

PDX Parent Magazine holds their annual reader’s favorite Parent Picks poll each January. Editors of PDX Parent Magazine make the initial nominations in many categories for local family friendly businesses and services. This year, categories include Arts & Entertainment, Family Fun, Food & Drink and Fertility & Surrogacy Resources.

Readers can vote for their favorite local businesses and services for the PDX Magazine Parent Picks at . Winners will be announced in March and celebrated at a PDX Parent Magazine event held at Oaks Amusement Park on June 20, 2020.

“We are honored and excited to be nominated for the 2020 Parent Picks,” says Carey Flamer-Powell, Founder and Director of All Families Surrogacy. “We love being part of the Oregon business community and it is wonderful to be recognized among so many other great fertility and surrogacy resources this year.”

All Families Surrogacy, LLC is a gestational surrogacy agency based in Beaverton, Oregon, founded by experienced surrogate, Carey Flamer-Powell, and staffed by experienced gestational surrogates. All Families Surrogacy provides gestational surrogacy services to parents in the USA and many countries abroad and has helped to bring almost 200 babies into the world since 2014. All Families Surrogacy has established itself as one of the top-rated surrogacy agencies in America. Carey Flamer-Powell is also the Co-Founder and Co-President of the Oregon Surrogacy Professionals Association, a non-profit organization that brings together Oregon based fertility and surrogacy professionals to promote safe and ethical surrogacy practices in Oregon and beyond. For more information, please visit or call 503-906-7960.



IMPACT Beaverton

December 17th, 2019

Holiday Newsletter 2019 – Read it here



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HomePlate Youth Services Showcase Youth Employment Program

September 25th, 2019

HomePlate Youth Services Showcase Youth Employment Program

Join HomePlate on September 26, 2019 from 5:00-7:00pm for an open house event that will showcase HomePlate’s Youth Employment Program.  Come learn ways HomePlate engages youth in skill-building, training and a variety of employment opportunities. Staff, volunteers, and youth will give different perspectives on employment programs that HomePlate  offers and will share with  the community how they can get involved and invest in the young people of Washington County. 

HomePlate employment programs include:

It Takes A Village



To RSVP for the event, feel free to contact Erik Edmonds at or call (971) 978-9397.   



Drive In - Sleep Out

August 13th, 2019

Family Promise of Beaverton’s 3rd Annual
Drive In – Sleep Out – Help Put the Brakes on Homelessness
Saturday, Aug. 24, 5:00 – 10:00 pm to Sunday, Aug. 25, till 9:00 am
Beaverton, OR – Family Promise of Beaverton invites the community to enjoy an evening of music, food, and film at Beaverton City Fountain Park (12500 SW 4th St., Beaverton, OR 97005). After all the fun, participants will spend the night sleeping in their vehicles to support the work of Family Promise of Beaverton and to raise awareness that in Beaverton, we have children and families experiencing homeless. Car campers will wake up to a delicious pancake breakfast in the morning. 
Child and family homelessness is a problem that cannot be solved alone. Family Promise of Beaverton (FPB) brings the community of neighbors, churches, civic organizations and government together to help stabilize and transform the lives of children and their families experiencing homelessness in the Beaverton area. Many of the families FPB serve have been sleeping in cars or were on the street. Families come to Family Promise for many reasons. It could be the loss of job, a family breakup, no longer can live doubled up (two or more families in a residence), or health reasons for why they lost their housing. Mainly though, the lack of affordable housing is the driving force of why so many families are finding themselves in their current situation. 
FPB accepts all definitions of the word “Family” and looks at the family unit as the child sees their family. That could include siblings older than 18, grandparents, extended family, even a family pet. Once families enter the program, they receive extensive case management, an address, a place to shower, and do laundry. FPB works with the families to address the various barriers that are preventing them from getting into housing, whether that is employment, child care, debt management, etc. Once a family graduates from the program and into housing, they receive another year of case management to help make sure that they are able to keep their housing.
Recently, a 7 year old boy, during the first night he and his family were in the program, lost a tooth. The tooth fairy now had a place to come! The joy and delight on his face when he discovered that the tooth fairy actually found him was priceless. There are many child and family milestones that are celebrated at FPB, from the birth of child, to a child’s first tooth, a child’s first steps, even the first day of school. These events, and just the day to day life of a family, can be joyous and also tough already, add in experiencing homeless and makes the situation harder for children and their families. Family Promise and their partners join together to give families not a hand out, but a hand up.

The Drive In – Sleep Out is FPB’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Help us keep our promise to homeless families in Beaverton. Register your car for $25, collect pledges or make a donation today at 


Announcements Community News & What's Happening! Uncategorized

Visibility for your Business!

May 21st, 2019

Online Auction Planning Underway!

The first of two Online Auctions for 2019 are scheduled and we are asking for your help to meet our goals and to keep our Partnership investment dues reasonable. This is vital funding for programs such as T.E.A.M. Beaverton, that otherwise we would not be offering to our business community.
Thank you in advance!