IMPACT Beaverton's November Newsletter

November 5th, 2019

Great things are happening with IMPACT Beaverton. One on One Consulting, Business Start Up Classes, Referrals and More!

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IMPACT Beaverton October Newsletter

October 15th, 2019

Great things are happening with IMPACT Beaverton. One on One Consulting, Business Start Up Classes, Referrals and More!

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Business Plan Basics - English & Spanish Series of 4

October 1st, 2019

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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

Sit-N-Stay

HomePerk

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

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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 www.FamilyPromiseofBeaverton.org/events 

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We want to help! Redevelopment is challenging. Curiosities Vintage

June 25th, 2019

Beaverton has made the news and front page coverage the past 24 hours regarding the Curiosities Vintage Mall and the City’s notice to terminate their month-to-month lease.

I’ve been asked by multiple Partners and people on social media what the Chamber thinks about this.

Let me start by saying I am very sad we are here today for all involved – especially the 60 artisans and collectors that occupy space at Curiosities Vintage.  I wish we learned of this transition earlier to be able to assist in relocating them more easily prior to the deadline. Our Business Advocacy Council works daily to keep our businesses aware of available resources, new laws and issues that impact business.

Redevelopment and revitalization of downtown Beaverton has been a community conversation since the visioning process which began in 2008. Thousands of residents expressed that establishing a revitalized downtown was the priority.

Our Beaverton Urban Renewal District was formed for this expressed purpose. Land acquisition has been a priority of BURA since its establishment by a vote of the people.  This is a long-term effort that has been underway for years and it will continue as we see the hotel rise on the former Westgate property, the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts and public parking garage come to life this fall, and other projects get underway in our city’s core.  The City is contractually obligated to replace 165 parking spaces.

The building in question has been home to multiple businesses over its life span – I think the one we remember most is Ludeman’s which operated for more than 3 decades. Curiosities Vintage came in afterwards in 2013, and since 2016 has operated under a month-to-month lease. This site is not in the Beaverton Downtown Association boundaries nor is it a registered historic building or in the Beaverton Historic District.

The City of Beaverton did not use eminent domain or condemn any properties. They purchased them from willing sellers and in fact, have maintained the month-to-month leases for 18+ months. It is my understanding that the City has continued to engage in conversations with the tenants about the impending transition along the way.  While the lots may be used temporarily for parking or construction staging, that is not the end game.  Transit-oriented, mixed-use, and redevelopment has always been the community’s goal for this property.

Change is always tough. As a business that sits at the front door of what will be the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, the next couple of years are going to be incredibly disruptive to our business. We, as a business, have been anticipating the changes we will have to make during this process to accommodate our work.

We are in this for the long haul. And, the good news is……..Beaverton has a huge array of support services for both Curiosities and all of its vendors. This includes the City’s Economic Development Team which can help with relocation assistance and the Chamber can connect them to some terrific commercial brokers that know the ins and outs of Beaverton.  IMPACT Beaverton – stands ready to provide one-on-one consulting for the artisans and vendors with business licenses. In fact, some of the vendors may be a perfect fit for the Chamber program called T.E.A.M Beaverton for small and homebased businesses. We have and will continue to reach out and hope to keep them growing and thriving in Beaverton.

Lorraine Clarno
President/CEO

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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!

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2019 May Candidate Endorsements

May 4th, 2019

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Speed Coaching Small Business Taxes

February 27th, 2019

Speed Coaching Small Business Taxes

Your Own Business 2019 Series

Enrolled Agent, Kathy Boutilier will present key impacts of the new tax law with a special emphasis on small business. The 20 minute presentation will be followed by a Q & A period. We’ll also make a two-page “New Tax Law” from the Tax Research Institute available for attendees. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 6-7:30 p.m. Beaverton City Library Meeting Room B

Beaverton City Library presents: Speed Coaching Small Business Taxes Your Own Business 2019 Series

Kathy Boutilier is an Enrolled Agent (designated by the IRS) with over 14 years of tax advisory experience and over 820 hours of advance tax education. She serves small businesses and individuals in Beaverton and is conversationally fluent in Spanish.

Speed Coaching Small Business Taxes

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March & April's PRO*Development Open

February 19th, 2019

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