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!

READ Emma’s newsletter with all of the most up to date information on how we can help grow your business!


Announcements Community News & What's Happening! IMPACT Beaverton

Business Plan Basics - English & Spanish Series of 4

October 1st, 2019


Announcements Community News & What's Happening! Events

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

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


Community News & What's Happening! Letters from the President

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!



2019 May Candidate Endorsements

May 4th, 2019



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



March & April's PRO*Development Open

February 19th, 2019



IMPACT Kicks off Catalytic Programming for 2019

January 22nd, 2019

2019 Programming Set to Start



IMPACT*Beaverton, a business development program by the Beaverton Chamber of Commerce, offers FREE and confidential 1:1 business advising and technical assistance for all Beaverton small businesses (fewer than 20 employees). Contact Emma to take advantage of these FREE business development programs! For more information contact:


Date: Weekly Thursday, 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Location: Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, 12600 SW Crescent St., Suite 160


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.




IMPACT*Beaverton, un programa de desarrollo empresarial de la Cámara de Comercio de Beaverton, ofrece asesoramiento personal y asistencia técnica GRATUITA y confidencial para todas las pequeñas empresas de Beaverton (menos de 20 empleados). ¡Ponte en contacto con Emma para aprovechar de estos programas de desarrollo de negocios GRATIS! Para obtener más información, comuníquese con:

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Fecha: Jueves Semanal, 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Ubicación: Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, 12600 SW Crescent St., Suite 160


Acerca de IMPACT Beaverton: como una asociación estratégica entre la Ciudad y la Cámara, IMPACT Beaverton es un programa innovador que ayuda a las pequeñas empresas a comenzar, crecer y prosperar.




Spreading OAME’s outreach outside the Portland area. Supported by Impact Beaverton, minority and small business owners network together with experts and leaders in business, government and other areas. Click HERE for more information.

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

More: Thursday, April 11, June 13, August 1, October 10th

Location: Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, 12600 SW Crescent St., Suite 160

RSVP: Event is FREE and open to the public

OAME Office Hours @Impact Beaverton Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 1:30-4:30pm by appointment only.

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. In partnership with organizations like IMPACT Beaverton, OAME continues its work to support, and help all MWESBSDV businesses succeed; following the motto “Everybody’s In Nobody’s Out”.




Pitch Club is an ongoing monthly series dedicated to helping entrepreneurs perfect their pitch by providing real time mentoring and support from TiE Charter Members, entrepreneurs, partners and guests.

Date: Thursday, Feb 28, 2019, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, monthly

Location: Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, 12600 SW Crescent St., Suite 160

RSVP: Registration Required $5, Please RSVP HERE

About TiE Oregon

Since 1992, TiE has supported entrepreneurs by offering education, mentorship, networking and funding opportunities. The mission of TiE remains to foster entrepreneurship globally through funding, mentoring, networking and education. For more information, click HERE.




A lease is often the most important contract you will sign in the initial starting of your business. Come and learn tips for negotiating and what all the legal language means and how it affects the bottom line.

Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2019, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Location: Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, 12600 SW Crescent St., Suite 160

RSVP: Registration Required $10, Impact Beaverton scholarships available

 About SBLC The Lewis & Clark Law School’s Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC) provides business transactional legal services to low-income small and emerging businesses and nonprofits.




Whether you are starting or growing a business, there are local assistance organizations at this monthly event that can help you succeed. Maybe you are looking for financial help, market research, counseling on the viability of a business idea, or just advice on what steps to take. Meet community partners such as SCORE and Impact Beaverton, providers of free business consulting. FREE and open to the public; no registration required.

Date: 3rd Wednesday of every month March 20 @2:00-4:00 p.m.

Location: Beaverton City Library, 2nd floor, Computer Classroom: 12375 SW 5th St.


About Beaverton City Library Business Programs  

Beaverton City Library offers a wide range of services and materials for adults of all ages. We seek to offer lifelong learning and recreational support and meet the need for general information topics, as well as support the pursuit of personal interests for enjoyment including hobbies and entertainment. For our Event calendar, click HERE. 



Abacus Business Foundations Series

Date: Wednesday, April 3, April 17, April 24, and May 1st, 2019, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Location: Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, 12600 SW Crescent St., Suite 160

RSVP: Registration Required $25, Impact Beaverton scholarships available




Coming soon…


Emma Clark | Director of Business Support & Development | 503.350.2005 |

Emma Clark | Directora de Soporte & Desarrollo Empresario | 503.350.2005 |