Business briefs for July 27


Center offers curb appeal class

Maximizing business curb appeal is the topic of next week's 'We Want You Here!' seminar sponsored by the city of Gresham's small business center.

From 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, July 29, learn how to revitalize your storefront with signs, sidewalks, outdoor seating and more.

The event is in the Gresham City Hall conference center, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway. To RSVP, call the Small Business Center at 503-618-2872 or register online at

Grand opening goes to the dogs

Canines and their humans will have the opportunity to check out the new digs for DogTown when the daycare and boarding facility celebrates the grand opening of its new location from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

After five years in historic downtown Gresham, DogTown moved its operation to 1975 S.E. First St. in June. The new facility features a lot of room to roam, said co-owner Anne-Marie Smith, and has also given new life to a long empty building.

'It made us feel like we're helping the community by occupying a building that hasn't been used,' she said. 'And it's really nice for us because we've almost doubled our square footage and now our retail space is out in the open for people to see.'

DogTown's day care, boarding and grooming services, in addition to their obedience and training classes, remain the same, Smith said. But additional room in the new facility allowed for a bathing area, where pet owners can clean Fido themselves. The building also has a large covered outside play area and padded indoor floors.

Grand opening festivities will include music, games for canine guests, vendors and a barbecue.

DogTown offers doggie day care from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Self-service bathing is available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 503-669-8081.

New trustee named to foundation

Kathryn V. Panwala, M.D., has been elected to the board of trustees for the Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center Foundation.

Dr. Panwala is a board-certified radiation oncologist. She has been affiliated with the hospital through Radiation Oncologists, P.C., since 2004, with a special interest in breast, lung and prostate cancers.

Mount Hood Medical Center Foundation assists the hospital in providing top quality medical care through fundraising and by promoting the facility's visibility within the community. In 2010, the foundation disbursed $96,759 in donated funds to aid the hospital's programs and services.

For more information on Legacy Health foundations, call 503-415-4700.

Chamber calendar

• Connect with Success AM Meeting, 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, July 29, city of Gresham Small Business Center, Council Chambers, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway. Following the AM Meeting, join other business members for 'All Signs Point to Business - We Want You Here!' and learn what your 'front door' can say about your business.