Business briefs for Sept. 14


Job and career fair scheduled

The Oregon Employment Department will host Maximum Connections, a job and career fair, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the World Forestry Center, 4033 S.W. Canyon Road, Portland.

The event is sponsored by the Tualatin Valley Employer Council and WorkSource Oregon Employment Department. A variety of employers and training providers representing several industries will be present to discuss employment opportunities.

While Oregon's economy has shown little job growth, analysts say there are opportunities for skilled workers in professional and business services, healthcare, financial, high-tech and retail arenas. Companies scheduled to be at the job fair, include NW Natural, Comcast, TriMet, Clackamas County and others.

Employment department staff recommend that anyone attending the job and career fair should arrive dressed appropriately for a job interview and bring sufficient resumes with them.

For more information, call 503-612-4239.

Chamber calendar

• Connect with Success AM Meeting runs from 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at KeyBank, 25117 S.E. Stark St., Gresham.

• Ribbon Cutting, Friday, Sept. 16, Epidavros Center for Wellbeing, 223 E. Powel Blvd., Gresham. Festivities follow AM meeting.

Mayor to speak at Government Affairs Council

Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis will be the keynote speaker at the chamber's Government Affairs Council Lunch Forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Heidi's of Gresham, 1230 N.E. Cleveland Ave.

Bemis will address the topic 'Gresham: Back to the Future.'

Cost is $20 person and includes lunch. Registration deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 20.

To register, call 503-665-1131 or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Annual Bowl-a-Thon set

The Gresham Lions Supper Club is seeking lane sponsorship for their annual 9-Pin No-Tap Bowl-a-Thon fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Mt. Hood Lanes, 2311 E. Powell Blvd., in Gresham.

Proceeds from the event benefit the club's ongoing efforts to provide eye exams, hearing aids and food baskets to those in need. Funds are also directed to the Lions' scholarship program.

Suggested donation for lane sponsorship is $100 and allows the Lions to provide almost two pairs of glasses or an eye exam and pair of glasses for someone unable to afford the cost.

Sponsors and bowlers are welcome to register for a 9 or 11:30 a.m. flight.

For more information, call Ron Pompel at 503-349-5986 or by emailing

Chamber names new members to board

The Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber recently elected Rick Calero and Brian Terrett as incoming members of the board of directors.

Calero is the executive vice president of Community Banking for Umpqua Bank. He has more than 10 years of retail banking experience, which includes small business and consumer lending and deposit growth strategies. He is fluent in Spanish, having worked, lived and studied in 12 different countries.

Terrett is the director of public relations for the Legacy Health System. He is responsible for the development of communications and reputation management for one of the state's largest healthcare systems. He oversees the public and community relations teams that represent Legacy Health System's six hospitals, 20 primary care clinics, eight specialty clinics, reference laboratories and medical research facility in Portland and Vancouver, Wash.

Founded in 1994, the Hispanic Chamber offers technical assistance for Latino and other small business. Additionally, they provide scholarships to Latino students throughout Oregon and southwest Washington, conduct a year-long Latino Leadership Program and provide other workshops and conferences to the business community. They are the largest Hispanic Chamber in the northwest with more than 850 members.

For more information, call 503-222-0280 or visit

Liquor licensing website launched

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission just made applying for specific liquor licenses easier.

A new website features step-by-step instructions for licensing a special event, making changes to licensed businesses and other licenses, as well as an online form for public input on pending or existing licenses.

For details, visit