Business briefs for March 12


Metro Alliance to host political forums

The East Metro Economic Alliance will host a lunch forum with candidates for Oregon House District 49 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 13, and an East Metro Transportation Forum the same time on Tuesday, March 18. Both events will be in Council Chambers at Fairview City Hall and are open to the general public.

District 49 candidates Nick Kahl, Barbara Kyle and John Nelsen will be on hand to discuss their platforms at the Thursday forum.

The transportation forum on Tuesday will feature Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Metro Councilors Rod Park and Rex Burkholder.

A catered lunch is available at the events for $15. RSVPs can be directed to John Press, associate business consultant with the Stovall Group of Gresham.

Mt. Hood offers business seminar

Mt. Hood Community College will sponsor a small business seminar, 'How to Sell the City of Gresham,' from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 13 at the MHCC Small Business Development Center, 323 N.E. Roberts Ave., in downtown Gresham.

The seminar will focus on what the city wants to buy, how to track its needs and how to sell products to the city.

There is no charge for the seminar, but pre-registration is required by calling 503-491-7658 or e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

WorkSource, chamber present career fair

WorkSource Portland Metro East and Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce present the fourth annual Connect with Success Job and Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Gresham High School, 1200 N. Main St.

The fair provides an opportunity to meet with 40 local and regional businesses and employers offering a variety of job openings.

Attendees are asked to dress professionally and bring plenty of résumés. Public transportation is available and free parking is accessible.

For questions call (503) 669-7112, option 1 or visit

Coffee shop opens doors in Fairview Village

Kili's Coffee Café recently opened for business at 1505 N.E. Village St. in Fairview. In addition to coffee and tea, the shop offers sandwiches, pastries, cake, candy, sodas and chips. The shop opens at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Sub shop to open on 223rd Avenue

A new restaurant, Fairview Sub, will open in the former Carlino's space at 1601 N.E. 223rd Ave. in Fairview at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 15.

Police Chief Ken Johnson and possibly other local dignitaries will be on hand to cut the ribbon for the business' grand opening.

The restaurant will feature a complete line of sandwiches and salads priced between $1.99 and $2.99 on the opening day, said owner Balwant Bhullar, who has owned the neighboring Fairview Chevron for four years.

'A sub is the healthy way to go,' he said. 'I want to stay in shape and offer healthy food.'

Bhullar has donated proceeds from his gas station to the Fairview Police Department for emergency preparedness kits and a car cage for new police dog, Thor, as well to as Hurricane Katrina-related charities. He said he plans to continue his charitable work with the new business, which he'll run with his wife and four to five employees.

Fairview Sub will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, and will extend its closing time to 10 p.m. in summer months. Indoor seating and take-out are available. For information or to place an order, call 503-489-1882.

Open house celebrates remodeling

The Dan Anderson Karate School in downtown Gresham will host an open house/grand re-opening celebration from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 15.

The event will kick off the newly remodeled facility at 301 N.E. Roberts Ave. and celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the school in the downtown area.

Activities will include mini classes demonstrating the varied martial arts taught at the school, including karate, self-defense, martial flow and sparring and weapons demonstrations from the Filipino art of Amis.

Dan Anderson, an eighth-degree black belt, has been teaching Gresham-area students for more than two decades.

For information, contact Anderson at 503-665-8596.

Employment training seminar set at City Hall

Miles Wickstrom, training and development specialist for TOC Management, will lead a seminar on workplace training from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, in the Springwater/Oregon Trail Room at Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway.

'Don't Waste Your Money on Training' is sponsored by TOC and Metro East Employer Council.

Check-in and continental breakfast begins at 8 a.m. and the seminar gets under way at 8:30. The cost is $35 per person or $25 each for a group of three or more. To register, call 503-669-7112, ext. 250.

City manager receives green award

A Gresham Resource Efficiency Assistance to Businesses Program (GREAT) Business Award was presented to Gresham City Manager Erik Kvarsten on behalf of the Gresham Civic Center during the 3 p.m. City Council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19.

'We are proud to be certified a GREAT Business,' Kvarsten said. 'It is important that the city meet the same sustainability standards we encourage local businesses to meet. This award is a credit our employees, especially our employee-led Green Team, who were involved in leading the changes around City Hall.'

Coordinated by the city's Recycling and Solid Waste Division, GREAT offers free assistance to local businesses to help them meet resource efficiency criteria in areas of waste reduction and recycling; stormwater and wastewater pollution prevention; energy efficiency; and water conservation.

The Gresham Civic Center includes Gresham City Hall and the adjacent Public Safety and Schools Building.

For more information about the GREAT Businesses program, which is available free of charge to all Gresham businesses, call 503-618-2203.