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Business briefs for March 19

Italian restaurant opens in Troutdale

Downtown Troutdale has a new Italian Restaurant on its main drag. Ristorante Di Pompello just opened at 177 E. Historic Columbia River Highway.

Owner and chef Saul Pompeyo is currently offering grand opening specials of homestyle Italian cuisine. Ristorante Di Pompello serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. For information, call 503-667-2480 or visit www.dipompello.com

Natural pet food store moves to Fairview

Exclusive Pet Food moved to an expanded location in Fairview on March 1. Formerly located in a converted house on Second Street in Gresham, the all-natural pet food store moved to a vacant spot in the new Carlino's building at 21829 N.E. Halsey St.

Owner Kathy Larson, who bought the business from a previous owner in 2001, started on the logistics of the move back in August 2007. She is enthusiastic about expanding her product line in the 1,200-square-foot space.

'I'm very excited about it,' she said. 'Fairview is an up-and-coming area. This puts us in a location where we're much more accessible. It's a much more prominent location for what we do.'

The expanded product line will include toys and accessories, but primarily a wider range of natural health foods without byproducts for pets. Larson is planning a grand opening celebration at some point this spring when the weather will accommodate an indoor-outdoor event.

Exclusive Pet Food is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 to 6 on Saturday and is closed on Sunday. For more information, call 503-491-1111.

Workers comp issues focus of chamber meeting

David Waki, small business ombudsman with the Department of Consumer and Business Services will speak on 'Workman's Comp Coverage for Small Businesses' Tuesday, April 1, at the Mt. Hood Village Fireside Room, 65000 E Highway 26, Welches.

The forum is sponsored by Mt. Hood Area Chamber of Commerce.

Waki will explain new options for small businesses for this insurance requirement and answer questions. Refreshments are served at 7:45 a.m. with the meeting starting at 8.

For more information, please call the chamber office at 503-622-3017 or visit www.mthood.org

Wells Fargo appoints new manager

Wells Fargo has appointed Gresham resident Kyle Hanson to manager of its Specialty Markets Group for Oregon and southwest Washington. Hanson had previously been a Wells Fargo business banking manager in Anchorage, Alaska, since July 2006.

Based in Portland, Hanson heads a team of six business bankers who serve title companies, nonprofit organizations and professional groups (legal, accounting and medical associations). The Specialty Markets Group provides personalized banking and treasury management services.

Hanson served as a commercial loan officer at First National Bank of Alaska before joining Wells Fargo in 2003 as a business banking relationship manager. He was later promoted to senior relationship manager in December 2005

Founded in 1852, Wells Fargo and Company is a diversified financial services company with $549 billion in assets, providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance through almost 6,000 stores and the Internet (wellsfargo.com) across North America and internationally, according to a news release.

Farmers Insurance offers theft services

Chris Arends, a Farmers Insurance agent at 55 E. Powell Blvd., is announcing the availability of Farmers Identity Shield, a comprehensive package of coverage and services to help combat identity theft.

Identity Shield includes an advocate to guide and assist victims 24 hours a day, according to a Farmers news release. An expert is on call to answer policyholders' questions about identity theft.

'Identity theft is the fastest-growing crime in the United States,' Arends said. 'It impacts people of all walks of life. In fact, it is so common today that most people know someone close to them who has been a victim of identity theft.'

For more information, contact Arends at 503-665-4149 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..