Step right up for small-business program grants

Forest Grove is partnering with the Portland Community College Small Business Development Center to provide business-management-training grants for the second year.

The three $1,000 grants will help three small-business owners or managers participate in the Small Business Development Management 1 program (SBM 1) or the Retail Small Business Development Management program. The retail program begins Monday, April 15, and runs from 4 to 7 p.m. The SBM 1 program will begin in June. Each class meets monthly for 10 months at PCC's Willow Creek Center, 241 S.W. Edgeway Dr. in Beaverton (near S.W. 185th Avenue and Baseline Road).

Each participant will need to contribute $200 toward the cost.

To be eligible, your business must be in Forest Grove and must be more than a year old. Home-based businesses are included. The application deadline is April 12.

The non-credit programs combine 30 hours of professional development with 20 hours of business advising. Topics include building and formalizing a business, branding, internet marketing, inventory management, finance and employee issues.

For more information or an application, call Jeff King at 503-992-3293 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or click on "Small-business training grants" in the list of news items at

Japanese favorite comes to Forest Grove

SakéOne of Forest Grove added a new saké to its offerings this month. According to the company's press release, SakéMoto, a pure, premium saké imported from Japan is a "light, smooth, balanced and slightly dry" style of saké that is brewed with rice from the Yamaguchi prefecture in Japan. Americans are moving toward the kind of drier, lighter saké preferred by the Japanese, said SakéOne President Steve Vuylsteke. SakéMoto goes well with savory foods such as dried mushrooms, aged beef, tomatoes and Parmesan cheese. For more information, go to

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