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Speed Networking AM meeting, 7-9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, Gresham Elks Lodge, 3330 N.E. Division St.

Connect with Success AM meeting, 7-9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, annual SnowCap Community Charities Holiday Breakfast, at Greater Gresham Baptist Church, 3848 N.E. Division St.

Business Excellence Awards Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, Greater Gresham Baptist Church, 3848 N.E. Division St. Annually, the chamber recognizes the contributions individual businesses, nonprofit groups and volunteers make to the community. Winners will be announced at the luncheon. Tickets are $40 per person. To RSVP, call the chamber at 503-665-1131.

Biz Boosters, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, Sunny Han’s Wok and Grill, 305 N. Main Ave., Gresham.

HR Group, 7:30-9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10. Gathering and networking for those who work in the human resources department for their employer. Call Shelley Wright at the chamber for location, 503-665-1131.

Health and Wellness Group, 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. Gathering and networking for medical professionals in the healthcare industry. Call Shelley Wright at the chamber for location, 503-665-1131.

Microchip honors WorkSource Metro East for service

Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Microchip Technology honored WorkSource Portland Metro East on Friday, Nov. 21 with an award for its outstanding service and support during 2013. From left, Steven Novell, senior operations manager with Microchip Technology; Steve Strain, manufacturing industry representative, WorkSource Portland Metro East; Carly Petrovic, HR manager, Microchip Technology; and Bailey Blake, staffing specialist with Microchip Technology. Microchip Technology Inc. of Gresham recently presented an award to WorkSource Portland Metro East recognizing it for outstanding service and support during 2013.

The award, which Microchip gives every year to a vendor or business partner in honor of its work and dedication, was presented Nov. 21 at the WorkSource Portland Metro East office, 19421 S.E. Stark St.

WorkSource, a division of the Oregon Employment Department, provides services to job seekers and employers.

In particular, Microchip recognized Steve Strain “for his dedication to Microchip’s successful ramping and recruitment efforts.

Steve has played a critical role in keeping the talent pipeline flowing and gone above and beyond to contact candidates, set up testing and ensure we get the right candidates in the door.”

Gresham employer wins award for excellence

Child Care Development Services Inc. in Gresham is one of 18 Oregon employers that have received the 2014 When Work Works Award for exemplary workplace practices.

The awards are given by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management. Family Forward Oregon, the official host of the awards in this state, recognized recipients at the Great Ideas @ Work awards luncheon Nov. 20 in downtown Portland.

“We are very proud to have a number of our companies recognized as among the best employers in the nation on providing an effective and flexible workplace,” said Sharon Bernstein, deputy director of Family Forward Oregon.

Carolyn Morrison, chief executive officer of Child Care Development Services Inc., described When Work Works as “not an award, it’s a goal we strive for every day.”

“It is the willingness of our team and the nature of our work that encouraged the development of policies for including family and pets in our workplace,” Morrison continued.

“Some of our solutions would work for others, like flexibility to participate in family events during traditional work hours, telecommuting, respecting the special needs of birth and end of life events all families face, picking up your co-workers’ load when they are experiencing unusual stress. Our prevailing attitude is that we can all get through the week when we help each other.”

Riverview Bancorp earnings increase

Riverview Bancorp Inc. recently reported it earned $1.1 million in the second fiscal quarter ending Sept. 30, compared to $740,000 in the previous quarter and $341,000 in the second fiscal quarter a year ago.

Riverview Bancorp, headquartered in Vancouver, Wash., operates branches in Wood Village and Gresham.


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