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Satellite office allows chamber to more directly engage with downtown businesses

The Greater Hillsboro Area Chamber of Commerce is enjoying its new downtown presence. To more closely connect with business owners in Hillsboro’s city center, Aimee Sukol, director of business development for the chamber, has recently been setting up shop at the Summa Real Estate Group office at 231 E. Main St. every Tuesday.

“The chamber is partnering with the city to focus on downtown revitalization and to support small businesses in the downtown community,” Sukol explained. “Being downtown allows me to engage businesses on a regular basis and provide resources. Summa is a consistent place for folks to find me and where the chamber features our visitors’ information materials.”

The chamber’s official headquarters office is located at 5193 N.E. Elam Young Parkway, Suite A.

Although she is based at the Summa office on Tuesdays, Sukol pointed out that she is often not sitting at her desk.

“While I have desk space and the chamber keeps visitors’ information at Summa, I can be found all over downtown on Tuesdays,” Sukol said. “Some days, I will work on the couch at Primrose & Tumbleweeds or at a table in Starbucks. I am downtown from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., but folks either make an appointment to meet with me or I will announce where I will be via email in case people want to stop by and say hello.”

Sukol added that she has been working directly with Karla Antonini from the city on various projects and hosts a monthly downtown business meeting at different locations.

“The meetings are designed to bring businesses together so they can identify ways they can work with each other as a strong business district,” said Sukol.

Sukol also has created a calendar of downtown events that includes a variety of events and promotions, and she believes that is helping efforts to boost the downtown area.

“The onus to draw folks into the downtown business district remains on the business community, but the chamber and city provide resources and hosts the forum for those businesses to accomplish their goals,” said Sukol.

Sukol added that she believes this is an important time for the chamber and for the city’s core business district.

“The chamber is excited to assist downtown businesses as they prepare for a huge change with the 4th Main project,” explained Sukol.

The 4th Main project, excepted to be completed by March, will bring 71 new residential units into the downtown area as well as provide a ground floor that will feature several new retail businesses. As the project name suggests, the new development is located at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Main Street.

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