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May 18 business briefs

Speaker offers small business advice

There’s a new small business advocacy position in the Oregon secretary of state’s office, and that advocate will speak at the Newberg meeting of the Christian Chamber of Commerce next week.

Ruth Miles will discuss the resources available for small business owners through state government, where to begin when a business owner wants to use such resources, and how to navigate the bureaucracy of state government.

In her position Miles works with business owners and state agencies to streamline and improve Oregon’s business climate. She has 18 years of experience running small businesses and brings that as well as some other public sector experience to her work with the state.

Miles previously worked for nine years in the legislative branch of state government, where she helped constituents navigate the complexities of state government, according to a release.

The talk will take place from 7:30 to 9 a.m. May 24 at the Windrose Conference Center, 809 W. First St. Reservations at www.cccnw.net are encouraged.

Coffee Barn changes hands to St. Paul family

In mid-March The Coffee Barn sold to new owners after 20 years of the same ownership.

The Melcher family, who purchased the espresso stand, has a long agricultural history in St. Paul, farming hazelnuts, growing peaches and selling both.

“We are very excited about this new business and looking forward to continuing the tradition of serving you an excellent espresso blend Specialty Coffee,” the family said. “In our family, some of us enjoy a comforting hot flavored latte or mocha, while others enjoy their iced espressos, so we appreciate the perfect flavor and aroma of coffee.”

The business serves a range of drinks as well as pastries. It is located at 100 N. Everest St. in Newberg.