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Foster Area Business Association has mixer at the Mercado

DAVID F. ASHTON  - With drink coupons in hand, Venture Portland Business District Organizer & Marketing Coordinator Marina Martinez greets guests at the spring FABA networking mixer. The Portland Mercado was bit busier than usual on Thursday evening, May 12, as members and guests of the Foster Area Business Association (FABA) held a quarterly after-hours networking event.

There wasn’t a formal meeting, but about 25 attendees did enjoy complementary appetizers from the carts, got a first look at the new FABA website, and were afforded a first opportunity for discounted area map advertising.

One FABA’s new Board members, Allen Rowand of Gray Dog Digital, explained that his role reflects involvement by two entities: “I came on the Board to become the ‘at-large representative’ between FABA and the Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association.

“There are many times when we talk about business issues at the neighborhood association meetings,” explained Rowand. “There are many opportunities for cross-promotional opportunities, so it makes sense for me to be involved in both organizations.”

Membership is still growing, FABA President Matthew Micetic, owner of Red Castle Games, told THE BEE. “In fact, we’ve had a growth rate this year of more than 50% in membership, which is really great.

“Businesspeople in the area are seeing the value of becoming involved,” Micetic said. “FABA is providing a positive way for both businesses and the community to help improve our area.”

It’s now official that Micetic has also just been elected Vice President of Venture Portland, the nonprofit service organization for all of Portland’s business assciations, and their liaison with the City of Portland. Venture Portland Business District Organizer & Marketing Coordinator Marina Martinez was also present at the party.

Micetic used the occasion to announce that July 9 has been set as the date for FABA’s new event, the “Foster Pub Crawl”. “It coincides with the monthly Second Saturday ‘Art Walk’,” Micetic pointed out.

“The idea behind this event is that we’re looking for ways to get people out and explore all we have to offer, along Foster Road,” he said.

For more information, visit FABA’s website: www.fosterarea.com