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Big turnout at SWBA annual meeting

DAVID F. ASHTON - Many of this years Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance Board members gathered for a photo, during this years Annual Meeting and social mixer at the Sellwood KeyBank branch. As they’ve done for years, members of the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance (SWBA) gathered for their springtime annual meeting, to which all Sellwood and Westmoreland businesspeople are invited – this year held on the evening of Tuesday, May 17.

“We call it our ‘Meet, Greet, & Eat event’, continuing the tradition of holding a meeting that is primarily a networking opportunity,” smiled SWBA President Emily Pinkstaff, who is also the Community Coordinator for the Sellwood New Seasons Market.

“This helps bring the business community together,” Pinkstaff reflected. “It’s an opportunity for our local business owners and managers to meet one another – but more importantly, to let us know how we can meet their needs as a business association.”

Because all businesses in the area are considered to be part of SWBA, although many of them choose to pay dues and become member-supporters of the organization, all were invited to the gathering.

The promotion was successful; the attendance topped out at some 80 guests, the active throng completely filling the Sellwood KeyBank branch office. Guests dined on a wide variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts, sipped wine, and participated in prize drawings.

“By becoming members of SWBA, they can take advantage of our membership activities, like displaying in our booth at the Moreland Farmers Market, and having different ways to get involved in neighborhood events, like at the upcoming second ‘Sunday Parkways’,” Pinkstaff observed.

In all, as many as 40 volunteers helped the SWBA put on the mixer.

Pinkstaff asked that those who brought food and beverages be recognized for providing the banquet:

· 13 Virtues Brewing Company

· a Cena Ristorante

· Iron Horse Mexican Restaurant

· Westmoreland Dairy Queen

· Laurelwood S.E. Public House

· New Seasons Market, Sellwood

· Papa Haydns


· Reverends BBQ

· Rose City Coffee Company

· Stickers Asian Café

To learn more about the SWBA, visit their website: www.sellwoodwestmoreland.com