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MHCC president at chamber luncheon

The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly networking lunch at noon Wednesday, Nov. 14.

The 90-minute lunch will feature Mike Hay, president of Mt. Hood Community College, who will speak about what is happening at the college and how the Gresham school and its small business development center is connected with the Sandy business community and with Oregon Trail district schools.

The luncheon, catered by Chariteas, will take place in the fire department annex, 17459 Bruns Ave., just west of the fire department.

For more information and to reserve a $12 meal, call 503-668-4006 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Credit union in Sandy 1-year-old

The Sandy branch of the Clackamas Federal Credit Union will celebrate the first anniversary of its opening in Sandy when it begins serving catered desserts next week.

The credit union, which has six other branches in the county, added 1,066 members at the local branch during its first year of operation in Sandy.

“It’s a great achievement and we wish to honor the city’s involvement and the staff who have put in the time to make this branch a success,” said Andrew Vahrenkamp, CFO.

At the anniversary celebration, the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, Clackamas Federal Credit Union Board of Directors and representatives from Mt. Hood Search and Rescue will be present. All other members have been asked to attend.

The event will be held from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Sandy branch, 37077 Highway 26.

Connect with area business owners

The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce will have its Good Evening Sandy networking event at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the chamber office, 38963 Pioneer Blvd.

Mt. Hood Hospice will play host at the assembly, and will show its giving tree that will stay in the chamber’s visitor center during December.

The gathering is held to give opportunities for local entrepreneurs to meet people from other businesses. Bring a dollar to enter a drawing, which gives prizes to the winners and saves 50 cents from each entrant to pay for gifts and food for a needy family next Christmas.

For more information on this networking event or how to connect with local business owners, call 503-668-4006.

Here’s how to get a business loan

The Mt. Hood Community College Small Business Development Center is offering a free seminar on “How to Get a Business Loan.”

The one-hour workshop is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, and will answer the following questions:

What is the current access to capital? What are some sources of capital? What banks are lending? What are lenders really looking for? What are the steps to getting a loan? Am I bankable? What do I need to know? What if I’m not bankable? How can I become bankable? What if I am denied?

For more information about how to register online, call 503-491-7658.