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Boring business is tops in the nation

The Blue Bird Corp., maker of Types A, C and D Blue Bird buses, has named Western Bus Sales of Boring as the 2012 Dealer of the Year for the entire nation.

The local company, which can be seen while traveling on Highway 26 between Gresham and Sandy, also was awarded the Propane MVP Award for leading the nation in propane-powered bus sales.

“This is the most coveted award (Dealer of the Year) issued by Blue Bird,” said Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corp., “and we are proud to recognize Western Bus Sales as the winner.”

Western Bus Sales has been a Blue Bird dealer for more than 40 years, said Mollie Blagg, company president, whose family has owned the business since 1988.

“We are grateful for the relationships we have with all of our customers,” Blagg said, “and appreciate their continued confidence in our product and service offerings.”

For more information, call Blagg at 503-905-0010 or visit the website at westernbus.com.

Learn more ways to promote businesses

A 60-minute brown bag workshop on “How promotional items improve business and increase profit” will be given at noon Thursday, March 28, in the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce office, 38963 Pioneer Blvd.

Bring your lunch for a presentation by Eric Torgerson of Logo Xing.

Torgerson will describe the basics of brand recognition and give attendees some cost-effective ways to stay in touch with customers.

Chamber members are admitted free; others will be asked to pay a $5 fee. For more information, call the chamber, 503-668-4006.

Here’s help building a business website

A webinar workshop is available to help business owners learn easy step-by-step ways of building a website for a small business.

The class is designed for any skill-set. The instructor will walk through the budget-conscious options and tools needed to build a successful business website from scratch.

The webinar is scheduled from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, April 12. There is no charge to participate in the class.

Registration should be done three days before the class, which is sponsored by the Mt. Hood Community College Small Business Development Center in Gresham.

To register for the webinar, visit the website at mhccbizcenter.org/webinars/ and scroll down to the class on websites. Then, click on the link for registration.

For more information, call 503-491-7658 or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..