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Lost in the cloud? Visit the chamber

The next Brown Bag Lunch sponsored by the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce will reduce the anxiety many feel when people are talking about “the cloud.”

No, it’s not something that floats overhead on a rainy day.

The cloud is the latest big thing in Internet technology and computing, and every business owner should be aware of how his or her business could be affected or benefited by using the cloud.

During its monthly Brown Bag Lunch, the chamber is bringing in an expert, Matt Wilson of Brightstar Consulting, who will shed light and answer all questions about “the cloud.”

The lunch/lecture will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 23, in the chamber office, 38963 Pioneer Blvd.

Legal issues for small businesses

A “Small Business Legal Basics” seminar is offered free at the Small Business Development Center at Mt. Hood Community College.

In this seminar — offered from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 — participants will learn how to protect a small business and deal with some of the legal issues involved.

Topics include avoiding common mistakes with contracts, hiring employees, structuring the business, licensing rules and taxes.

The seminar, limited to 20 students, is offered in partnership with the law firm Young Twedt McRostie.

For information or to register, call 503-491-7658 or send an email note to bizcenter@mhcc.edu.

Looking ahead: A power lunch

The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce has planned a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, in the fire department annex, 17459 Bruns Ave.

This meeting will give business owners and managers help in improving their marketing programs. The presentation and question/answer period is entitled “Marketing with a Vision.”

During the presentation, attendees will discover what question lays the foundation of their marketing; the three Es that create raving fans; how to create an “infectious drive” among motivated sales people; and how speed creates momentum in marketing.

For more information, call 503-668-4006.

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