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Heres Facebook help for businesses

The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a free workshop to help local businesses make their Facebook page more effective.

The group’s monthly Brown Bag Workshop will be held next week. The topic is how to write your “About” page on Facebook to make it more effective. Madeleine Eno, owner of In the Write Place, will teach the workshop.

Eno says visitors to Facebook pages spend more time on the “About” page than any other page, and it’s important to make it attractive to the people you want to attract as customers.

The workshop will be from noon to 1 p.m. today at the chamber office, 38963 Pioneer Blvd.

For more information and to reserve a seat, call 503-668-4006.

Chef promoted to executive chef

Mathias Engblom, who has been a sous chef at the Full Sail Brewing Company restaurant in Hood River for the past two years, has been promoted to executive chef.

Engblom is a graduate of Sandy schools as well as the Culinary Institute in Portland. He lives with his wife, Candi, and two children near Brightwood, but said he is planning to move to Sandy soon.

Engblom is the son of Kris Engblom as well as birth mother Penny Mock and stepmother Carol Engblom of Sandy.

AEC owner plans new parking lot

Ernie Brache, AEC owner, received approval at the Jan. 7 Sandy City Council meeting to change the zoning on a piece of property south of his building.

The zone change will open the door to build a parking lot for employees of businesses in the Heritage Square, thus alleviating the lack of parking for customers of those businesses.

The property, nearly an acre in size, is located south of Pioneer Boulevard, north of Tupper Road and east of Junker Street.

The parking lot proposal is for a future project that will require city approval as well as meet requirements of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

For more information, call 503-668-4886.

Free college class on starting a business

The Mt. Hood Community College Small Business Development Center is offering a free online class titled “Going Into Business: Start Smart.”

The class is offered at any time on-demand, and will teach the basics of opening a small business in Oregon, including such topics as how to register a business name, locate resources for small businesses and gain access to capital as well as how to open a business bank account and obtain a tax ID number for the business.

Free business counseling is available to those who complete this online course.

The class originates from the MHCC Small Business Development Center, 501 N.E. Hood Ave., Gresham.

To register for this free class or others, call 503-491-7658 or email bizcenter@mhcc.edu. More information on this and other classes also is available at mhccbizcenter.org.

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