The Business Briefs are highlights of what's new in the Inner Southeast Portland business community

Portland-based professional writer Lura Frazey will help you write compelling copy for websites, at this months AHB meeting in Sellwood. A H B talk – "Web Writing for Non-Writers": Ah, the World Wide Web. It's such a good marketing opportunity. No business should be without some Web presence, right? Right. And now you're on the hook to write a blurb about your business – and you're not a writer! Don't panic. "Web Writing for Non-Writers" is for you. In this hands-on workshop, a professional writer – Lura Frazey – will guide you through composing a page of web copy that describes how you help your clients and why they should call you instead of your competition. You will leave the workshop with your web content written, proofread, and ready to be published. Plan to attend. Each monthly AHB meeting includes dinner and a program on the third Thursday of each month – 6-9 p.m., at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino Street, one block south of Tacoma, in Sellwood. First-time guests pay the members' reduced door fee of $10, which includes the buffet supper. Call 503/232-2326 to RSVP, please, for meal planning; include any food restrictions. More information online –

New dentist joins Westmoreland practice: Dr. Susan Smith of Whole Health Dentistry, 5805 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, announces that Dr. Corey Buring will join the practice as an associate dentist on July 10th. Dr. Smith remarks, "Selecting Corey is the next best thing to having one of my own children join the office. I have known Corey since he was born, because his mother and I have been friends since we attended Oregon State. He grew up on the Oregon coast and has been a patient in our office his whole life. Corey spent multiple days observing in our office while in high school, as he made his choice to become a dentist. Corey attended Creighton University for his undergraduate degree and for dental school, then completed a year-long residency program in Spokane." And, as a result, starting July 10th, the Whole Health Dentistry office will expand its hours, with early morning and evening appointments – seeing patients from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., "to accommodate working families."

ERIC NORBERG - The newest of the seven Directors of Unitus Credit Union - Matthew Micetic, proprietor of Red Castle Games on S.E. Foster Road, former President of the Foster Area Business Association, and Vice President of Venture Portland - was holding the ceremonial ribbon at left, as the new Westmoreland branch opened on June 13.Unitus Community Credit Union opens branch: The new Westmoreland office of the Unitus Community Credit Union opened with hors d'oeuvres, a prize drawing, and a ribbon cutting, 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13. The new branch is in the newly-constructed business building at 1615 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, immediately west of Oaks Bottom Public House. What is today Unitus started as the Oregon Telephone Employees Credit Union in 1937, and currently serves "15 counties in Oregon and the entire state of Washington". Online at –

Cemetery at end of Sellwood Bridge announces change: River View Cemetery announces the retirement, effective August 31, of its Executive Director, David Noble, who has held that position since 2002. Rachel (Fox) Essig will succeed him in the position. She most recently served as General Manager of Skyline Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home in Northwest Portland, and served as the cemetery program manager for Metro Regional Government, where she oversaw the protection of 14 historic cemeteries. River View Cemetery was established in 1882 by William Corbett, Henry Failing, and William Ladd, and is described as Portland's largest, non-profit, endowment care cemetery, and is operated by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees.

Farhad Ghararzade, founder of Green Drop Garage, receives the award in a June 11 ceremony. Inner Southeast garage honored in downtown ceremony: "Green Drop Garage" in the Reed neighborhood on S.E. 28th Avenue, the slogan for which is "Portland's eco-friendly car repair shop", was named #3 on the "100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon 2018" list published by Oregon Business Magazine. More than 360 companies and nonprofits took part in this year's 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon. The top ten honorees were counted down at an awards luncheon held on June 11 downtown at the Nines Hotel. The business' website is –

Soil Solutions merges with Eco Tech: Soil Solutions inspection and remediation firm, 3540 S.E. 28th Avenue, announces that it has merged with Eco Tech, which is in the same business. According to Tony Bustamonte of Soil Solutions, "This joining of forces brings together 2 of the strongest and most innovative leaders in the Pacific Northwest Environmental Business community. Though we will now operate as one company, Soil Solutions, you can rely on many of the same working relationships that you have had in the past at EcoTech. Your business will still be supported by the same people, and you can still depend on the same quality of work." The combined business is online at –

Bill Granger of Windermere's Westmoreland office helped tidy up at Gilbert Park SUN Community School as part of Windermeres annual Community Service Day. Community project for "Windermere Moreland": Brokers from Windermere Realty Trust's Westmoreland office volunteered recently at Gilbert Park SUN Community School, gardening, and helping prepare for a school arts and crafts event. In the photo, Bill Granger pitches in. Windermere points out, "Established 34 years ago, Windermere's annual Community Service Day has been recognized nationally as a model hands on volunteer program and has been adopted by other real estate companies and businesses around the country."

New professional garden designer in Reed neighborhood: Landscape architect Cathleen Corlett recently moved to the Reed neighborhood from Eugene, and is establishing her business here. She reports that she has a passion for Oregon's native plants, and "loves to help her clients envision functional, beautiful and water-conserving outdoor spaces". She can be contacted at 1-541/228-2832, or e-mail – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Brooklyn art supply shop celebrates 2nd anniversary: Artist & Craftsman Supply's second anniversary in business has prompted the store to plan an Art Fair from noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, in celebration. Open to the public, with local artist vendors, free art demonstrations, "prizes, food, and more". The address of the store, previously profiled in THE BEE, is 3393 S.E. 21st Avenue, in the Brooklyn neighborhood. For more information, call 503/236-0099.

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