'Business Briefs' are short news items about businesses around Inner Southeast Portland

Freelancer and executive Marina Martinez-Bateman discusses how business associations can best meet the needs of freelancers."Building a business association for freelancers": February's dinner meeting of the Association of Home Businesses introduces you to "The Freelancer" – today's most common home businessperson; the speaker is Marina Martinez-Bateman. A guided conversation asks the question: Can we use Portland's robust neighborhood business association culture to benefit freelancers and other home-based businesses? As a former freelancer, former business association board member, and the owner of a home-based business herself, she has a unique insight into the overlapping interests and needs of freelancers – needs that most traditional business associations struggle to serve. AHB meets on the third Thursday evening of each month at SMILE Station in Sellwood at 6 p.m. for three hours of camaraderie, networking, a buffet supper, and an interesting and relevant speaker. In February, that's the 21st. Whether you're a home businessperson or not, you're welcome to attend. Door fee of $10 covers it all. RSVP requested for each attendee for meal planning. Call 503/232-2326 to RSVP. More information on the group is online –

"ZOOM+Care", including clinics in Sellwood & Woodstock, are sold: PeaceHealth health system – a nonprofit Catholic healthcare organization based in Vancouver, Washington – and ZOOM+Care of Portland agreed upon PeaceHealth acquiring ZOOM, late last year. PeaceHealth announced that "PeaceHealth and Zoom will provide access to a continuum of care that offers consumers more choice, and convenience in how they receive healthcare services – ranging from mobile app-driven services and neighborhood clinics, to sophisticated specialty and hospital services. What is so exciting about this relationship is the complementary nature of our organizations, and our shared passion for being the stewards of our communities' health and well-being." In Westmoreland, Zoom is on the northeast corner of S.E. Milwaukie Avenue and Bybee Boulevard; in Woodstock, it's at S.E. 45th and Woodstock Boulevard. The sale was announced as being set to close on December 31. Westmoreland credit union branch involved with Llewellyn: The recently-opened Unitus Credit Union branch on S.E. Bybee Boulevard, just west of Milwaukie Avenue, reports that it has become involved with nearby Llewellyn Elementary School. The entire office team, they say, has started volunteering at the school – monitoring child safety, playing games, giving rewards to students for good behavior, and donating "a ton of goods" to the school, including cold-weather clothing and learning games. Unitus Community Credit Union is also a Portland Rose Festival sponsor. WCBA invites businesses in Woodstock and Brentwood-Darlington: The Woodstock Community Business Association – the WCBA – holds its open Annual General Meeting and Board election on Tuesday evening, February 5, 6-8 p.m., in the lobby of this year's meeting-sponsoring organization, the Woodstock Branch of KeyBank on Woodstock Boulevard at 45th. Businesses and residents interested in attending, and enjoying the buffet showcase of tastes from restaurants in both neighborhoods the business association serves, are very welcome. Cost to attend is $15 (or two for $25); RSVPs requested by February 1 to Susan L. Williams at KeyBank – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"Collage" announces two events in Westmoreland: Collage's "Nectar Free craft night for February" will be on Tuesday, February 5, at Nectar Frozen Yogurt, 1631 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, 5-6:30 p.m. This craft will be appropriate for all ages. And Collage's "Pizzicato Free craft night for February" will be on Wednesday, February 20, at Pizzicato, 1630 S.E. Bybee, 6-8 p.m. This craft is appropriate for ages 8 and up. In both cases, no signup is necessary, just drop in! All supplies and instructor provided free of charge by Collage. However, any yogurt or pizza will be at your own expense of course!

Sellwood gallery highlights "citizen censorship as art": Roll-Up Gallery in Sellwood opens a new exhibition, February 1-23 – in which Nevada-based artist Jayna Conkey's photographic series "Withdrawn" documents mutilated library books from around the country, transforming these reader-altered pages into new, multi-layered images. Her photographs of these anonymous interventions embody the twin responses of censorship and voyeurism. Opening Reception (with the artist in attendance) is Friday, February 1, 5-9 p.m. Roll-Up Studio + Gallery is situated at 1715 S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood, and gallery hours are Friday and Saturday noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment. For information, call 503/267-5835, or go online –

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