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The AHB speaker on March 18th is CPA Kevin Minkoff - a local expert on taxes for small businesses and the self-employed.March AHB meeting – "How to lower your Schedule C Taxes": In March's monthly meeting of Southeast's Association of Home Businesses, on March 18 at 6:30 p.m., noted CPA Kevin Minkoff presents a seminar for small businesses and freelancers, "Top 10 Proven Strategies to Lower Your Schedule C taxes." This will include a discussion of health reimbursement accounts, employing spouses and under-age-18 children, renting from your spouse, home office deductions, business vehicle deductions, de minimis fringe benefits, business travel, and the new smartphone rule. Networking time, too. During the pandemic, these third-Thursday monthly meetings are held virtually, on ZOOM, open to anyone interested, and there is no charge. However, to attend, you'll need the ZOOM link. E-mail your RSVP to – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – or, call 503/232-2326.

Changes at area banks: The Bank of America branch on Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland is posted as being temporarily closed – advising banking online, or at another branch still open, such as at Eastport Plaza on S.E. 82nd north of Holgate. Meantime, the Westmoreland Wells Fargo branch half a block south is still temporarily closed, but the large number of broken windows on the north side of the building have been replaced. U.S. Bank remains open at Bybee and Milwaukie in Westmoreland, although new hours will apply on March 18 – 9-5 weekdays, 10-1 Saturdays. However the Woodstock U.S. Bank branch closed recently, and the Brooklyn branch closed over a year ago. Westmoreland's new Unitus Credit Union on S.E. Bybee Boulevard is closed during the pandemic, but The new Chase Bank in Westmoreland is nearing completion at Milwaukie Avenue and Tolman Street, on the former Dairy Queen site, while the Woodstock Chase Bank branch remains open, as is Woodstock's Key Bank. And, for those craving Dairy Queen treats more than financial services, the Dairy Queen in Brentwood-Darlington is open at S.E. 60th and Duke Street. THE BEE may be found there occasionally, enjoying a meal – and of course, always in the newsstand in front of that business.

Business "pick-up/drop-off" zones available: The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises that the current "Safe Streets Initiative" not only offers opportunities for restaurants to temporarily serve diners in what otherwise would be parking spaces in front of their businesses but also free, temporary, five-minute pickup/drop-off permits to apply to a designated parking space near your business. For more information and the form to apply, go online – tinyurl.com/y638gwfg


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