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The AHB speaker on April 15th is well-known Portland business consultant Jackie B. Peterson.April AHB meeting topic is "Using Contractors to Grow Your Business": Jackie B. Peterson returns with a new presentation at the Southeast Portland based "Association of Home Businesses" at 6:30 p.m. on April 15. Jackie, a well-known Portland business consultant, explains, "As a solo, we often find ourselves needing to do administrative or marketing work that we need for ourselves or we need as part of a client project. The temptation is always to just jump in and do it ourselves. However, when we take that route, we wind up with part of the work not looking very professional, not being done right, or not using tools and data that is up to date – because that part of the project is not in our area of expertise. The answer to creating more professional work is to outsource that part of the work to subcontractors." In this presentation, Jackie will present her business model for solos called "The Waterbug Model", and will explain how to use this methodology of contracting with experts to enhance your own business. During the pandemic, these third-Thursday monthly meetings are held virtually, on ZOOM, open to anyone interested, and without 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.

Street dining to continue through Hallowe'en: The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) announced on March 10 that it will continue to offer free permits for its Healthy Businesses program this summer. PBOT says the dine-in-the-street and sidewalk permits will help as Portland businesses continue to endure economic impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Permits will be active from their issue date through Oct. 31, 2021. Winter Healthy Businesses permits expired on March 31; the summer 2021 permit application is now available at this web address – tinyurl.com/3mn9fpwm

Bike Gallery reportedly sold: We have heard indirectly that the local Bike Gallery stores, one of which is on Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland across from the Moreland Theater, have been sold to the TREK Bicycle Company, and will henceforth concentrate on selling TREK bicycles. We have not had an official confirmation, but the extensive remodel clearly going on in the Westmoreland store, and the large TREK display we have already beheld there through the window, lend credibility to the report.


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