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Sandy Hubbard shares how to make marketing work better at this months November 18th AHB meeting."Get better results from your marketing": At the Thursday, November 18, evening meeting of Inner Southeast's Association of Home Businesses, Sandy Hubbard reveals "How to Get Better Results from Your Marketing Efforts." Sandy is an experienced Marketing Strategist based in Sellwood. She helps owners of large and small businesses h here and elsewhere "get control of their marketing programs and achieve measurable results". As for AHB, membership is only $60 per year; the virtual "Third Thursday" monthly meetings are currently open to all interested business people at no charge, until the group starts meeting in person again. This is a great opportunity to hear from experts on many issues that affect small and home-based businesses. This meeting is on ZOOM, with informal social time starting at 6 p.m., introductions and AHB business at 6:30, and the presentation at 7 p.m. If you have specific questions for Sandy, you can e-mail them when you RSVP to – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You will receive instructions by e-mail on how to log into the meeting. For more information about the Association of Home Businesses, or to join AHB through the secure portal, go online – www.ahboregon.org

Portland named best food city in the United States: The WalletHub study released on October 4 was for the entire Portland metro area, but those who know are aware that Inner Southeast has some of the best restaurants, grocery stores, and food-and-drink shops in the city (and food carts too, although that does not seem to have been a category in the study). Contributing to Portland's overall #1 score, it was adjudged tops in restaurants per capita, the affordability and accessibility of highly rated restaurants, and in craft breweries and wineries per capital. Portland ranked 30th in coffee and tea shops per capita, 28th in the number of grocery stores per capita, and – in a statement possibly more pertinent to the customers than the businesses – 14th in the country in "residents who are fully vaccinated". 182 cities were ranked in the study; San Francisco was ranked 4th; Seattle came in number 9, and Los Angeles at number 11. The full report can be viewed at – www.wallethub.com/edu/best-foodie-cities/7522

Umpqua and Columbia Banks to merge, under Umpqua umbrella: Columbia State Bank and Umpqua Bank announced on October 12 that they would merge. The banks' respective holding companies have entered into a definitive agreement, under which the companies will join in an all-stock combination. The Portland Business Journal first reported that Umpqua President and CEO Cort O'Haver had said that Umpqua Bank would move its headquarters to Lake Oswego, but retaining "a significant presence" in Portland with its stores or retail branches, one of which is in Sellwood. The combined holding company will operate under the Columbia Banking System, Inc. name, and be headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, but the combined bank will publicly operate under the "Umpqua Bank" name, and be headquartered in the greater Portland area. The combined bank will be the third largest regional bank on the West Coast.


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