The Business Briefs are a quick outline of what's new in the Inner Southeast business community each month

Rose City Rollers' "Rosebuds" make history: The Rosebuds swept the Junior Roller Derby Championship, bringing home the gold with their first-ever national championship win. The annual Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA) tournament, which has been on hiatus for two years through the pandemic, took place this year in late July, hosted at the Barney Family Sports Complex in Queens Creek, Arizona. The Rose City Rollers' "Rosebuds All Stars", still based at Oaks Park, were hard at work practicing, training, and finding team cohesion. As with many youth sports teams during the pandemic, the Rosebuds weathered some attrition and underwent some rebuilding — what with skaters "aging out" of the program or retiring, and up-and-coming skaters being brought in. Wendy "Resting Blitz Face" Dragoon, one of the Rosebuds' coaches, remarked, "Coming back this yea,r we had a later start than normal. What an absolute honor and joy it has been to coach the Rosebuds All Stars. I am so proud of you all."

Woodstock realtor gives buyers & sellers advice on TV: Michelle Maida, Real Estate Agent at John L. Scott in Woodstock, was featured on a recent "AM Northwest" show on KATU-TV-2. The subject was how both buyers and sellers should react and change their strategy in the environment of rising interest rates. Maida has appeared often on local TV as a source of real estate advice. For as long as it may remain available online, Maida's recent interview can be seen at —

Adam Reid will give tips on getting the best health insurance for home businesspeople and those who work for very small businesses on Sept. 15, 6-9 p.m., at SMILE Station in Sellwood. Health insurance confusing? AHB speaker has answers: The "Association of Home Businesses" features this month a talk by Adam Reid, who promises to address how to best to resolve your health insurance questions by using the Marketplace (Obamacare), Medicare, and state and federal subsidy options. Adam's presentation will focus on how people who work at home or work for very small businesses can get the best health insurance. He will answer questions, and cover the different factors and options involved in choosing the right plan. The monthly meeting of the Association of Home Businesses is on the third Thursday of each month, except December — this month it's on September 15th — from 6 to 9 p.m. at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, a block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood. The meeting includes networking and a supper; please RSVP your attendance, to assist in planning the size of the meal. RSVP to 503/232-2326, or do so via email from the website —

Tri-Met announces promotions: Tri-Met, headquartered on S.E. 17th just north of Holgate Boulevard, announced, on August 17, two new executives — both of them well-known at the agency — would begin new roles to provide further leadership for the local public transit agency. "The internal promotions will keep TriMet on solid financial footing while expanding our equity and inclusion efforts," said TriMet General Manager Sam Desue Jr. after selecting John Gardner to be the agency's first "Chief Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Officer". Nancy Young-Oliver, who had served as TriMet's interim Executive Director of Finance and Administrative Services/Chief Financial Officer from May through July, was promoted at the same time to officially take over the position permanently.

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