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 Sandy Hubbard is the presenter - shes an expert on building businesses affordably - at the AHB meeting on November 17th in Sellwood; plan to attend."Take your business to the next level — affordably": Sandy Hubbard, CSM, is the presenter at the Thursday evening, November 17th, meeting of the Association of Home-based Businesses. A local resident, but a global business advisor, Sandy will discuss and demonstrate what it means to "take your business to the next level" and tell how to do it affordably! There will be time for idea sharing and Q&A. The monthly meeting of the Association of Home Businesses is on the third Thursday of each month, except December — and this month it's on November 17th — 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. First-time visitors are AHB's guest for the meeting and meal. Please RSVP to 503/232-2326 — or do so via email from the website — With> With Christmas coming, "shop local" contest returns: The popular recent Portland tradition, "Shop Small, Win Big", is returning for the 2022 Holiday season according to the organizer, with an expanded three weeks to explore Portland's unique neighborhoods with more than 85 participating independent retailers. The citywide shopping and prize raffle event kicks off on November 17th and continues through December 11th. "Our small businesses inspire us and create community," said Sarah Shaoul, founder of "Small Shops Big Hearts". "Bringing together small businesses from across the city to collaborate on this effort creates a fun and rewarding Holiday shopping experience, where people can win awesome prizes, including vacations, dining experiences, iPads, and more. Everyone loves being a winner and when we support local shops, everyone wins with more thriving main streets and vibrant communities." Although the merchants participating in the promotion had not been disclosed as THE BEE went to press, we are promised that some of them are in Inner Southeast Portland. For more information, go online —

Southeast Credit Unions win award: Advantis Credit Union, which has a branch on Woodstock Boulevard in the Woodstock neighborhood, and Unitus Credit Union, which has a Westmoreland branch on Bybee Boulevard between Milwaukie and S.E. 16th, are among three local credit unions recognized as winners of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Technology Council's Excellence in Technology Award, Best of Show, this year for their implementation of Cozera's "id-go biometric identity verification solution". The third local credit union receiving the award is Rivermark Community Credit Union, formerly Safeway Credit Union. The Excellence in Technology award from CUNA identifies, recognizes, and honors credit unions that exemplify excellence in information technology. Collaboration between "id-go" creator Cozera, and the three credit unions, served to provide a seamless implementation of the technology across all current branch locations and call centers of the three credit unions.

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