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Every now and then, the SMBA skips a regular meeting and holds one like this instead

DAVID F. ASHTON - Proudly showing off the business associations new website is SMBA President Lee Cannon of American Family Insurance, at the organizations January Meet-and-Greet. The winter Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance (SMBA) "meet-and-greet" meeting was a standing-room-only party at the new Sonny's Pizza restaurant in Sellwood on Tuesday evening, January 29.

Guests kept streaming in the door, not bothered by the rain-swept blustery weather, which kept Chris Custer, the proprietor of Sunny's Pizza and a Cena Restaurant and his staff busy, bringing out gourmet pies.

"Over the past two years that I've been SMBA President, we've been building a solid and exciting organization," remarked Lee Cannon, a Sellwood American Family Insurance agent.

"We brought on Rachel Ginocchio, our terrific Executive Director, who helped our hard-working Board members organize the 'Summerville' and 'Decemberville' promotions, the 'Monster March', and increase our 'SMBA Meet-and-Greet's to three times a year," said Cannon with evident pride.

While the social hour was going on, a video projector showed off pages from the organization's new, updated website.

"The new website was a huge undertaking, and, thanks to a matching grant from Venture Portland, it's live and we're very excited about it," Cannon smiled. "We're grateful to long-time member Eric Norberg for securing our new web address, www.SellwoodMoreland.com".

Even though he's busy with his business and his family, Cannon said he believes his time spent with SMBA is well spent. "The whole idea of having a business association is to make this a vibrant place for people to come, live, and do business; and, thanks to our Board members and business members, we're helping to increase the livability of our neighborhood."

Learn more about businesses and neighborhood amenities in the Sellwood and Westmoreland areas by visiting their new website: www.sellwoodmoreland.com


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