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A bunch of business people, provided with food and a new website -- what more do you need...?

DAVID F. ASHTON - The hosts of Mays SMBA Spring Meet, Greet & Eat - Emily and Travis Motter, at the Portland Bottle Shop - display the festal board they prepared for the business associations members - loaded with cheese and charcuterie. Although the Portland Trail Blazers were playing in the finals on the evening of May 14, there was still a good turnout for the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance (SMBA) "Spring Meet, Greet, & Eat".

"Three times a year, substitute our morning SMBA Board Meetings with an evening event; and today it's hosted at The Portland Bottle Shop," explained SMBA President Lee Cannon, of the Sellwood American Family Insurance Agency.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Its time for local businesses to make sure theyre on the map, says SWBA President Lee Cannon. "The focus is on socializing and networking with other business people, and with our neighbors, instead of conducting SMBA business; although it's also the kickoff for our new website 'going live'," Cannon told THE BEE.

The organization also introduced an updated version of their "Walking Map", and is still signing up businesses who wish to participate in their "Summerville" sale promotion – tentatively scheduled for August 3.

The Portland Bottle Shop on S.E. 13th was filled with more than 50 people sampling wine and enjoying hors d'oeuvres as the evening got into full swing. None there seemed to be unduly distressed that the Trail Blazers were behind in the evening's playoff game.

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