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The SMBA business association had been waiting for over a year to have another live, in-person meeting

DAVID F. ASHTON - Providing live music for the festive evening mixer of the Sellwood-Moreland Business Alliance (SMBA) was a band called The Linn Street Din, performing at the Sellwood Community Houses pavilion. For the first time, since the onset of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic – and shortly before the alarming rise of its Delta Variant – members of the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance (SMBA) met face-to-face, on Monday evening, July 19, at the pavilion outside the Sellwood Community House on S.E. Spokane Street.

"We'd scheduled the SMBA get-together at the end of June; but, due to the extraordinarily high temperatures, we put it off until tonight," explained SMBA President Haley Percival, of Edward Jones Investments.

"It's wonderful for our organization to be getting back together in person," Percival told THE BEE. Because of COVID-19, we have not had a chance to get together and celebrate all of our small businesses here in the area."

The organization hasn't been idle during the pandemic, though, Percival said. "We've been doing a lot of work behind-the-scenes, getting ready to re-launch SMBA by building a new website – and we've been finding additional places to meet where we can network, and bring people together."

An easy choice for their first "live" meeting was at the Sellwood Community House's pavilion. "It's outdoors; and the space is gorgeous, and so accommodating," observed Percival. "We're planning to host future live meetings at different places, around our community, to give our members a opportunity to explore different places where they haven't been before."

Find out more about the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance at their new website, online –; and for a sense of the festive evening, here's a brief BEE video –

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