February Newsletter

  • January Projects & Events
    • Owning to Owning
    • Crosswalk Safety
  • Resources
    • DMA Community Hours
    • Business Development Workshop
    • Sharing Ownership: A Business & Legal Perspective
    • Bookkeeping Workshop
  • Updates
    • Office of Community & Civic Life - Community Conversations
    • Division Transit Project - Open House
    • Construction Activites on Outer Powell

Owning to Owning in Spanish

DMA along with Mercy Corp, held their first  Spanish speaking Community Investment Trust class the January 12th and 19th. This class was made available to community members that DMA works with and that fell under the CIT zip code. 6 Spanish community members attend the class. This was the first outreach done to the Spanish speaking community, DMA is excited to build a relationship with the Latino/Hispanic community. Alvaro Vazquez, the Assistant Program Coordinator, facilitated the class and discussed resources that DMA has to offer for the Latino/Hispanic community.

Crosswalk Safety

DMA with a partnership with Portland Bureau of Transportation held a “Safety Crosswalk Laws” on January 26, 2019. The event was open to community members who speak, Burmese, Karen, Tongan, Nepali, and Spanish. DMA was able to educate 48 community members on how to safely cross and be a safe driver.


DMA Community Hours

Pacific Islander community hours - Wednesday 12 pm - 2 pm, Thursday  10 am - 1 pm
Burmese/Karen Community hours - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9 am - 5 pm, Friday 10 am - 5 pm
Latino/Hispanic Community hours - Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm

Business Development Workshop Series

Five Weeks Series - One evening a week!
This workshop series includes instruction, discussion, resource referrals and templates that will help you develop, communicate, and execute your existing business or new business idea.

Sessions include: 
  • Intro to the Business Outreach Program and the roles of an entrepreneur
  • Understanding your target market, market research, and advertising
  • Building a new or revised business plan 
  • Budgeting, record keeping and financing your business
  • Legal issues, entity selection, employment overview, and local resource referrals
Registration is a two-step process:
  1. Complete our Inquiry Questionnaire
  2. Submit registration and payment information online - $175. Financial assistance may be available to those who income qualify.
Our Next Workshops Begin: 
  • East PDX Wednesday, February 20th, 2019, 6:30PM-8:30 PM

Please let Emily - egalash@pdx.edu, Erica - Erica.baldwin@pdx.edu, or Gavin - gav2@pdx.edu know before you register.

Sharing Ownership: A Business and Legal Perspective

Taught by Levi Johnston JD, Peter Tran JD, Scott Robinson MBA
Interpretation in Spanish will be offered
Where: Portland Mercado
When: Friday, Feb 22 from 9:30 - 11 AM
RSVP by Wednesday, Feb 20 if you plan to attend to Liz at 
efeld2@pdx.edu - If you would prefer Spanish interpretation, please say so in your RSVP

Bookkeeping Workshop at Division Midway Alliance

Learn about bookkeeping at this interactive workshop presented by the Business Outreach Program

Where: Division Midway Alliance, 11721 SE Division Street Portland, OR
When: Tuesday, March 19 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM



Office of Community & Civic Life - Community Conversation

There will be civic discussion available in multiple languages provided by the Office of Community & Civic Life. Food and childcare will be provided at each event.

English, Civic Life - Tuesday, February 12, 2019,  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Parkrose High School Library, 12003 NE Shaver St. Portland, OR

Somali, Somali American Council of Oregon - Saturday, February 9, 2019, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm, 4415 NE 87th Ave. Portland, OR

Spanish, Hacienda CDC - Thursday, February 7, 2019, 6:00 pm - 8 pm, 6700 NE Killingsworth St. Portland, OR

Vietnamese, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization - additional details coming soon. 

Division Transit Project - Open House

Please save dates for an upcoming open house. More information will be available in the first week of March. You can also visit www.trimet.org/division

Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
PCC - Southeast Campus Community Hall Annex
2305 SE 82nd Ave. Portland, OR

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Pkwy. Gresham, OR

Construction activities begin on Outer Powell

Early construction activities for the Outer Powell Transportation Safety Project have begun. To prepare for roadway construction along SE Powell Boulevard from SE 122nd to SE 136th Avenues, overhead and underground utilities are moving. This work involves moving power, communications, water and gas lines. People will see large trucks, construction equipment and crews working during the day and night. People can expect intermittent traffic delays, noise, and brief power outages. Utility service companies will perform these activities through spring 2019. Following this work, roadway construction for new safety improvements can begin and will last through 2020.
Don’t be caught off guard! Through spring 2019 people can expect:
· Intermittent construction may cause traffic delays. Flaggers will be in place to direct traffic when needed.
Both daytime and nighttime work. Nighttime work may require bright lights and safety equipment.
· Construction noise.  Utility contractors will work to minimize noise as much as possible, but some unavoidable noise will occur during daytime and nighttime hours. A 24-hour noise hotline is available at (503) 294-1321.
· Some power outages. Utility work may require short-term power outages. Utility providers will notify customers ahead of time for these events.
·  No on-street parking. On-street parking will not be permitted.
·  Temporary sidewalk and bike lane detours. Portions of the sidewalk and bike lanes may be temporarily flagged or redirected to protect people from construction activities. Signage will be in place.
To learn more or ask questions, visit OuterPowellSafety.org or contact Ellen Sweeney, 503-731-8230, Ellen.Sweeney@odot.state.or.us.


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