March Newsletter

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DMA March 2016 News
 Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
From The Oops Files
By Kem Marks
Last month’s Business Spotlight was Keepsake Family Tree Video. Well, we the editorial staff of the newsletter (OK, me the author) forgot to put a coupon in the story so that you, our intrepid reader, could save a lot of money when you went in to have your pictures stored in a format that will last forever.  So, now that you have the coupon, please run down to Keepsake Family Tree Video and bring all those old-fashioned paper pictures into the modern digital age!
March Mixer Was “Quite the Time”
By Kem A. Marks
East Garden’s sumptuous food, business connections for free and informative you can and should use from police and area activists combined to make DMA’s second mixer of the year perfection.
Mark Wells, crime prevention coordinator with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and Portland Police Lt. Morgan of the East Precinct both tackled topics from vagrancy to vandalism that affect all small businesses in our area. Morgan updated the nearly 20 people at the mixer on the city’s “Homeless Toolkit.” If you see camping-related activity, such as garbage and impassable sidewalks, that hurts the livability of our community, here’s your “One Point of Contact: email A number to call is 503-823-4000. Read More
Candidate Forums in April
By Kem A. Marks

It’s election season and the primaries are coming up in May.  Portland’s races include Mayoral and City Commissioner positions.  And like the birds that come back every spring, the candidate forum comes back with every election season.  Below is information on forums you can check out to better educate yourself about your City’s candidates.  Read More
PSU Business Outreach Helping Businesses Like Yours
By Kem A. Marks

Every Wednesday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Liz Feldman and Emily Galash of the Portland State University Business Outreach Program meet with local East Portland businesses and budding entrepreneurs at the DMA offices.  You can get up to 10 free sessions per year to help you either run your business better, or get that idea that concept you have to become a reality.  Liz and Emily are two of the friendliest people you will ever meet.  Click on the link above, and you will find even more information about this wonderful opportunity
Other News and Coming Soon!
Keep An Eye on this Spot for more information about upcoming events and opportunities.
Bus Rapid Transit Steering Committee meeting:  March 28th 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm; 9901 SE Caruthers St. Portland, open meeting
East Portland Jobs Fair, May 11th 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at Rosewood Initiative 16126 SE Stark St.
Soon you can check out DMA's website for information about its new Storefront Improvement Grants Program and view the new Festival of Nations logo too!!  Further, DMA's website will be adding business directory and jobs listings sections, as well as other exciting changes.


Key Bank Serving
the Community

By Kem A. Marks

Key Bank, our Business Spotlight this month, has been at 14701 SE Division, near the corner of Division and SE 148th Ave, since 2013.  You can get your banking done Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,  and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: The Man Behind the Website
By Kem A. Marks

No website builds itself. It needs someone with the technical know-how and an eye for what looks good, as well as how to present information so it flows. Division Midway Alliance (DMA) is fortunate to have Mark T. Saintonge as our volunteer website developer.  Because of his talent and hard work, DMA’s website has gone through a complete makeover in the past few months.  

Mark and DMA aren’t done yet, so expect more exciting changes soon. Mark moved from Portland, the one in Maine, to our Portland a little over a year ago and is establishing his business AquaJazz, a web design and marketing media company. While building his business, he still finds time to volunteer in his new home city. Read More


Upcoming Business Mixers

April 9th 8:30 am to 10:00 am at Daily Planet

May 11th 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm (Hopefully at Dukes)

June 8th 8:30 am to 10:00 pm location TBD
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