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May 2017 DMA News
Ann Ereline, Editor
Whelan's, on Division, serves up Irish and good vibes! 
Meet Jody and crew at May 4 DMA mixer

     Since Jody Whelan and his team put up the Whelan's Irish Pub sign – with his family crest – a few weeks ago, business has been booming at 11709 SE Division St.
     "I'm surprised and delighted," says Jody, adding "I love meeting people." What better spot to host DMA's mixer this week! The open house style mixer starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4, and will feature Irish treats and ONE free drink. This will be a great opportunity to meet Midway business people and weigh in on issues affecting your business.
     The County Cork, Ireland, native took over the pub a day before St. Paddy's, and one can already taste the changes. The American staples like burgers are on the menu, but so are Irish stew braised in Guinness, bangers and mash as well as banger sliders, and shepherd's pie. Whelan's mac features Irish cheddar.
     The drinks have literary flair, from an Oscar Wilde to Samuel Beckett, James Joyce to Dracula scribe Bram Stoker. And Guinnes is on tap.
     The first-time business owner is on a learning curve and running a pub isn't easy, but, Jody says, a lot of his new venture "doesn't seem like work."
     Whelan's opens at noon every day. Check them out on Facebook.

Looking for a job? Need an employee?  Call Nathaly!!
     Through a wide array of services from Job search assistance to training resources and linkages to community resources. SEWorks' new venture into our district promises to help residents to find and keep jobs.
     There are "lots of unknowns" at this point, says Nathaly Pretell, who is the Workforce Neighborhood Navigator assisting people in the DMA area as well as the Jade District. Nathaly, who holds a Master's Degree in Human Development & Social Sciences and speaks Spanish as well as English, has two decades of experience in social services working with families.
     The pilot project, funded by the Portland Development Commission (PDC), just started in January and Nathaly came onboard in March. She says her first steps are focused on outreach. Currently Nathaly is connecting with businesses that might need workers, cultural organizations and churches, and neighborhood groups, such as the DMA.
     At DMA, Nathaly says, "Lori (Boisen) makes my job easier."  “With Nathaly concentrating her efforts in Midway, area residents will have access to living wage jobs and area businesses will be able to find employees through Nathaly’s resources, as well, said DMA Executive Director Lori Boisen. 
     Representatives of the various multicultural communities in our area will assist Nathaly as well, providing translation and culturally sensitive outreach.
     The program goal is to recruit and assist unemployed and underemployed residents to living wage jobs as well as connect district businesses with employees. To that end, Nathaly will provide information to prospective workers on how to access services, training and employment. Hopefully participating individuals will get skill-based jobs via services like training on interview skills and resume writing.
Another goal, and this is crucial, Nathaly says, "Is to strengthen the economic competitiveness of neighborhood business districts."
     To connect with the SE Works (a part of Oregon's WorkSource network) new effort, you may contact Nathaly Pretell at (503)772.2316.
     She also will be at DMA office located at 11721 SE Division Street on Wednesday’s from 4 – 8 pm for any information or assistance.

Upcoming Events
Below is a partial list of East Portland community and DMA meetings and events.  If you have meetings or events to announce, email the details to
Thursday, May 4 – 5:30 to 7:30pm – DMA Business Owner Open House @ DMA office – 11721 SE Division Street – Learn about business opportunities for Division Midway owners including:  Storefront Improvement Grant Program, Outer Division Safety Project, Division Transit Project and funding available that work with these programs. 
Monday, May 8 – Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association at 7pm – The general neighborhood meeting is located at Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 SE 112th Avenue.  Snacks are served. 
Tuesday, May 9 @ 12:000 at Pizza Baron - 2604 SE 122nd Avenue – Join Midway Business Association for their monthly meeting at Pizza Baron. 
Thursday, May 11 – Centennial Community Association @ 6pm – The general neighborhood meeting is at the Rosewood Community Center at 16126 SE Stark Street.
Monday, May 22 @ 6:30 – Mill Park Neighborhood Association MeetingJoin Mill Park for its general membership meeting the 4th Monday of the month at Gethsemane Lutheran Church at 11560 SE Market Street.
Wednesday, May 24, 6:30-8:30, EPAP at David Douglas School Board room, the East Portland Action Plan meets the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:30 at the David Douglas School District Board Room.  Dinner is provided.  
Thursday, May 25 @ 5:30 DMA Board Meeting at 11721 SE Division – This month, DMA’s board will debrief and discuss progress from last month’s retreat, discuss the Division Street Transit Project, as well as next year’s work plan and budget.  DMA’s board meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm.
Every Wednesday, 9am to 1pm - PSU Business Outreach Office Hours @ DMA's office – 11721 SE Division Street - PSU offers FREE Professional business technical assistance every Wednesday between 9 and 1pm.  
Every Wednesday & Thursday, 4:00-7:00pm – Myanmar Community Office Hours at DMA's office – DMA hosts Community Office Hours every Wednesday and Thursday.
Every Friday, 3pm to 7pm & Saturday, 10am to 1pm – Iraqi Society of Oregon’s Community Hours – DMA hosts Community Office Hours for the Iraqi Community every Friday evening and Saturday morning. 
Every Sunday, Noon -  2:00pm – Bhutanese Citizenship Class, 2:30 – ESL Class @ DMA’s office – 11721 SE Division Street

See you all soon!!!
Festival Planning On Track
The Festival of Nations Committee is on track for our community party.

The date is set: Sunday, Sept. 17. Save that date!  

Sponsorship packages will be in the mail next week. Support for the festival – and our community – ranges from $100 to $5,000. Expect a letter in your mailbox with the details. If you don't have one by May 15, please call Lori at 503-841-5201 to make your business visible in our community.

However, we still need a site!

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