OCTOBER Newsletter – Division Midway Alliance

  • DMA Updates
    • 2019 Festival of Nations 
    • 2019-2020 Storefront Grants Application is Now Open!
    • 2018-2019 Storefront Grants Update
    • Success Story - Tongan Community
    • DMA Youth Environmental Leadership Program
  • Resources
    • DMA Community Hours
    • Trimet Low Income Fare (LIF) Program
    • Livelihood
    • SE Works
    • Thriving Small Business Loan Program
    • Programs at Multnomah County Libraries 
  • Events
    • Bookkeeping Workshop 

Festival of Nations 2019 (Please Click on the info-graph for more details)

On September 7th, 2019 DMA celebrated the diversity of Division Street by holding
our annual Festival of Nations. Thank you to all our volunteers, sponsors, and all
those who joined. The Festival of Nations is a great opportunity to discover and
learn about new cultures, food, music, and information. If you were not able to joined
us this year, keep a lookout for next year's Festival of Nations.This year’s Festival of nations saw 9 different cultural performances, and 70 unique vendors with 1800 visitors from across Portland. You can read the story by East PDX News at http:// https://eastpdxnews.com/…/festival-of-nations-finds-new-lo…/

Storefronts Grant Application is Now Open

Division Midway Alliance (DMA) developed the Storefront Mini Grant program to help businesses and property owners in the Division Midway district improve their storefronts. In 2018 to 2019, 6 businesses received the Storefront Grant, with the total amount received approximately $55,660.00.

Our 2019-2020 Storefront Grant is now open. If you are a business owner please apply!

To apply click here 

For more information about the grant click here

Storefront Update
We are excited to share that businesses Manja Choi and Dairy Queen have successfully completed their storefront grant improvements project. With the help of Division Midway Alliance Storefront Improvement Grants, the businesses completed the following projects--

Manja Choi - New Fascia for building to modernize and improve business

Before                                                                             After 

Dairy Queen - Seal coat & Re-striping Driveway & Parking Lot

Before                                                                        After 

Success Story - Tongan Community

Luisa Kupu, Tongan community member was facing some challenges in understanding the paperwork required for the Permanent Resident application process. She reached out to DMA in February 2019 requesting for assistance. The DMA Community Liaison helped her to prepare necessary documents, required translations and interpretation services, and practice interview questions. She successfully submitted the application in April and received her Permanent Resident Card in August 2019. 

DMA Youth Environmental Leadership Program

DMA has partnered with the Community Watershed Stewardship Program, Bureau of Environmental Services, City of Portland to create the new Youth Environmental Leadership Program which will start this Fall. Meet the Youth Environmental Mentors who will be leading the pilot program!

Kumari Khanal is currently a sophomore at
David Douglas High School. Her preferred pronouns are
She/her/hers Science is her favorite class, especially biology. She plans to major in Science in the future. As for her career, she is interested in the medical field along with being an Environmental Conservationist. She is passionate about music, singing in particular. She loves helping others be the best they can be. She enjoy reading fiction books, drawing and painting.

Prabina Sunuwar is currently a junior at Centennial High School. Her preferred pronouns are She/her/hers. She is passionate about learning and experiencing new things. Her goal is to go to college and gain enough experience that will allow her to obtain a job that she enjoys. She is hoping that by being a Youth Environmental Mentor, it will strengthen her confidence and gain new experiences and knowledge.

Htoo is currently a Junior at Centennial High School. His preferred pronouns are He/Him/his. He is passionate about experiencing new things and Sketching. In the future, he would like to be an Author. He wants to strengthen his leadership skills and help make our neighborhood cleaner.

Nay Aye is currently a Sophomore at Centennial High School. Her preferred pronouns are She/Her/Hers.  She is passionate about giving back to the community. She enjoys volunteering and being involved with or organizations that embrace diversity. She would like to be a person who here community can turn to. 

Jacqueline Martinez De Jesus is currently a
Junior at Benson High school. Her preferred pronouns are She/her/ hers. She recently started to Ice skate and she really likes it. She is a swimmer and a cheerleader, which she also really enjoys doing. She is really invested in her education and wants to study to become a Veterinarian. She also works at the Zoo, which is really helping her work towards her goal of becoming a Veterinarian. 

Lanifer Waayan is a Junior at Centennial High School. She is passionate about learning things that will help her be a great leader in the future


DMA Community Hours

Pacific Islander Community Hours - Tuesday-Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Karen/Burmese Community Hours - Thursday 12 pm - 2 pm & Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Congolese Community Hours - Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Hispanic/Latino Community  Hours - Tuesday and Thursday 10 am - 12 pm. 

Trimet LIF Program

We are excited to be a partner site for TriMet Low Income Fare Program. Visit our office to know more about the program. We can help you to identify your eligibility and assist you enroll in the program. We can serve in 7 different languages- Karen, Burmese, Spanish, Swahili, Nepali, Tongan, English. If you know anyone that can benefit from this program, please refer them to us. We are located in 11721 SE Division St

Language support is available:

English/Swahili: Monday-Friday 9 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 5 pm
Spanish/French Tuesday and Thursday 10 am - 12 pm

Karen/Burmese: Thursday 12 pm - 2 pm and Friday 9 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 5 pm 
Tongan:  Tuesday-Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm 

For more information about the LIF Program click here.

Livelihood NW

The Business Outreach Program has a new name, Livelihood NW! Livelihood NW still offers drop-in office hours at DMA 9 am to noon every Wednesday. For more information visit their website at livelihoodnw.org or email a business advisor.

New emails

Email has changed for the Business advisors:

SE Works (Workforce navigator DMA office hours)

Are you looking for a job? Do you know someone who needs assistance in finding a job? Our Community liaisons here at DMA can help! Community liaisons provide information to our SE workforce navigator, Nathaly Pretell, and she gets in contact with the community member and the community liaisons. She has office hours at DMA every Friday from 10 am - 12 pm. 

Thriving Small Business Loan Program

We know that Traditional financing and loan guidelines don’t always work for small businesses. Therefore, Prosper Portland is launching the Thriving Small Business loan program, which has been structured to address access-to-capital issues faced by underrepresented populations, including businesses in low-income areas and those owned by women and people of color. Thriving Small Business will also connect entrepreneurs with targeted technical assistance. The initiative provides flexible financing and rewards startup and early phase companies that engage in technical assistance programs. Learn more at http:// https://prosperportland.us/portfolio-items/thriving-small-business-loan-program/?portfolioCats=237 

Programs at Multnomah County Libraries

- A list of FREE programs at Multnomah County libraries in October is attached.
- Visit Library Events (https://multcolib.org/events) for complete, up-to-the-minute information. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.
Bookkeeping Workshop

Does your business accounting system consist of a shoebox of receipts? Are you ready to face the Accounting side of your business? Join Livelihood NW at our Intro to Small Business Bookkeeping Workshop!

The information for the Bookkeeping workshop is below.
Date: October 8, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm-8:30 pm
Location: Division Midway Alliance - 11721 SE Division St. Portland, OR 97266

Register and Learn More : https://livelihood-nw.ticketleap.com/small-business-bookkeeping/

Session Includes:

  1. 6:00 - 6:50 pm: How Bookkeeping will help your business
  2. 6:50 - 7:30 pm: Intro to Bookkeeping and Accounting Terminology
  3. 7:40 – 8:30 pm: Selecting an Accounting System (If you have purchased accounting software you can skip this portion of the workshop)

Questions: Contact us at hello@livelihoodnw.org or 503-990-8255

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