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Local businesses are the lifeblood of our community. The Mid-county Memo offers this section to our business neighbors for news, advancements, promotions, expansions and other noteworthy events to be shared with the community at large. Business Memo submissions for the February issue are due by Friday, Jan. 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at You may also mail submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave., Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, dial 503-287-8904. The Mid-county Memo fax number is 503-249-7672.

Caregiving service settles in Parkrose
Care Givers NW, one of Portland's premier nonmedical in-home caregiving services, recently relocated its headquarters to the Parkrose neighborhood.

Sandra Sprague, Care Givers NW founder and hands-on owner, holds a degree in health care management and has been in the senior care industry for 20 years as a caregiver, activity director, social services director, marketing manager and now as president of her own in-home care firm. Care Givers NW is in its fifth year of operation and under Sprague's direction has quickly risen to one of the most trusted and respected caregiving services in Portland.

Care Givers NW has a primary goal of providing quality, affordable in-home care so its clients can remain comfortably and safely independent in their own homes. Services include companionship, light housekeeping and laundry, meal preparation, errands and transportation, assistance with grooming and bathing, and much more.

“Most people would be surprised by how little time is required to make a real difference in a home; my caregivers can do a lot in just two to three hours. Sometimes just a few hours a month can help seniors stay independent at home for years longer than if they had no help,” Sprague said.

Holiday visits often allow family to see whether a parent or grandparent may need some additional assistance at home. If you see uncharacteristic signs, like mail piled up, charred pots and pans or indifferent housekeeping, these may be clues the person needs some help in the home. Visit the Care Givers NW Web site,, to read about 10 signs to watch for. It is a great evaluation tool for gauging a senior's unspoken need for some extra help, and offers advice on how to start constructive communication about what is an emotionally charged subject for most families.

Care Givers NW can be reached at 503-251-9851 or

Free seminars at small business development center this month
The Mt. Hood Community College Small Business Development Center will be hosting a series of business development seminars and free Lunch and Learn seminars. The schedule of seminars to be held in January, February and March, along with the cost of each seminar, is available at

The free Lunch and Learn offerings for this month include sessions on how to obtain small loans and matching grants from Mercy Corp on Jan. 7; branding your business as green with the guidance of the city of Gresham GREAT Business Program on Jan. 14; how to promote your business in 30 seconds or less on Jan. 21 and on Jan. 28, the seminar will introduce participants to services and interns available through MHCC.

For more information or to register, contact the MHCC Small Business Development Center at 503-491-7658 or Unless listed otherwise, all seminars are held at the MHCC Small Business Development Center, 323 N.E. Roberts Ave. in downtown Gresham. Registration is required a minimum of 72 hours prior to the beginning of each seminar.

Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability should contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD). Please call at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure availability.

Giusto Farms open, feature winter's bounty
Readers of the Memo might be appreciative to know that one of the few fresh produce growers and providers in mid-Multnomah County, Giusto Farms, is open a little later than other local competitors.

Open through mid-February each year, the multi-generational Giusto Farms, located just south of Sandy Boulevard on Northeast 162nd Avenue, offers a variety of fruits and vegetables, many of which are grown right here in mid-Multnomah County. What they don't grow they obtain from other Northwest farmers, handpicking - so to speak - only those of the highest quality.

These folks represent the backbone of any great society, which is farming, and they've been doing just that for literally decades. Father and son Augie and Dominic Giusto work well past what is typically considered the growing season, harvesting crops that thrive in colder temperatures. Ironically, with the sub-freezing temps during the early part of December, Dominic Giusto said there was some crop loss.

Call or stop by to find out what's available at 3518 N.E. 162nd Ave. The phone number is 503-253-0271.

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