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Significant forces in any community are its neighborhood businesses. 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. To ensure publication, please send submissions for each month by the 15th of the previous month. Business Memo submissions for the August issue are due by Tuesday, July 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at editor@midcountymemo.com. Or mail editorial submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave., Portland, OR, 97230. To leave a phone message, call 503-287-8904. The fax number is 503-249-7672

Airport Way branch welcomes new Manager and Customer Service Manager
West Coast Bank has named Candy Bafus Branch Manager of the newly opened 122nd and Airport Way branch, located in the Parkrose Business Center at 5083 NE 122nd Avenue.

Cindy Bafus newly appointed West Coast Bank -Airport Way Branch Manager.
Suzan Miller relocates to Airport Way West Coast Bank as Customer Service Manager.
With more than 14 years of experience in the banking industry, Bafus most recently served as branch manager for Today’s Bank in Vancouver, Washington, where she specialized in business development and relationship management for consumer and business banking clients.

Bafus is a graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, accounting concentration. She also attended Eastern Washington State University for additional undergraduate studies in finance and economics.

Also joining the new branch team is longtime Customer Service Manager Suzan Miller, who has relocated from the Downtown Portland branch. Miller has served the banking industry for more than 10 years and is an Oregon State Commissioner for the Oregon Commission for Women. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science from Lewis and Clark College and from the Northwest Intermediate Banking School.

West Coast Bancorp serves clients who seek the resources, sophisticated products and expertise of larger financial institutions, along with the local decision-making, market knowledge, and customer service orientation of a community bank. For more information, please visit the Company web site at www.wcb.com. or contact Regional President Dave Hansen at 503-603-8040.

Dr. Elizabeth Goldblatt retires, interim president named
Shelley Simon, RN, DC, MPH, EdD, has been named interim president of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM), 10525 S.E. Cherry Blossom Dr. The appointment, made by the college’s Board of Trustees, becomes effective June 30 when Elizabeth Goldblatt, PhD, MPA/HA, will retire after 15 years as president of OCOM. The Board of Trustees is beginning a national search for a new president.

“Dr. Simon, OCOM’s vice president of academic affairs, came to the college with excellent leadership skills and senior administrative experience at institutions of higher education,” said Michael McArthur-Phillips, JD, chair of the Board of Trustees for the private, non-profit college. “As interim president, Dr. Simon will continue to provide leadership for the college and direct the development of the doctoral program.”

McArthur-Phillips praised Dr. Goldblatt for her record of accomplishments during her 15 years as college president. “Under Dr. Goldblatt’s leadership, OCOM’s enrollment has increased steadily, high quality academic, research and clinical programs have been instituted, and the college is now beginning the nation’s first doctoral program in acupuncture and Oriental medicine,” he said. “OCOM has twice been named one of the top three colleges of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the United States.”

This year OCOM is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The college has 208 students enrolled in its master’s program and expects more than 20 students to be enrolled in the doctoral program, which begins in July.

The Oregon College of Oriental Medicine is a nationally accredited four-year college, founded in 1983, which trains masters and doctoral degree students in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. The college also operates a teaching clinic with a faculty practice and an intern clinic that provides affordable health care to an estimated 1500 patients per month throughout the metropolitan area.

For more information contact Kimberly Schauer at 503-253-3443 x133 or kschauer@ocom.edu .

Two new business resources
Area businesses now have two new tools specifically designed to ease the business process. The Portland Development Commission (PDC) recently completed the 2003-2004 Portland Business Resource Directory and the New Business Checklist to offer easy access to a variety of valuable business resources and provide assistance in establishing a business.

“These publications have historically been very popular with new and current business owners,” said PDC Executive Director Don Mazziotti. “PDC staff have thoroughly researched and updated the resources in both the Directory and the Checklist. Both publications offer a comprehensive list of resources that any new or established business would find helpful,” he added.

The 2003-2004 Portland Business Resource Directory is a compilation of sources that ranges from specific financial and management assistance entities to general items such as how to obtain maps or find facilities for business meetings and events. Brief descriptions and contact information to this wide array of support and educational services will save businesses effort, money and time.

The New Business Checklist is a companion publication to the Resource Directory that guides prospective and current business owners through the process of establishing or relocating a business in the Portland area. This checklist is a step-by-step tool covering everything from the development of business plans to information on zoning and taxes.

Both directories are available on the PDC website at http://www.pdc.us/bizresources. Printed versions may be requested by contacting Lisa Seidman at 503-823-0452 or e-mailing her at seidmanl@pdc.us

Get better rates on CD’s and fixed annuities
A newcomer to Gateway, David Nelson opened a branch office of First Federal Security at 11300 N.E. Halsey, Suite 200 in May. Sighting the desire to be nearer his clientele, Nelson says his ability to search the nation for the highest available fixed rates on CD’s and Annuities on any given day results in returns typically higher that what is available locally. His office is open Monday-Friday 9a.m.- 4p.m.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, First Federal Security has branches throughout the Western United States.

For more information, call 503-445-6661.

Crunch time
Should you have the misfortune to be involved in an automobile accident or suffer at the hands of car vandals, Womack Auto Body, Inc. in Parkrose stands ready to serve you. In business since 1992, the Womack family took the advice of customers and business associates to open a second location at 4943 N.E. 105th Ave. in March of 2001.

Husband and wife, Hugh and Joyce Womack and son Steve oversee a staff of 12 technicians who float between the two shops as the work dictates. Both shops boast state-of-the-art equipment and Gold Class I-CAR shop technicians.

Because this is a family owned and operated business, they can offer the special touches not often available from national franchises. All work is guaranteed and backed by a lifetime warranty. Some loaners are available and the staff will arrange pick-up and drop-off if need be while your vehicle is out of commission.

Womack’s also offers car stereos and alarms, a showroom is available at the 9831 S.E. Powell Blvd. location.

Their Parkrose shop is open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m -5:30 p.m. For more information call 503-257-6545.
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