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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 June issue are due by Saturday, May 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.

Free seminars on eco-friendly flooring
Learn about the features and benefits to environmentally responsible and beautiful flooring options on Saturday, May 15, at Classique Floors, 14127 S.E. Stark St. Free seminars will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at “the best little floor store in town.” Eco-friendly products include Marmoleum, bamboo, cork, wool and hardwoods. Reservations are recommended. Call 503-255-6775 to save your seat. Visit to find out more about these and other flooring options.

Harry's Fresh Deli and Pizzeria celebrates customers with free pizza
Cute kids Andrew and Josi Cunningham scarf free pizza during Harry's Fresh Deli inaugural “Free Pizza Day” held last month.
Courtesy Dantelle Tinker
On Saturday, April 17, Harry's Fresh Deli and Pizzeria held its first customer appreciation event. Free Pizza Day brought in customers new and old from all over the area.

The coupon, good for a free large cheese pizza, was made available in April's Mid-county Memo, as well as on Harry's Web site and Facebook pages.

Harry's Fresh Deli and Pizzeria hopes that the event will remind customers that not only are they open for lunch, they have great dinner options as well. In addition to their delicious sandwiches and pizzas, their pasta dishes, soups and salads are all available until 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

To learn more about Harry's Fresh Deli and Pizzeria, visit or follow Harry's on Twitter @HarrysFreshDeli and on Facebook for access to exclusive specials.

There is not another Free Pizza Day scheduled yet, but owners said they will likely repeat the event in a few months. If you missed the inaugural event, stay tuned to these pages for your next opportunity to enjoy free pizza.

Liquor licenses up for renewal
All liquor licenses south of Burnside and within the Portland city limits will expire on July 1 unless renewed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. As part of the renewal process, the city of Portland makes recommendations to the OLCC on renewal applications using information gathered from neighbors, community organizations, and public safety officials. The city is home to approximately 2,400 liquor license establishments, about half of which are coming up for renewal. Neighbors, neighborhood and business associations, and community organizations have a very important role in this process.

The annual renewal is an opportunity for communities to address problems or concerns with licensed establishments in their neighborhoods. Concerned neighbors and community organizations wishing to oppose a license renewal south of Burnside should advise the Office of Neighborhood Involvement as soon as possible. Licensed establishments not identified by the city of Portland as problems are processed as though they received a favorable recommendation. Opposition received by individuals and organizations is considered by the city before a recommendation is made to the OLCC. If neighbors have concerns but do not wish to formally oppose the license renewal, this is an excellent opportunity to informally engage in problem solving to address concerns.

Information about liquor establishments with ongoing problems must be received by May 10. Send your concerns to Theresa Marchetti, Liquor Licensing Specialist, ONI, 1221 S.W. 4th Ave., Ste 110, Portland, OR 97204.

Applicants sought for business study abroad
An extended visit to Bangalore, India's present-day answer to America's Silicon Valley, is an attractive study adventure sponsored by Rotary clubs in northern Oregon and southwest Washington.

Rotarians in district 5100 are soliciting applications from young businesspeople and professionals to visit and study in southern India in January and February 2011.

The three-week trip is the highlight of the cultural and vocational Group Study Exchange program sponsored by Rotary International.

Applicants must be employed full time in a recognized business or occupation and must be a U.S. citizen between the ages of 25 and 40. They must also live and work within the district boundaries: from Salem/Stayton on the south to Battle Ground, Wash., on the north, and from the Tillamook/Seaside/Astoria/Long Beach area on the coast to Enterprise/Baker City on the east.

The Rotary International Foundation provides round-trip air transportation and Indian Rotarians furnish meals, lodging and local travel. “Team members pay only for personal and incidental costs,” according to Vicki Yates, district 5100 GSE chair. “Actual out-of-pocket expenses per team member can be quite low.”

The team is scheduled to depart from Portland on Jan. 21 and return Feb. 11. Each team member will collaborate with Indian occupational and vocational counterparts and share information and friendships. The team will also appear at Indian Rotary clubs and report on their trip at Rotary clubs upon their return, as well as meet collectively and individually with civic leaders and government and professional organizations and agencies.

Yates said the travel team will include four non-Rotarians and a Rotarian team leader. Two alternates will also be selected.

Application details are available online at (See GSE under Rotary Foundation programs.) Completed applications will be accepted only via e-mail to The application deadline is May 31. Selected applicants will be interviewed on Sunday, June 13.
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