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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 December issue are due by Thursday, Nov. 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at You may also mail editorial 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.

OCOM adds professional development coach
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, 10525 S.E. Cherry Blossom Drive, has announced that Jason Stein has accepted the position of chair of the Department of Professional Development at the college. He officially assumed his post on Oct. 1.

Stein is an acupuncturist, professional certified coach and adjunct faculty member at Marylhurst University, and he teaches mindfulness and stress resilience classes with Providence Health Systems. After graduating from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in 1998, he built the first integrative medicine program within a Western hospital in the state of New Mexico. Noticing that most patients struggled with maintaining healthy life habits at work, he created the Meditation in the Workplace training and CD.

Stein enjoys helping business people find clarity and focus in the chaos of work. “My education and business experience threaded with a sense of adventure, spiritual perspective, and love of continual learning has led me to be of service to business professionals,” Stein said. “As an acupuncturist, I’ve helped hundreds of people flush out fear, unclog creativity and transform static energy into exhilarating entrepreneurship.”

As chair of the Department of Professional Development, Stein will oversee coursework that promotes professionalism: marketing and business skills, ethics and legal issues, research literacy, communication and awareness of the larger health care system. He will help students and new graduates to develop their business plans and to build a network of practitioners to mentor them.

“(Stein) is charged with creating a career development center at OCOM,” said Carol Taub, OCOM’s dean of academic affairs. “This will be a space where students can access resources, receive advice, share ideas, confront anxieties and prepare for a successful career in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. This will be an exciting addition to OCOM’s offerings, and (Stein) brings a perfect set of skills and experiences to the task.”

Stein resides in Portland with his wife, Jeri, daughter, Sierra, and new son, Jack Ayden.

OCOM trains master’s and doctoral students, conducts research, and treats patients at clinics on campus and in the community. OCOM’s academic programs are among the most comprehensive in the country, providing students with a solid foundation in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, therapeutic massage and qi cultivation, as well as a focus on collaboration between Chinese medicine and Western biomedicine. Founded in Portland in 1983, OCOM is one of the oldest Chinese medicine colleges in the United States. For more information about Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, please visit

Get your new business started right
If you’re thinking of starting your own business, the Start Smart: Going into Business seminar offered by the Small Business Development Center at Mt. Hood Community College is the one seminar you can’t afford to miss.

This seminar will cover topics essential to anyone starting a business. Topics include: deciding what structure works best for your business — sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, S Corp. or C Corp.; what records to keep for tax purposes and tips on filing; and an explanation of what state and local licensing requirements your business might need. The Start Smart seminar will also cover ways to set and attain business goals, how to get people to buy your product or service, and the most important question of all: When will the money roll in?

The seminar will be offered on Thursday, Nov. 8 and Thursday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. The seminar fee is $15.

To register, call 503-491-7658 or e-mail All classes are held at the MHCC Small Business Development Center located at 323 N.E. Roberts Ave. in downtown Gresham.

Loaves & Fishes, Flexcar form partnership
Loaves & Fishes Centers, the Meals-On-Wheels People, has formed a partnership with Flexcar that will allow Meals-On-Wheels drivers in the Portland area to use Flexcar at no cost to deliver meals.

Flexcar is a car-sharing company that offers members hourly access to its fleet of low-emission, fuel-efficient vehicles at a lower cost than car ownership. Founded in 1999, Flexcar has a fleet of nearly 2,000 vehicles in 15 metropolitan areas, with more than 200 in Portland. Flexcar membership is $35 annually plus an hourly rate to use the cars. All fees have been waived for Loaves & Fishes Centers’ volunteers when they deliver Meals-On-Wheels.

Pre-qualified Meals-On-Wheels drivers can reserve a Flexcar online and then pick it up to deliver meals, which are delivered weekdays between 10:30 a.m. and noon.

“The partnership with Flexcar will allow us to recruit volunteer drivers in downtown Portland who take public transit to work and do not have access to a private vehicle during the lunch hour,” said Loaves & Fishes Centers Executive Director Joan Smith. “We’ll be able to expand the ranks of our volunteers without putting additional cars on the road.”

“We are very happy to make it possible for more volunteers to deliver Meals-On-Wheels,” said Bill Scott, general manager of Flexcar Portland. “It’s just one more example of how Flexcar enables people to leave a car at home, yet still have mobility during the workday.”

Since 1970 Loaves & Fishes Centers has provided a nutritional and social lifeline for seniors through 35 meal sites in Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties, and Meals-On-Wheels delivery to homebound seniors. With the help of more than 7,500 volunteers, the nonprofit, nonsectarian agency now serves 5,000 meals daily and more than 1.3 million meals each year. The Portland Business Journal named Loaves & Fishes Centers one of the Ten Most Admired Companies in Oregon in the nonprofit category in 2006.

Roseway Family Dental offers Saturday hours
Roseway Family Dental, 7346 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Suite A, is now open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in addition to its weekday hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Dr. Lan Tran, DMD, opened the dental office in 2001, offering general dentistry, including some of the latest digital X-ray imagery. The state-of-the-art dental office welcomes new patients.

Tran lives in Happy Valley, Ore., with her husband, Francis An Pham — who helps with the business — and son, Matthew Hieu Pham. She said that she was attracted to the area in opening a business because it’s a “nice and safe neighborhood.” She also likes the fact that it’s a diversified neighborhood.

Tran and her husband, both natives of Vietnam, can also be found teaching the Vietnamese language at the Southeast Asian Vicariate at Northeast 54th Avenue and Alameda Street.

For more information about Roseway Family Dental, please call 503-287-7899.
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