Summit Recap – Building Opportunity in Southeast: Foster’s Small Business Roundtable

By way of follow-up to February 15th's Foster Summit event, we've asked a couple of the attendees to share a summary of topics and ideas from the breakout session they attended. We will publish these, along with the 'butcher paper' notes in the weeks to come.

Mandy Isaacs did all of us a solid by stepping in at the last minute to lead our small business roundtable --thanks again Mands! She's also one of the organizers of Foster Small Business, where she's been helping to launch the Foster Street Card.

Were you were there? What did Mandy miss? Even if you couldn't attend the event, we hope you'll share your take on these important community issues.

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No time was wasted in the small business roundtable at the Foster Summit. Participants came with questions, ideas and announcements ready to go!

We had a great discussion on connecting with property owners of vacant storefronts and rundown buildings. In hopes of encouraging improvements that would appeal to potential new businesses, we could enlighten owners about existing incentives. There was also mention of creating new incentives that are appropriate for our business community.

It's understood that improvements can be costly and time consuming. Connecting building owners to available grants or PDC funding programs for storefront improvements and treescaping could ease this process. There is also a possible opportunity here for the community to form a volunteer labor crew to assist in completing these projects.

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Ne Si’Ka Pay What You Can Restaurant Planned in Lents

A unique new “pay what you can” food concept is hoping to call Lents home (a previously reported here on FosterUnited.) Organizers are busy with fundraising and gathering equipment, and there are a couple opportunities for interested neighbors to help bring this vision to reality. We sat down with Director of Operations/General Manager James Layton to find out more about what we can expect on the ground.

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Artistas, y Diseñadoras Graficas: The Portland Mercado Logo Competition

Are you a graphic designer or artist? Do you want to leave your mark on the soon-to-be new addition to Foster Road businesses? Here’s your opportunity.

The Hacienda CDC and the Portland Mercado are experts at turning to their communities to get stuff done. The future Portland Mercado embodies this spirit in their association with the Micro Mercantes program for promoting small business, and in their partnership with dePave to do some DIY community-based prep the mercado site later this year.

So it’s no surprise when they want to continue the collaboration with the community to develop the logo/branding for the new latino market.

Here’s their current logo:

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For their new design, they are looking for “a logo that will better represent the diversity and vibrancy of the project centered around Latino culture, food and art.”

 

We know there are some great artist and designers that are hungry to take this on. Read the full RFP for all details and requirements.

The deadline for submissions is 5PM on December 19th, 2013. All submissions including proper attachments must be sent via email to jmelton@haciendacdc.org by the deadline.

Check out the official notice on the Portland Mercado blog.

 

A Movement Performance Installation Experience – tempowaryly: seriously frivolous

Keyon_Gaskin_05A high brow dance/movement performance art show around the corner from Bucks Stove Palace? It’s the sort of thing that makes Foster road neighborhoods one of a kind.

The on-weekend-only show is next week at Linda Austin’s Performance Works NorthWest. Check out the description and photos of people in their underwear below:

tempowaryly: seriously frivolous is a movement performance installation experience which takes place on the full moon weekend in November.  It is an abstract rumination on the proclivity to define yet the inability to know, among other things…  It is an encompassing engaging piece that floats between the worlds of contemporary/conceptual dance, abstract theater, and performance/visual-art installation.

Co-created and performed by: Jen Hackworth, Rosana Ybarra, and keyon gaskin

Set & Visual elements designed and created by: Nathan Stuart, Russel Terwelp, Rosana Ybarra, and keyon gaskin
Concept: keyon gaskin

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Friday-Sunday Nov. 15- 17, 2013 @ 7:37pm (the weekend of the full moon)
Performance Works NorthWest
4625 SE 67th Ave. (Foster/Holgate)

Tickets: In advance $11 artist & $13 general available at . Or at the door $13 artist & $16 general
tickets are available online at http://tempowary.brownpapertickets.com/

 

tempowaryly: seriously frivolous is Co-presented by Performance Works NW Alembic series and is supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

Food Carts 101 at the Holgate Library

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Ever dreamt about starting your own food cart? Maybe you’re pining for a spot at Carts on Foster or Cartlandia, or the Holgate & 85th cart pods? Well get your library card ready*, cause have they got the event for you:

Portland’s Food Carts at the Holgate Library

Tue, Nov 05, 2013

6:00 to 7:30

From Korean tacos to New York pizza, Portland’s food carts are transforming the way we eat! Join Brett Burmeister, owner and managing editor of foodcartsportland.com, to learn all about the history of Portland food carts as well as information for getting into the food cart business yourself.

*No library card necessary

 

The New Face of Fruit on Foster

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Finally, something is happening with the corner spot of 92nd Ave Row, and man, does it taste great. A juice bar named Fruit Face has opened, and its first few weeks have found a favorable crowd with the sunny weather and farmers market across the street. Think of it like the local Lents version of Jamba Juice.

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Soft Opening for Soft Tacos

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The long under construction storefront is finally open for business, and Foster can rejoice at the new Mexican joint in town.

Nayar Taqueria quietly opened this week. They’re still working on the space a little, but once it is polished up a little we’re sure an official Grand Opening will be in order.

Check ‘em out on the underappreciated block of storefronts at 60th & Foster next to LGA Creative/TBBV Design and Meticon Bikes.

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Small Businesses and Nonprofits: Funds for Energy Upgrades Now Available

Only weeks ago, the City of Portland announced its new Bucks for Buildings program, which will help small businesses and nonprofits make green improvements that save energy and make sense financially too. Now the program has proven so popular that 60% of the funds are already spoken for.

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Funded by a grant from the US Department of Energy, the City is offering rebates of up to 50% of the costs of improving properties with energy efficient insulation, heating and cooling, lighting and food service equipment. Nonprofits are eligible for up to 75% of these costs. (more…)