The Corporate Division of the Oregon Secretary of State is working directly with businesses seeking answers and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to address some of the questions being asked, they’ve posted an FAQ sheet. Click the link below to view the entire list. We will also be posting two of the FAQs individually to METBA’s facebook page.
We understand that this is a difficult time for families, individuals, those experiencing homelessness — everyone, in other words. As METBA is a business association, I thought I would gather and share resources for businesses specifically here. Montavilla is not Montavilla without our amazing local businesses. We need them and they need us. (disclaimer: I wanted to get this out quickly, so please pardon my typos and forgive me if the sources below repeat the same information)
Small Business Advocacy
Businesses without employees or with fewer than 100 employees can contact the Office of Small Business Assistance via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling toll free 1-844-469-5512.
Work Share Oregon
When times are tough, Work Share provides Oregon businesses an alternative to layoffs. This newly streamlined program allows employers to leverage unemployment insurance (UI) to subsidize a portion of lost wages for employers whose work time is reduced due to market downturns or other business stressors.
State of Oregon Employment Department
The health and safety of workplaces is of utmost importance to the Oregon Employment Department. This summary provides general guidance to employers, workers, and job seekers who may be impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus. This document will be updated as more information becomes available. The Oregon Employment Department is working with partner agencies nationwide and the U.S. Department of Labor to ask for additional unemployment benefits options related to COVID-19.
Oregon Health Authority’s Respiratory Illness Page
COVID-19/coronavirus news from the state, nation, and globe.
Oregon’s predictive scheduling law applies only to employers with 500+ employees and requires certain advance notice of scheduling changes.
Sick Time and Oregon Law
Oregon sick time laws apply to Portland businesses with 6 or more employees.
Oregon Family Leave Act
The Oregon Family Leave Act applies to businesses with 25 or more employees.
Shop at the Montavilla Farmers Market
Starting May 5th, the market is open every Sunday through October from 10 am to 2 pm. Buy local fresh produce and farm-based products. The market is located in the parking lot across from Mr. Plywood on Stark Street.
Stop by the METBA Spring Block Party May 18th
This annual event is an afternoon of music, art, food, wine, and family-friendly activities. The fun begins at 3 pm and goes till 9 pm on 81st Ave between Stark St. and Oak St. Check out our Montavilla.biz events page for more details.
Join a Neighborhood Clean Up
Participate in an existing event or even organize a clean up for your area. The city of Portland has neighborhood resources like SE Uplift to help you get started. Love Mt.Tabor? The nonprofit Friends of Mt.Tabor offers volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
Behold a Mt. Tabor Sunrise or Sunset
Bring your camera and take in spectacular views of the Portland cityscape or Mt.Hood. Be on the look out for the beautiful mid-May rhododendrons blooms. The park gates open at 5 am and close at 10 pm. Note the park is closed to motor vehicles on Wednesdays.
Participate in the Local Arts Scene
Attend an art walk, hear local music, or attend some live theater. Here are a few ideas:
- Mt. Tabor Art Walk, May 18th & 19th
- Portland Metro Arts, The Firebird, May 4th , Les Ruses d’Amour ballet starting May 4th
Remember Your Mom
Score major Mom points with these gift ideas for Mother’s Day:
- Paint some pottery at Pottery Fun
- Frame some art for her at KB Custom Frames
- Gift a massage from our local businesses: Cocoon Massage, Genuine Movement, Serenity Therapeutic Massage
Hop on your bike
A bike ride is a great way to find some of our neighborhood gems:
- Find a Little Free Library near you. Use LittleFreeLibrary.org’s map locator to plan your route.
- Treat yourself with Cold as Ice ice cream at Heartbreaker Neighborhood Kitchen
- Stand in an extinct volcano at the caldera on Mt.Tabor
- Find the Stone Obelisk Mile Markers/ Baseline Mile markers on Stark St. (was once called Baseline) that date back to 1854.
Get out and enjoy springtime in Montavilla!
For Immediate Release
Steve Rice, METBA Executive Director
The Montavilla/East Tabor Business Association (METBA) is pleased to announce that its 7th annual street fair will occur on Sunday, July 29th in Downtown Montavilla from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Once again, fair organizers have secured permits from the city of Portland to close down SE Stark Street between 76th and 82nd Avenues for the event.
The Montavilla Street Fair is a family-friendly community celebration. In 2017, organizers estimated that 13,000 people attended the Montavilla Street Fair making it one of the largest street fairs in all of Portland and the single largest one-day event in East County. 15,000 are expected this year.
For the third year in a row, Adventist Health will be the presenting sponsor of the Montavilla Street Fair. “Adventist Health is proud to be an active member of the communities around us,” says Adventist Health’s David Russell, CEO. We continuously strive to be the best place for patients to receive care, and our presence at the Montavilla Street Fair is a way for us to remind our East Portland neighbors that we are close by and here to help.”
“Montavilla is an amazing community,” adds METBA President Tina Granzo. “Our residents and businesses, including Adventist Health always step up to support community events. The Montavilla Street Fair would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and volunteers.”
Organizers anticipate that over 150 vendors will be present at the event selling food and drink, art, hand crafts, clothing, as well as marketing local products and services. As in previous years, the event corresponds with the Montavilla Farmer’s Market, adding an additional layer of fun and activity. Tandem events – a flea market, art showcase, and music afterparty are being organized by partner groups adding to the diversity of event options.
Music will occur on three stages offering a diverse mix of local Portland music, including a kid’s stage in “Kid Villa.” Kid Villa is one of the unique aspects of our street fair,” says METBA Executive Director Steve Rice. “In addition to live music specifically for ‘the littles,’ this year we will be showcasing the musical talents of local youth.”
The full music line up including performance times can be found at Montavilla.Biz. Confirmed acts include Micah & Me (micahandmerocks.com).
Fair-goers can find day-of-event updates on Facebook and Instagram at #Montavilla Street Fair and #Go Local Montavilla. Attendees are encouraged to post their photos about the day’s goings-on!
The Montavilla/East Tabor Business Association is a 501c6 non-profit with the mission to develop and enhance the economic viability of Montavilla and to promote the interests of businesses within the Montavilla Business District.
The following information was provided by Venture Portland.
Mayor Wheeler’s proposed budget includes an increase in the Business License Tax (going from 2.2 percent of a businesses’ net income to 2.6 percent). It also includes, as an offset, a 21% increase in the Owners Compensation Deduction (going from $103,500 to $125,000).
Impact to Your Business
The proposed tax increase is .004 (or an additional $4 per $1,000 in taxes paid). The City created a calculator to determine how the proposed changes will impact your business. A few example scenarios:
$100,000 Net Income: Sole Proprietor would pay $650
$200,000 Net Income: Sole Proprietor would pay $1,950
$500,000 Net Income: Sole Proprietor would pay $9,750
Owners Compensation Deduction
The Owners Compensation Deduction currently allows business owners to deduct 75% of their net income, not to exceed $103,500 per owner, when filing their taxes. When the Owners Compensation Deduction had its last meaningful increase in 2014 (going from $92,000 to $100,000), the city estimated that more than 4,000 businesses would save $865,000 the year it went into effect. Please note, businesses grossing under $50,000 per year before expenses are exempt from paying the Business License Tax. For nonexempt businesses, the Owners Compensation Deduction allows them to deduct a portion of their net income pre-tax.
Proposed Use of Tax Increase
The Mayor expects the increased tax to generate $15 million/year. Per the Mayor’s proposed budget: “These changes [Business License Tax increase] would result in an estimated $15.3 million in additional revenues this year [7/1/18-6/30/19] to stabilize the budget for homeless services, invest more in moving people out of shelters and into housing, fund programs in the Police Bureau that support community-centered policing [add 49 Officers], add resources to trash and graffiti cleanup, and to provide additional small business support.” The Portland Business Alliance, which crafted the Business License Tax increase proposal with the Mayor, stated that the proposal: “also includes safeguards such as an annual review of program results, as well as a stated intention not to further raise the tax for at least ten years and to reconsider the increase if the tax environment in the city substantially changes.”
Action Needed: Like It, Hate It or Have Suggestions to Improve it – City Council Needs to Hear From You
Write a letter, call Commissioners or attend a Budget Hearing to let City Council know how your feel and what, if anything, you want in exchange for paying increased taxes. Letter writing best practices and City Council contact information are attached for your reference. Please cc: me on any emails sent to City Council and let me know if you plan to attend one of the hearings.
Budget Hearing Tonight – Thursday, 5/10 at City Hall (6-8pm)
Budget Hearing Next Week – Wednesday, 5/16 at City Hall (2-4pm)
This past spring, METBA mailed a survey to households in and around Montavilla. A primary goal for the
survey was to better understand what goods and services neighbors would benefit from having within
Montavilla’s business district.
There were 245 responses to the question: What good and services are missing in Montavilla?
It may come as no surprise that “grocery store” was the overwhelming choice, mentioned in 27% of all
responses. Montavilla has been without a full-service grocery store since 2013 when Safeway closed its location at 82 nd and Burnside. While several local specialty grocers are thriving, such as La Bouffe
International Gourmet, neighbors must still travel outside of the ‘hood for their general shopping needs.
Many respondents mentioned a need for a particular service (e.g., hair/nails), a particular type of
restaurant (e.g., taqueria), or a specific type of retail (i.e., more clothes!), but specific responses varied
considerably. However, several themes arose:
- “Grab and go,” inexpensive food options are lacking
- Kid-friendly options are being requested
- Some Montavilla residents yearn for a bookstore
- Glisan street needs more shops, restaurants, and services
If you have a business in mind that you’d like to see in Montavilla, recruit them! Download our 4-page guide to locating a business in Montavilla.
A final note of interest is that many respondents were requesting goods and services that actually
already exist in Montavilla! Did you know that Montavilla already has the following types of businesses?
- Dry cleaning (Sunshine on Glisan)
- Hardware (Mr. Plywood)
- Fitness (Cascade Athletic Club and Mt. Tabor Crossfit)
Are there other businesses in Montavilla that you could be taking advantage? Visit Montavilla.Biz to
view webpages for a wide variety of member businesses!
Meeting Planning and Facilitation
- Gathers input and plans – in collaboration with Executive committee – ten annual board meetings, three general membership meetings, annual retreat, and annual membership meeting
- Participates in monthly executive committee conference call
- Ensures active committees are making progress towards annual goals
Management and Supervision
- Serves on the executive committee at the pleasure of the board of directors
- Supervises staff and participates in formal supervisory meetings; provides ongoing additional supervisory support as needed via phone, email, etc.
- Creates professional services agreements for contract positions and ensures that all deliverables are met within timeline
- Guides and oversees work of independent contractors (e.g., street fair manager, graphic designer, photographer, web designer, mail/poster distributors)
- Oversees grant writing process, implements programs and activities as outlined in grant work plans, evaluates efforts per grant requirements, completes grant reports, and serves as primary contact to grantors
- Builds and maintains relationships with sponsors and secures event sponsorships
- Pursues fee-for-service opportunities such as advertising and consulting
- Oversees creation of an annual member benefit package and related communications
- Supports Vice President and the membership committee to implement the annual membership campaign and ensures that annual membership goals are met
- Creates annual operating budget in collaboration with Treasurer and committee chairs; makes mid-year adjustments as necessary
- Authorized signer on all accounts
- Reviews annual insurance policy, recommends changes as needed; updates board and members on any changes/additions to coverage
- Recommends, and at the direction of the Board, implements any policies and/or guidelines to mitigate risk to the organization and increase organizational sustainability and longevity
- Assesses legal needs and brings to the attention of the board any areas potentially requiring legal help
- Ensures contracts are signed and contract “fine print” is in line with organizational mission, conflict of interest policies and risk management guidelines
- Oversees strategic planning, goal-setting, and evaluation to ensure growth, increased efficiency, and sustainability of the organization
- Recommends policies, guidelines, methods, systems, tools, etc. that can improve or streamline organizational operations
- Serves as point-of-contact to Venture Portland; coordinates participation in Venture Portland events and educational opportunities with the goal of building the capacity of the board of directors
Marketing, Advertising, and Communications
- Speaks to the media as an authorized spokesperson for the organization
- Chairs the Communication Committee and provides oversight for planning and executing an annual communications plan including marketing, advertising, website, social media, and other communications both internal and external to the organization
- Serves as a public face of the organization; interacts with and seeks input from member businesses; communicates METBA goals, plans, and accomplishments to members and the general public using a variety of communication methods
Community Relations and Advocacy
- Serves as a main point-of-contact to neighborhood groups, members, business and property owners, city council members, grant-makers, and other partners
- Manages incoming inquiries via mail, email, etc.
Event and Project Management
- Ensures that special events such as street fair, First Friday, Frosty Fest, mixers, etc. are properly chaired and staffed (volunteer or paid)
- Oversees board discussions to plan, implement, and evaluate special events and projects; ensures that future events/projects up for discussion are properly vetted to ensure that they are in-line with organizational vision, mission, and goals
- Bachelor degree in business administration, non-profit management, or similar
- Minimum of three years of non-profit management experience (references required)
- Knowledge of small business operations
- Knowledge of strategies, practices, and theories useful for small business and community development
- Non-profit fundraising experience
- Minimum of 3 years business association board experience preferably in an executive roll (references required)
- Minimum 2 years work experience planning major events or as a project manager
- Minimum 2 years grant writing experience
- Effective communication skills
- Ability to work with a team
- A passion for reaching goals and strategizing growth.
- The ability to see the big picture and address the daily/weekly details effectively and efficiently
This position is 10-12hrs/week.
Compensation: $5,000 for 6-month contract (extension possible; contingent on performance of the director and the association).
1-2 monthly meetings with board members required.
Please send a cover letter (including details of your fundraising and community development experience) and resume to email@example.com. Please specify “Executive Director” in the subject line. Job posting deadline is 5pm, February 2, 2018
Join your friends and neighbors to celebrate the winter holidays in Historic Downtown Montavilla (SE Stark Street from 76th to 82nd).
The fun begins on Friday, December 9th with the 4th Annual Merry Montavilla Soiree Business Crawl! The celebration continues on Saturday, December 10 when Santa visits Wix Insurance. The Fest winds up Friday, December 18 with a free showing of Elf at Academy Theater. Throughout Frosty Fest, businesses will be competing in a window display competition. Full schedule and details are below.
Window Display Competition
Click here to vote for you favorite Downtown Montavilla Holiday Window Display.
Frosty Fest Schedule
December 9 — 5pm — Close
4th Annual Merry Montavilla Soiree Business Crawl
and JOIN Warm Clothing Drive
Location: Historic Downtown Montavilla (SE Stark from 76th to 82nd)
Visit the following bars and restaurants (more may be added, so check back on the 9th for a complete list and to download a flyer) for special treats:
- The Observatory / Over and Out
- Soiree special: $5 Mulled Wine
- Bring warm clothing to donate to JOIN and receive a free (empty) growler
- Ya Hala
- Soiree specials: Pom Sour and Spanakopita
- Soiree special: Glogg
- Bring warm clothing to donate to JOIN and receive $1 off your glogg
- Townshend’s Teahouse
- Soiree special: Mint Creme Latte
- Bring warm clothing to donate to JOIN and get 20% off your beverage
- Soiree special: Egg Nog
- Bipartisan Cafe
- Soiree special: Egg Nog
- Montavilla Brew Works
- Soiree special: Two very limited release beers on tap
Participate in an “I Spy” contest and be entered to win some gifts from local businesses. Details coming soon…
December 10 — 11am — 2pm
Santa Saturday at Wix Insurance
8037 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR 97213
Stop by Wix Insurance to visit Santa and enjoy cocoa and crafts.
December 18 — 5pm
Free showing of Elf
Location: Academy Theater
7818 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215
The Montavilla/East Tabor Business Association will hold its annual elections for board members at the 2016 annual meeting on October 11th, 2016 at Ya Hala Restaurant from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Board Slots Available
The current METBA board will have up to nine available board slots.
2016 MONTAVILLA STREET FAIR
July 30, 2017
11:00am – 5:00pm