Pamplin Media Group – Business BRIEFS

Shaun H. Ruff

The ‘Business Briefs’ are short news items about local businesses, and entrepreneurs in Southeast

Local author tells daring true adventure: This is the cover of Ancil Nance's new illustrated true adventure book, now available at Wallace Books in Westmoreland.Longtime Sellwood resident Ancil Nance has just published a high-quality glossy photo-filled soft-cover book telling the story of a rafting expedition down the Upper Yangtze River, from Tibet to China to Batang. Ancil explains that thirty-five years ago he took part in this expedition as backup photographer and climber; “But soon was rowing a raft and taking photos…due to the untimely death of the expedition photographer, and the subsequent quitting of three oarsmen and the team doctor, who left the expedition at Yushu, before actually running any big whitewater.” The personal account is illustrated with over 100 photos. Copies of the book are now for sale at Wallace Books, 7241 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland.

“Woodstock Gives Back” merchant promotion returns: On Sunday, September 19, participating Woodstock and Brentwood-Darlington business district shops will be raising funds for their favorite charity or nonprofit cause, as well as offering various sales and special offers for customers. “Woodstock Gives Back” is a unique opportunity to help support many charities and nonprofits in one great area of our city, while supporting local businesses. The Woodstock Community Business Assn. advises, “Each business supports the charity of their choice in their own unique way. Whether it’s a furniture store that raises money for Friends of Trees, a pet store that raises money for a pet adoption group, or a grocery store that raises funds for the local food bank, each participating business will offer opportunities to their customers to give from their hearts to causes they cherish – with lots of fun activities, too, to appeal to families and people of all ages! Festivities will be centralized along S.E. Woodstock Boulevard between 40th and 57th, including tabling spaces for business located elsewhere in the two neighborhoods. Collect business cards from district merchants to exchange for raffle tickets, and enter to win great prizes donated by local businesses! For more information, e-mail – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At AHB this month – 10 Ways to Simplify Small Business Bookkeeping: Bookkeeper and small business owner Lura Frazey promises The inspiring side of bookkeeping, and what it can do for you at the September 16 AHB meeting on ZOOM; everyone welcome.At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, September 16, the presenter at the monthly AHB virtual meeting is Lura Frazey – a full-charge bookkeeper, and owner of “Easy E-Office, LLC” – who offers ways for small and home businesses to simply their bookkeeping. She reminds, “Fourth quarter is just around the corner; have you laboriously and meticulously kept your bookkeeping up-to-date? Or will you, once again, be scrambling to get your books organized as best you can a few days before your taxes have to be filed?” On tonight’s ZOOM meeting of the Association of Home Businesse, Lura Frazey will share practical strategies for handling your bookkeeping in less time, without losing your mind. You’ll learn about how to streamline your bookkeeping systems to save yourself time and frustration; two critical accounting skills every business owner needs to know, even if you outsource your bookkeeping – and more. Everyone welcome, at no charge, during the pandemic – to RSVP and get the ZOOM coordinates, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Learn more, online –

Brooklyn neighborhood woman creates new rental service: Amina Moreau, a Brooklyn-based entrepreneur, recently founded “Radious” – an online marketplace for homeowners to rent out extra space, such as ADUs, in-law units, etc. – as day-use office space. “I love Portland, I love how inter-connected this community is, and how this neighborhood rallies around local business, and truly supports each other,” says Amina. She points out that many remote workers are looking to safely escape the distractions of their work-from-home environments, and “find a greater sense of work-life separation”. As companies shift to remote working models for the long term, offering micro-offices in people’s neighborhoods is a really great way for businesses to support their teams without forcing them back to the traditional office. “This presents an opportunity to homeowners who have extra space,” Amina explains. “Why not monetize an empty garage, a structure in the backyard, or even a living room with a TV for presentations, by renting it out to companies or individuals who are seeking workspaces outside of city center? It’s a flexible way to earn extra income.” For more information on this new business directed to businesspeople, go online –

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