Need signs imprinted on toilet seats?Here’s an East Portland firm that can do it, in blushing color!

Members of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce meet at different businesses across their area. Read this and catch up on a couple of their more interesting meeting locations‚

Doug Miller, president of Modern Color, shows off his new flatbed, full-color sign printer to members of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
The East Portland Chamber of Commerce is focused on giving its members the tools to grow their businesses, learn to be effective business leaders, and be heard by local government officials.

And, Every Wednesday morning, from 7:30 to 9:00, a different chamber member hosts the “Good Morning East Portland” networking meeting.

A couple of weeks ago, folks started showing up early on a Wednesday morning at Doug Miller’s new business called “Modern Color“.

“Under the name PACIFIC SIGNS, we’ve been in the large-format printing business for many years in outer East Portland, off NE 122nd Avenue,” Miller explained.

Everything is bigger at Modern Color‚ even this giant sized poster admired by chamber members.

We watched, as a large printing machine zipped across an expanse of plain board, turning it into a series of posters.

“This equipment is designed for high level production,” explained Miller. “This flatbed can go faster than most machines. The most important thing about this machine is repeatability. Once we set up a project, we can do it again and again‚ each is identical.”

The combination of being able to print a 5′ x 10′ lowers the cost per print, allowing them to charge less per sign, he added.

Personalized toilet seats
Because his equipment can print of flat surfaces up to two inches thick, they can print on doors, ceiling tiles, and bath mats Miller noted. “The most exotic application we’ve been asked for is‚ and I don’t know if there is a big market for this‚ full-color toilet seats!”

Modern Color is located at 6132 NE 112th Avenue, just off East Airport Way. To learn more, see:

The “Queen of Swag”, Diane Nudelman (the one with the giant scissors) cuts the ribbon, officially opening her new northwest Portland location‚ with help from her long-time friends from the East Portland Chamber.

‘Swag Queen’ moves downtown

Long-time East Portland Chamber of Commerce supporter Diane Nudelman ran her advertising specialties business, “Advance Promotions” from a cramped office in the Hollywood District, but now she’s headed west.

Although she’s tried out other “tag lines” at chamber meetings, the one that stuck is, “Hi, I’m Diane Nudelman. I’m not a drag queen‚ I’m your SWAG Queen. SWAG is the ‘Stuff We All Get’.”

While the queen’s loyal subjects were sad to see her leave East Portland, she had a full house on June 6 as chamber members welcomed Nudelman to her new offices in northwest Portland at 224 N.W. Broadway.

With her typical cheerful tag-line greeting given, she reminded, “I make office calls, and you can still see me online at”

Check out what’s happening at the East Portland Chamber of Commerce by visiting their web site, too! It’s

© 2007 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News Service

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