Businesses on Foster Road plan a more robust association

See what’s new with the Foster Area Business Association

­Members and guests meet and greet at the first FABA quarterly “Business Mixer” meeting.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

As at many volunteer-run organizations, leaders of the Foster Area Business Association (FABA) have been reassessing their programs, and developing new engagement strategies.

Meeting at Pieper Café on the evening of October 21, fifteen FABA members and guests got together for the first of their planned quarterly “Business Mixer” meetings.

After greeting one another, the group formally met FABA’s Venture Portland Business District Organizer & Marketing Coordinator, Marina Martinez.

Venture Portland Business District Organizer & Marketing Coordinator Marina Martinez listens, while FABA Secretary-Treasurer Laura Kropf – from Tremmel Design Group, and Red Castle Games – tells about the organization’s past, and its future plans.

With the organization’s President Matthew Micetic out of the country, FABA Secretary/Treasurer Laura Kropf stepped up to tell about the organization’s plans.

“We didn’t hold the ‘Fun on Foster’ this year, but they’re working toward a bigger event,” Kropf said. “However, when the Foster Road Streetscape is rolled out, we’re planning a special event in conjunction with its completion.”

They pitched the “new member benefits” including:

  • Presence on a new website;
  • Establishing a quarterly newsletter; and,
  • Granting a “Travel Portland” membership.

Portland Police Bureau East Precinct Commander David Hendrie, present at the Foster Road meeting, holds an informal question-and-answer session, candidly responding to inquiries put to him.

“We’re also working on seasonal events to help drive customers to business during the holidays,” Kropf said. “Also, FABA helps by building relationships outside our area, including city bureaus, to make sure our needs are heard at City Hall.”

Get involved, or stay in touch with FABA at their website: CLICK HERE.

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