Chamber members celebrate co-founders success; inaugurate new community services

What have East Portland Chamber of Commerce members been up to these days? Take a look, right here …

New East Portland Chamber of Commerce member Jerry Chinn, Chinn & Associates, and Steve Messinetti with Portland Habitat for Humanity enjoy a relaxing evening a “Chamber after Hours” event hosted by Judith Huck at Classique Floors.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
In addition to the Wednesday morning “Good Morning East Portland” networking events held at various locations, members and guests of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce (EPCC) also gather to celebrate both established businesses and new services in the area.

For example, in late September, EPCC members attended a “Chamber after Hours” hosted by Judith Huck of Classique Floors located on outer SE Stark St.

Chamber co-founder speaks
Years ago, Huck was one of a handful of outer East Portland business people who founded EPCC.

“The reason I helped found EPCC is that East Portland is underrepresented in the greater Portland business community,” Huck told us. “Businesses here really need to band together to have a strong voice with the city and county – to stick up for the citizens and businesses in East Portland. The Chamber helps us be heard at City Hall.”

Delightful refreshments, served in the tastefully-decorated showroom of Classique Floors, makes for a great evening networking event.

‘Best little floor store in town’
“This is a fun event event for us because it brings folks in to see all of our wonderful products and gives them the opportunity to meet our great staff,” Huck said.

Classique floors is a local, woman-owned business serving in entire Portland area for 31 years, stated Huck. “We call it ‘The best little floor store in town’.”

In addition to stocking quality floor and counter covering products, the business also provides interior designers who help customers make appropriate selections, she said. “We have professional estimators who go on location, take measurements, and provide free estimates. But what really sets us apart from other stores is our fantastic staff of professional installers. All of our installations are guaranteed for life.”

About their product line, Huck said they offer floor coverings of all kinds: carpet, vinyl, ceramic tile, hardwood laminate floors, cork and rubber floors. They also provide and install countertop tile, stone and laminate countertops.

Proud to serve her community
“As a growing, thriving business,” Huck added, “we take pleasure in serving our community. We’re very involved with Habitat for Humanity and Snow-Cap Charities. We feel that it’s important to be part of our community.”

You can learn more by visiting their website: CLICK HERE.

Chamber members welcome new services and facilities

EPCC members Richard Kiely of Home Run Graphics, Rich Sorem of Stewart & Tunno Insurance (and Chamber president) and Ed Bejarana of Zenith Exhibits helps Willie Hall with Ride Connection (about to cut the ribbon) inaugurate their expanded service to residents in outer East Portland on September 25.

Liz Eslinger with SE Works, Margo Marver of Marver Shiatsu and Reflexology, Chamber VP Pam Olson, Farmer’s Insurance Agent and board member Norm Rice, Realtor with First Class Properties are on hand as a new building at Warner Pacific College is dedicated on September 27.

In addition to lobbying City Hall to make sure East Portland business owners are fairly represented, chamber members also help their community by facilitating ribbon cotton ceremonies and other events that welcome new businesses and services to the area.

To find out more about the organization, check their new website by CLICKING HERE!

© 2008 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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