"Selling without 'selling'," at AHB: The speaker at the area-wide Association of Home Businesses July 20 meeting will be Clarke Donelson, a top salesman at KEX radio and later at KATU-2 and KPTV-12, and now an agent for Windermere Stellar Real Estate. His topic is how to sell while not at all being the stereotypical "sales type". Good info for those who hate "selling"! The meeting, which is 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, at SMILE Station – S.E. 13th at Tenino in Sellwood – is open to all and, in addition to the networking and mutual business support and camaraderie, also includes a buffet supper. First-time visitors pay the members' rate for the meeting, $10 at the door. RSVPs requested for meal planning – call Eric at 503/232-2326 to RSVP, or RSVP through the website at: Woodstock's>www.AHBoregon.orgWoodstock's "The Joinery" celebrates 35 years: The Joinery began as a furniture refurbishing and repair business pm S.E. Woodstock Boulevard in 1982. Over the past three decades it has evolved into an organization which, in its own words, "creates masterful furniture in a variety of modern and traditional designs, with a deep commitment to its employees, the environment, and the broader community." Marc Gaudin founded The Joinery in 1982, and ran the company for three decades before Jon Blumenauer took ownership in 2013. "The common thread in our success over the last 35 years simple: hire people who care," Blumenauer said. "Of all that we have done over the years, I am most proud of the team we have built." On Saturday, July 22, from 4 until 7 p.m., The Joinery will be hosting a 35th Anniversary celebration at 4804 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard: "Customers, partners, the curious, and the community are invited to drop in, enjoy the festivities, and learn how furniture is made – The Joinery way. The wood shop will be open – where craftsmen and women will demonstrate how they meticulously create beautiful, velvety solid wood furniture. Celebrants will also enjoy food, wine, and beer from fellow Portland-area B Corps."
Brokers take a day off for public service: On Friday, June 5, brokers with Windermere Stellar Real Estate didn't show houses or write offers; they participated in a public service event in which Windermere Real Estate brokers, managers, owners and staff from 300 offices across the Western United States gathered to devote their workday to making positive changes in or near the neighborhoods they serve. Brokers from the "Moreland", on S.E. Bybee Boulevard at 14th in Westmoreland, volunteered to assist the East Portland nonprofit "SnowCap" – working in its garden, and organizing and cleaning its warehouse. The brokerage, which recently changed its name from Windermere Cronin and Caplan to Windermere Stellar, sets aside at least one day out of the office for such community efforts each year.