Meet Your New Membership & Program Director

June 25th, 2012

We are thrilled to welcome Jessica Provenza to the Beaverton Chamber!

Jessica comes to us with a marketing degree and background, a love of serving people, and membership & event planning background. A native of Napa Valley, CA she has worked in vineyards (club memberships and planning events) and most recently at Hawthorne Farm Athletic Club in membership sales. She also worked as a content manager so we are looking forward to her writing skills! Her energy, enthusiasm, and love of variety is going to bring some fantastic fun and new ideas to the membership.  She is a Yoga enthusiast and trainer so she knows how to take good care of herself and unwind.

Her references (co-workers and former employers) used words and phrases like this to describe her:
“Jessica is a natural born leader.”
“Her communication skills and ability to work with people from all walks of life are exceptional.”
“Jessica’s smile and energy is infectious- beyond sweet, kind and caring.”
“She is the most organized and on-top-of-it person I’ve ever worked with.”
“Jessica has a generous and special spirit.”

Her first day will be July 9th and we are looking very foward to having her join our outstanding team.


Announcements Letters from the President

Farewell, Best Wishes and Cheers to Shelley

June 21st, 2012

This Friday, June 22nd will be Shelley Wright’s last day at the Beaverton Chamber. A bitter-sweet day for all that know her here. I have enjoyed working with Shelley for 4 years and most importantly, thank her for her support and friendship. As a small team in our office, these transitions are always tough. We work so closely and so hard, day in and out, we develop lasting bonds. We know and share intimate details of our personal lives and get support as we need it  – share in the good news, and cry together in the sadder times.

We will miss Shelley’s laugh and enthusiasm that she brings to the membership department. She has taught us all how to stretch our brains and think of ways to partner up members, make unusual connections and we’ve all enjoyed her quotes of the week at each Coffee Connection. We will miss Bentley around here too and the funny stories of his unique personality and adventures.

It’s my sincere wish that her new job in Gresham is everything that she thinks and hopes it will be. She will always be a part of the Beaverton Chamber Family!


Letters from the President

Ernesto's Celebrates 25 Years of Business & Fabulous Italian Food! Specials...

June 21st, 2012

Ernesto’s Italian Restaurant, located at 8544 SW Apple Way in SW Portland, will be celebrating 25 Years of business beginning in July.  The owners Mike and Jackie wish to thank of their loyal customers for their years of patronage.

The roots of the Ceccanti Family Restaurant Business, in Portland, began 85 years ago when Mike’s grandparents started the Monte Carlo Restaurant in SE Portland.  They had emigrated from the Tuscan Region of Italy in the early 1920’s.   Mike’s parents followed in the business in 1947.  Mike grew up in the business learning to cook the family recipes and operate  business.   Mike went to college at Portland State and Graduated in 1971.  He has served on the board of the Oregon Restaurant Association ,  the Washington County Health Advisory Board , the OLCC Advisory Board and was President of the Oregon Food Service Executives Assoc.

Then in 1987, Mike and his wife Jackie purchased the family’s Monte Carlo West location and renamed it Ernesto’s in honor of his grandfather.  To this day Mike and Jackie strive to serve the same great food with many of the recipes that have been handed down for the last 85 years.  Ernesto’s has also added many newer recipes of his own as well as offering nightly specials.  Ernesto’s offers Lunch,  Lunch Buffet and Dinner Service in a cozy Italian Atmosphere.  They have a full service bar and beautiful Banquet seating for up to 180.

Throughout the Month of July, Ernesto’s will be offering daily specials and bargains to thank our customers .Ernesto’s 25th Anniversary Specials


Member News

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes Provides Physical Activity for the Visually Impaired

June 13th, 2012

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes provides physical activity for the visually impaired- Nick Wilks

Nick Wilks was shrimping with his family along Washington’s Hood Canal in 2007 when he got a telephone call from his friend, Billy Henry.

Henry was at his Vancouver home that morning, researching a new idea they had. They wanted to start a nonprofit to provide sports and fitness programs for blind and visually impaired people, to increase the low rates of physical activity and employment among this group. (more…)



Two Big Fun Events at Thills Coming Up & You're invited - Can you say TIMBERS?

June 4th, 2012

Calling Timber Fans!

June 20, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.:  Grand opening of THPRD’s Fanno Creek Service Center, 6220 SW 112th Avenue, Beaverton.

We’re teaming up with the Portland Timbers, who have built an adidas Timbers Training Center at the site.  Watch a scrimmage by Timbers U-23 players on the new synthetic turf field, get autographs from Timbers first-team players, attend a brief program with remarks and ribbon “cutting,” and enjoy a Timbers-led youth soccer clinic.  We’ll also offer food, tours of our new facility, activities for kids, and more

June 24, 11 a.m.:  Dedication of the “missing link” of the Fanno Creek Trail, 105th Avenue near Denney Road, Beaverton.   This will be the kickoff of our first-ever “Sunday Trailways” event, featuring a wide range of fun and educational activities (all free) at various spots along the Fanno Creek Trail from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day.  Join us for the brief dedication ceremony, then walk (or bike) the flat, paved missing link and see for yourself why people love this new half-mile trail section.

RSVP to Anne Bookless at or 503/645-6433



Transitional Youth Housing - Beaverton Project with Boys & Girls Aid

June 4th, 2012

Transitional Youth Housing – Beaverton Project with Boys & Girls Aid

Earlier in 2011, the City of Beaverton Purchased a home and property and has partnered with Boys & Girls Aid to refurbish this home for transitional youth in need. Can you help? Here is a list of needs. Please contact Andrea Nelson at the City – 503-526-2533 or email her at


11855 SW 5TH ST., BEAVERTON, OR 97005

March 21, 2012


  1. ROOF:  Code Issues, Safety and Building Deterioration
  • Tear-off re-roof.  There is the potential for extensive damage due to moisture and rot throughout the roof framing.
  • Remove existing straight lumber decking at time of tear-off so that more extensive survey of roof framing be performed and repaired as needed, and the roof sheathing replaced with plywood in compliance with 2010 Oregon Structural Specialty Code.
  • Increase number of roof vents and vent all bathroom fans to the exterior rather than into the attic
  • Replace/repair eaves, soffits and fascias.
  • Replace gutters and downspouts; replace/scope drain lines for repair or replacement. (more…)