The weekly Coffee Connection testimonials are a great way to give kudos to well-deserving businesses and people. The Chamber records and uploads these testimonials to Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so that the Beaverton community and beyond has the opportunity to hear first-hand about the great service or products these businesses provide. These videos are also available for businesses’ to add to their websites and social media pages. To make these testimonials most effective, and give back to the businesses being boasted about, please keep in mind the following “Do’s” and “Don’ts” when giving a testimonial.
Thank you for supporting one another as a local business and Beaverton Chamber member. Let the “Chamberizing” continue! Here is an example of a great testimonial!
How to: receive high quality and custom packaging, assembly, and shipping options, keep business local, and help developmentally disabled Oregonians enrich their lives at the same time.
Edwards Enterprises serves the Beaverton community and outlaying areas in more ways than one; providing local businesses with quality and affordable packaging, shipping, and assembly services, while employing 150 disabled Oregonians in a safe and nurturing environment.
“Edwards Enterprises creates an opportunity for developmentally challenged people to get out of the house every day, make friends, socialize, and do real work that is in demand. Our prices are competitive, and projects are completed quickly and efficiently due to our large work force” said Georgia Lampros, Sales and Business Manager, at Edwards Enterprises. “Small business that may not have the space or labor available without the costs of adding someone to payroll can use Edwards Enterprises to their benefit” Lampros continued.
Edward Enterprises’ 40 thousand square foot shipping, packaging, and assembly operation is a department of the nonprofit parent organization, The Edwards Center. Due to the nonprofit affiliation, Edwards Enterprises’ services are able to remain affordable under the principal that Edwards Enterprises exists not to turn a profit, but to enrich the lives of disabled Oregonians, and help serve the business community’s shipping, assembly, packaging needs and beyond. With 24 staff members overseeing the operation, quality control, timeliness, and meeting custom specifications are all characteristics Edwards Enterprises has boasted for over 40 years. The consistency of Edwards Enterprises is evident in their customer loyalty. Local customers include; Vernier Software and Technology, Comcast, Solar World, ZRT Laboratories, and Bonita Pioneer. Fellow Beaverton Chamber member, Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation which manages the Jenkins Estate, utilizes Edwards Enterprises’ community placement program by hiring an enclave of trained employees to help maintain their beautiful landscape.
Community placement is a major focus in 2014 for Edwards Enterprises, which is why the organization is currently searching for businesses to place trained workers. With additional government funding, the nonprofit will be able to increase the amount of employees they are able to help train and place on-site.
“Edwards Enterprises’ job coach will learn the tasks required for the job and then match a worker with the appropriate skill set for the job. Placement of a motivated and trained worker will save the customer time and money” said Lampros of the community placement program. Eventually, Edwards Enterprises’ on-site job coach fades out, leaving the customer with a self-sufficient, great employee. The program is ran much like a temp agency, though transportation and extra support is provided as the employee transitions and attains the new skill set.
Supporting Edwards Enterprises is a way to ensure high quality, quick and affordable packaging, assembly, and shipping needs, while keeping business local, and individuals that may not otherwise have the chance to contribute to our local economy employed. Businesses looking to take on an Edwards Enterprises employee, or learn more about community placement should contact Georgia Lampros (firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-466-2171) . Lampros also welcomes questions regarding the new Edwards Center Community Center meeting spaces—capable of holding up to 90 attendees for meetings, or weekend tech shows.
Lanphere Construction and Development is seeking qualified construction professionals with experience in estimating and project management. Additionally, we are always looking to add the following positions to our team:
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Katie Regan and Ned Macaddino aren’t content to let Metro Perc, the coffeehouse they and another couple recently purchased, be just a place where people sit around and consume cappuccinos.
Whether it’s group painting and artistry, acoustic-oriented music or the recent holiday season arrival of Santa Claus astride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to the delight of children and parents alike, Regan in particular plans to make sure Metro Perc offers opportunities to interact and engage.
“We want to do poetry readings, casual acoustic music, things of that nature,” she says. “That’s part of my passion, doing things like that. Working with the community, having family events, things that get people coming together and getting to know each other, especially from this neighborhood.”
Hillsboro residents Regan and Macaddino, and their partners Robert and Julie Jepsen of Beaverton, took over the business at 16325 S.W. Barrows Road from Kim Wolf on Oct. 1. Wolf, who opened the coffeehouse in 2008, remains a loyal customer.
In addition to a drive-through window along Barrows Road, the coffeehouse features indoor and outdoor gas fireplaces, a patio, high ceilings and seating options from comfortable stuffed chairs to high wooden tables.
Macaddino, 35, a financial analyst in Hillsboro, and Regan, a project manager specializing in marketing and public relations, felt they would enjoy the stimulation and challenge of operating a community-oriented business while maintaining their day jobs.
“We always thought it would be cool and interesting,” Macaddino says of the partners’ first retail business venture. “Every time we’d go in, we’d say, ‘Wouldn’t it be really cool to own one of these, engage with customers and be part of the community?’ But we never had the guts to pull it off. Then this opportunity came, so we decided to pull the trigger. And it’s been great.”
The partners retained Wolf’s staff members while adding a couple new baristas to keep the inside counter and drive-thru windows flowing smoothly. To complement the coffee by Beaverton-based Dovetail Coffee Roasters, Metro Perc offers baked goods and a breakfast and lunch menu featuring bagels, sandwiches, hummus plates and other snack items.
Wolf put the new owners in touch with Dovetail owner Cathy Zellmer, who opened the roasting operation at 7901 S.W. Nimbus Ave. in April 2012.
“We liked it because it’s another small business,” Macaddino says. “We partnered with them from almost the first day. We want to support small businesses. People enjoy their coffee. It’s a pretty good relationship with people just down the road. Small business owners need to stick together.”
Regan, who has a daughter, Taylor, 5, and son, Preston, 7 months, with Macaddino, admits she expressed initial reservations about balancing the couple’s various work and family responsibilities.
“At the very beginning, I was the one who was more skeptical,” she says. “I thought, Ned has so many roles in his life, I was worried about taking away from family time. Now I’m seeing how we can integrate it with family time, so I’m more optimistic.”
Having four partners with differing schedules works to their advantage.
“All four of us bring separate skills and backgrounds,” Regan says, noting Julie Jepsen has a customer relations background, while Robert’s is in operations management.
“We try to delegate things out, “ Macaddino says.
With an application in to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission for a wine and beer license, the partners envision Metro Perc evolving into more of a nighttime destination.
“We plan it to be more of a lounge feel than a bar,” Macaddino says.
A native of Traverse City, Mich., who moved to Oregon 12 years ago, the soft-spoken Macaddino says his multifaceted career approach started early in life.
“I’ve always been a hard worker,” he says. “When I was 16 and on (summer) break, I had three jobs. I’m not really sure where I get it from. It just comes natural.
“I work hard and play hard,” he adds with a grin.
As with any new venture, Macaddino admits being the new coffee kids on the block isn’t all fun and glory.
“I think there’s been some challenges I didn’t expect,” he says. “But it’s been really fun. We’ve met a lot of people in the local communities, other small business owners. We’ve learned a lot. I think we all have.
“We hope to keep it going.”
What: Metro Perc Coffee House & Drive-thru, under new ownership by two Hillsboro and Beaverton-based couples
Where: 16325 S.W. Barrows Road near Progress Ridge
Who: Owners Katie Regan, Ned Macaddino, and Julie and Robert Jensen
Hours: Seven days a week, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., with evening hours coming soon