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Brought to you by Ken Mitchell-Phillips - The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips - LEGAL INSIDER -
A comprehensive business plan is the single most important document you can create before founding a new business.
Whether its a full-scale commercial enterprise or a business run out of your garage, a business plan outlines the goals and strategies of your companyeverything from marketing and financing to revenue projections and competitor analysis.
The best thing about a business plan is that it forces you, the budding entrepreneur, to face facts and answer the hard questions in an always-changing business environment. But a business transactional lawyer can help you answer the questions you didnt even think to ask.
For instance, federal and state law enforces restrictions on advertising content for almost every industry. A business lawyer can help you ensure compliance with existing codes while also preventing your liability from charges of misleading marketing.
A business transactional lawyer can provide legal advice pertaining to your financial situation, ensuring you get the best deal from shareholders, co-partners and lenders.
Depending on whether youre planning on hiring full, part-time or contractor employees, a business transactional lawyer can pinpoint the relevant laws and regulations that will affect employee compensation, retention and benefits.
Business and law are inextricably intertwined. Personally, I have decades of experience drafting business documents, minimizing corporate liability and ensuring compliance, working with Fortune 500 companies and small start-ups. Visit The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips for a professional consultation today!
The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips, P.C.
1217 NE Burnside Rd, Suite 801, Gresham, OR 97080
Brought to you by Randy Preston - Honke Heating and Air Conditioning - HEATING AND COOLING INSIDER -
You wouldnt run your car for six hours a day, every day, and expect it to work perfectly without any maintenance, would you?
Of course not! But somehow we expect the equivalent from our home cooling systems. In my experience, a majority of repair calls we service could have been prevented with regular a maintenance tune up.
The No. 1 reason most homeowners dont schedule a maintenance tune up is theyre worried it will be a waste of money. In reality, its far cheaper to fix a minor problem than pay for a replacement cooling systemespecially in the middle of a heat wave! Having a maintenance tune up on your cooling system does not guarantee that you will not have a problem during the cooling season, but it will prevent most minor problems.
Heres what you get when you schedule a maintenance tune up with Honke Heating and Air Conditioning. First, our trained service technicians will go through your cooling system, we will lubricate all moving parts, we will clean the outdoor condensing unit, check the indoor blower wheel and motor, test for refrigerant leaks and measure airflow through the evaporator coil. We will also check all electrical components and safety switches. We will check the operation of your thermostat.
Manufacturers recommend having your cooling equipment tuned up once a year to help prevent problems and to help your system run at its highest efficiency. This helps you save money.
But for the bigger issues, give Honke Heating & Air Conditioning a call. Trust me, when Oregons hot and heavy summer rolls around, you wont regret it.
Honke Heating & Air Conditioning
840 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham, OR 97030
Brought to you by Deb-ee Jones, RN - Bridge City Medical Aesthetics - AESTHETIC MEDICINE INSIDER -
Today, I want to tell you about a revolutionary new body-contouring device we just had delivered to Bridge City Medical Aesthetics. Its called truSculpt, and its already getting rave reviews from regulars and walk-ins alike.
truSculpt uses radio frequency technology to target and eliminate fat cells, with the additional benefit of tightening skin and reducing the appearance of cellulite. Its a completely non-invasive outpatient procedure with no discomfort or downtime.
One of the best things about truSculpt is that theres no pinch testit can work on areas that dont have enough fat to create a noticeable bulge. That makes it perfect for so-called flat fat on the thighs and abdomen.
Therapy time depends on the area being treated. Small problem areas (like the neck or knees) can be treated in as little as 20 minutes, while larger problem areas can take up to two hours.
To achieve maximum effect, I recommend staggering three treatments over a period of months, allowing three to eight weeks between appointments. Results typically take anywhere from three weeks to four months to appear.
truSculpt is designed to be as safe and comfortable as possible. A few users report temporary feelings of redness, sweating and mild tenderness after undergoing treatment, but these symptoms typically resolve themselves within a few hours.
So what are you waiting for? Stop on by Bridge City Medical Aesthetics to learn if truSculpt is right for you!
Bridge City Medical Aesthetics
1410 NE 106th Ave, Portland, OR 97220
Brought to you by Rob Cook - Nancy's Floral - FLORIST INSIDER -
Fidos not digging up the gardenhes become one, thanks to the flower artisans at Nancys Floral!
If youve never seen the a-DOG-able collection before, its hard to believe how lifelike these flowery figures appear. Using only a small bundle of white carnations, the staff at Nancys Floral sculpt the face, ears and nose of mans best friend. Two plastic buttons for eyes (and another for the snout) complete the effect.
The hairless hound is then nestled into a larger bouquet filled with springtime blooms, with additional accents and accoutrements available for every occasion.
Bedridden pet lovers will certainly get a kick out of Doggie Howser M.D., which features a medicine bag toting pooch, while Best in Class promises a mini cap and gown for the proud graduate. Yankee Doodle Doogie is appropriately patriotic, while You Had Me At Woof presents two marital-minded mutts. A somber All Dogs go to Heaven is perfect for honoring a beloved passed pet.
Theres something about a carnations petals that really lends itself to the texture of dog fur, says general manager Rob Cook. Theyre incredible, one-in-a-kind gifts. They have this great sense of whimsy, but theyre also just as fragrant and beautiful to look at as many of the flower arrangements we offer.
The a-DOG-able collection is available exclusively from Nancys Floral and other 1-800-FLOWERS affiliated partners. To see more styles, visit Nancys Floral online, or stop in any time.
620 NE Burnside Rd, Gresham, OR 97030
Brought to you by Cindy Passannante - C.P. Trips - TRAVEL INSIDER -
Youre never too old (or too young) for a magical adventure at Disneyland. Its the perfect vacation spot for multi-generational groups, with plenty to do for adults and kids alike.
If youve never been, Disneyland is split between two parks: Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. You can easily spend a day in each section, and still have plenty of rides, shows and other amusements left over.
The two parks are connected by the Downtown Disney District, a combination shopping and nightlife/entertainment mall that is open to the public, not just ticketholders.
There are simply too many attractions at Disneyland to list them all, but starting this summer you can attend an all-new Frozen musical showing exclusively at Disneyland.
For Oregonians, its only a hop, skip and jump from our lovely state to Anaheim, California. Thats why I recommend visiting Disneyland first, especially if youve only got a long weekend to explore the park.
If your trip includes parents and grandparents, mobility may be an issue. Disneyland is pretty good about providing rental scooters at the park entrances, but that may still be too far to walk for some members of your family. However, I know of an alternative rental service that will deliver a scooter straight to your hotel room. If youre interested in learning more, please give me a call.
Stay tuned for next months article, where Ill discuss taking a trip to Walt Disney World.
Damascus, OR 97089
Brought to you by Randy and Dori DeLaunay - Creative Visions Landscapes - LANDSCAPING INSIDER -
Want to honor your mom and take home a free fish?
This Mothers Day weekend, Creative Visions Landscapes will offer one free koi to the first 50 people who stop bywith no purchase necessary. This free gift will be available only on Saturday, May 7 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., with a limit of one fish per family.
To make the day a bit more special, well have free specialty coffees and hot chocolate from 10 a.m. to noon provided by Origins Coffee, Tea & Desserts. Well also have cookies from Nonnies Bake Shop.
If you do decide to buy something, make sure to take advantage of the great coupons were currently offering on our website. Until May 31, were offering 25 percent off all pond supplies (excluding liner, underlayment and hanging baskets) as well as yard, garden and patio furniture. Check back frequently for more deals and savings!
Well also be highlighting our amazing hanging flower baskets at the event, as well as the aquatic plants available from our greenhouse. This year, we partnered with a local nursery to create the baskets.
Looking for a special gift for mom? Weve got beautiful fountains, birdhouses, statuary, wind chimes and more! Spend $100 on Saturday, May 7 and youll be entered to win a gift certificate from Creative Visions!
Coffee and koi will only be available while supplies last, so dont delay!
Creative Visions Landscapes and Water Garden Center
9965 SE Orient Drive, Boring, OR
Brought to you by Donivon McCord - McCord Construction - CONSTRUCTION INSIDER -
Theres nothing quite like the thrill of a new construction project. But when you go at it alone, you risk not only time and money, but the safety of your family. Instead of ending up with a half-finished mess, leave these five projects to the experts.
Window installation. Window framers rely on specialized tools and years of experience to ensure that a windows flashing and caulk are airtight. In addition to the risk of drafts and insects, improperly installed windows can raise your heating and cooling bills through the roof.
Wall demolition. What could be easier than picking up a sledgehammer? Well, watching your house collapse after you remove a load-bearing wall is pretty easy too. Call an architect or a licensed and accredited contractor before you do something foolish.
Plumbing upgrades. Theres no reason not to unclog your own toilet, but more complex tasks should really be left to the professionals. An unexpected leak or pressure increase can cause thousands of dollars of water damage in just minutes.
Deck construction. If youre building a deck thats more than a few feet off the ground, call a professional builder. Sudden deck collapses do happen, and usually occur when large groups of friends or family gather.
New additions. Adding a new room to your house is the epitome of too ambitious DIY projects. Even the pros use a general contractor to coordinate all the different specialists required for additions. You should too.
500 NW 20th St STE 202, Gresham, OR 97030
Brought to you by Doug Lepper - Crown Carpets - FLOORING INSIDER -
Earth Day has come and gone, but environmentally-friendly flooring is available from Crown Carpets year round!
This month, were taking a look at some of our most eco-friendly products. Its part of Crown Carpets larger commitment to the planet and our green-minded customers.
Hard Surface Flooring
Linoleum is made from wood pulp and linseed oil. It is available in a vast color selection. Its very durable and applicable for both residential and commercial use. The most famous brand is Marmoleum but Armstrong also makes a version that is gorgeous!
Cork flooring is created by peeling the outer bark from trees, which then regenerate so they can later be peeled again. Cork is warm and quiet, but somewhat maintenance intensive.
Bamboo, a readily renewable resource available in natural and carbonized (caramel) colors and both horizontal and vertical grain looks. Please beware of cheap imported bamboo products that are not dimensionally stable and will cause you problems.
Domestic hardwoods are available in oak, cherry, walnut and hickory taken from trees that are farmed specifically for this purpose, eliminating the need to cut down old-growth timber.
Wool is available in many rich colors and stylish patterns. Look for long staple wools, most often from New Zealand sheep, to reduce the incidence of pilling and shedding.
PET polyester is made from recycled water bottles and two-liter pop bottlesperfect for those who wish to have the low maintenance of synthetic fiber carpets while keeping bottles out of the landfill.
Note: Both wool and polyester carpets can be installed over felt or urethane cushions that also contain recycled content.
Crown Carpets has many samples of these and other earth-friendly products available for viewing. Come borrow them, take them home, and see how they fit into your indoor world!
21655 SE Stark, Gresham, OR 97030
Brought to you by Dr. Ryan Thomas - Hillcrest Chiropractic Clinic - CHIROPRACTIC INSIDER -
Youve just been rear-ended during a motor vehicle collision. You begin to suffer from acute aches in your neck, shoulder muscles and upper back.
Your first question: When will the pain stop?
With some research papers showing that the painful effects of whiplash can linger for over a decade, its natural to worry about long-term pain and chronic symptoms after a rear end car crash.
Thankfully, decades of pain is not the norm, especially for patients who seek immediate treatment. One study published in a French medical journal shows that about half of those with whiplash will experience significant relief of their symptoms within a year.
The biggest risk factors are age, occupation and, unsurprisingly, severity of the injury. Patients who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or have previously experienced whiplash are at risk for increased and prolonged pain. Not seeking treatment is another risk factor.
Of course, every case of whiplash is different, and every treatment plan developed by Hillcrest Chiropractic Clinic is individually tailored to the patient at hand. But, in general, with a full treatment of chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic exercises, and massage therapy you can measure your recovery in months, not years.
At Hillcrest Chiropractic Clinic, we use spinal manipulation, therapeutic massage and exercise, modalities and J-Tech evaluation equipment to ensure every patients full and speedy recovery. Schedule an appointment for a professional consultation today!
Hillcrest Chiropractic Clinic
329 NE Hood Ave, Gresham, OR 97030
Brought to you by Marie Nicholson - Cherry Park Plaza - RETIREMENT INSIDER -
At Cherry Park Plaza, we believe that an active lifestyle is key to independent senior living. In fact, anyone can benefit from habitual exercise and movement, regardless of age.
Studies show that regular exercise can alleviate the symptoms of several chronic diseasesand reduce your risk of developing many others, including heart disease, arthritis and diabetes. Exercise can also help correct problems with balance, posture or high blood pressure.
So at Cherry Park, we offer a variety of health and wellness classes designed for every age and skill level. One of our most popular classes is called Sittercise. For those who dont know, Sittercise is just like normal exercise, but performed sitting down. These workouts focus on building strength, balance and coordination, and some of the exercises are as simple as rotating and flexing an unused muscle or joint.
Cherry Park also offers senior yoga and senior balance and posture classes. Many residents enjoy participating in our indoor walking clubs, which promote activity when inclement weather makes strolling outside unappetizing.
For those who want to glide through the water, Cherry Park can help you register for senior classes at the Mt. Hood Community College pool. Some insurance companies also include gym memberships for seniors as part of their benefit programs.
So there you have it! For more information on living an active, independent life at Cherry Park Plaza, drop on by or give us a call.
Cherry Park Plaza
1323 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale, OR 97060
Brought to you by Randall Wilson - Huntington Terrace - ASSISTED LIVING INSIDER -
The residents at Huntington Terrace Assisted Living already know theyre living in Greshams premier senior living community.
But there are big differences between assisted and independent living. You may not have access to the care you need at an independent living center, nor will you be able to age in place. Here are the key differences:
Independent living communities are perfect for seniors looking for more opportunities to socialize with people their own ageor who are tired of the endless hassle of home maintenance and upkeep.
Independent living centers generally take the form of many studio, one- or two-bedroom apartments or cottages. A full kitchen is typical, and residents can choose between preparing their own meals or eating at a central dining hall. A meal plan is generally not included in the base price, though transportation and recreational activities are. Housekeeping services are usually provided as well.
Assisted living communities provide all the amenities of independent livingplus a little extra care for those daily tasks of living. The on-call staff at assisted living homes can aid with grooming, dressing, personal hygiene, mobility and medication management.
Apartments generally feature a kitchenette and full bathroom. Planned excursions and other leisure activities are included in the base price, along with a meal plan.
Assisted living caregivers cant provide the same medical services as a hospital or hospice, nor are they equipped to handle persons with severe cognitive impairment or memory issues.
Prestige Senior Living - Huntington Terrace
1410 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham, Oregon 97030
Brought to you by Dan Schofield - Weston KIA, GMC and Buick - AUTOMOTIVE INSIDER -
Your car has faithfully carried you through the gloomy days of winter.
Now that spring is making its appearance with glimpses of the warm sun to come, its time to return the favor with some care and maintenance. A good cleaning, inside and out, is a great place to start.
Get the de-icer residue off the outside of the car with a good wash, and clean out the build up of muck that inevitably builds up inside the car during the winter. Clean all of the interior glass before the bright sun of spring creates unsafe glare.
Youll want to make sure your ride is in tip-top shape before you hit the road for that spring break adventure. First, unless youre heading for a ski vacation, youll want to get those snow tires taken off to preserve their special tread for winters to come.
Its a great time to have all of your tires inspected and a 4-wheel alignment performed. The service team at Weston knows just what to look for when they see unusual tire wear, and can catch problems early, enhancing safety and preventing premature tire replacement.
If you do need new tires, spring is an excellent time to get them, and the fresh tread can give you great confidence during those May showers.
Consult your owners manual or contact Weston to make sure youre up to date on all of your vehicles scheduled maintenance. Cold temperatures and short trips are hard on your engines fluids, so get them checked out before any long drives.
Weston offers comprehensive free multi-point inspections for your vehicles systems, and can help to identify any issues before they leave you stranded or delayed.
Be sure to visit www.buyweston.com for the latest service specials and to make an appointment to visit the service department.
Weston KIA, GMC and Buick
22555 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97030
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