By Molly • 

Local businesses plan 'Mac Friday'

A group of downtown McMinnville businesses are organizing “Mac Friday,” set for the Friday of Nov. 22. It’s designed to give residents an opportunity to shop locally before the heavy-hitting time of the holiday gift season, and to assist four local nonprofits in the process.

Participating stores will donate a portion of the day’s sales to A Family Place relief nursery, Give a Little Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and Mid-Valley Rehabilitation for receipts collected in jars noted with each charity.

Participating businesses include Third Street Pizza Co., Accessory Appeal, Hopscotch Toys, Jack Of All Beads, La Bella Casa, Mes Amies, NW Food & Gifts, Oregon Stationers, R. Stuart & Co., Serendipity Ice Cream, Third Street Books and Yamhill Valley Dry Goods.



Tamara “Tami” Doryland was recently named Oregon Customer Service Representative of the Year by the Professional Insurance Agents Western Alliance.

After being nominated, Doryland was asked to submit an essay describing her approach  to communicating effectively. In her two-page essay, she described various approaches she takes with customers, including conversations on the phone or in person, plus written and e-mailed correspondence.

She said she constantly works on her communication skills.

“You never stop learning,” she said. “Communication is the key to life.”

Doryland has spent 24 years in the insurance business. She was surprised when she won the award and doubly surprised when the runner-up turned out to be Hagan Hamilton colleague Michele Rouse.

Hagan Hamilton has offices in Sheridan, Newberg and St. Helens in addition to McMinnville. The local office can be reached at 503-472-2165. 



McMinnville has been selected to host the 2014 Oregon Main Street conference, set for Oct. 1-3, according to the McMinnville Downtown Association.

Manager Cassie Sollars said as many as 250 attendees will participate, from all over the state, to hear speakers from throughout the country.

“It’s a marvelous chance for us to showcase our historic buildings, eclectic shops, restaurants and lodging establishments,” Sollars said. She encouraged business owners to consider sprucing up for the occasion.



A pair of yoga benefit sessions will be held at Four Elements Yoga Studio, 424 N.E. Fourth St.

The first, led by Amy Halloran-Steiner, is set for 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, and will benefit the Yamhill Community Action Partnership.

Parents and children age 4 and up will learn some basic poses, move to music and have the opportunity to welcome in the spirit of gratitude. Cost is $20 per family.

On Thanksgiving Day — Thursday, Nov. 28 — a donation-only session will benefit Henderson House.

Anna Barsotti will offer trim and tone from 8:30 to 9 a.m., followed by a 15-minute interlude with tea and light snacks. Afterward, Christine Kirk will lead a thankful flow from 9:15 to 10 a.m. with Mick Montemurro, a special guest on guitar.

For more information, call 503-687-1750.


Clint Bentz, CPA and CMA with Boldt, Carlisle and Smith LLC, will present “Timber Tax Overview” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. The talk will be held in the OSU Extension Service Auditorium at 2050 N.E. Lafayette Ave.

The session is a joint effort of the Extension Service and Yamhill County Small Woodlands Association. It will cover timber tax and accounting issues.

A social period will precede the talk at 6:30 p.m. Free refreshments and door prizes will be offered.

Applications to join the group will be available at the meeting. They may also be downloaded at



A historic preservation open house, featuring findings from a recent historic survey completed for the city of Carlton, will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Carlton Train Depot, 143 E. Main St. It is being co-sponsored by the city and Carlton Business Association, which are looking for input.

For more information, contact city planner Suzanne Dufner at 503-540-1616 or



Malcolm Greenlees will present “Guerrilla Accounting” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in a Lunch & Learn session being hosted by Oregon Mutual Insurance, 400 N.E. Baker St. The $20 cost includes a catered lunch.

The session is being sponsored by the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce. To RSVP, call 503-472-6196.

The next session in the series, featuring Linfield College Professor Lisa Weidman on “Using Social Media to Promote Your Business,” will be held Feb. 19.



Hagan Hamilton Insurance and BedMart, both of which have offices in McMinnville, will be honored as finalists in the 2013 Excellence in Family Business Awards ceremony. It is set for Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Governor Hotel in Portland.

The awards are part of Oregon State University’s Austin Family Business Program. Both businesses were nominated in the medium-size category, for companies with 25 to 99 employees.



The Duniway Parent Teacher Student Association will receive 30 percent of all sales made between 4 and 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at Figaro’s Pizza, 1049 N.E. Highway 99W.



Dr. Ahmed Ebeid, a pain management specialist, has opened a practice called Comprehensive Pain Consultants in suite 401 at the Willamette Valley Medical Center.

Ebeid studied medicine at Cairo University in Egypt. He previously served as medical director for the Pain Management Services and Comprehensive Pain Center in Salem.

He can be reached at 503-474-3847.



The Business After Hours for the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce will be held from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the office of Kathleen Bernards CPA, 441 N.W. Hill Road, McMinnville. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters set for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at NW Food & Gifts, 455 N.E. Third St. downtown.

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at The Allison Inn & Spa, 2525 Allison Lane.


Molly Walker, the News-Register’s business editor, can be reached at or 503-687-1272.

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