By Molly • Molly Walker • 

MDA gearing up for annual meeting

The McMinnville Downtown Association will hold its annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the McMinnville Grand Ballroom, 325 N.E. Third St. 

The event will include election of 2013 board members, annual awards presentations, a silent auction and a Piccadilly auction.

For the Piccadilly auction, each guest will be issued a numbered auction paddle. During the evening, various items will be presented with designated bid amounts, ranging from a quarter to two dollars.

Those who wish to bid need only drop the amount into a bowl on the table and hold up their paddle. The auctioneer will draw a number, Bingo-style, and the holder will win the item.

Rolls of quarters will be available for purchase to facilitate bidding.

The meal will be catered by Harvest Fresh at $35 per person. Reservations, required by Friday, Feb. 15, may be made by contacting Manager Cassie Sollars at or 503-472-3605.



Jennifer Larsen Morrow, president of McMinnville’s Creative Company, will give a 90-minute presentation, “Close New Business: Set the Stage with Effective Brand Positioning,” on Friday, Feb. 22, at The Wave, a regional conference for the Society for Marketing Professionals in Portland. 

Morrow will discuss how to build and maintain a strong brand and cover key points, including how to speak from the audience’s point of view; the importance of a focused message; and why communication must be clear and consistent across all channels.

“To be effective in a sales conversation, it must be clear what the company stands for and what it provides,” Morrow said. “That’s good positioning.”

Morrow will also speak March 15 at a Strategic Economic Development Corporation luncheon in Salem. SEDCOR serves Yamhill, Polk and Marion counties. 

For more information, contact 503-883-4433 or



The Dutch Bros. Coffee locations in Yamhill County will hold a food drive benefit for the Yamhill Community Action Partnership on Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day. Those who bring in three cans of food receive a free drink.

The offer is valid at the outlets at 120 N.E. Fifth St. and 1365 N.E. Highway 99W in McMinnville and at 204 Highway 99W and 701 Deborah Road in Newberg. 

The food drive is part of Dutch Luv Day, where throughout the franchise, various specials are offered in exchange for canned food. Last year, more than 100,000 pounds of canned food were donated. 



Schnitzer Steel, parent company of McMinnville’s Cascade Steel Rolling Mills, has announced it will be moving its corporate headquarters to the KOIN Center in downtown Portland. It currently has two separate offices in Portland’s northwest industrial area. 



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters slated to run 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at PayneWest Insurance, formerly Western States Insurance, 1411 N.W. Adams St.

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday for Lisa Baker of Re/Max at the chamber office, 115 N. College St.

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

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