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GABA is making the community a better place and promoting its members by hosting/sponsoring, meetings, events and fund-raisers year-round!

Gateway Area Business Association – GABA

Working Together, Growing Together – Since 1950

Origins of the Gateway Business Area Association

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The Gateway Area Business Association was started in 1950 as the Woodland Park Merchants, with 15 charter members. The purpose was to promote the area with services to the community.  One of the first activities was the organizing of a parade in 1951, with eager participation.

One of the highlights of the parade was the annual appearance of the Senior and Junior Rose Festival Courts.  The first Fun-O-Rama days were held in 1952, with a carnival used as a fund-raising event. The Gateway Keystone Cops were a west coast-side fun group, appearing in many local and regional events such as parades and other fun-type activities.


The 2015 Citizen of the year has been selected!  Award to be Presented at the 1st Responders Tribute September 10th!

Our 2015 Citizen of the Year has been selected!  The award will be presented at GABA’s First Responder Tribute and Community Fair on September 10th, 2015. After 9-11, Gateway business leaders and residents felt a need to pay tribute to local First Responders. Join us for the 12th annual Tribute to honor Portland Police Officers, Multnomah County Sheriff Deputies, Portland Firefighters and EMTs. The public is invited to this free event, featuring patriotic flag and gun salute, talented entertainment, enjoyable community fair, notable 2015 Citizen of the Year announcement and more.

Congratulations are in order to Parkrose Superintendent Dr. Karen Fischer Gray!



Upcoming Events for 2015

Click here to see the rest of our upcoming meetings and events calendar!

October 8
GABA General Meeting
Noon - 1:00 PM
East Portland Community Center

Speaker: Charles Montgomery, Owner, NW eSource

November 12
GABA General Meeting
Noon - 1:00 PM
East Portland Community Center
December 10
Holiday Special - Stay Tuned!!


2015 General Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month…

From noon to 1 PM at East Portland Community Center 

in the Loaves & Fishes Room

740 SE 106th Ave, Portland, OR 97216

Click here for Directions.



GABA Board Meetings

2015 Board meetings are held on 4th Wednesday of the months of July, September and November from 6 to 7pm at East Portland Neighborhood Office at 1017 NE 117th Avenue, Portland OR 97220


Gateway Fun-O-Rama 2012!

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Thank You to Our Generous 2015 Sponsors!