Working Together, Growing Together - Since 1950

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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.

Our Events Are Fabulous & Honor Those Who Deserve It

Take a look at the community fun, music and presentations in this fantastic video of our recent 1st Responders Tribute & Business Fair.  After 9-11, Gateway business leaders and residents felt a need to pay tribute to local First Responders. Many joined us for the 12th annual Tribute to honor Portland Police Officers, Multnomah County Sheriff Deputies, Portland Firefighters and EMTs. The public was 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.

The 2015 Citizen of the year has been selected!

Our 2015 Citizen of the Year has been selected, the award was presented at the 1st Responders Tribute.  Congratulations are in order to Parkrose Superintendent Dr. Karen Fischer Gray!




Monthly Meetings

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.

January 14thIt’s a New Year with new changes underway in Gateway!  Seanette Corkill, of Frontdoor Back consulting, will present on Gateway’s storefront improvements along the Halsey Wielder corridor.  Get a sneak peak of the new looks for businesses such as PACs and McGillacuddy’s, and stay current on the other business news in Gateway.  We look forward to seeing you there!     

February 11th - Brandon Sanders, from USbank, will be speaking about the new credit card EMV chips and the implications for small business owners.

March 10th - Victor Salinas, from the city’s Marijuana Policy Program, will be speaking about the new marijuana laws and the implications for employers.

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GABA Board Meetings

2016 GABA Board meetings are held on 4th Wednesday of the month, usually at East Portland Neighborhood Office at 1017 NE 117th Avenue, Portland OR 97220.

January 27th - Hosted

February 24th - Hosted by Fred and Anne at their lovely estate.

March 23rd - Hosted at the RHA building courtesy of RHA President John Sage

April 27th - Usual location, Realty Brokers

May 25th - Usual location, Realty Brokers

June 29th - Usual location, Realty Brokers

July 27th - Usual location, Realty Brokers

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