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!

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.


$4,000 Grand from Venture Portland as part of the East Portland Pilot Project

GABA received a $4,000 grant from Venture Portland as part of the East Portland Pilot Project. The board has approved a district work plan designed to grow our business district and expand our membership, and has assigned Adrienne Sweetwater to our district. Adrienne has been going door-to-door and helping us walk the road we have paved for growing Gateway. Thank you Venture Portland!



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 Member Meetings

2016 GABA Member Meetings General Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month from Noon to 1PM at Bradford's Sports Lounge – 10346 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97220 Lunch is available for $6.00 suggested donation.

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Board Member Meeting Schedule

2016 GABA Board meetings are held on 4th Wednesday of the month. Reality Brokers located at 11112 NE Halsey Street. Portland, OR 97220 will be hosting the GABA Board throughout 2016.

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