CrystalClearSolutions Blog

July 29, 2010

City Of Beaverton and Mercy Corps NW Give Beaverton Businesses a Jumpstart

Filed under: Business Solutions — crystalclearsolutions @ 4:41 am

Mercy Corps Northwest, in partnership with the City of Beaverton, is offering new and expanding businesses additional tools to help them grow. Beginning Thursday, August 5 from 5 to 8 p.m., Mercy Corps Northwest will be hosting a six-week Foundations Business Training course at the Beaverton City Library and Beaverton City Hall. The series of classes will cover a variety of key business topics including marketing, cash flow, financial literacy and business planning. The cost is $150, however, scholarships are available through Mercy Corps Northwest.

For more information about these and other programs, please visit www.beavertonbusiness.com, www.mercycorpsnw.org or www.beavertonoregon.gov, or call Andrea Lindberg at (503) 526-2533.

Announcement – OTBC 3.0 – Help Design it!

Filed under: Business Solutions — crystalclearsolutions @ 2:57 am

Are you a small business or start-up entrepreneur who could really use a flexible office space plan? You can work from anywhere, but where can you meet your clients and have a valuable conversation without the coffee machine going in the background or other conversations that are not business focused. Here is your opportunity if you live in Beaverton to help design the new digs for Beaverton’s OTBC expansion project while creating a more professional atmosphere for your brand and customers.

OTBC is growing, and moving, and we’d like to get your input and help. By October 1, we expect to be in a larger space where well have flexible office space options for start-ups in the Hall/Nimbus area
of Beaverton.

We’d like your input, and perhaps even your volunteer help, to design an entrepreneur friendly office space and set of programs. So if you’re interested in start-up friendly office space in Beaverton, or you’d like to help, or you’d just like to learn more, please join us on Friday, July 30 for an OTBC update and a discussion of our move plans and of ideas for OTBC 3.0.

What: Discussion of OTBC 3.0
When: Friday, July 30, 3:30 pm
Where: OTBC, 12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 101
Price: Free
http://www.otbc.org/node/389

July 27, 2010

Is Virtualization for You?

Filed under: Business Solutions — Tags: , , , , , , , — crystalclearsolutions @ 9:41 pm

As a business what is your ROI when your IT network goes down? What about, security threats, viruses or managing hardware? What if all kinds of patches and other hardware monitoring could be done seamlessly?

That is Intel’s VPro Virtualization, technology that allows you to keep working with minimal down time or rebooting periods, bringing your bottom line up.

Citrix online has something similar they are offering. I’ve used Citrix at companies such as Advanced Micro Devices and Nike with adequate results. Things seemed to take a while or work a around needed to be made for productive use and that was, well, in need of improvement.

I recently had an opportunity to experience Citrix Online remote assistance when my LAN line provider migrated from Verizon to Frontier Communications. It was painless and flawless due to the knowledgeable customer service rep helping me align my Outlook settings properly to the redirected new settings. she took control of my home computer using a series of maneuvers and access authorization that allowed her o low through the tabs quickly and check where I had missed a small step in the order of operations to align Outlook with my new email address, just like when I worked at Intel. It was really helpful!

From a corporate environment I prefer Intel’s VPro remote service, as it has a much more robust capacity to flawlessly handle the back end of business applications as well as network functionality. In my five years of working at Intel I can never recall an incident involving any down time, as a result, the virtual machines keep the business running. It truly is a magnificent product. There were a few glitches in hosted applications, but those were not Intel designed, they were outsourced or purchased software applications.

Virtualization is not just for large companies anymore and is more affordable than ever whether you own a single computer or multiple computers on a network.

The virtualization aspect allows you to identify, isolate and solve issues constantly monitored through virtual troubleshooting before the technician needs to be called out or the hardware goes to the shop. Depending on your preference for open-source networking or product preferred packages then you have a choice.

But, the real choice is to get virtualization in your business today!

A Job Well Done WA CO LUT Operations & Maintenance Crews

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Watch the videos
Bluegrass Downs Crossing

A successful Install

July 17, 2010

Hubspot – Blog Grader http://grader.com/

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Is it accurate?  I ranked 33 compared to Word Press.com whose rating is 99 and my my Friend Mike Mathews http://danceamongelephants.wordpress.com who ranked 55 – well done.  What is your score?

July 12, 2010

Thank you Washington County LUT Operations and Maintenance Division – Todd Watkins

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County and Neighbors to Hold Ribbon-cutting Party for New Ped and Bike Bridge along Walker Road

For Immediate Release Friday, July 09, 2010

Sponsored by: Department of Land Use & Transportation , Operations & Maintenance Division

Washington County’s Department of Land Use and Transportation and the Five Oaks/Triple Creek Neighborhood Association (NAC) invite neighbors and friends to the dedication of the new “Bluegrass Downs” Bike and Pedestrian Bridge over Willow Creek. The celebration will begin at noon on August 4, 2010, on the parking lot of Youngnak Presbyterian Church at  17415 NW Walker Road. A trombone will lead revelers across Walker and to the bridge for the ribbon cutting and “first crossing”. County Commissioners Desari Strader and Dick Schouten and Mayor Denny Doyle will be featured speakers.

Pre-fabricated pedestrian bridge in county  operations yardThe pre-fabricated structure arrived from Florida in late June; construction of the approaches will begin July 12. County road crews had done some shoulder widening a few seasons ago. The installation of the bridge and this safe crossing across Willow Creek means that a total of 4.2 miles of paved wide shoulders, pathways and sidewalks will now be complete along Walker Road for both pedestrians and bicyclists. This project had been selected and pre-designed, and the county was pleased to be able to meet a commitment previously made to this community and include it in this year’s construction season.

The new bridge was a cooperative effort between Washington County and members of the Five Oaks/Triple Creek Neighborhood Association, especially its Chairwoman Melissa Nourigat. The total bridge project cost is $75,000, including design and construction. The work is being accomplished by county road crews. Both long- and short-term costs were considered in the selection of this bridge alternative. According to Dave Schamp, Operations and Maintenance Manager, a lot of thought went into this decision. “It’s real easy to just focus on the short-term cheapest option, especially in our current economic environment. But we also took a hard look at environmental impacts, ongoing maintenance costs and the prospect that someday Walker Road will be widened.” The one-piece structure is reusable, has an expected 75+ year life span, needs little or no maintenance, and greatly reduces environmental impacts. And it can be easily and inexpensively moved to another location when Walker Road is eventually improved – which is not expected anytime soon. “Our crews can just pick it up, put it on a trailer and move it to the next location. It’s a great concept that really works well in this type of application.” Overall, this option shortened the construction time, had essentially no impact on the adjacent environment and provides a low lifecycle cost.

For more information about county roads and bridges, visit the Washington County Roads website at www.wc-roads.com.

Washington County is committed to building and maintaining the best transportation system, ensuring the safety of all roadway users, and operating the county roadway system in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.

Contact:

Anne Madden, Sr. Program Educator
503.846.4963
anne_madden@co.washington.or.us

July 6, 2010

PORTLAND TOY DRIVE – Christmas in July

Filed under: Uncategorized — crystalclearsolutions @ 7:42 am
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July 2010
Greetings!

This is a reminder for those that have not signed up for the Portland Toy Drive Christmas in July Open House & Fundraiser. We would be honored if you would join us:
The Portland Toy Drive initiative is a concerted effort among volunteers, fans, businesses & organizations to stage a successful toy drive this holiday season to help needy children.  We, the Portland Toy Drive team, are promotional support advocates for the Fire Department’s Toy & Joy Makers & the Marine’s Toys For Tots.  Our mission is to help Portland become the largest toy drive success in the Nation with 1000 supporting entities.

We request your support in our effort and invite you and a guest to the Portland Toy Drive Christmas in July Open House & Fundraiser.  Details are as follows:

Portland Toy Drive Christmas in July Open House & Fundraiser – July 15th Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center Hotel 550 SW Oak Street Portland, OR 97204 4:30pm-8:00pm.

  • Complimentary hors d’oeuvres & appetizers
  • No host bar
  • Silent Auction
  • Raffle drawing for donated gifts
  • Donations – cash/credit card/checks are tax-deductible
  • Dress code – standard business casual
  • Please give a toy or book
Our attendees include Portland Fire Bureau & city officials & representatives from Toy & Joy Makers and Toys For Tots.  Invites are currently being sent to other civic, business and association leaders.

In addition to bringing a toy or book donation we encourage you to bring your business cards and network with other community supporters in our effort to help needy children.

Click here for the official invitation from the Fire Dept’s Toy & Joy Makers.

To confirm your reservation please contact us or Toy & Joy Makers.

Respectfully,

The Portland Toy Drive Team

Huy Nguyen, Lead Director/Coordinator
PortlandToyDrive@gmail.com

503-791-9376
Tiffany Lange, Business Support Specialist
Karen Howell-Rice, Portland Toy Drive Marketing Specialist
PortlandToyDrive@gmail.com
503-358-3048

Candace Achenbach, Portland Toy Drive Marketing Support Specialist
PortlandToyDrive@gmail.com
503-310-4749

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