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  • April 21, 2024 6:11 AM | Ron Schmidt

    A better way to handle the legal challenges your business faces every day!

    How many of these  areas of challenge do YOU manage today? 

    How would it feel if you could pass these onto top attorneys at a low monthly rate?

    HR & Employment Matters: Handling hiring, firing, and managing employees while staying compliant with employment laws. 

    Cash Flow Management and AR Recovery: Managing incoming and outgoing finances, including accounts receivable recovery to ensure a healthy cash flow. 

    Customer, Vendor, and Supplier Disputes: Resolving conflicts with customers, vendors, or suppliers to maintain positive relationships and business operations. 

    Protecting Assets from Business Risk: Implementing strategies to shield assets from business liabilities and risks. 

    Business Plan Strategies & Succession Planning: Developing long-term business plans and strategies, as well as planning for the future of the business through succession planning. 

    Contract and Document Review: Reviewing contracts and legal documents for clarity and to mitigate risks. 

    Property & Equipment Leasing: Deciding on leasing arrangements for business premises and equipment to optimize resources. 

    Tax Codes & Tax Audits: Staying informed about tax regulations and navigating tax audits to avoid penalties and maintain compliance. 

    Consumer Law: Understanding consumer protection laws and addressing any legal threats or disputes that may arise. 

    Policy & Procedure Review to Address Ever-Changing Regulations & Legislation: Regularly reviewing and updating policies and procedures to align evolving regulations and legislation to ensure compliance and mitigate risks

    How your small business can benefit from LegalShield. 

    Make educated decisions instead of “stressing and guessing”: Without access to affordable legal advice, business people often “stress and guess” and make uninformed decisions that can lead to bad legal outcomes. 

    Affordable monthly rates vs. high hourly rates: As LegalShield’s monthly membership rates are so affordable, you no longer have to choose between trying to fix complex legal problems on your own or hiring an expensive lawyer. 

    Be proactive, don’t play defense: You have access to legal help from experienced lawyers whenever you need it. 

    Here are services offered by LegalShield’s Small Business Plans: 

    Legal advice and consultation on unlimited business matters 

    Business letters and phone calls made on your behalf 

    Contract and business related document review 

    Debt collection assistance 

    And more! 

    With a LegalShield business plan, you get access to affordable business lawyers who can help you with your business legal needs while you focus on building your business. Call now for details!

    Ron Schmidt LegalShield Director US & Canada

    EPCC Director, Member Development Committee & EPCC Liaison to OAME

    Business Plans Employee Group  & Broker Certified 

    503-539-6817 cell/text   Ron@ThePlanningGroup.ORG www.ThePlanningGroup.ORG  to see more about Family, Small Business & Employee Benefits or to enroll 

  • February 22, 2024 11:40 AM | Roland Mechanik

    Love kids & books? Become a Volunteer Reader for SMART Reading 

    SMART Reading (East Metro) |

    Help support children’s literacy in your community and inspire a love of books and reading by becoming a Volunteer Reader. This volunteer position is vital to SMART Reading, providing direct literacy support to kids through weekly shared reading sessions. Volunteer Readers will read with one assigned child (One-to-One SMART) or to a classroom of students (Classroom SMART). 

    The SMART Reading program has Volunteer Reader opportunities throughout the state, but our highest need sites right now are: Earl Boyles Elementary, Mt. Hood Community College Head Start and Highland Elementary.  Programs run during school hours through the end of the school year. Time commitment is 1-2 hours per week.

    About SMART Reading: 

    SMART Reading is a children’s literacy nonprofit that serves kids in Oregon’s highest need schools with two ingredients critical for literacy and learning success: one-on-one reading time and access to books. We mobilize volunteers to read with PreK through third-grade children, building confidence, literacy skills and a love of reading. SMART Reading provides a meaningful way for Oregonians to make a direct impact in their communities.

    If interested, please contact or 971-634-1628.

  • February 14, 2024 1:00 PM | Derek Anderson

    Facebook event

    Sunday Feb 18th 10am - 4pm 

    Location: Superhero Fitness: 345 SE Yamhill St, Portland OR 97214

    We are thrilled to extend an invitation to you for the Grand Opening Celebration of Superhero Fitness, Portland's newest and most exciting parkour, ninja, and acrobatics gym! We are eager to share this extraordinary fitness experience with you and showcase our state-of-the-art facility.

    RSVP includes, Facility Tour and Class: We will teach you everything you need to get started safely in everything from parkour, ninja warrior, lightsabers, and acro-yoga. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED!

    Acrobats in Action: Ongoing Acro yoga practitioners on site to invite you to play or to show you our favorite partner movement art!

    Ribbon Cutting: 12pm with the east Portland chamber of commerce!

    Lightsaber Classes: Starting at 12pm! after the ceremony. 

    Chair Massage: Take a moment to relax and recharge with complimentary 5min chair massages. 2 massage therapists from Lifelong Wellness will be on site! 5 min free of 20 min for $15

    Face Painting: Channel your inner superhero with our face painting station! Let our talented artists transform you into the superhero you've always wanted to be.

    Last day for discounted pricing! We have been operating with discounted pricing while in our soft opening stages. Through Feb 18th this will continue! This is your last chance to lock in your founding membership pricing or stock up on punch cards!

    Please confirm your attendance to ensure we have a spot reserved for you. Check out the tickets button on the event page!

    Join us for an unforgettable evening of fitness, fun, and superhero-level excitement! We can't wait to celebrate the grand opening of Superhero Fitness with you and showcase the extraordinary world of parkour, ninja, and acrobatics.

    Thank you, and we look forward to welcoming you to Superhero Fitness!

    For other information see our website at

  • February 09, 2024 5:05 AM | Ron Schmidt

    Nancy Chapin is a long time member, past officer and supporter of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce and many other local businress groups.  Here's one she wants you to know about:

    Association ofHome-basedBusinesses

    Kevin Minkoff, CPA

    Tues., Feb. 13, 6pm at Woodstock Wine & Deli


    (at the southwest corner of SE 41st Ave.)

    FREE admission! (Alcoholic beverages available for purchase.)

    PLEASE RSVP by Monday, February 12, to help with food planning.

    Email: | Call: 503-232-2326

    The flyer looks much better than the text scrape I did above:

  • January 22, 2024 6:21 PM | Ron Schmidt

    Come be my guest to OAME for great networking, industry news and the featured speaker, the President of Portland Community College.

  • December 21, 2023 12:01 PM | Ron Schmidt

    Thinking of just one more reward for your employees? This is deductible to you, not taxable to them, will reduce absenteeism and could prevent your company from incurring a data breach.

    Less then $10 monthly on a group plan. I'll deliver the gift certificates immediately.

  • December 19, 2023 12:58 PM | Ron Schmidt

    You can help your employees get even broader benefits working for you without any direct cost to you!  If we do it before year end, your employees will get some powerful benefits:

    o  IRS audits for 2022 and later are covered IF signed up in 2023 (Built in IRS audit protection will go away for 2022 tax year if not enrolled by 12/31)

    o  “Tis the season" for legal and ID theft issues.  Peak crimes this time of year.  ID Thieves want a good Christmas too.

    o  Judges tend to take time off during the holidays - not available to straighten things out - you or loved ones do not want to be detained due to ID theft or wrongful charges during this time

    o  MemberPerks huge for shopping Our 4 million members give us huge buying clout

    o  Sharp people and businesses do their Tax planning before year end and need legal/tax advice

    o  Motor vehicle exposure is higher and riskier traveling over holidays and across states

    o  Returns and warranties disputes

    o  More people buying homes Jan/feb -residential loan docs

    o  More uncontested domestic matters - get the 90 days waiting period started now

    o  New Years resolution and time over the holidays good time to discuss will and estate with loved ones

    Here's the big deal, you benefit from the decreased absenteeism and increased productivity which occurs when we handle your people's personal life events.  Let's talk now, the time is ticking! 

    Ron Schmidt LegalShield Business Plans and Employee Group Certified 503-539-6817 cell/text Ron@ThePlanningGroup.ORG www.ThePlanningGroup.ORG to see more about Family, Small Business & Employee Benefits or to enroll 

  • December 19, 2023 12:53 PM | Ron Schmidt

    You had a great year?  Good for you!  You have just over a week to make year end decisions which can help lower your taxes and help cover expenses for 2024.  You can pay the annual cost of legal services with us rather than monthly.  Check with your tax advisor then let's talk. 

  • December 08, 2023 3:50 PM | Ron Schmidt

    Be my guest Saturday 11:30am Wilsonville OR to see how the President of the President Of The Board Of Directors at South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce (Greater Vancouver BC) leverages her business for success

    11:30 Mix & Mingle 

    12 Noon Guest Presentation 

    Register as my guest (registration waived for guests)

    See you there!

  • November 01, 2023 6:09 PM | Ron Schmidt

    We have to advocate to our city to take action with the laws and resources we have at our ready today. No person should be using hard drugs in plain view in front of our children. We never want to normalize this behavior to our little ones or anyone else.

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