Spotlight Story: Meet the Faces behind RHBA – Raleigh Hills Business Association

By Bev Snow-Kuehn

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Bev Snow-Kuehn

RHBA founding members, Linda Criss (RH Bank of the West, Branch Mgr), Toni Curry (TLC Promotions) and Bev Snow-Kuehn (B-Line Enterprises) came together to support the Raleigh Hills business community.

The three ladies started talking, planning and envisioning what RHBA would look like and from vision to reality, we officially launched in May of 2010.

  • Building a local business community,
  • Shop local,
  • Know your business owners and your neighbors.

Linda Criss was instrumental with all the legal matters, licenses, insurance, and by-laws while the mission statement was a joint collaboration. Later the Board grew from three and added Matt Chrisman (West Coast Bank RH Branch, Manager).

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Linda Criss

The two constants supporting RHBA are Michael Chase (CF Chase Marketing) and Robin Curtin (Univera Associate).

Currently, the RHBA boasts 76 members for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Toni Curry and Linda Criss created position duties and put together an official RHBA manual.

We have had three Chairs in the six years since conception: Linda Criss, Bank of the West; Liz Utter, New Seasons Raleigh Hills and Marie Morris, Beyond 18.

Bev Snow-Kuehn (B-Line Enterprises) and Diane Snedecor (Mountain Man Fruit & Nut) are all about outreach and connecting the business community with our neighbors.

Toni Curry took the organization with a simple scrolly heart logo to a brand that is known and recognized. She used her graphic design background to create a “real logo/a real brand” which included getting a grant from Venture Portland for boulevard banners which are proudly displaying the RHBA logo on our streets in Raleigh Hills.

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Toni Curry

Our successes are:

  • Our monthly business meeting at RH New Seasons,
  • Sign toppers “Raleigh Hills Business District”,
  • Member directory,
  • A monthly presence in the Beaverton Resource Guide,
  • Our annual holiday party and Shred / Recycle event(s). .

About RHBA: To support the community of Raleigh Hills; to promote a vibrant business environment, maintain a safe & healthy climate, create community consciousness & maximize livability. Visit us at raleighhillsbusinessassn.org