Join us at the 2015 People’s Coast Arthritis Bike Classic!

April 16th, 2015 by Jon

IMG_0297There’s nothing better than a benefit cycle ride. You get to take a ride on your bicycle, enjoy the sights, and best of all, you’re contributing to a worthwhile cause.

We are very excited to announce that we are partnering with The Arthritis Foundation, and will be spreading the word about how you can help contribute to the prevention, control and cure of arthritis.

Who is the Arthritis Foundation?

The Arthritis Foundation is the leading health organization addressing the needs of more than 50 million Americans living with arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. As a national voluntary health agency, the Arthritis Foundation seeks to improve life through leadership in the prevention, control, and cure of arthritis and related diseases.

Since 1948, the Foundation has spent in excess of $200 million to support more than 1,700 scientists and physicians in arthritis research programs specifically for the study of pediatric and adult rheumatic diseases.

The Arthritis Foundation also provides educational research to help adults, parents and children manage their arthritis by providing a large number of community-based services nationwide to make life with arthritis easier.

Take a look at what the Arthritis Foundation is doing today:

What is the People’s Coast Arthritis Bike Classic?

The People’s Coast Arthritis Bike Classic presented by Amgen is a spectacular 363-mile, 6-days of cycling, bicycle tour from Astoria to Brookings, OR. Scenic coasts, secluded beaches, wildlife, lighthouses, amazing viewpoints, quaint towns and the natural beauty of the Oregon Coast are all part of your daily travel experiences.

The People’s Coast Arthritis Bike Classic offers a fully supported bicycle tour to all registered riders, including breakfasts, dinners, mechanical support, and overnight camping. The entire event will take place in September, from the 12th to the 19th.

For a day-by-day breakdown of what you can expect on the trip, take a look at the People’s Coast Classic website.

This event benefits the Arthritis Foundation by raising vital funds that enables us to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control, and cure of arthritis and related diseases. The mission of the ride is to fund educational programs, critical research, community services, and free public resources.  The People’s Coast Classic has a goal of reaching $250,000 by the event. At the time of this blog, they have currently raised $83,000!

Ready to help find a cure for Arthritis, improve lives, and enjoy the beauty of the Oregon Coast at the same time? Sign up for the bike ride!

Something Spectacular from Súpa!

April 14th, 2015 by Jon

c700x420Soup is something that when you get it right, it can rock your world. There’s nothing like having the perfect flavor of soup paired off with the perfect sandwhich that makes your blah afternoon into an awesome one.

To help make your afternoon that much better, Portland Pedal Power has teamed up with Súpa! Soups to help bring you some of the most delicious soups in the Portland area!

Taking Portland diners by storm, Súpa! offers an exquisite array of small batch artisan soups and taste tempting Melties, Sammies & Salads.

Súpa comes from the ancient Latin word suppa which literally means “bread soaked in broth” and while their soups and melties certainly can hold their own, the ah-ha! moment comes when you combine the two for the most perfect bite. That is Súpa!

Take a look at some of the delectable soups you will find on our menu:

Vegetarian Soup - Vegetarian soups include Spinach & Feta, Hungarian Mushroom, Mac & Cheese and more!

Omni Soup - Omni soups include Rustic Country Chicken and more!

Súpa Geek Salad - Mixed greens, romaine, tomato, shaved red onion, black olives and feta with your choice of Balsamic Vinaigrette, Ranch, Blue Cheese, Honey Mustard or Thousand Island dressing.

The Mezza SandwichFresh mozzerella, feta, sun dried tomato spread, roasted red pepper and pesto sauce. 

Yogi SandwichRoasted red pepper hummus, cucumber, tomato, shaved red onion, fresh greens, feta and sun dried tomato spread on soft ciaba.

Súpa also offers a great chance to order the soup of the day! Take a look at whats on the menu right now.

Ready to order yourself some Súpa? Take a look at what you can find on our menu!

Delivery from Helen Bernhard’s Bakery

April 9th, 2015 by Jon

logoThere’s nothing like fresh baked goods right out of the oven. Whether it’s a freshly baked cookie, a hand-decorated cake, or delicious butterhorn, there are few better ways to start the day off. That’s why we are very excited to be delivering for Helen Bernhard Bakery!

Helen Bernhard Bakery was established in 1924, beginning, as many bakeries did in those early days, by baking cakes for neighbors and friends. At the time, the Bernhard family lived in the house next to the present shop. Ben Bernhard’s father was a minister at Grace Lutheran Church and his mother, Helen, created the cake business as a hobby and an addition to the family’s income.

Most recently, the bakery was purchased by Mike and Kellie Snaadt.  They are inspired by the rich history and loving memories the bakery provides the community.  The bakery has seen many changes in it’s 90 years of existence, but amid all those changes, the home bakery feeling still remains.

And now, Helen Bernhard’s delivers with Portland Pedal Power! Take a look at our menu, and you’re going to find some delicious treats:

Coffee Cake and Coffee Cake Rings Made from scratch recipe Danish dough. We fill them with a variety of fruit flavors then bake them in a ring shape perfect for office meetings and parties.

Cup Cakes - Available in white, chocolate, pink champagne and red velvet. We offer 3 levels of decoration depending on the type of event. Party includes icing and sprinkles, specialty are a more decadently topped cupcake with chocolates, fruits and drizzles, and our fancy include icing flowers or other decorations choices.

ButterhornsOur traditional round morning Danish, mini style can be topped with custard or a variety of fruit toppings.

GQqOlNbv61savYSpecialty Cakes – Choice of Rich German Chocolate cake, Light Carrot cake, or decadent  White Chocolate cake.

In addition to the assorted baked goods you’ll find on our menu, Helen Bernhard’s also specializes in decorating incredible cakes! If you have a super special celebration that needs a specially decorated cake, contact us directly for pricing and opportunities, nearly anything is possible.

Celebrating Earth Day with USAgencies Credit Union

April 7th, 2015 by Jon

11024108_430426627118881_1557199712_nEarth Day in Portland is something special. It gives us a chance to reflect on how we conserve resources, plant a tree for future generations, and celebrate healthy living and green technologies.

That’s why we always get so excited for Earth Day at Portland Pedal Power. We are all about sustainability and green technology. Having a day dedicated to promoting that kind of lifestyle is a great opportunity to tell everyone about why we love to deliver by bike!

To help promote traveling on two wheels, Portland Pedal Power is going to be at the Edith Green Building this coming Earth Day, April 22nd, with USAgencies Credit Union. USAgencies offers a great bicycle loan program, ensuring you have the ability to get the bicycle of your dreams. Whether you need a cargo bike to move some serious weight, a road bike to get you around the city, or a city bike for some laid back cruising over the weekend, USAgencies wants to get you the bike that suits you best.

Come say hi to us on the 22nd! We will have some delicious treats from one of our vendors and will be talking about our awesome Pyxis cargo box, the many uses of cargo bikes, and all the benefits you can get by incorporating cycling into your daily commute.

The Lloyd Eco Fair is Coming!

April 2nd, 2015 by Jon

efbanner3-01We are all about sustainability at Portland Pedal Power. Of course, when you work at a business where you work primarily by bike in Portland, it’s practically a requirement. That’s why we are so excited about Lloyd Eco Fair!

In celebration of Earth Month, Lloyd EcoDistrict is organizing the first annual Eco Fair in the Lloyd District. We’re teaming up with PacifiCorp and Lloyd Center to bring together local businesses and organizations for a two-day event to promote sustainable practices in our community. Join us to make the Lloyd District a great place to live, work and play!

The fair is a two day event, April 10th – 11th, from 11Am -2PM, and will feature fun activities for kids and adults, DIY workshops, and information about innovative community resources. Attendees will learn about urban farming opportunities, build a free bike bucket, get the inside scoop on Lloyd Center renovations and housing developments in the Lloyd District, and take our Coffee Cup Eco-Challenge.

Other vendor booths will include Go Lloyd’s Lloyd Links program for live trip-planning assistance, PacifiCorp’s Blue Sky and Wattsmart programs, information on the LEED Platinum Hassalo on Eighth project, along with many more of the innovative green resources in the Lloyd District. Saturday will feature multiple kid-friendly activities and interactive entertainment.

The fair will be held at Nordstrom Plaza and Court at Lloyd Center, found at 2201 Lloyd Center, Portland, OR 97232. Click here for directions!

From Pedals to Pick-Ups: Meet the New Portland Pick-Up Power!

April 1st, 2015 by Jon

IMG_20150401_125412For the past 7 years, Portland Pedal Power has been sticking to two wheels and people power, bringing you some of the most delicious food right to your office. It’s been a great run, and we all have some huge leg muscles now thanks to crossing the bridges.

But why stick to two wheels, when you can have four?

Portland Pedal Power is excited to announce that we are ditching the Bikes and changing our name to “Portland Pick-Up Power!” Thanks to the team in Research and Development, PPP has discovered a completely new way of delivering food right to your office: By Truck! Instead of fighting traffic on the bike, we’re sending our riders out in our newly acquired fleet of Pick-Ups.

Our new top-of-the-line petroleum powered fleet will be delivering food at top speed, navigating the streets of Portland with flat-beds and expertly navigating hills and bridges.

Take a look at what our new fleet offers:

Human-Friendly Fossil Fuels – Instead of wasting human energy, we’re burning oil to get the food from the cart to you! Now that’s efficiency.

High Visibility Turn Signals – Rather than using the traditional hand signals, our fleet is now equipped with a standard turn signal system, allowing us to electronically notify people on the road when we’re turning left, right, or even slowing down.

Easy Navigation – No more crowded bike lanes for us! Using our high-powered 19th century engine innovation, we’re cruising at high speed  up and down hills and across our many bridges, bringing your food at breakneck speed.

High Capacity Payload – Our newly acquired fleet comes standard with the newly minted “High-Capacity Pyxis Bed,” allowing us to move high volume of food. Need two tons of burritos for your next office party? We can do it!

Ready to get your food delivered by our the newest innovation to hit the streets? Ask us about how you can get your food delivered by Portland Pick-Up Power today!

April Fools Everyone! Never fear, we are still pedal powered!





Let Whole Foods Cater your Easter and Passover!

March 30th, 2015 by Jon

10979638_1388222698165628_2128276819_nEaster and Passover: Two great holidays which require a LOT of preparation in the kitchen. The family is coming over, Uncle Leo insists you have asparagus on the table, and Grandpa Joe absolutely must  have his brisket. And did you remember to get enough eggs to hide in the backyard?

Lots of plans, and very little time to get everything in order. So why not remove one of the most stressful parts about planning for the holidays? Instead of stressing over the menu, let Whole Foods take care of the meal for you!

Whole Foods Marketplace in the Pearl is offering a special Easter and Passover menu special for the week leading up to the holidays. Now, you can order a special dinner for four, making sure both Uncle Leo and Grandpa Joe get what they want when everyone sits at the table. Take a look at some of the catering options you will find on Whole Foods’ Catering Menu:

Holiday Dinner with Ham - Enjoy a delicious ham dinner for Easter, which is completed with Creamer Potatoes with Caramelized Leeks, Orzo Pasta Salad with Spring Peas, and Asparagus Salad with Julienne Vegetables.

Garlic Rosemary Lamb Dinner – Fully cooked boneless leg of lamb, tender thanks to sous-vide cooking technique. Lamb is raised with no animal by-products in feed, no added growth hormones and no antibiotics. Completed with Creamer Potatoes with Caramelized Leeks, Orzo Pasta Salad with Spring Peas, and Asparagus Salad with Julienne Vegetables.

Holiday Dinner with Sous-Vide Pork – Enjoy a tender sous-vide pork dinner with Creamer Potatoes with Caramelized Leeks, Orzo Pasta Salad with Spring Peas, and Asparagus Salad with Julienne Vegetables.

Beef Brisket Dinner – A simple, delicious choice for Passover meals, the tender beef brisket is paired with four sides: Potato Kugel, Sweet Potato Tzimmes, Haroset, and Asparagus with Julienne Vegetables.

Whole Quiche - Feature silken custard in a flaky pastry shell.  Choose from leek and goat cheese, Quiche Lorraine (bacon and cheese), or Spinach and pine nut.

You also pick up some additional sides through the menu, if you happen to need some extra Orzo Pasta Salad  for example.

Ready to remove some extra stress? Check out Whole Foods’ Catering Menu and start planning your holiday weekend now!


Financial Literacy Month is Coming. RSVP with USAgencies!

March 26th, 2015 by Jon

website---financial-literacy-monthTax Season is always a difficult time. There are so many variables that factor in, so many 3rd parties that promise the highest refund, and by the end of the day, you usually have to cut a big check.

It’s not just taxes, either. Financial issues are a lifetime struggle for many people. Am I saving enough? Are my accounts in order?

That’s why USAgencies is hosting a Feast&Forum throughout April, which is Financial Literacy Month! Every Wednesday, USAgencies Credit Union will be talking about some of the most important aspects of being financially literate while you get to enjoy a brown bag lunch.

Each event will be hosted at the Credit Union, located on 95 SW Taylor StreetTake a look at what you will be learning about during the month of April:

APRIL 1ST: Investing Concerns in a Fragile Market - Take a deep dive into common investing mistakes and discuss the importance of asset allocation.

APRIL 8TH: Roth IRA - Learn the benefits of Roth IRAs and how they are different from Traditional IRA; plus learn about the TSP option with a Roth.

APRIL 15TH: Understanding Retirement Plan Rollovers - We’ll cover rolling over 401(k)s, IRAs, TSP accounts, and others.

APRIL 22ND : Asset Allocation - Discussion on how to utilize asset allocation to work toward your short, mid, and long-term goals; plus we’ll look at the TSP L-Funds.

APRIL 29TH : Transition to Retirement - Learn ten critical factors to help you plan for your retirement.

For each week you register and attend a Feast&Forum session during Financial Literacy Month, you’re entered to win a $100 Certificate of Deposit (6-month term!)

All of these sessions are free and open to the members and non-members alike. Brown Bag Lunches are limited to 20 people and Webinars are limited to 50 people.

Be sure to RSVP for the seminar or webinar you want to attend. Following the prompts and you’re on your way! You can also RSVP by connecting with Kasey Rockwell at (503)275-0346

Help USAgencies Credit Union Reach Their Goal!

March 17th, 2015 by Jon

website---carsalesmartUSAgencies has been raising money for the month of April and March for SMART, a great program dedicated to getting books to kids. Take a look at how USAgencies is doing so far, and how you can help them reach their goal of $1000 by April 30th!

Since March 1st, we’ve been spreading the word about SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) as a part of our Drive Into Reading Spring Car Sale with Enterprise Car Sales. To date, we’ve raised $100 for SMART - that’s 10% of our goal of $1,000.

What will this $100 do? It will provide about 33 books for SMART students.


Some of you may be wondering why SMART? Why is the credit union partnering with this organization?

USAgencies is committed to investing in our community, not just in financially specific education programs, like BALANCE that we provide free to our members, or like our Feast&Forum sessions hosted throughout the year – we’ve committed to improving the financial lives of our community at the core, on a basic level, and one of those basics is reading.

According to this infographic from SMART, approximately 50 percent of the nation’s unemployed youth (ages 16 – 21) are functionally illiterate, with virtually no prospects for obtaining jobs. By investing in programming like SMART, who’s mission is to”engage community volunteers to read one-on-one with PreK through 3rd grade children who need reading support” we can impact the early literacy years of Oregon kids, one reader at a time, one story at a time.

Help us reach our goal:
By April 30th, we want to have our Facebook campaign page read “GOAL REACHED! $1,000 for SMART!” And, USAgencies is going to match that effort, $1 for $1 (up to $1,000). We encourage our members to support SMART with us.

Invest in SMART:

Thank you for helping your credit union by #GivingBack – #ReadingMatters!

New Ventures Competition is Back!

March 10th, 2015 by Jon

NVC-LOGO-2lx9vrnCompetition has a way of bringing out the best in students. That’s why we are very excited that the New Venture Championship is  returning to the University of Oregon!

For those who are unaware, the New Venture Championship (NVC) is presented annually by the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business. It is the original six-round business competition for graduate students. NVC has evolved into the premiere international entrepreneurial investment competition since it was founded in 1992. The 16 accepted teams have an opportunity to share their ventures and grow as both entrepreneurs and students.

NVC’s mission is to develop skilled and knowledgeable entrepreneurial leaders who are able to present their ideas in concise and thoughtful ways, be open to construction, and adapt to the ever-changing business environment.

The competition takes place in Portland, Oregon every spring. Teams from around the world and the United States present and defend their business plans to a panel of esteemed judges for valuable feedback and a chance to win over $60,000 in cash prizes. All NVC competitors receive cash awards and advice from Northwest business entrepreneurs and executives to help their goals flourish.

Take a look at the NVC video for an in-depth look at what happens at the competition: