Zach DuFault checks in guests at the meeting July 1, 2021, of business owners and managers considering a new association for southeast Salem. (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

Businesses located on Southeast 12th and 13th streets met on July 1 to discuss the formation of Project 12 13. Over 30 people gathered outside of Furbish: A Salvage Place to discuss ways to improve their part of Salem.

Organizers included: Dean and Nancy Sweeney and Erik Wurgler of Sweeney PromotionsBrian and Nina White from Paramount Real Estate; Joel and Cindy Cowley, owners of Furbish and Matthew White from The Killers Pest Control.

Zach DuFault from Salem Playhouse checked in guests. Larry Severson and Eric Burns from Larry’s Appliance, a long-time business on 12th Street, donated a washer and dryer set for a silent auction. Dean Catherman, the owner of Oregon Glove, provided a nice pair of driving gloves. His business has been located in the area for decades.

Everyone enjoyed a traditional barbecue meal while they chatted about many of the issues facing their part of Salem, including beautification, crime, and attracting more customers to the retail shops in the area.

Commercial real estate agent Mike Fulgaro of SVN Commercial Advisors was feeling optimistic about the current market. Jane Sept and Sarah Long from Spinnaker Pediatric Dentistry stopped by as their business is just next door. Amy McLeod and daughter Anna Parker from the McLeod Group Network joined the discussion on how the area's community-minded businesses could work together.

The group is seeking business members to join the organization and can be reached at [email protected].

Nina White and Anna Parker, involved in the real estate industry chat at the meeting July 1, 2021, of business owners and managers considering a new association for southeast Salem. (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

Matthew White from The Killers Pest Control was among those at the meeting July 1, 2021, of business owners and managers considering a new association for southeast Salem. (Mary Louise VanNatta/Special to Salem Reporter)

 Mary Louise VanNatta is a Salem public relations professional writing a regular column for Salem Reporter. Tell her about your upcoming event at [email protected]

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