In 2009, CH2A & Associates, Inc. (CH2A) were notified that they were the first minority owned and operated consultant firm to be considered as the lead consultant firm for Portland Development Commission (PDC).
Our mission is to provide professional service and consultation to the public and private sectors while creating partnerships within the community.
CH2A & Associates, Inc. provides expert consultation to institutions and individual business leaders across a wide spectrum of strategic needs.
- Affirmative Action
- Policy development, legislative compliance, investigation and resolution of complaints, other related matters.
- Corrections Support Training
- Innovative training techniques for correctional facilities and their staff. CH2A designs and develops programs around transitional services, culturally specific counseling, educational opportunities and diversity training.
- Career options, conflict management, cross-cultural and interpersonal relations.
- Event Planning
- Workshops, parties, and conferences.
- Fashion Design
- Custom designs to fit the occasion, body type, and personality.
- Labor Relations
- Contract negotiation, interpreting policies and procedures, mediation, grievance processes, and rendering assistance on contractual bids.
- Services to increase your public visibility and enable your organization to promote its products and services.
- Media coaching
- State-of-the-art methodologies to improve your communication proficiency.
- Motivational Speaking
- Well-respected speakers for the public and private sectors with accompanying training seminars, workshops and retreats.
- Personnel Management
- Recruitment, interview techniques, training and orientation, workshops, management skills.
- Political consulting
- Campaign design and strategies.
- Public speaking
- Skill training.
- Public Relations
- Leverage our experience with the diverse Portland community to establish community partnerships.
- Wardrobe Planning
- Personalized plan, total coordination from accessories to how to build a better wardrobe. In 1975, coordinated the Governor’s wardrobe.
We recommend your services to all government and private entities seeking to improve community engagement, citizen participation, and public outreach.
— Portland Development Commission (see full recommendation)
Our Unique Approach
Much of the work that CH2A has undertaken with private and public partners includes events for CH2A’s Success Academy, a program that works with the City of Portland, Portland Police, Portland Parks and Recreation and private businesses to connect inner-city youths with resource providers and mentors. Events for the Success Academy include the Success Academy Friendly Faces of Summer 2005 community outreach that involved the City of Portland, Portland Police and the Mayor’s Office in which CH2A provided case management, mental health services and activities. CH2A monitored the progress and appropriate referral for housing, food and clothing assistance, main stream and alternative education, employment, medical, and/or drug and alcohol treatment referral if deemed necessary.
CH2A also presented a diversity-training workshop for PDC in June 2007. With Journeys of the Heart, we presented a Cultural Confidence and Empowerment Symposium on October 23, 2006 that focused on the needs of minority adopted children. In the summer of 2007, we held several community events for Success Academy SQUAD UP summer program, including a networking event at Pistils Nursery, an Icy White T-Shirt Block Party (where we gave away clothing and shoes provided by Adidas), an HIV/AIDS awareness event in partnership with Ace Duce, and a celebration of entrepreneurship called “The Take Over” held at Portland city hall.
CH2A also sponsored, along with El Hispanic News, Nike, Portland Community College and the Portland Observer, PDX Confidential’s “Setting The Table” conference held at the downtown Hilton Hotel where we celebrated DEED (Diversity Economic Empowerment Day) for which CH2A received a city and state proclamation. This event included a round table discussion (Generation X’ers vs. Baby boomers), award ceremony, strategies for success workshops, a corporate makeover, and first impressions techniques (i.e., job fair, trade show, and networking hour.)
For these events, CH2A prepared radio and newspaper ads, handbills, emails, capitalized on our community contacts and collaborations, and hosted a television show entitled “The Success Academy” which aired on a local cable access network.
CH2A developed a Communication-Community-Connection Report Project of PDC (2006-2007), and along with The Diversity Institute’s “Jazz of the Mississippi” event (held September 11, 2008), the Collaboration Presentation (October 31, 2008), The Diversity Institute’s “No Wasted Steps” (Pilot) Mentor Program (start date November 18, 2008), The Diversity Institute’s “Celebrating Champions of Diversity” luncheon (held on March 16, 2008), and as recorded in the 2009 Hibbit’s poll, all of the above attributed to the increased approval rate in the African-American community, raising it from 32% to 83%. PDC’s executive staff members were noted to admit that a large percent of this improvement rating was due to the work of CH2A & Associates, Inc. and The Diversity Institute.