Tuesday, February 6th 2018
RSVP for February 20th Business After Hours

Our next monthly Business After Hours will be hosted by SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Vancouver. This beautiful and newly renovated hotel is one of the best in East Vancouver with easy access to the airport and many of Vancouver's major employers. Enjoy beverages and snacks as you preview their suites and event space and attend our signature networking event, Business After Hours. Event is 5-7 pm on February 20th.
Participate in the March Madness (Mini) Membership Drive

Who’s ready for some fun competition?!

During the month of March, GVCC will hold a mini-membership drive in a similar bracket format as the NCAA tournament. Not a sports fan? Not a problem! All you need to do is submit more qualified referrals than your competition each week in order to advance to the next bracket. It’s that simple! Prizes will be awarded and incentives given. Each team will have a coach: Kareen Mills of Columbia Risk Management (West) and Eric Sawyer of BBSI (East), and the sideline sportscasters will keep everyone up to date. Teams and event kickoff in early February. All interested participants should contact Amy Tanska, Membership Recruitment Director, at 360.567.1089 or atanska@vancouverusa.com.
Volunteers Needed for Women in STEM Day, Showcase Careers to Local Students
The GVCC is a proud partner with the Southwest Washington STEM Network and nConnect and it's our goal to showcase opportunities for businesses to interact with students in Clark County. At the Women in STEM day , nConnect needs volunteers to interact with 5-8th grade girls who are looking to pursue or learn about careers in the STEM fields.  

On March 24th you can: present, host an interactive table, or run a breakout session. Don't have the time? Donate swag that relates to engaging young females in the possibilities of a career in STEM fields. 

Interested in getting involved? Email Laura Randall , the Program Director at nConnect. Laura.randall@nconnect.org. 
Share Your Career Experience With Local Students
Upcoming Career Connected Learning (CCL) Opportunities

February 8th & 9th - Speed Networking @ Covington MS
February 23rd - STEM Panel Discussion @ Frontier MS Email Laura Randall
March 1st - Resume Workshop at Fort Vancouver HS (Culinary Magnet)

View these & more opportunities at the Chamber's dedicated CCL page
Register for Leads & Needs on Wednesday
Sponsored by Invest West Management

At our last Leads & Needs event, more than 100 movers & shakers showed up to network and generate business connections! Don't miss out on our next event on February 7th, sponsored by Invest West Management. Doors open at 7:00 am and we begin promptly at 7:30 am. Pre-registration is recommended!
Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

Wednesday, February 7th @ 4:30 p.m. - Ribbon Cutting for Center Stage Clothiers
Friday, February 9th @ 1:45 p.m. - Ribbon Cutting for Rally Pizza
Wednesday, February 21st @ 9:00 a.m. - Ribbon Cutting for A & D Business Services
Wednesday, February 21st @ 5:00 p.m. - Ribbon Cutting for Desert Canyon Mortgage

Is your company or organization having an anniversary, expansion, or special event in 2018? Please contact Barb Holbrook for information about bringing the Chamber Ambassador team for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the occasion!
Price Alert: Annual Senior Finder Magazine Has $99 Ad Spots on Vancouver Focus Page, Due Feb 15
The Senior Messenger's Annual Senior Finder Magazine is our community's one-stop-shop resource guide for our 55+ community. This lifestyle guide is directly mailed to over 30,000 Clark County residence (thanks to the City of Vancouver) and has a dedicated Vancouver page for advertisers to place a $99 full color ad. This will sell out and close on Feb 15th.

Call or Email Barb Maynard at (360) 750-9900 or at barb.vanmessenger@gmail.com .
Sherri McMillan Presents Tips to Beat the Afternoon Slump on 2/22

Do you depend on coffee and sugar to get you through your afternoons at work? Sherri McMillan of Northwest Personal Training will provide you exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle tips to increase your energy levels and enhance productivity. This information could dramatically increase how you look, feel, and function and should be attended by all employees or managers with the intent of passing on the information to employees. Series presented by Mackenzie with lunch by Chick-fil-A.
Donate to Every28Days, Focus at Women in Leadership Lectures Social Hour

The Women in Leadership Lecture on February 27th will feature Vancouver's first female mayor, Anne McEnerny-Ogle, and the Humane Society of Southwest Washington's Stacey Graham. Attendees are asked to bring donations of gently used purses filled with packaged feminine hygiene products to support Every28Days, at a social hour sponsored by HAPO Community Credit Union. We thank Mackay Sposito for presenting the series, with Lisa Schauer and PointNorth as our Title Sponsor. Tickets are sold out, but you may email to be put on a waitlist.
Workshop Series Focuses on Hitting the Mark with Google for Business

In March, the GVCC will host an informative eight-part workshop series on Google, presented by Comcast and The Columbian. Industry experts such as Dr. Dene Grigar and Kevin Getch will share insight on how to increase your business presence and ranking on the Google platform.
Member Announcements:
February 3rd 2018
Help welcome the opening of two new fire stations in Vancouver! Fire Station 1 @ 10am and Fire Station 2 @ 1pm.

February 8th 2018
Leadership Clark County will host an information session and open house at Warehouse 23, beginning at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to recruiting@leadershipclarkcounty.com .

February 11th 2018
VSO - Nine Gifted Young Musicians take the stage at 24th Annual Young Artists Competition .

February 15th 2018
The Southwest Washington Contractors Association (SWCA) hosts its first Construction Executive Summit at Warehouse 23. Full information here .

February 16th 2018
Royalwise Workshop: Practical QuickBooks: Bank Feeds and Reconciling , 1pm $39.

February 17th 2018
Score's Simple Steps to Hiring Your First Employee workshop at the GVCC! 9am to noon. RSVP.

February 17th 2018
Royalwise workshops: Mac OS X: Level 3 – File Management @ 10:00am $39 and Mail, Contacts, and Calendar @ 1:00pm 

February 21st 2018
The 2018 State of the County event at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds from 3-5pm.

February 21st 2018
The Vancouver Chapter of Score will host a Secrets to Starting the Best Business for You workshop from 1-4pm at the GVCC.

February 22nd 2018
Acclaimed trombonist David Rejano will appear at Beacock Music for an afternoon of mentoring young musicians and a special appearance by the VSO brass section. This event is free to attend, RSVP required.

February 23rd 2018
Royalwise Workshops: Learn Excel in Three hours Flat @ 10am $59.

February 28th 2018
Workforce Southwest Washington will host a Summer Jobs: A Strategy to Build Your Workforce event that will dive into the topic of hiring youth for summer jobs. Panelists from LSW Architects, Ace Hardware, and NW Laborers. RSVP.

March 10th 2018
Rocksolid Community Teen Center's Lucky Shamrock Auction will take place at the Battle Ground Community Center. Tickets are available now.
The 20th annual Youth Achievement Awards celebration is scheduled for Sunday, June 10, and nominations of youth ages 11-19 are being accepted. Up to 300 young people will receive awards. Coordinated by the Clark County Youth Commission under the guidance of Community Services, the award program recognizes youth who have demonstrated achievement in any of 13 categories. The categories are: arts; career development; citizenship; courage; education; empathy; environmental stewardship; family life; inspiration; leadership; personal achievement; sportsmanship; and tolerance. 

The Management Group, Inc. (TMGnorthwest.com), is a family of companies providing property management, homeowner association management, and home maintenance and repair services to customers in Washington and Oregon. They are proud to announce the rebranding of their homeowner association management division to AMS, Association Management Services NW.

The Parks Foundation of Clark County has hired Janet James as Events & Communications Specialist. James has a strong background in campaign management, business development, and event planning, having spent the last 14 years managing legislative races and acting as treasurer for legislative and local candidates.

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is seeking volunteer Community Hosts to connect with its second class of Vancouver-bound medical students. Through the Community Hosting and Homestay Program , Community Hosts are matched with a medical student to broaden the student’s connections in Vancouver and accommodate them with homestays for a total of six individual weeks. Email Kyle Holbrook, at kyle.holbrook@wsu.edu with questions.

Sherri McMillan, the owner of Northwest Personal Training, who recently celebrated her 18th Anniversary, will deliver a presentation instructing fitness professionals from around the world how to run a successful Personal Training business. IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sports Club Association’s International Convention & Trade Show, will be held March 21-24, 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.