Tuesday, October 10th 2017
Five Businesses Offer Building Passport Tour at Tonight's Business After Hours
The Sparks Building will be the Hot Spot tonight from 5-7pm for our October Business After Hours event.

Here's what you will find on your building passport tour:
  • Trusty Brewing beer tasting at Erik Morton State Farm
  • Hors d'oeuvres & discounts at GLAMbeauty Bar
  • Photo booth & desserts at Grant Mott Photography 
  • Free small drink of your choice at Black Rock Coffee
  • Beverages and Wellness Jeopardy at Bridge Chiropractic
Chamber Will Award two $2,000 Small Business Grants Available in November
Please RSVP to attend the GVCC's Small Business Grant Information and Strategy Session on Friday, October 20th at 3:30pm. You will learn about the two $2,000 Small Business Saturday grants available to members with 15 FTE or less. There are two grants available and the Chamber will distribute $4,000 in grant funding this November.

Recipients will be determined by the Chamber's #GVCCgrant2017 hashtag contest operating between November 1st and November 25th (which is small business Saturday this year). At this info session you will hear about the Chamber’s hashtag contest guidelines and criteria; and learn from a panel of social media and marketing experts on strategies to win. 

The Small Business Saturday Grant program is made possible by the sponsorship of Columbia Credit Union. 

Sponsorship Opportunities Available for December Events
12/1 Holiday Heroes Luncheon
Get involved this holiday season! The Chamber's Holiday Heroes Luncheon on December 1st, 2017 benefiting the Police Activities League is a great way to give back to the community, thank the GVCC's volunteer Ambassadors, and build your brand's goodwill. Whether you donate a basket, sponsor a table, or sign up as an event sponsor, your support not only makes this annual event possible, but optimizes your return on investment as we head into the new year.
12/8 Legislative Outlook Breakfast
A united business community starts with you. Policy and budget decisions at the state and local level can directly impact your ability to do business in our community. Access matters because it fosters a business-friendly relationship with decision makers. We are here to provide that access, through our Legislative Outlook Breakfast on December 8th. This is an ideal event to associate your business with industry leaders. Your sponsorship of this event will help Move Business Forward in Southwest Washington.
10/18 Leads & Needs Sponsored by NWCAVE Please Bring Donations for the Gift of Lift

RSVP to attend the GVCC's twice monthly morning networking event on October 18th at Beaches. Everyone will have a chance at the microphone for around-the-room introductions. Please bring a new or gently used bra to donate to NWCAVE's Gift of Lift program. $5/members, $10/non-members. Doors open at 7:15am and we begin promptly at 7:30am. Breakfast will be provided by Simply Thyme Catering, Bleu Door Bakery, Eatery at the Grant House, and Vida Flare in partnership with NWCAVE.
DIY Marketing Center Presents Networking for Newbies on 10/13
New to networking, new in town, or new to business? This high-value introduction to networking teaches everything you need to succeed at networking meetings, including:
  • Three most common networking mistakes (and how to avoid them)
  • Three places you should be networking (but probably aren't)
  • The right people to add to your network--and how to find them
This workshop is free to GVCC members with code: "newbie," and begins at 9:30 am in the GVCC conference room.
Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings 
Tips for Combating Computer Fatigue at 10/26 Workshop

We each spend hours every day staring into screens, which can affect our productivity and the health of our eyes. Screen fatigue can also lead us to experience achy neck and shoulders, head tension, and afternoon burnout. The team from Cooper Chiropractic is here to help you finish work feeling amazing and ready to take on the rest of your day. Please join us for this workshop presented by Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center on October 26th from 11:45-1:00 p.m. A delicious and healthy lunch is provided by Chick-fil-A.
Learning Opportunities for Business Owners
Year End Tax Planning Seminar on Oct 18th
GVCC members are invited to attend a free Year End Tax Planning Seminar in the Chamber’s conference room on Wednesday, October 18th at 10am. We are partnering with H&R Block to offer this seminar which features two seasoned tax professionals that will show small businesses how to take control of their tax future in a 90-minute session. 
Branch Out with Professional Development Classes at Clark College
Clark College's fall term of classes (in the Economic & Community Development division) start next week. This is a perfect opportunity to enhance your business skill set. They have two categories perfect for professional in Southwest Washington with classes in Technology and Workplace learning.
Member Announcements:
October 10th 2017
Discover Washington's Hidden Workforce Employers Forum.

October 12th 2017
Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic with Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall at Angst Gallery.

October 12th 2017
The Vancouver's Downtown Association Window Reboot Workshop featuring a panel of experts on graffiti. 7:45am at Warehouse '23. Please RSVP via email.

October 17th 2017
Clark County's 17th Annual Celebration of National Disabilities Employment Awareness at the Heathman Lodge. Email for more info.

October 17th 2017
Open House for Businesses at Clark College's Economic & Community Development Division.

October 18th 2017
Protecting Yourself from Data Breaches and Identify Theft. WSU - Vancouver's Business Growth MAP Alliance workshop at PCB.
October 24th 2017
Facebook Campaigns Tips & Tricks at the Webfor Digital Marketing Quarterly Meet-up .

October 26th 2017
The team at Perkins & Co is inviting you to attend their Fall Real Estate Connection event. There will be a panel of experts on the vision that is unfolding at the Vancouver waterfront at the Hilton, starting at 3:30pm.

October 31st 2017
Bootacular fun at Vancouver Mall for guests 12 and under! Trick-or-treat at participating stores from 5-7pm.

Through October
Share's annual 'Seats & Feets' drive invites the community to donate new underwear and socks for men, women, teens and children. The drive will be held throughout the month of October; donations will be given to clients in Share's outreach, shelter and housing programs.
Dine the Couve is this month! Take part in 3 for $23 and explore three-item dinner specials at 22 participating restaurants across Vancouver. The menus can be any combination of soup, salad, snack, appetizer, main dish, dessert, or craft beverage item. Don't forget to try a $3 brew special at one of the five participating breweries and taprooms. Use #DineTheCouve to share your dining experiences on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow us on social media for a chance to win dining month gift cards through weekly contests.

OnTrac, a logistics company specializing in contracting small parcel shipping services in the Western United States, is recruiting for over 600 positions throughout the entire company, due to the influx of packages caused by the growing e-commerce market. OnTrac needs package handler, corporate account manager, operations leadership, administrative assistant, hiring recruiter, and customer service are among some of the full-time and part-time positions. To search available career opportunities, please go to www.ontrac.com/careers.asp and apply online.

AAA Washington is working to support Share in their annual Soap for Hope Drive . They are collecting unused travel and regular sized toiletries, that can be dropped off at 4301 E 4th Plain Blvd.