Tuesday, June 13th 2017
TONIGHT: Win Terrace Club Tickets to the Mariner's at BAH
The team at PINN is planning a fantastic indoor/outdoor event on Tuesday, June 13th with demos of their equipment and services and a chance to meet their CEO and therapists on site. Food and beverage will be provided, as well as the opportunity to win prizes and make new connections! Doors open at 5pm. 
2017 Business & Leadership Awards Open for Nominations
The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Business & Leadership Awards, which will be presented at our Annual Dinner on September 20th, 2017. Nominations are due by Friday, August 11th at 5:00 p.m. Nominations may be made via email or by delivery to the GVCC offices. The six award categories include:
  • Business of the Year (Large Category)
  • Business of the Year (Small Category)
  • Start-up to Watch
  • Statesman of the Year
  • Community Champion
  • And our new John S. McKibbin Leadership Legacy Award.

Download the nomination forms, see last year's winners and event photos here

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings
Fall 2017 [Business Law] Workshop Series Seeking a Presenting Sponsor

This is one of the Chamber's most promoted programs and marketing opportunities for your business are vast. This series will be a feature in the Sept/Oct Vancouver VISION Magazine. There are also a variety of printed materials including a large class brochure where the presenting sponsor receives one full sized page advertisement. Due to having eight events posted, it is splashed on social media and on vancouverusa.com for over six weeks straight. 
Email Teresa Lawwill for details. 
Chamber Seeking Attorneys to Present in Fall Workshop Series
The GVCC is currently recruiting instructors for our September Workshop Series focused on business law. If you are an attorney or legal adjacent business and are interested in instructing a workshop in September during our fall series, please email Chandra Chase, the GVCC's Programs & Communications Director. 

Focus areas:
  • Social media policy for managers and employees 
  • Termination policies and procedures
  • Securing capital: navigating crowdfunding law updates for business
  • Top ten contracts every small business should maintain
Pop-Up Marketplace Nearly Full
The GVCC is launching a new "Pop-up Marketplace" vendor space during three evening concerts in Esther Short Park this summer on July 6th, 27th and Aug 10th.  The Pop-Up Marketplace is presented by Columbia Credit Union and will feature the Couve Cycle. Few vendor opportunities are still available for artists and retail booths! 
Contact Ashlyn Salzman for an application and pricing. 
Secure A Women's Golf Tournament Tee Display
Powerhouse women leaders will step onto the course in August at the Chamber's "Sip, Shop & Swing" Women's Golf Tournament and this is a great opportunity to promote your business.
 There are several sponsorship opportunities available, including tee displays where you get to interact with the movers-and-shakers of our community. The "Sip, Shop & Swing" theme lends itself to endlessly creative ideas.
Please contact Teresa Lawwill for more information about sponsorship!
Purchase Tickets for Legislative Review Luncheon on 7/19 
Join the GVCC, the Building Industry Group, and the Vancouver Business Journal for a full recap of the legislative session from our local delegation. Event will be held from 11:30-1:30 p.m. on July 19th at Royal Oaks Country Club.
RSVP for the June Workplace Burnout Workshop 
Please help the GVCC welcome Michael Bock from Teamanship for our June Wellness Workshop on Workplace Burnout. Keep your team performing at a high level, or learn tips and tricks to stay passionate about your workplace duties.    Lunch is provided by the healthy menu options at Chick-fil-A in Cascade Park. The entire monthly series is presented by Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. 
Member Announcements:
June 15th 2017
The team at CCSI will do a "Lunch & Learn" at Pacific Continental Bank, focusing on OneNote from 11am-1pm. Email to RSVP.

June 15th 2017
Clark County Public Health's Green Business program will hold a free Morning Blend networking event from 8am at the Source Climbing Center.

June 16th 2017
Modern PR Strategies for Small Business by Ronnie Noize of the DIY Marketing Center. Noon - 1:30pm in the GVCC's Conference Room. 

June 18th 2017
Internationally renowned cellist Ko Iwasaki returns to the Kiggins Theatre for the Vancouver Symphony Chamber Music Series Season Finale. Tickets.

June 19th 2017
DEADLINE for the City of Vancouver and Clark County Mural Society's "Call to Artists" to submit for the Summer Mural Project. Email for more. 

June 21st 2017
The Business Growth MAP program event: "Creating the Company Culture you Want" will feature Andy LaFrazia, CEO of ControlTek; Leb Tannenbaum, founder and CEO of New Legends; and Scott Judkins, founder and CEO of PayTrace. RSVP

June 22nd - 24th
The Fort Vancouver Regional Library "Used Book Sale," downstairs at the district headquarters from 9am-6pm each day. $1 hardbacks. 

June 24th & 25th
Clark County will host the 12th annual Recycled Arts Festival, presented this year by McCord's Vancouver Toyota, in Esther Short Park late this month. The popular two-day event showcases artwork made of recycled materials. Music on the stage, starting at 9 am Saturday and 10 am Sunday. 

June 29th 2017
HAPO Community Credit Union breaks ground at 11:30am on its first location in Vancouver, WA at 13909 SE Mill Plain. 

July 7-9th 2017 
Angst Gallery features Erika Bartlett's "The Art of Healthy Spaces" exhibit. First Friday opening reception on July 7th from 5-9pm. 

July 15th 2017
The Port of Vancouver USA welcomes the community onto a Port Tour on Saturday, July 15th. Email Julie Rawls to confirm your seat. 

July 24th 2017
Impactful Women will host their annual "ConnectFEST" event at Heathen Estate! 5-8pm, get tickets online.

August 18th 2017
CCSI's BBQ Happy Hour on August 18th from 3-6pm. Win a MS Surface Pro 4. 

SAVE THE DATE: 
The Chamber's Officer Installation and Business & Leadership Awards event on September 20th. 

GOOD TO KNOW: 
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by the severe winter storm that occurred Jan. 8-20, 2017.

iQ Credit Union has announced five recipients of its 2017 scholarship program honoring students pursuing undergraduate degrees or professional training. Scholarship winners were selected based on academic achievement, community service, a written essay and letters of recommendation. Recognized in three categories, each scholarship winner receives $2,000 from the credit union. 

William Westmoreland has joined Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW) as its Workforce Systems Manager. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring the WorkSource centers and affiliated sites that provide employment and job training services to individuals and businesses in Southwest Washington comply with federal mandates of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

C-TRAN has launched its new website at www.c-tran.com . The site is built to be more mobile-friendly and more streamlined for fewer clicks. It also features a new design and a new C-TRAN blog called Transit Matters.

Perkins & Co, the largest locally owned accounting firm in Oregon, has expanded its Business Transition & Succession Planning (BTS) advisory services. Led by Paris Powell, CPA, ABV, CFF and shareholder at Perkins & Co, and Donald Bielen, MBA, CFP® and principal at Perkins & Co, BTS integrates legacy planning, tax expertise and valuation services with specialized transition and succession advice to ensure successful ownership transitions. 

LSW is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its team. Shara Wokal joins the administrative team as Chief Financial Officer.   Evelini Downs, interior designer, has 11 years of experience in high-end residential and hospitality design in New York City and the greater Portland area. Shannon Carlton comes to LSW with 5 years of freelance photography experience.  

The National Women’s Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation (NWCAVE) honored Robin Helm with the Rita Corbin Burns Humanitarian Award. Helm, a social worker with Clark County Juvenile Court, Robin was honored on June 2nd at the Hilton Vancouver Hotel during the No More Summit.