Tuesday, May 16th 2017
Attend SW WA Leads & Needs on Wednesday Morning
Leads & Needs is a great opportunity to create lasting business relationships in SW Washington. This event begins with around-the-room introductions, so be ready to give a 30 second elevator pitch about who you are and what you do. Then, we break into small groups for several rounds of speed networking. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards! If you invite a one-time, non-member guest, you both get in free. Begins promptly at 7:30 a.m., with breakfast included!

Event sponsored by High End Market Place.
One Tee Display Sponsorship Remains for June Golf Tournament 
The Chamber is about to print our large vinyl banner (welcome sign and backdrop for photo booth) for the 15th Annual "Golf Tournament" presented by Columbia Bank.   Y our business logo can be on this banner as a tee display sponsor.  

The promotion does not stop there!  The Golf Tournament is one of our most successful events with sponsors returning year-after-year. You will have access to our leading businessmen and women during the tournament, recognition in our event program and promotional materials and a social media shout out.   Email Teresa Lawwill for details. 
May Media Relations Workshops Nearly SOLD OUT 
We have one to three spaces remaining in the last sessions of our 2017 "Spring [Media Relations] Workshop Series," presented by Comcast. 

This series is designed to teach small businesses the ropes of earned media. Each workshop includes lunch provided by Simply Thyme Catering at 11:30 a.m. Workshops begin at noon at the GVCC on Tuesdays and Thursdays in May. 

May 16th: Opportunities and Submissions at The Columbian with Troy Brynelson, Business Reporter 

May 18th:  Opportunities and Submissions at the Vancouver Business Journal with Nick Shanmac, Editor-in-Chief 
Ten Vendors Will Be Featured on July/Aug Magazine Cover
The GVCC will launch a three-part "Pop-Up Marketplace" series this summer that will take place during the Riverview Six to Sunset Concert Series on July 6th, 27th and Aug 10th. 

We are looking to highlight ten vendors in the July/August Vancouver VISION Magazine with an upcoming photoshoot on June 1st. 

Take advantage of EARLY BIRD pricing for a few more weeks. We encourage members to work together and share a space (and the cost) if desired. 

Email Ashlyn Salzman for details and vendor applications. 
Upcoming Ribbon Cutting/Groundbreaking Ceremonies 
Chamber Staff Quoted in Small Business Month Article
Article excerpt: “Oftentimes small businesses simply do not have a marketing budget beyond their own signage and social media presence,” said Chandra Chase, GVCC programs & communications director. “When the power of the City, Chamber and other nonprofit business support groups dig down together and blast the community with messages, it creates momentum."

“We need consumer engagement to sustain small business growth in Clark County,” she added. “The most important thing a Clark County resident can do is shop and support small businesses.”

Click HERE to read the full article.  
5/25 Tips on Dealing with Difficult Co-Workers and Managers
We've all experienced the challenge of dealing with conflict in the workplace. This can be a hindrance to our work performance if it is not resolved in a professional manner - especially when the conflict is with a difficult coworker or manager. Join us for a great workshop presented by Savenia Falquist of Community Mediation Services who will give practical tips to become a conflict resolution expert. RSVP.

Thank you to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center for sponsoring and Chick-fil-A for providing a healthy lunch! 
nConnect Looking for Business Reps to Participate in Mock Interviews 
nConnect is looking for businessmen and women for three high school mock interview and resume reviewing events. This volunteer opportunity will positively shape our region’s future workforce. Events begin on May 26th and run until June 16th. You can choose a single event or work with one of three high schools: Fort Vancouver, Columbia River, and Mountain View. Please email  Matthew Goosen for more info.  
Washington PTAC Teaches "Marketing to the Government" on May 24th

Marketing to the government is different from marketing to commercial enterprises. Learn how to identify government customers, select and develop the right tools to assist your marketing efforts, and produce an effective capability statement setting your company apart from the competition. Workshop attendees will receive samples and follow-up assistance for creating federally targeted marketing materials. This class will be held at 11:30 am at the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.

*This course is a pre-requisite for the Meet the Buyers event to be held later this summer. 

Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
(360) 694-2588   yourchamber@vancouverusa.com    www.vancouverusa.com
Member Announcements:
May 17th 2017
Attend the Business Growth Mentor and Analysis Program event titled: Is Your Company Structure Impacting Your Bottom Line? by Michael Fussell. 

May 18th 2017
Share feedback on eight areas of interest from responses to the Clark County Low-Income Needs survey. More info. 

May 18th 2017
CCSI's Lunch and Learn sponsored by Banner Bank. Learn tips and tricks of Adobe Acrobat. Free, lunch by Simply Thyme is included. 

May 18th 2017
The 70th year anniversary event to celebrate the Southwest Washington Contractors Association. 

May 19th 2017
Clark College's "Business and Community Learning Series" The Power of Completion event. 

May 20th 2017
Sheared Delights Alpaca Fiber Fest. Free event 11am - 5pm. 39908 NE 12th Ave Woodland. 

May 21st 2017
The Vancouver Symphony’s Chamber Music Series continues its 2016-2017 season at the Kiggins Theatre with the renowned 1930 silent film City Girl on Sunday, May 21 at 3 pm. 

May 23rd 2017
Score Vancouver hosts a Business Lenders Seminar.

May 24th 2017
Washington PTAC and the GVCC present "Marketing to the Government," where attendees will learn how to identify government customers and develop best practices for closing business. RSVP.

May 25th 2017
Kent Place will host a "Total Wellness Health Fair for Seniors" from 1:30-4pm at 2647 NW Kent Street, Camas, WA 98607. 

May 25th 2017
Prepare Out Loud disaster preparation event by the American Red Cross at the Pearson Air Museum. 5:30-7:30pm. 
Museum Walking Tour Series will Kick off on June 2nd
Officers Row will be the first walking tour in this nine part series. 

Columbia Credit Union is proud to announce Scott Karn as vice president of Business Lending and James Senatore as vice president of Wealth Management.

Partners in Careers is looking for volunteers for a mock interviewing event at Legacy High School on Friday, May 19th. The time slots are 8:45-11:30 am or 12:15-3:00pm. Please contact Hans Erickson to sign up.

LSW Architechts recently added Gordon Beck to its team as a specialist for K-12 School Capital Planning and Finance.  In his new position, Gordon’s responsibilities will involve working directly with LSW school district clients in school strategic planning and construction finance, particularly regarding state financial assistance.

The WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington’s new medical school is seeking volunteer hosts to connect our inaugural class of students to the Vancouver community.  

NW Assoc. for Blind Athletes is hosting their summer funding campaign. HELP.

SW WA Tourism Soars 
A recent report conducted by Dean Runyan Associates for Visit Vancouver USA shows that visitor spending to Clark County in 2016 exceeded $472 million—a 4.7 percent increase from 2015. The Washington State Travel Impact and Visitor Volume report also reveals that visitors generated $14.3 million in local taxes and supported more than 4,450 travel industry jobs.