Tuesday, February 7th 2017
Celebrate the Grand Opening of Fast Thai on 2/9
Help the GVCC staff and Ambassadors welcome Fast Thai to Vancouver on February 9th at 3:00 p.m. Sample their one-of-a-kind Thai fast food offerings at this event! Location: 2100 SE 164th Ave Suite A-109. Full details here

Ribbon Cuttings are FREE to attend! We hope to see you there.
Help Us Reach 100 Attendees on Feb. 15th
Attend SW WA Leads & Needs - the morning networking event of champions!

Bring plenty of business cards and be ready for an opportunity at the microphone for around-the-room introductions. Then, we’ll break into small groups.

We had record turnout of 93 attendees at the last Leads & Needs - help us break 100 by inviting a guest!
5 Local Caterers Featured at BAH
The new owners of the Camas Hotel have partnered with Camas-based Reid Business Services for the GVCC's latest "Business After Hours" and ribbon cutting event.

There will be plenty to explore with multiple caterers, two bars, and tours of the historic hotel led by our red coat Ambassador team. 

Door prizes will include a weekend "staycation" at the Camas Hotel and a $400 printer from RBS! 
Upcoming Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies 
New GVCC techCONNECT program rescheduled due to January Snow, Featured in VBJ Op-Ed 

Chamber staff contributed an Op-Ed piece to the Vancouver Business Journal: Employers tell us STEM jobs demand career pathways. The piece focuses on the local demands of employers seeking skilled STEM workers; and the role of the Chamber and STEM related employers in cultivating those career pathways options.

Special thank you to Kevin Getch of Webfor, Ted Feller of the SW WA Stem Network, and Ronnie Noize of the DIY Marketing Center. These GVCC members are the community partners of our first techCONNECT visit, scheduled with high school STEM students for later this month. 

Take Your Networking Skills to the Next Level

Join DIY Marketing coach Ronnie Noize for her Next Level Networking class on Feb. 10th. 

Learn how to make a great impression with a great networking introduction! This class is free to Chamber members with VIP password "elevator."

Chamber Endorses Vancouver Public School Bond
Please vote YES for the Vancouver Public Schools Bond. Click HERE to read the full Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce endorsement made by our Public Affairs Committee, supported by our volunteer Board of Directors representing our 1,100 membership base.

Good Schools are Good for Business 
2017 Iris Awards: Honoring Women of Achievement
In partnership with Clark College, we invite you to attend the annual Iris Awards on March 8th. This year's event celebrates 32 years of honoring women in SW Washington for their contributions to our community.
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
(360) 694-2588   yourchamber@vancouverusa.com    www.vancouverusa.com
Member Announcements:
February  7th 2017
Cash Back Day for Fort Vancouver Regional Library District at Beaches - tell your server and 50% goes to FVRL. 

February  8th 2017
February WIN Event (women only please) at Cellar 55 Tasting Room from 4:30-6:30pm. Q&A with owner: Michelle Brinning. 

February  11th 2017
Grand Re-Opening Event of the Clark County Veterans Assistance Center at 1305 Columbia Street, Vancouver WA 98661. Noon-3pm, refreshments provided. 

February  11th 2017
Popcorn Cove invites you to celebrate 1 year in businesses on Saturday, Feb 11th. There will be giveaways, crafts and games starting at 1:30pm. 

February 13th 2017
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra hosts luncheon featuring Maestro Gerard Schwarz (Grammy/Emmy winner) who will share about the award winning television series All Star Orchestra and building of the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall – home of the Seattle Symphony. Warehouse '23 11:30am. $50 tickets. http://vancouversymphony.org/

February 14th 2017
The SBA's " Small Business Resource Showcase" from 10am to noon at the GVCC. Calling all entrepreneurs! You'll discover resources on how to start, build, and grow your businesses. The SBA, PTAC: Government Contracting, Small Business Development Center and Score will be on hand.

February 15th 2017
The WSU Vancouver MAP Alliance Forum will have an interactive session with panelist discussing insights and lessons learned from launching food and apparel products to market. RSVP. 

February 15th 2017
Leadership Clark County Informational Open House 5:30-6:30pm at Warehouse '23 and Alumni Happy Hour 6-8pm at the same location. No cost to attend. Questions? recruiting@leadershipclarkcounty.com

February 16th 2017
IRS Stakeholder presents " Understanding the Shared Economy" webinar on 11am. Learn about a variety of employer/payer tax obligations, business expenses, determining employee and independent contractor, etc.

February 24th 2017
Clark College's "Millennials in the Workforce" event - Free @ Gaiser Student Center. 11:30-1:30pm. Part of the Business and Community Learning events. nfarron@clark.edu

February 25th 2017
Please attend the Association for Blind Athletes " Game Changer" Dinner & Auction at the Red Lion Jantzen Beach.

It's time to nominate for the Columbian's BEST OF CLARK COUNTY! The nomination form became live on January 30th. The categories are: Automotive, Cannabis, Family Fun, Food and Beverage, Health and Beauty, Home and Garden, Pets, Services, Shopping, and sports and fitness. 
The Vancouver Business Journal is looking for the Start-up of the Year, Innovator of the Year, and the Fastest Growing Business. Click HERE to see the online form to get your business considered for this prestigious award.
The Southwest Washington Contractors Association (SWCA) Foundation is accepting applications for its Scholarship Program now through April 28, 2017. The mission of the SWCA Foundation is “enhancing Southwest Washington through grants for education and community outreach.” Last year, the SWCA awarded over $17,000 to 15 local students pursuing full-time post-secondary education. 

UTOPIA SALON & DAY SPA was recently named to the SALON TODAY 200 by SALON TODAY, the leading business media for salon and spa owners. The magazine’s 20th annual SALON TODAY 200 issue profiled the selected salons in its January 2017 edition. The 200 salons were honored for their best business practices from applications submitted by SALON TODAY readers, who represent the 20,000 top-producing salons and spas in the country. 

Columbia Credit Union is proud to welcome Luke Shepard as vice president of Business Lending. In this position, Shepard is responsible for developing and maintaining a portfolio of business loans. Additionally, Columbia Credit Union has announced the promotions of three executive team members. Lindsey Salvestrin has been named chief operating officer and Michael Florea has been promoted to chief data officer. Wendy Smith has been named chief risk officer.