Tuesday, December 11th 2018
Wednesday, December 12th
SW WA Leads & Needs: North County Edition

Please join us on the second Wednesday of each month for morning networking our Leads & Needs North County Edition . Enjoy breakfast refreshments provided by Tradesmen Electric, with coffee service provided by Mill Creek Pub. Be ready for an opportunity at the microphone, as everyone will get a chance to introduce themselves with a 15 second "elevator pitch." Bring plenty of business cards , because we will then break out into small groups for speed networking that maximizes your time spent with us. 
Friday, December 14th
2019 Legislative Outlook Breakfast
at Warehouse '23, Doors open at 7:00 a.m.

The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Identity Clark County, and the Columbia River Economic Development Council will present our Shared Legislative Priorities for the new year at the 2019 Legislative Outlook Breakfast sponsored by IBEW 48. The Priorities fall in the areas of Infrastructure, Environment, Workforce & Education and Economic Development. Be a part of the discussion as we forecast important issues on December 14th at Warehouse ’23. This is a unique opportunity to meet with our local legislators . Time allowing we’ll have an opportunity for you to ask questions of the legislators regarding the business needs going into their session in January.
Wednesday, December 19th
SW WA Leads & Needs
Sponsored by Apollo Drain & Rooter Services

Join us at Beaches for our SW WA Leads & Needs, sponsored by Apollo Drain & Rooter Services . Enjoy breakfast refreshments from our sponsor, with coffee and tea service provided by our fabulous hosts at Beaches. Bring plenty of business cards , because we will then break out into groups to for speed networking that maximizes your time spent with us. You are sure to make new connections and strengthen existing ones at SW WA Leads & Needs. Pre-registration is appreciated when possible, as we begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. 
A Week In Review:
Congratulations to our Small Business Saturday Grant Program Winners!

Throughout the month of November, our members went on a posting spree for their favorite member businesses around the community using the hashtag #GVCCGrant2018. With help from our sponsor, Columbia Credit Union , we were able to select through the most powerful and heartfelt posts from our community. The results spoke for themselves. Congratulations to our three winners, of $2,000 each, Rocksolid Community Teen Center , NW Escape Experience , and Metropolitan Performing Arts .
Happy Holidays from Battle Ground!

This year, we worked together with Battle Ground to put on their ever-popular Battle Ground Holiday Luncheon & Basket Raffle. So many baskets, amazing food from our member Killa Bites, and the crowd was filled with familiar faces. Click the picture above to see more snapshots from the event .
Our Chamber Ambassador Holiday Heroes Luncheon was an absolute hit!

Thank you so much to everyone who attended, putting the spotlight on our incredible ambassador team, and thank you to our wonderful basket donors. With over 45 baskets, so many attendees were able to walk home with some amazing holiday treats. This year, we celebrated the entire Ambassador team as well as our community partners Innovative Services NW for all the incredible work they do for the youth in our community. In addition, we announced our 2018 Rookie of the Year, Joey Yourchek , and our 2018 Ambassador of the Year, Beth Anderson . Congratulations to all and to our wonderful staff for making this memorable event possible. Here's to another year filled with cheer! Click the collage for a link to our photos from the event .
Upcoming Ambassador Ribbon Cuttings

December 11th @ 4:30 p.m. - Landmark Professional Mortgage Co.
December 12th @ 4:15 p.m. - Laughing Planet Grand Opening
December 20th @ 10:40 a.m. - Firehouse Subs GOLD LEVEL
January 10th @ 5:00 p.m. - Finds Us @ Home GOLD LEVEL
January 14th @ 4:30 p.m. - Jackson Hewitt Grand Opening
January 24th @ 4:30 p.m. - Opsahl Dawson PLATINUM Grand Opening

Is your company or organization having an anniversary or expansion?
Please contact Barb Holbrook for information about inviting the Chamber Ambassador team
for a ribbon cutting to celebrate your occasion.
2019 Sponsorships Available

For 2019, put a line item in your budgets for marketing and promotional opportunities through the GVCC. With nearly 125 events per year and ever-evolving programming, this is a perfect way to highlight your organization .
If you are interested in becoming a site-host sponsor, please contact jmcdonagh@vancouverusa.com for more details.
The Future Is STEM: The GVCC and nConnect , along with our sponsors HAPO Community Credit Union and Chick-fil-A brought students from Hockinson High School and Jason Lee Middle School onsite to HAPO Community Credit Union for a unique opportunity to explore careers in the financial industry. From mortgages, to CD's, to financial health, these students learned the opportunities available for them in this STEM field. Before breaking out into small networking groups, Ronnie Noize of the DIY Marketing Center dropped by to teach them the importance of a great first impression.
GVCC Member
Events, Outreach, Announcements, and Opportunities:
December 12th 2018
WorkSource invites you to the 10am-12pm job fair at WorkSource Vancouver. More info .

December 12th 2018
Rocksolid Community Teen Center invites you to their Christmas Ship Viewing event , at Martel Wealth Advisors, from 6:30-8 pm.

December 13th 2018
Join Reid Business Services in celebrating their new office and warehouse, from 3-6pm. Contact admin@reidbiz.com for more info.

Now through December 14th 2018
The City of Vancouver presents the fourth annual Korey's Joy Drive and invites you to donate new, unwrapped toys, and new youth and adult winter wear. More information here.

December 15th 2018
The annual Suits for Soldiers event is upon us, presented by Farmers Insurance District 06 , offering free business attire to local veterans. Click the link for more info .

Now through December 15th 2018
Vancouver Funeral Chapel is hosting a clothing drive contest benefiting the Clark County Veterans Assistance Center . Donations must be new socks, gloves, hats, and/or undergarments, dropped off at Vancouver Funeral Chapel . For all details, contact 360.693.3633.

January 10th 2019
Kyle Justice of Compel Media will be producing a video marketing workshop series entitled "Compelling Video Story Techniques" at 9a-12p. The cost is $39, but register before December 21st and receive a 50% discount. Click the link for more info and to register .

This week's Compel Media Moment .

Vancouver Public Schools highlighted as a top 25 district for innovative best practices.

Port of Vancouver USA staff members Richard Troudt and Wally Coon were presented with a Patriot Award on November 27th in recognition of their support of an employee who serves in the U.S. Army National Guard.

WorkSource is seeking proposals for two projects, Adult and Dislocated Worker & Business Solutions as well as a WorkSource Operator . More information here .

Vancouver Public Schools ' board of directors authorized two replacement levies for the February 12th 2019 ballot. For more information .

Make your holiday parties this year a little cooler , with the help from our f riends at ICEovation . Order a sculpture or cre ate one of your own at a workshop . Watch the process, here !

City of Vancouver seeks applicants for parking advisory committee vacancy. Deadline to apply is December 10th at 5 pm.

Clark College Economic & Community Development is offering professional development courses. Click the link for course information .

Columbia Springs announces the hiring of new Development Director, Dave Eitland.

Job Opportunities:
Pacifica Senior Living is looking for CNA's and Home Care Aids to join their energetic, creative and communicative team. Some requirements of the role include: CNA or HCA, CPR/First Aid Certification, Food Handlers Card, and a background check. Part-Time and Full Time positions available! Click the link to fill out an application , or email your resume to Jordan Wilson .

Apollo Draining & Rooter Service is looking for the following individuals to complete their team: