We are excited at the opportunity
to partner with the BGCC and serve more Battle Ground businesses.
This eNewsletter (below) is a copy of our weekly Business Matters eblast to existing GVCC members.  Please feel encouraged to join us at any program or event below as a member.
This is a paid ad space, inquire about its future availability by emailing Chandra Chase
Tuesday, October 9th 2018
Tomorrow, October 10th
SW WA Leads & Needs / North County Edition

In partnership with the Battle Ground Chamber, the GVCC will host a monthly Leads & Needs event on the second Wednesday of the month at Mill Creek Pub in Battle Ground. Inquire about sponsoring this event with Ashlyn Salzman.

Join us tomorrow morning to expand your reach into Battle Ground to meet the new North County Ambassador team and business leaders.

The BGCC's North County Networking is transitioning into this event.
Thursday, October 11th
Clark County Commissioner
Chair Candidates Forum
Battle Ground Luncheon

RSVP to attend the BGCC / GVCC Chamber Luncheon as we host the League of Women Voter's Candidates forum for the Clark County Council Chair seat . Eileen Quiring and Eric Holt will be on a panel, moderated by the League of Women Voters on Thursday, Oct 11th at the Battle Ground Community Center. Doors open at 11:30am, program will begin promptly at noon. Event is sponsored by Paul Montague Tax Preparation.
Tuesday, October 16th
Sparks Building Takeover
Business After Hours

Join us as we take over the historic Sparks building at the October Business After Hours ! Our hosts include Black Rock Coffee , Erik Morton State Farm , GLAMbeauty Bar , Bridge Chiropractic , and Koi Pond Cellars with catering by Bear Country Catering . Check in at Black Rock to get your event passport to participate in activities throughout the building. Enjoy food, beverages, tours from the hosts, and enter to win door prizes. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards!
Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

October 11th @ 4:00 p.m.  - Workforce Southwest Washington's Grand Opening of NEXT
October 23rd @ 4:00 p.m.  - Soft Style Salon Next Level Ribbon Cutting
November 7th @ 4:00 p.m. - GLAMbeauty Bar Camas Grand Opening
November 8th @ 4:30 p.m. - Pacific NW Specialty Pharmacy
November 9th @ 4:30 p.m. - Prime Fighting MMA #11 Weigh Ins
November 15th @ 3:00 p.m. - Realty ONE Group Cascadia

Is your company or organization having an anniversary, expansion, or special event in 2018? Please contact Barb Holbrook for information about bringing the Chamber Ambassador team for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the occasion!
It's Membership Drive Time!
Help Us Grow Our Network Between Oct 1st - 31st
Perks for New Members
If a business or organization becomes a member during the month of October, they will receive 15 months for the price of 12 , a waived signing fee , PLUS a $100 Fast Pass to networking events.
Perks for Current Members
If you make a referral, and they become a member during October, you will receive a $15 Fast Pass to networking events PLUS one raffle entry into the Stay-Cation and breakfast for two at the Heathman Lodge! NO LIMIT ON PRIZES.
Contact the GVCC's Membership Recruitment Director, Amy Tanska for more info.
Congratulations to Share's Soup's On! Winners!
Bobby Rasaphangthong of Nom Nom Restaurant & Grill took home the Golden Ladle People's Choice Award as well as the Chef's Choice Award for Best Soup, and Tim Conklin of Line & Lure at the ilani took home the presenting sponsor's choice for Best Soup! We are so proud of your soup-er presentation and delicious creations.

In all, Share's Soup's On! Event, raised more than $150,000, in addition to 2,800 pieces of undergarments for clients in Share's outreach, shelter, and housing programs.
Small Business Saturday Grant Program
Enroll Your Small Business to Compete, $6,000 In Grant Funds Available

Does your organization have 15 full time employees or fewer? Then YOU qualify to enter our Small Business Saturday Grant Program sponsored by Columbia Credit Union !

Open to all industries, organizations, and non-profits! Grant recipients will be chosen from social media posts between November 1st and November 24th (Small Business Saturday). Eligible posts must include our contest hashtag #GVCCgrant2018 , be set to public, and identify a participating business - that is it!
Thursday, October 25th
Wellness Workshop: Headaches
Don't let them slow you down!

Do you experience headaches throughout your workday? Headaches in the workplace can be quite common, and they tend to correlate with a loss of productivity. On October 25th , join Dr. Gurjeet Singh of Legacy Salmon Creek as he delves into the potential headache triggers, how we can prevent these spells, as well as how we can help improve productivity in our work as well as in our life.
GVCC Sponsorships Confirmed This Week

Touchmark has become the presenting sponsor for the 2018 Holiday Heroes Luncheon event on Friday, December 7th at Warehouse '23. This sponsorship provides inclusion within the Nov/Dec Vancouver VISION Magazine, event marketing for two months, direct email blasts and eNewsletter promotion. Their logo will be featured on paid ads in the Columbian, VBJ, and throughout the Chamber's marketing channels and website. This sponsorship includes mic time at the event and the introduction of the event's nonprofit spotlight. Plus, a VIP Table of ten.
The Latest "Business of the Week" Features on Facebook
The Camas Hotel
Luxury, boutique, and historic in the center of the city!
Reed Creative
Innovative, locally-owned
graphic design strategy and solution company.
Family-owned, hard-working, and green-cleaning to boot!
Upcoming SBAP, PTAC, HR, & CCL Events
The GVCC houses community-wide programming for the Small Business Assistance Program, PTAC Government Contracting, HR Business Solutions (WorkSource), and Career Connected Learning. Often, these programs are available to non-members across three counties.
The team at nConnect is your resource to give local students perspective on in-demand career pathways. View the Career Connected Learning Calendar online.

October 11th - Rigging Equipment Operation, mechanics, engineering, and safety info session.

October 18th - Fort Vancouver HS, reps for post-secondary options.

November 10th - Girls in STEM, Evergreen School District
The final sessions of the 3-Part Webinar Series with Attorney Maria Panichelli are coming up. Make sure to click the links below for a detailed look into each of these webinars.

October 17th - Partnering to Win on Federal Contracts: Teaming, Joint Ventures and the Mentor Protégé Program; 11 a.m. Webinar.

November 7th - Affiliation: The Dirtiest Word in Federal Small Business Contracting; 11 a.m. Webinar.
GVCC Member
Events, Outreach, Announcements, and Opportunities:
October 9th - 25th (various locations)
Join  Bloodworks NW  as they are available at a variety of locations in October to donate blood. 10/9 @ Nautilus , Inc from 9a-3p. 10/16 @ Trinity Lutheran Church from 2:30-5:30p.  RSVP here.  10/16 @ Underwriters Laboratories from 9:30a-12:30pm. 10/22 & 10/23 @ Clark College on Monday and Tuesday from 9:30a-3:30p. 10/23 @ WSDOT/WSP from 9a-3p. 10/25 @ Peacehealth SW Medical Center from 11:30a-5:30p. Walk-in's welcome, remember to bring your ID.

October 14th 2018
WHY Racing Events is letting kids, age 17 and younger, race for free at the Girlfriends Run for a Cure 5K ! Combat childhood obesity by encouraging kids to live a healthy and happy lifestyle. Details and registration .

October 17th 2018
Business Growth MAP's fifth forum on leadership will focus on accountability, getting results, and streamlining operations. More info .

October 17th 2018
Technology Associates of Oregon invites you to their Lunch & Learn “Cybersecurity 101” event.
Use code “ VancouverChamberDiscount ” for $15 off your attendance fee.

October 18th 2018
Kicking off the four-part series , Clark College Economic & Community Development presents morning leadership training courses. Starting at 8am, Your Personal Brand: What are you known for as a leader? will guide the day's session.

October 25th 2018
Clark College Economic & Community Development presents morning leadership training courses . Starting at 8am, Communicating Effectively: How do you communicate to get your message across? will guide the day's session.

October 26th 2018
Take the insider's tour of the Vancouver Public School District . Engage, explore, and experience Jason Lee Middle School, Hazel Dell Elementary, and the GATE Program! Tour begins at the Bates Center for Educational Leadership, at 8:30a and ends at 1:00p.

November 1st & 2nd 2018
CDM Caregiving presents their 8th Annual "Symbol Of Freedom" sponsored by Riverview Community Bank, presented by Waste Connections of Washington Inc. featuring special guest Retired USMC Lt. Col. Robert J. Darling, former White House Airlift operations officer during the attack on America on 9/11. website .

November 1st 2018
Clark College Economic & Community Development presents morning leadership training courses . Starting at 8am, Setting The Example: Setting a confident example through your skills and abilities will guide the day's session.

November 7th 2018
Join Apollo Drain & Rooters ' staff, family and friends at their Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting from 5-7pm.

November 7th 2018
Community Home Health & Hospice invites you to Light Up Your Night celebrating and remembering loved ones and veterans.

November 8th 2018
Clark College Economic & Community Development presents morning leadership training courses . Starting at 8am, High Performance Teams: Setting goals and expectations to keep yourself and others accountable will guide the day's session.
Our friends at ICEovation , specialize in ice carving, but they also do pumpkin carving of 3D figures, etched images, or branding! ICEovation has access to 100-150 lb pumpkins, so this is a great opportunity to get your spook on! Email to inquire .

Applications available for 2019 homeless crisis response system and community action funds. For information on meetings, applications, and instructions .

Throughout the month of October, Share Vancouver will host their annual Seats & Feets drive, inviting the community to donate new underwear, diapers, and socks, for men, women, teens, and children.

Training opportunities for mental health first aid are available through Lifeline Connections . Email for more info .

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

Now through December 15th, 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.

SW WA Accountable Community of Health is announcing their newest RFI's for community-serving organizations. They are looking for organizations in areas of social services, emergency response, education or workforce development, peer support for substance abuse, public health, and alternative medicine. Click here for more information .

H&R Block 's Income Tax Class is open for enrollment . Morning and evening classes in the Greater Vancouver area are offered for individuals who would like to learn everything you wanted to know about taxes.

Leadership Clark County (LCC) is looking for community nonprofits or public sector organizations to engage with leaders from LCC's Class of '19. The project aims to encourage LCC graduates and community partners to collaborate on organizational challenges the community is facing. For more information .

Community Home Health & Hospice is offering an eight-week, free grief support group for survivors of suicide loss at the Elaine & Don Heimbigner Hospice Care Center, 3102 NE 134th Street, Vancouver, WA. The group meets Thursdays from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, from September 27 – November 15, 2018. Facilitated by Mary Fleming, MSW, and Rick Sievers, Hospice Volunteer.

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