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.
This is a paid ad space, inquire about its future availability by emailing Chandra Chase
Wednesday, September 3rd
Three $2,000 Small Business Grants Will Be Awarded to Members
Monday, October 8th
Attend The Chamber's Small Business Saturday Grant Program Info Session
$6,000 Total Funds Will Be Distributed to Three Members

It's time to rally together your Social Media Team! If your organization, business, or nonprofit has 15 full time employees or fewer, you can enter our Small Business Saturday Grant Program sponsored by Columbia Credit Union ! Attend our info-session on October 8th, here at the GVCC to learn everything there is to know about this exciting opportunity. This year, we raised funds at the Annual Dinner from the dessert dash. Last year Funky Fresh Juice Co and Sweet Spot Skirts received $2,000 each - this year it could be you!
Wednesday, 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 being the first-ever sponsor with Ashlyn Salzman.

Join us on October 10th for the debut event. Come and expand your reach into Battle Ground to meet the amazing crew of north county business leaders - their North County Networking is transitioning into this event!
Thursday, October 11th
Clark County Commissioner
Chair Candidates Forum
Battle Ground Luncheon

The GVCC is partnering with the Battle Ground Chamber and the League of Women Voters to host an informative 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. Event is sponsored by Paul Montague Tax Preparation.
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 Grand Opening
November 8th @ 4:30 p.m. - Pacific NW Specialty Pharmacy
November 9th @ 4:30 p.m. - Prime Fighting MMA #11 Weigh Ins

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!
Tuesday, October 16th
Sparks Building Takeover
Business After Hours

*BGCC members email Ashlyn Salzman to sign up at member pricing.

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!
View our social media photo gallery within our Facebook Photo Album featuring Kate Singh's amazing photos from the night. Also, review our Business & Leadership Awards coverage from the Vancouver Business Journal .
The Fortune Tellers Were Right, The Chamber's Annual Dinner Was A Success!

You came out, you dressed up, you nominated great businesses, you gave generously to the dessert dash to fund our Small Business Saturday Grant Program - THANK YOU!

The feedback we've heard has been about the quality of the event, our BLA award recipients, our 2018-2019 Board of Directors, and the embodiment of our theme "Under the Big Top!" We exceeded expectations and Sept 25th proved to be one of our best Annual Dinners ever.

Thank you to the Port of Vancouver USA, our presenting sponsor, supporting and awards sponsors, VIP table sponsors, attendees, performers, award recipients, presenters, dessert creators, Curly the Camel... thank you everyone who made this event possible and so very memorable.

Watch What We Do Next Year!
GVCC Sponsorships Confirmed This Week

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center has become our photo booth sponsor for the Holiday Heroes Luncheon on Friday, December 7th. This sponsorship hosts photos with Santa and members take home printed keepsake copies with their logo on it. A VIP Table also comes with this sponsorship.

HAPO Community Credit Union is a Community Sponsor for the Holiday Heroes Luncheon. They will receive logo recognition in promotional materials, a VIP Table, and recognition at the event.
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.
STAND OUT! Advertise in our Preferred Membership Directory

The GVCC's publishing partner, E&M Consulting, is wrapping up our 2019 Preferred Business Directory . In the upcoming few weeks, they will be contacting all of the members with advertising opportunities. If you have any interest in advertising this year, please contact a sales associate at E&M or sign up online . They are very professional and produce a full-color high quality publication that is mailed directly to our 1,100 membership base, used in recruitment packets, and distributed at gathering points in our community.
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.
Wednesday, October 3rd
Want to do Business with the Ports?

This free session is for Small Businesses Owners, Purchasing and Procurement Officers that are interested in doing business with the Port of Vancouver USA, Port of Camas-Washougal, and the Port of Ridgefield. Event takes place at the Port of Vancouver Commission Room from 8:30-10:30a. For more information, contact your WA PTAC counselor at jsantiago@vancouverusa.com or 360.567.1051.
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
GVCC Member
Events, Outreach, Announcements, and Opportunities:
October 4th 2018
Join the Columbia River Mental Health Foundation at their sponsored awards luncheon at the Hilton. Attend to help lower the mental health stigma, share information about addiction, and learn what recovery means in our community. More information and to RSVP.

October 9th 2018
Join  Bloodworks NW  in donating blood at Nautilus, Inc from 9a-3p.  RSVP for an appointment here.  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 16th 2018
Join  Bloodworks NW  in donating blood at Trinity Lutheran Church from 2:30-5:30p.  RSVP here.  Or, at Underwriters Laboratories from 9:30a-12:30p, RSVP here . Walk-in's welcome, remember to bring your ID.

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 22nd & 23rd 2018
Join  Bloodworks NW  in donating blood at Clark College on Monday and Tuesday from 9:30a-3:30p.  RSVP for an appointment here.  Walk-in's welcome, remember to bring your ID.

October 23rd 2018
Join  Bloodworks NW  in donating blood at WSDOT/WSP from 9a-3p.  RSVP for an appointment here.  Walk-in's welcome, remember to bring your ID.

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 25th 2018
Join  Bloodworks NW  in donating blood at PeaceHealth SW Medical Center from 11:30a-5:30p. RSVP for an appointment here.  Walk-in's welcome, remember to bring your ID.

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 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! The cost of pumpkin and carving will be $200, but act fast, as this offer expires on October 4th. Email to inquire .

Workforce Southwest Washington is now accepting nominations of businesses for its Excellence in Workforce Development Awards! Nominations close October 5th.

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.

Davidson & Associates Insurance Agency of Vancouver is pleased to welcome Jacob Pierron to the team as a Business Agent.

Maaco Vancouver celebrates their 40th Anniversary this year, and to celebrate, they have installed a NITROHEAT system, saving on liquid materials, improving distribution, while minimizing paint overspray! For detailed information, visit their website .

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 .

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the City of Vancouver’s Fire Marshal’s Office a $216,000 Fire Prevention and Safety grant. The grant will support the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Project HomeSafe campaign to reduce the frequency and severity of residential fires through fire and life safety education and outreach. 

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: