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GVCC, CEO/President

Being Business Savvy It’s nearly mid-way through February as I write this and by the time you read it we’ll be nearly a quarter of the way through 2019. While the pace never seems to slow, your Chamber is up to the challenge with valuable programming you’ll want to make plans to take in. First is the Spring Workshop series, once again focusing on the value and best practices of a strong social media platform for your business. In 2016 we introduced the topic and since had many request to re-visit the topic. Each Tuesday and Thursday in March (and on April 5th for our mid- and North County businesses) you’ll have the opportunity to sharpen your skills. The continuation of our Ready, Set, Go! Workplace Wellness series kicks off in April. This lunchtime discussion is designed to provide ideas for your frontline staffers to bring back to the workplace affording everyone the opportunity to embrace wellness at work.

2019 brings fresh faces to our Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP). We are very excited to have Ronnie Noize of the DIY Marketing Center as our facilitator of the “10-week Fast Trac to Small Business” series. Additionally, Paul Montague our Business Services Coordinator will serve as counselor to the many walk-in clients looking for direction and support for starting a business. As you receive this, a group of us will have just returned from our annual visit to Olympia to visit with legislators about policy issues most important to Businesses in SW Washington. In addition to state wide policy, we are also tracking closely the Stronger Vancouver initiative in the city of Vancouver, as well as the I-5 Replacement Bridge effort. After all that learning you’ll need a break and can join with other members March 12th at 5:00 PM for our Business After Hours hosted by Innovative Services NW. See you there.

FROM THE CHAIR

Amy O’Hara

GVCC,Chairwoman of the Board of Directors

Synergetic Times Ahead There is a word that, while lovely, has been pretty overused in corporate-speak: synergy. But I still love the word. Because when you are there for it, when you genuinely experience it, you know it. You feel it.

That magic – that happening of the whole becoming greater than the parts? Synergy. Clearly our new partnership with Trust Tree is a winner and I can hardly wait for the next three events this year and the events to come years beyond that.

Which brings me to WILL…

Thank you to the following sponsors who made this event perfect: Presenting Sponsor, Horenstein Law Group, Title Sponsor, Columbia Credit Union, WILL/WAY Connections & Media Sponsor, The Columbian, Welcome Reception Sponsor, HAPO Community Credit Union, Social Hour Sponsor, WellHaven Pet Health and Supporting Sponsors, Columbia Bank, Erik Runyan Jewelers, Point North Consulting, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, and BergerABAM. A special “Thank You” to Kate Singh Photography and WareHouse ’23.

WILL (Women in Leadership Lecture Series) debuted a year ago and has emerged as a signature GVCC event for good reasons. The first of this year’s quarterly events took place on January 29th at ilani and considering the daunting task of trying to live up to the reputation, it did not disappoint. With two spectacular speakers the evening was captivating. From the great venue, food and florals to the incredible sponsors to a host that could give Oprah a run for her money… add an engaged, energetic group of attendees it worked on every level.

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BUSINESS OF THE WEEK

What Matters to You? BIGGS INSURANCE

Established in 1935, Biggs Insurance has kept their values clear and focused always looking at what matters to you. Through their long-standing relationships with individuals in our community, Biggs Insurance has learned to customize insurance solutions to best suit the needs for you, your business, and your family. With a long tradition of doing business with integrity, and a desire to provide consistently exceptional services for individuals, Biggs is your source for

a multitude of services. For example: business, home, auto, and retirement insurance, a plethora of financial services, maximizing your employee benefits, etc. And with such an approachable environment, there is no question as to why Biggs’ is dedicated to being the largest locally-owned, independent agency in Vancouver, with sights on developing into the leading locally-owned insurance provider in the Greater Vancouver area.

A New-Age Focus OPSAHL DAWSON

What encourages individuals to consider Opsahl Dawson as their choice CPA firm is their ability to communicate and relate to their clients. Opsahl Dawson not only focuses on tax preparation, for large businesses, small businesses, and individuals, but they also can lend expertise on financial statements for those who have lenders or need bank loans. For some, talking to their CPAs can be a bit difficult or time-sensitive, but this is where Opsahl Dawson stands out from

the crowd. Opsahl Dawson strives to be involved with their clients so much as to have a 24 hour guaranteed connection and follow up. This means that your information and tax returns are delivered and communicated effectively so you understand what’s going on, every step of the way.

Making a Rock-Solid Impact ROCKSOLID TEEN COMMUNITY CENTER

Rocksolid Community Teen Center was established in 2001, and since then, they have made it their mission “To provide a safe place for the youth of our community, and to foster relationships with one another and caring adults, for the purpose of encouraging each other to become rock-solid people.” As an after-school, safe space for teens in the community, they not only create programming to fit what is going on in the lives of the youth that attend, but they

also encourage the kids to give back by volunteering around the community in which they live. Each student who walks through the doors of Rocksolid carries something different, and Rocksolid is there for them every step of the way.

For a more-detailed look at our Business of the Week recipients, check out our notes on Facebook.

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AMBASSADOR SPOTLIGHT

Pauline Mulcahy YOUR PARTY CENTER

Pauline Mulcahy, visionary and Director of Events at Your Party Center, has over 10 years of diverse event management experience. Pauline uses her trademark skills of problem solving, flexibility, vision and creativity to lead her team to execute seamless events that exceed expectations and create a lifetime of memories. In 2008 Pauline co-founded Abacus Event Rental and nurtured business growth through honesty, kindness, integrity, determination and passion until 2016 when Abacus was sold to Your Party Center. One of her core values is building community, which she accomplishes through organizing fundraisers and volunteering her time and expertise to charitable causes. Her connections and heart for her community makes Pauline a perfect fit for the North County Ambassador Team. We are excited to have this fun and enthusiastic woman be the latest to join our GVCC North County Ambassador family!

Ryan Cole PEACEHEALTH

Ryan Cole comes to us from PeaceHealth Urgent Care-Memorial. He has been a Registered Nurse for 18 years and has worked in a variety of pre-hospital and hospital roles during his career. Ryan has a desire for helping people and letting everyone know about their access to healthcare and options for healthcare. He has worked for PeaceHealth for the past 3 years and he is currently managing the Urgent Care at 33rd and Main St. He has a passion for community events, networking and implementing projects that give back to the community like his Adapt-A-Park project with the Urgent Care and the City of Vancouver. Watch for Ryan at all our events, he will be there with a big smile and a hug for you! His kind, friendly and helpful attitude makes him the ideal teammate for our GVCC Ambassador Team! Welcome our newest incredible volunteer, Ryan! GREATER VANCOUVER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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Join us at one of our upcoming SW WA Leads & Needs & North County Edition morning events, or in the evening at a Business After Hours social.

Paul Montague

Business Services Counselor 360.567.1081 | pmontague@vancouverusa.com

The perfect opportunities to test out your latest icebreakers.

Networking Made Easy

Connections for Your Business

Join us at one of our upcoming SW WA Leads & Needs & North County Edition morning events, or in the evening at a Business After Hours social.

WORKFORCE SW WA & WORKSOURCE I recently attended a talk by Scott Bailey, our local regional Employment Security Department Labor Economist, who mentioned that unemployment rates nationally and locally are at their lowest levels in decade. In other words, we have a very tight labor market.

The perfect opportunities to test out your latest icebreakers.

To fill jobs, employers are hiring from within, promoting up, and needing to look to new labor pools for talent. One area that remained stagnant for many years during the past 9 years of economic recovery has been youth employment. Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW) and WorkSource have programs to connect youth with employers and are looking for employers to promote and participate in these programs.

Networking Made Easy

The first is the third annual Youth Employment Summit (YES), on March 19th at the Clark County Event Center. With over 600 high school juniors and seniors expected to attend, we are looking for employers who want to host tables to share company information or info about needed training and open jobs, interview potential candidates, and provide hands-on demonstrations to attendees. If you want to hire high school grads, or simply give them an idea of what you are looking for in new hires, register at no charge at https://bit.ly/2BArYwi.

Join us at one of our upcoming SW WA Leads & Needs & North County Edition morning events, or in the evening at a Business After Hours social.

The second program is SummerWorks. In short, SummerWorks is a summer internship program, funded by WSW, to provide motivated youth, ages 16-21 in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties with opportunities to get 90 hours of work experience and mentoring over the summer with great employers. The SummerWorks program handles the payroll, covers wages, insurance and taxes for 90 hours of work with your company, and you get potential new hires to introduce to your company. For more information, contact Becky Mohagen at becky.mohagen@ esd112.org or 360-952-3453.

The perfect opportunities to test out your latest icebreakers.

One last item. WorkSource has Incumbent Worker training grants for qualified employers who pay for training for their employees that results in certifications, promotions, wage increases, or increases the employability of their employees. Funded training must be completed by the end of May. Contact Paul Montague at pmontague@vancouverusa.com or 360-567-1081 for more information.

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Networking Classes

5-STAR RATED, 100% GUARANTEED Veronika Noize

NETWORKING TRAINING SCHEDULE

the Marketing Coach, DIY Marketing Center

You know how most people would say their greatest fear is public speaking? Not me! Give me a mic and I will talk for hours, unless and until I have a good reason to stop. No, my greatest fear used to be walking into a room full of strangers. Which is why I am now qualified to teach you about networking. I’m an introvert, and I used to hate networking. But even back in the days before I worked for myself, I knew I had to get over it. Because an influential network was necessary to my success in the business world. And that is still true for me as a business owner. As it is for you. To conquer my fear of networking, I hustled. I took classes, read books, and got advice from the most connected people I could find. And that’s how I learned that I didn’t actually hate networking. I hated not knowing what to do at networking events. Not knowing how to introduce myself. Not knowing how to work a room. So I learned. And became an expert networker. Now I am comfortable networking anywhere, anytime, with anyone. And you can be, too. Because the GVCC is sponsoring three of my networking trainings this quarter. Are these trainings

right for you? I’m going to guess that at least one of them will rock your world. Even if you consider yourself quite the social butterfly. Even if you’re comfortable and happy in the local networking scene. Because everyone I ever trained (even other networking experts) found these classes helpful. And you? I guarantee that you will learn at least one thing that makes networking easier or more profitable. You’ve got my famous “Two Cups of Coffee” Guarantee, that’s right, GUARANTEE: If you don’t feel that the time you spent in this class is worth the cost of admission, I will buy you and a friend a cup of coffee. Full disclosure: Most people say that these classes are amazing! Check out the dozens of reviews on Facebook, Google and Yelp.

How To Build Your Business with Networking Friday, March 15 from 9:30-11:30 AM Registration: Use the “Friend” option with the code “networking” to register for $10 (regularly $25)

How to Work a Networking Event (EVEN IF YOU HATE NETWORKING)

Friday, April 19 from 9:30-11:30 AM Registration: Use the “Friend” option with the code “networking” to register for $10 (regularly $25)

Networking for Newbies Friday, May 17 from 9:30-11:30 AM Registration: Use the “Guest List” option with the code “newbie” to register for free (regularly $25) Register at www. DIYMarketingCenter.com/ Networking-Training

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WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP LECTURE SERIES A NEW PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN GVCC AND TRUST TREE PRODUCTIONS

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wide variety of issues that impact women in leadership roles. During our first season, speakers shared life lessons, philosophies, keys to successful leadership and a lot of laughter. New connections were made and new friendships formed. Now we’ve kicked off the second year of this amazing series and we’re excited to announce the new partnership be-

tween GVCC and Trust Tree Productions at our January event. Evolution is key to growth and the energy and vision brought by the women of Trust Tree Productions assures the next chapter of WILL reflects the mission of the first season while allowing WILL to expand in new ways. Trust Tree was founded with a commitment to empower women through purposeful action.

Kate Singh Photography Studio

he wild success of the first year of the Women in Leadership Lecture (WILL) series surpassed our expectations. GVCC knew there was a need for leaders to connect through a unique, woman-focused event and the warmth of the response from the community confirmed it. WILL provided a stage for moderated discussion around a

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Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself & the right people will love the real you.” Linda Reid Columbia Bank

Pictured Left to Right, The 2019 WILL Sponsors:

TRUST TREE PRODUCTIONS Trust Tree Productions is delighted to join with GVCC to co-produce the 2019 WILL series. Founders Lisa Schauer and Elizabeth Holmes believe that when women come together, great things happen and they are committed to creating unique opportunities for meaningful connections to be made and relationships deepened.

An important element of connecting is sharing our stories and WILL provides a wonderful stage for leaders to share their experience and expertise in a beautiful setting with great company. Lisa and Elizabeth believe in the power of stories to connect, educate and entertain. We look forward to bringing you another season of strong women sharing their wisdom.

Michelle Phuong, WellHaven Pet Health Lisa Bender, HAPO Community Credit Union Leslie Runyan, Erik Runyan Jewelers Linda Reid, Columbia Bank

Colleen Boccia, Columbia Credit Union Teresa Keplinger, The Columbian

Cindy Horenstein, Horenstein Law Group Lee Rafferty, Community Leader & Host Helen Devery, BergerABAM

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP LECTURE SERIES

Lisa Schauer, PointNorth Consulting Alasondra Novinger, Warehouse ‘23

Lisa Lowe, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt Location Provided by LSW Architects Art Direction by Brenda Rose

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OUR PRESENTING SPONSOR As Presenting Sponsor for the 2019 series, Horenstein Law Group’s commitment to WILL can be summed up by 33-year business attorney, Vancouver native and HLG’s co-founder, Cindy Horenstein, “As longtime Chamber participants and supporters, we enthusiastically agreed to continue our support of WILL into 2019 so that it may extend featuring and sharing the talents of women leaders as well as offering connection opportunities among the guests.” Natalya Belonozhko, HLG attorney and former in-house lawyer, possesses the perspective needed to provide both business and commercial real estate clients with value. She believes responsiveness and communication are essential to client representation. She is also bilingual in Russian. Adept both in and out of the courtroom, Maren Calvert supports clients with their commercial real estate, land use, and collaborative law needs, specializing in problem solving at the intersection of business and government. She encourages clients to talk with government staff and representatives early and often, to help inform and shape public policy. Horenstein Law Group creatively and proactively helps clients with their business, commercial real estate, land use, and government relations & public policy needs.

Cindy Horenstein of Horenstein Law Group, presenting sponsor of the Women in Leadership Lecture Series.

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“Give yourself credit for both your successes and failures. Often times those failures will eventually lead to success.”

“Be the girl who just went for it.” Alasondra Novinger Warehouse ‘23

Michelle Phuong WellHaven Pet Health

“Don’t limit your aspirations. Get after it. Do what you love.” Colleen Boccia Columbia Credit Union

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EVENTS

May The Course Be With You

STAR WARS GOLF TOURNAMENT In a galaxy far far away…

well, actually, not too far away - Lewis River Golf Course will host our 17th Annual GVCC Golf Tournament on June 6th, presented by Columbia Bank. This year, our theme is everything Star Wars. 18-hole sponsorships are available for Jedis and Sith

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Lords alike. If you’d like to host your own Rebel Alliance of four, or get on the list for sponsoring this exciting event, please email Amy Tanska at atanska@vancouverusa.com. More details to come, young padawan.


And The Awards Go To…

BATTLE GROUND ANNUAL RECOGNITION BANQUET On February 21st at the Battle Ground Community Center, GVCC and Battle Ground Chamber Council recognized individuals and organizations in our community who went above and beyond in 2018 at the Annual Recognition Banquet, presented by Columbia Credit Union. The award recipients are:

2018 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Mavis Nickels Battle Ground Schools

2018 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR Lydia Sanders Family and Community Resource Center, Battle Ground Public Schools

2018 BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR Kendra Laratta Owner of Ink Ability

2018 OUTSTANDING YOUTH OF THE YEAR Tyler Venneri Battle Ground High School

2018 TEACHER OF THE YEAR Daniel Hidden Sophomore English at Battle Ground High School

2018 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR First Sight Family Vision formerly Richardson Eye of Battle Ground

2018 COACH OF THE YEAR Rob Smith Head Wrestling Coach for Battle Ground Public Schools

Programming

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS & NETWORKING Business After Hours in March will be hosted by Innovative Services NW, a local non-profit organization that specializes in pediatric therapy and neurodevelopmental assistance, early learning and child care, and employment services for adults with disabilities. Explore this space with the incredible staff as you get to know the incredible individuals that make differences in the lives of our community, every day.

Every month, GVCC hosts members to morning networking at the SW WA Leads & Needs and the SW WA Leads & Needs: North County Edition events. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at Beaches, and every 2nd Wednesday at Mill Creek Pub, we encourage guests to arrive ready to connect as we start off the day at 7:30 a.m. with rounds of quick introductions. The morning eases into speed-networking in small groups to en-

courage meaningful connection making every week. Sponsorship opportunities are available for each of these events – a great way to get in front of potential connections to speak about your business with the spotlight on your organization.

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RIBBON RIBBONCUTTINGS CUTTINGS

Barb Holbrook,

Office Manager & Ambassador Coordinator 360.567.1093 | bholbrook@vancouverusa.com

Congrats! CELEBRATION

One of the many benefits of your GVCC membership is an opportunity to host an annual Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating your business.

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It could be a Grand Opening, a renovation, re-branding, an anniversary, anything significant that will attract attention to your business. A ribbon cutting is an important part of your overall marketing and advertising plan and a great way to meet key leaders in the community and get acquainted with your neighbors and Chamber members! You plan the event and the GVCC will bring the Ambassador Team, the red ribbon, the BIG scissors, and take photos for you. Call or email Barb to schedule yours!

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GOLD LEVEL

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NEW MEMBERS

Amy Tanska,

Community Partners and Membership Director 360.567.1089 | atanska@vancouverusa.com

Welcome Battle Ground Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 2404 W. Main St. Ste 110 Battle Ground, WA 98604 Clean Choice Professional Services Ridgefield, WA 98642 Cleanchoiceprofessionalservices.com

Lifetime Exteriors 1100 NE 112th Ave. Vancouver, WA 98684 lifetime-exteriors.net

Cornerstone Christian Academy 10818 NE 117th Avenue Vancouver, WA 98662 ccak12.net

Main Street Day Spa 2006 Main Street Vancouver, WA 98660 Mainstreetdayspa.com

CrossCountry Mortgage, Inc 101 E 6th Street, #350 Vancouver, WA 98660

Patient Direct Care 209 E. Main Street, Suite 121 Battle Ground, WA 98604 ptdirectcare.com

Edward Jones - Eisen Dela Cruz 7220 N 93rd Loop Camas , WA 98607 Edward Jones - Jed Conradi 13504 NE 84th Street, Suite 119 Vancouver, WA 98682 edwardjones.com Evergreen Integrative Gynecology, PC 1306 Main Street Vancouver, WA 98660 evergreengyn.com Johnson Controls Security Solutions LLC 6305 SW Rosewood Street Lake Oswego, OR 97035 johnsoncontrols.com

Lindeman Investments 10507 NW 13th Place Vancouver, WA 98685

Pink Lemonade Project 7630 NE Hazel Dell Ave Vancouver, WA 98665 pinklemonadeproject.org Preferred RX Pharmacy 10303 NE Fourth Plain Blvd. #109 Vancouver, WA 98662 prxpharm.com Rachael Jesser Design LLC PO Box 465 Brush Prairie, WA 98606 Rediviva Apartments 111 Parkway Place Vancouver, WA 98660 redivivavancouver.com

Join us in Moving Business Forward with our newest members!

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Southwest Washington Accountable Community of Health (SWACH) 2404 E. Mill Plain Blvd. Suite B Vancouver, WA 98661 southwestach.org State Farm Insurance Jose Iniguez Agency 1307 NE 78th St Suite B1 Vancouver, WA 98665 Joseinsures.com Trust Tree Productions Vancouver, WA 98660 Walstead Mertsching PS 1220 Main St., Ste 200 Vancouver, WA 98660 walstead.com WellHaven Pet Health Hazel Dell 7204 NE Hwy 99 Vancouver, WA 98665 wellhavenpethealthhd.com WellHaven Pet Health Mill Plain 906 SE 164th Avenue, Ste 100 Vancouver, WA 98683 wellhavenpethealthmp.com


Available Now! Your 2019 Membership Directory has been sent! Check your mailbox or visit GVCC’s main office to grab your copy.

Online directory available at vancouverusa.com/list

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Good News for New Businesses

Meet Your SBAP Team

SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SBAP) The GVCC is moving business forward by supporting both new (start up) and growing businesses with free or very low cost training and counseling services. Need a business plan but don’t know where to start or what to do? You can test your ideas, create a start-up plan, or improve your current business plan at the GVCC’s 10-week Kauffman FastTrac business foundations class. The next series starts on May 21 and runs through July 30. Not sure if this class is for you? Check out the free preview on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Cost is $199; full scholarships are available for qualifying businesses. Call Paul Montague at 360.567.1081 for details. The Kauffman FastTrac series is offered through the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP), made possible by the City of Vancouver’s Community Development Block Grants fund.

Uniting Professionals & Students

PAUL MONTAGUE is an experienced Chamber ex-

ecutive with a track record of helping businesses grow. As the GVCC’s Business Services Coordinator, he is the Chamber’s WorkSource connection. His focus is on business and economic growth.

nCONNECT

nConnect, housed at the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, is the link between our businesses and school district events and activities. They are currently supporting the needs of events like STEM-related competitions, career awareness events and internships, to better link talented and specific business professionals to engage with our youth. More career awareness and preparation experiences are requisite to spark student interest and support them on their path to become the future workforce of Southwest Washington. Business engagement can play a significant role in education to help students succeed and support teachers. Partner businesses inspire and support over 5,000 students each year. Through tailored engagement, nConnect is able to help businesses connect with schools to engage with their future workforce. Time commitments start at one hour and can grow as your connection deepens in a variety of ways. By participating in career-related learning, businesses are allowing students to realize a strong and relevant connections to careers in our local economy. If you would like to learn more about nConnect and how you can support local schools email them at info@nconnect.org, or connect with them directly at one of the GVCC’s upcoming Business After Hours events.

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VERONIKA (RONNIE) NOIZE is a familiar face in the Vancouver business community. An award-winning marketing expert, Ronnie is a popular speaker and trainer. As the founder of the DIY Marketing Center, Ronnie helps small businesses achieve profitability with marketing skills, strategies and systems. Ronnie joins the SBAP team this year as a Kauffman facilitator and coach for small businesses.


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Upcoming Events ON VANCOUVERUSA.COM 3/6/2019 GVCC EVENT SW WA LEADS & NEEDS @ Beaches Restaurant Doors: 7:15 a.m. $5/Members The best morning networking in Clark County! Sponsored by Kelcema Audio. 3/6/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING @ Seasons of Hope Grief Center 4:30 p.m. Ceremony Community Home Health & Hospice 3/7/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING @ New American Funding 5:00 p.m. Ceremony 3/12/2019 GVCC EVENT BUSINESS AFTER HOURS @ Innovative Services NW Doors: 5:00 p.m. $10/Members Join us at as we explore this incredible space while networking over delicious food and drinks. 9414 NE Fourth Plain Blvd 3/13/2019 GVCC EVENT SW WA LEADS & NEEDS: NORTH COUNTY EDITION @ Mill Creek Pub Doors: 7:15 a.m. $5/Members The best morning networking in North County!

3/7/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING @ R2R Strategic Recruiting 5:00 p.m. Ceremony GOLD LEVEL

3/21/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING @ Beyond The Veil Bridal 4:30 p.m. Ceremony NEXT LEVEL

3/14/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING @ Sterling Properties Real Estate Services 4:30 p.m. Ceremony

3/28/2019 GVCC EVENT MEGA BUSINESS AFTER HOURS @ HAPO Community Credit Union Doors: 5:00 p.m. The first MEGA BAH of the year. 13909 Mountain View

3/15/2019 DIY MARKETING CENTER HOW TO BUILD YOUR BUSINESS WITH NETWORKING @ GVCC 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Class 3/19/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING @ CarMax 10:00 a.m. Ceremony 3/20/2019 GVCC EVENT SW WA LEADS & NEEDS @ Beaches Restaurant Doors: 7:15 a.m. $5/Members The best morning networking in Clark County! Sponsored by SELF. 3/20/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING @ First Sight Family Vision 5:30 p.m. Ceremony

4/3/2019 GVCC EVENT SW WA LEADS & NEEDS @ Beaches Restaurant Doors: 7:15 a.m. $5/Members The best morning networking in Clark County! Sponsored by HAPO Community Credit Union. 4/10/2019 GVCC EVENT SW WA LEADS & NEEDS: NORTH COUNTY EDITION @ Mill Creek Pub Doors: 7:15 a.m. $5/Members The best morning networking in North County! 4/11/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING @ Rediviva 3:00 p.m. Ceremony

4/11/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING/GROUND BREAKING @ St. Joseph Catholic School 5:00 p.m. Ceremony PLATINUM 4/17/2019 GVCC EVENT SW WA LEADS & NEEDS @ Beaches Restaurant Doors: 7:15 a.m. $5/Members The best morning networking in Clark County! 4/22/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING @ Battle Ground Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 12:00 p.m. Ceremony PLATINUM 4/30/2019 GVCC EVENT WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP LECTURE SERIES A 5-time sold-out event. 5/18/2019 – 5/19/2019 COMMUNITY EVENT DOZER DAY: WHERE KIDS DRIVE @ Clark County Event Center A memorable event by the Nutter Foundation.

Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation (required by 39 U.S.C. 3685) of the Vancouver VISION Magazine for January of 2019. Vancouver VISION Magazine is published six times per year by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Annual subscription price: $25. Publisher: Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce; Editor: John McDonagh, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, 1101 Broadway, Suite 100, Vancouver, Clark County, WA 98660-3319. Owner: Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, 1101 Broadway, Suite 100, Vancouver, Clark County, WA 98660-3319. Known bondholders, mortgagees, and other security holders owning or holding 1 percent or more of the total amount of bonds, mortgages, or other securities: None. The purpose, function, and nonprofit status of this organization and the exempt status for federal income tax purposes have not changed during the preceding 12 months. The extent and nature of circulation is Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce members and local businesses. The average number of copies of each issue during the preceding 12 months are: 1400 a. Total Number of Copies Printed: 1400. b. Paid and/or Requested Circulation: (1) 147 Mailed Outside-County Paid Subscriptions States on PS Form 3541: 26; (2) Mailed In-County Paid Subscriptions Stated on PS Form 3541: 854; (3) Paid Distribution Outside the Mails Including Sales Through Dealers and Carrier, Street Vendors, Counter Sales, and Other Paid Distribution Outside USPS: none; Paid Distribution by Other Classes of Mail Through the USPS: None. c. Total Paid Distribution: 1001. d. Free or Nominal Rate Distribution: (1) Free or Nominal Rate Outside-County Copies includes on PS Form 3541: None; (2) Free or Nominal Rate In-County Copies includes on PS Form 3541: None; (3) Free or Nominal Rate Copies Mailed at Other Classes Through the USPS: None; (4) Free or Nominal Rate Distribution Outside the Mail: 200. e. Total Free or Nominal Rate Distribution: 200. f. Total Distribution: 1201. g. Copies not Distributed: 199. h. Total: 1400. Percent Paid: 83. The actual number of copies of a single issue published nearest to the filing date (September 2018) are: a. Total Number of Copies Printed: 1400. b. Paid and/or Requested Circulation: (1) Mailed Outside-County Paid Subscriptions States on PS Form 3541: 148; (2) Mailed In-County Paid Subscriptions Stated on PS Form 3541: 908; (3) Paid Distribution Outside the Mails Including Sales Through Dealers and Carrier, Street Vendors, Counter Sales, and Other Paid Distribution Outside USPS: None; Paid Distribution by Other Classes of Mail Through the USPS: None. c. Total Paid Distribution: 1056. d. Free or Nominal Rate Distribution: (1) Free or Nominal Rate Outside-County Copies includes on PS Form 3541: None; (2) Free or Nominal Rate In-County Copies includes on PS Form 3541: None; (3) Free or Nominal Rate Copies Mailed at Other Classes Through the USPS: None; (4) Free or Nominal Rate Distribution Outside the Mail: 200. e. Total Free or Nominal Rate Distribution: 200. f. Total Distribution: 1,256. g. Copies not Distributed: 144. h. Total: 1,400. Percent Paid: 84. I certify that this statement of ownership is correct and complete. John McDonagh, President, CEO Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.

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Profile for Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce

VISION | March/April 2019  

Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce's March/April 2019 Edition of VISION, featuring 2019 Women in Leadership Lecture Series, Member Spotli...

VISION | March/April 2019  

Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce's March/April 2019 Edition of VISION, featuring 2019 Women in Leadership Lecture Series, Member Spotli...

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