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New Members

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The 17th Annual Golf Tournament

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Idea to Launch

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EDITOR IN CHIEF Sarah Cooke

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chair: Amy O’Hara, When the Shoe Fits Chair Elect: Kevin Getch, Webfor Vice Chair: Julianna Marler, Port of Vancouver Treasurer: Lisa Goecke, Perkins & Co. Past Chair: Eric Sawyer, BBSI Preferred Payroll

BOARD MEMBERS Winston Asai Columbia Machine Ben Bagherpour SEH America LeAnne Bremer Miller, Nash, Graham & Dunn Carol Bua City of Vancouver Jody Campbell The Columbian Tamara Fuller Colliers International Bryce Helgerson Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center Nelson Holmberg Port of Ridgefield Ben Hoskins You Move Me Robert Knight Clark College Kendra Laratta Ink Ability Tim Schauer MacKay Sposito, Inc. Kristy Weaver Columbia Bank Steve Webb Vancouver School District Jim West Zenith Properties NW

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John McDonagh, President/CEO 360.567.1050 jmcdonagh@vancouverusa.com Janet Kenefsky, Vice President of Membership & Operations 360.567.1056 jkenefsky@vancouverusa.com Amy Tanska, Community Partners and Membership Director 360.567.1089 atanska@vancouverusa.com Sarah Cooke, Marketing & Communications Manager 360.567.1058 scooke@vancouverusa.com Barb Holbrook, Ambassador Coordinator 360.567.1093 bholbrook@vancouverusa.com Rachel Epstein, Member Engagement & Event Support 360.567.1052 repstein@vancouverusa.com Sharon Batten, Finance 360.567.1080 sbatten@vancouverusa.com Paul Montague, Business Services Coordinator & SBAP 360.567.1081 pmontague@vancouverusa.com

CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE Columbia Bank HAPO Community Credit Union ilani Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center Port of Vancouver Riverview Community Bank SEH America The Vancouver Clinic

PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE Burgerville – Holland Inc. BNSF Railway Chick-fil-A Cascade Park Columbia Credit Union Columbia Machine iQ Credit Union Kaiser Permanente On Line Support The Columbian Touchmark at Fairway Village

DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE Chevron USA Comcast Key Bank Mackenzie Regence BlueCross BlueShield WellHaven Pet Health

PARTNERS & ADVERTISERS On Line Support The Columbian Kate Singh Photography Northwest Personal Training Rogue Construction Vancouver Business Journal Energy Trust of Oregon Tidewater Cove Marina DIY Marketing Center Riverview Community Bank Battle Ground Health Care Spence Photo Design

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Moving Your Business Forward Seems everyone I talk with is as busy as or busier than ever. Projects, appointments, and meetings… the list is endless. Those busy schedules mean some members aren’t able to make Chamber events. If they aren’t able to make the events then how do they justify their membership? Let me share with you one way the Chamber provides busy members with an ROI. You all were mailed your complimentary copy of the printed member directory with the last VISION Magazine. That print directory has an online version which lives on the Chamber website at vancouverusa.com/list. All active members are searchable and have the opportunity to build out a business profile providing much more than the contact information in the print directory. Here is the punchline, your Chamber website is accessed over 28,000 times per month and the majority of those visiting the website are headed straight to the member directory. That is nearly one thousand visits per day. By building out your business profile through your Member Information Center (MIC)

login, you can share information about your business with those searching the directory, provide highlights of services or specialties, and better yet, provide multiple links that redirect viewers to your website.

How many of those 28,000 visitors a month are going to your listing? You can find out by creating that MIC login on the Chamber site. Once logged in, you can see your business’s traffic, for instance how many actual visits to your listing and how many clicks through to your website. It is a powerful tool in a robust website. Change and update the information there as often as you like - at no charge. A few members contacted recently were lamenting their inability to attend events and were considering dropping their membership. We were able to point out the activity their listing was receiving through the online directory, and they just couldn’t walk away from that additional exposure. We are committed to Moving Business Forward and the online member directory is just one of the ways we can help.

FROM THE CHAIR

Amy O’Hara

GVCC, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors

We Like To Have Fun I am a big proponent of having fun. The Chamber is committed to serving the area business community in many ways; support, education, advocacy, networking opportunities and more. Also, we also like to have FUN! The ribbon cuttings are great, (thank you Barb and Ambassadors!) and if you haven’t been to a Business After Hours in a while, you need to get one on your calendar pronto. June, however, makes me smile because it means the arrival of one of our signature events: The GVCC’s Annual Golf Tournament! Talk about fun. This tournament will be our 17th year with Columbia Bank presenting this exciting event and this year’s theme is everything Star Wars. It has even been billed with May The Course Be With You! Golfers have been invited to dress up in their favorite Star Wars attire, sponsors will have themed tee displays

and contests, and all are invited to enjoy Cantina drinks along the way. There will be awards given for best team costume as well as a best player costume. This has become an extremely popular event for Southwest Washington and this year promises to live up to the reputation. I have been asked many times how I ended up owning shoe stores and do you know how? As a young woman, I took a temporary job selling shoes for Nordstrom and, I thought it was really FUN so I stayed. Now I am here amongst you fine people! My method is to work hard, be dedicated, reach for more, and most of all to remember to have fun along the way. So I hope to see you all at Lewis River Golf Course on June 6th because I am confident we’ll be having…FUN! “I know. Somehow, I’ve always known.” - Princess Leia

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BUSINESS OF THE WEEK

Being Others-Focused IMPACTFUL SALES SOLUTIONS

Local Non-Narcotic PAIN RELIEF PARTNERS

Since 2017, Pain Relief Partners has been an excellent resource for individuals in our community looking for nonnarcotic pain relief therapies of many kinds. The team at Pain Relief Partners offers unique care in a one-on-one setting to assess an individual’s needs in a personalized manner. Looking at the patient’s history, examination results, and studies based on their assessment, the team then creates a customized treatment plan for each person who steps through their doors. Some of the conditions Pain Relief Partners focuses on include back pain, restless leg syndrome, scoliosis management, fibromyalgia, headaches, migraines, and many more. The treatments that Pain Relief Partners administer vary on the patients’ needs, however, are all non-narcotic. The goal at Pain Relief Partners is that of “effectively providing hope for healing and increased quality of life to our patients.”

Erika Laws, of Impactful Sales Solutions, had an idea turn reality when molding her passions and hard work together. Throughout her time and experience in sales and sales management, her 22 years of experience prepared her well for her role as Founder. Impactful Sales Solutions was created from the need in our community for affordable and personalized sales strategies for all types of small businesses in our area. Think of it as “Your On-Call Sales Director.” From sales and management workshops within your organization, to on-call sales director contracting, to even private sessions, one-onone, Erika will work effectively to find the right fit for Impactful Sales Solutions catered to your organization. Since Impactful Sales Solutions’ inception, joining the Chamber has been an opportunity for Erika to grow her organization and to find members who may benefit from these resources. Connect: connect@impactfulsalessolutions.com impactfulsalessolutions.com

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Enriching Our Community

ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON This Southwest Washington chapter was established in 2008, and since then has been focused on transforming the lives of children and individuals through their community programs and funding based on community research and assessment. Assistance League of Southwest Washington is an all-volunteer organization set out to provide programs and services to enrich the lives and quality of life around us. In addition to dedicating their time, volunteers at the Assistance League of Southwest Washington often provide new clothing and literacy supplies to schools in high-poverty areas in addition to creating personalized “My Life Story Books” for children moving from foster home to foster home. All of Assistance League of Southwest Washington’s members are dedicated to improving the lives around our community, motivated to effect change in our community wherever needed. Connect: assistanceleagueswwa@gmail.com | assistanceleague.org/ southwest-washington

The Business of the Week online featurette boasts an opportunity to nominate and highlight member businesses making impacts on our community! For more information, check out our Notes on Facebook.

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AMBASSADOR SPOTLIGHT

Marcy Sprecher

ROCKSOLID COMMUNITY TEEN CENTER Marcy Sprecher is a well-known and appreciated community activist in the Battle Ground community, where Marcy grew up and has raised her family. A graduate of Battle Ground High School herself, the youth hold a special place in her heart. Marcy feels all kids deserve to be valued and supported, which eventually led her to volunteer at the non-profit Rocksolid Community Teen Center. She joined the staff there in 2006 and is now the Rocksolid Executive Director. Under her guidance, the 2019 Rocksolid Lucky Shamrock Dinner & Auction set records for attendance and funds raised. Marcy has been a cheerleader and champion for North County businesses for many years, building relationships and encouraging others to grow and prosper in Battle Ground. Her enthusiasm and networking abilities are amazing to watch. She connects with people of all walks with grace and kindness. People know they can trust her to help if needed, and that she is a person of her word. Her sense of humor, as well as wise counsel, makes her an allaround perfect fit for our North County Ambassador team. We are very fortunate to have her join this amazing group of volunteers and are very proud of her commitment to give back to Her community.

Harold Faires

WENDEL FAMILY DENTAL CENTRE Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Harold Faires grew up in Aloha, Oregon and moved to Vancouver in 1980. He is very familiar with how small businesses operate as his parents owned a bakery growing up. Starting at the age of 12 Harold worked in the bakery as a doughnut fryer for many years. Professionally, Harold spent 28 years of his career working for Xerox, then in 2004 accepted a Marketing and Employee Benefits position at Wendel Family Dental Centre. Harold is a dedicated Portland Timbers fan and has held season tickets for the past ten years. His idea vacation is going to Hawaii, relaxing and soaking up the sun. He suggests everyone travel alone once in a while as it’s been a great experience for him. Harold was invited to join the GVCC Ambassador Team in 2016 and was named the GVCC Ambassador Rookie of the Year in 2017. He enjoys being a “Red Coat” as he receives firsthand knowledge about the new and current businesses in Clark County. Harold has been a great asset to our team, always there when needed with his warm smile and a handshake to offer! Watch for him at the next event, at nearly 6’ 7” he is heads above the rest. GREATER VANCOUVER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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FROM THE TEAM

GVCC’s New VP JANET KENEFSKY

Your Chamber strives to be at the forefront of moving business forward through our programming and opportunities for organizations ranging from 1 to over 1,000 individuals, across Southwest Washington. So, following a 3-month search, “the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the selection of Janet Kenefsky as our new Vice President of Operations and Membership,” says John McDonagh, GVCC President/CEO. “Janet joins our organization with over 15 years of experience in non-profit leadership and organizational and strategic development, along with a strong background in program development, communications, marketing, and public relations. Janet’s extensive experience in membership organizations focusing on assisting small and medium sized businesses grow gives us great excitement to see what Janet will do to help grow our area businesses.”

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In her previous role at the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA), Janet created the foundation to ensure all aspects of strategy, planning, marketing, communications, program leadership, as well as administrative operations were in line with the organization’s goals. Throughout her tenure, the organization became the industry’s example of best practices for program governance and was often asked to mentor struggling industry organizations to install strong program management. “As a proud resident of Vancouver, Washington and a champion of economic development, I am honored to have the opportunity to work with an exceptional team and a diverse set of industry stakeholders to help grow the GVCC and to help area businesses meet the challenges of the next decade,” says Janet. “I’m looking forward to bringing the work of this essential organization to more businesses in our community.” As Vice President of Operations & Membership, Janet will oversee the Chamber’s programming and internal operations, creating a structured process for the organization to strengthen what we do best. Already, Janet has set her sights on business engagement, strategic planning and the development of new programs that further proves the value to members while increasing the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce’s strong brand in the community.  Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to Janet at the next event or drop her a welcoming email at jkenefsky@ vancouverusa.com. VISION

“Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It's about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire teammates and customers.” – Robin Sharma, Bestselling Author & Leadership Expert


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he 17th Annual Golf Tournament, presented by Columbia Bank, is the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce’s longest running signature event. For 17 years, we’ve been making strides to ensure you connect with other business professionals in a fun and exciting way each year. And for 17 years the great staff at Columbia Bank has been our sponsor.

Members of the local business community building relationships, expanding their spheres of influence, developing avenues for doing business, and having a blast while doing so! The humble truth is, no one does golf tournaments better than the Chamber! That status pushes the Chamber staff to make it bigger and better than the last. Do or do not, there is no try. See you on the green!

Golfers this year, and Jedi too will be immersed in everything Star Wars at our event on June 6th at Lewis River Golf Course. Prepare to use the force as each team will encounter new and unique opportunities at each hole, thanks to the lineup of our generous tee sponsors!

A special thanks to our ongoing media sponsor, The Columbian.

Your Chamber supports and fosters a healthy business community and at our annual tournament, that's exactly what you see when you step out on the green:

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Columbia Bank - Presenting Sponsor The foursome to beat at this year’s event happens to be from the tournament’s presenting sponsor, Columbia Bank. They are prepared to use the powers of the dark side to secure their spot as the true masters of the galaxy. Do you have what it takes to defeat the dark side?


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Grab your favorite lightsaber and 9-iron, and join us on June 6th for the 17th Annual Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, “May The Course Be With You” presented by Columbia Bank.

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Make sure to arrive on time at 7:00 a.m. for Check-In and Breakfast to prepare for the 8:30 a.m. shotgun start at Lewis River Golf Course. Stop by the Putting Contest, “Jabba The Putt,” to use the force at the start of the tournament. Throughout the day, golfers will be met with tee games and opportunities to network among our 36 teams of Jedi Masters and Sith Lords.

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A Jedi Feast will be waiting as you enter the clubhouse after your final mission and there, raffle baskets and team prizes will be offered to those who defeated the dark side.

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Interested in hosting your own Star Wars themed tee-display or donating a basket? Connect with Amy Tanska at atanska@vancouverusa. com to personalize your once-in-amillennium opportunity.

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Need some ideas for your own “out-of-this-galaxy” tee display? • Create a recovery kit for your favorite teams of Jedis that may have had one too many at the Cantina… • Decorate your tee in wise words from Master Yoda to encourage players to awaken the force. "Make a memorable tee display, this will - Mhmmmm." • Imperial Sand Dunes affecting your Rebellion crew? Prepare your fighters with capes and costumes to best protect them from what lies ahead. • True Power: Command each team to an age-old duel of Light Side vs. Dark Side to see which side is stronger… • Host a mini-game of Par Wars: Those who compete for par on your hole get to enter into your own galactic drawing! • Everyone loves Ewoks! Bring your Jedi Knights personalized goody bags of mini, gummy Ewoks to prepare them for the next battle. • Vader You Waiting For? Time your guests to see who can play through the hole the fastest! • R2-Detour: At your hole, add an extra challenge for your guests to see who can hit the mark! • Get your party games out, and perform a Jedi Mind Trick on those who pass by your booth. Impressing the Galactic Empire has never been so easy!

Golf, you must! Register your foursome now, online at vancouverusa.com. COMMERCE

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Did You Know? When you become a Chamber Member, a whole world of benefits and opportunities opens up for you.

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Marketing Your Organization • Post your business’ offerings • Promote in print, online, and in event media

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NCONNECT

Highlight Your Industry CONNECTING LEARNING WITH CAREERS

Businesses looking to identify and engage their future workforce can rely on nConnect. nConnect utilizes strategy discussions to assist companies in their efforts to build a collaborative relationship, with local schools to provide career preparatory experiences for students. These nConnect facilitated experiences help partner companies create a pathway for students to local careers. By working with nConnect, employees actively involved in the local economy are given opportunities to show their workplaces, share their insights, offer hands-on activities and describe the skills and education needed to thrive in their industry. These events build social capital with students looking for future employment and with communities under represented within the professional communities. Partner businesses in our community are eager to work alongside nConnect: “We were able to give the students hands-on industry experience, and mentorship. Just as important, it allowed us to see the student’s capabilities and work ethic, which enhanced our onboarding process. Our experience with nConnect is one that will continue for years to come.” – Chuck Richards, ADS Washougal

“We were able to give the students hands-on industry experience, and mentorship”

If you would like to learn more about nConnect and how you can get involved, email them at info@nconnect.org, or meet with them at an upcoming Business After Hours event.

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Paul Montague

Business Services Counselor & SBAP 360.567.1081 | pmontague@vancouverusa.com

Connecting with Our Future Workforce WORKFORCE SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON

Here’s my favorite new statistic when discussing today’s labor market: Every minute, nearly seven Baby Boomers turn 65. A fifth of our regional workforce is over age 55 and could retire within the next decade. Most Baby Boomers know what it was like to have a summer job or part-time job in high school, but most kids today have not been so lucky, and consequently aren’t being properly prepared for their careers. Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW) knows this, and is developing programs to help address this critical segment of our labor market. Under the leadership of WSW, in partnership with Partners in Careers, WorkSource, nConnect, Goodwill, Columbia River Economic Development Council, Cowlitz Economic Development Council, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce, SW WA Stem Network, Lakeside Industries, LiUNA, Northwest Laborers-Employers Training Trust Fund and the District Council of Laborers, the third annual Youth Employment Summit (YES) is in the bag and was an outstanding success. WSW, which invests $7 to $9 million each year of public funds to help businesses find employees and job seekers to find work, partnered with many local organizations to host YES. With a focus on technology, healthcare, manufacturing, construction and first jobs, more than 65 employers and union representatives staffed display booths with many of the tools of their trades, and offered more than

400 high school juniors and seniors opportunities to learn about some of the careers offered by these employers. In addition, Partners in Careers arranged volunteers to conduct mock

Every minute, nearly seven Baby Boomers turn 65. interviews with students looking for their first jobs. WSW’s new youth-oriented career and employment center, NEXT opened last year with much acclaim for the value it provides to employ-

ment candidates from ages 16-24 and the employers who hire these candidates. NEXT, in addition to the typical employment center resources, provides showers, lockers, a kitchen and other facilities and resources to help “couch surfers” and other residencechallenged youth succeed in finding their first jobs or better paying jobs as they start their work careers. On Wednesday, May 29th, NEXT will be hosting a manufacturingfocused youth hiring event, bringing around 5 selected area manufacturers together with high school seniors who are interested, motivated and prepared to interview for full-time positions with these manufacturers. Please call or email John LeMarte at 360.735.5060, or JLemarte@esd. wa.gov if you want to learn more about this event, or would like to be considered to participate. I have written about the SummerWorks youth internship program in past issues. SummerWorks is a summer internship program, funded by WSW, to provide motivated and prescreened 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 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.

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RIBBON RIBBONCUTTINGS CUTTINGS

Barb Holbrook

Ambassador Coordinator 360.567.1093 | bholbrook@vancouverusa.com

Let’s Celebrate! One of the many benefits of your GVCC membership is an opportunity to host an annual Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating your business. Is your organization celebrating a grand opening, groundbreaking, renovation, re-branding, or anniversary? Or, would you like to celebrate your business, just because? We’re here to help! Your Chamber brings our Ambassador Team, the red ribbon, the big scissors, and takes all the photos for you – all you need to do is schedule. Even if you don’t have a physical location, we will work with you to find an appropriate place and make sure your organization is our focus. With membership, you receive one free ribbon cutting yearly, so make sure you schedule yours for 2019! Call or email Barb Holbrook to schedule your celebration. Interested in standing out? Upgrade your ribbon cutting celebration with a PLATINUM LEVEL, GOLD LEVEL, or NEXT LEVEL experience.

Book your free celebration for 2019 with Barb Holbrook at bholbrook@vancouverusa.com.

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NEW MEMBERS

Amy Tanska

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

Convene & Connect The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce has a wide variety of ways to bring members together –

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from Leads & Needs (in Downtown Vancouver, Battle Ground, and East Vancouver) to ribbon cuttings to Business After Hours to workshops and much more, allowing me to live by these words “Convene & Connect” every day.

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Although connections can happen by themselves, we at the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce have a unique vantage point in the business community that lets us see where optimal connections could be made – and that’s where we shine. Take a look at our newest Members and give them a hearty welcome!

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Join us in Moving Business Forward with our newest members!

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NETWORKING 101

How to make networking a great strategy for building your business:

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Networking is more than facetime at meetings; it's about getting to know others. Just showing up and passing out cards at meetings isn't enough. Effective networking includes getting to know other people and creating actual relationships.

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Where (and with whom) you network matters. When you .network, you are looking to create relationships. This means getting to know lots of people (and not just your prospects). Widen your scope to meet potential referral partners, who can send you business. Even peers or colleagues should be on your list, because you may be able to partner on large projects. Or at the very least, refer prospects who are not a good fit for you.

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Networking is not speed selling. Not every person you meet is a prospect, but nearly every person you meet can be a valuable part of your

network. Do the math: The most valuable person in your network is not the one person who buys from you, but the one who refers qualified prospects to you.

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“Bringing health, hope & healing to our community”

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Transforming Ideas Into Realities SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM So you have a great idea for a business ... are you ready to get started? Get on the fast track to success with Idea to Launch II, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce’s newest program for start-ups! Whether you’re looking for funding for your start up, or just want to create a blueprint for success, your start-up is covered. This immersive course is designed to provide information, tips, exercises and tools to help you identify, research and develop your business idea. With the help from our experienced instructors, you’ll be able to plan out the key elements of your business, from marketing to pricing to cash needs - and everything in between. The Idea to Launch II combines a powerful online course with weekly meetings to create plans, refine ideas, and get expert guidance from qualified professionals.

Here’s exactly what you receive when you join the Idea to Launch II program: • Comprehensive online content for aspiring entrepreneurs, including videos, quizzes and examples • Peer support and feedback in a supportive, inclusive environment • Four powerful tools for launching your business including your personalized: Business Plan This strategic tool helps you focus on the specific steps, strategies and resources you need to make your business ideas succeed. Business Model Canvas Visualize your business concept, see new opportunities, and design (or redesign) your business model with this powerful template. Financial Forecast Create a financial forecast that will help you predict, measure, and analyze your business growth for the next 3 years.

IDEA TO LAUNCH II Start Date Monday, May 20, 2019 from 12:30 - 3:30PM Classes are every Monday from May 20 through July 29 (except for May 27) 1101 Broadway Street, Vancouver WA 98660 Tuition $199; full scholarships available! For more information or to register, contact Paul Montague at 360.567.1081 or sbap@vancouverusa.com This program is offered through the Small Business Assistance Program at the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, made possible by the Community Development Block Grants fund through the City of Vancouver.

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Upcoming Events ON VANCOUVERUSA.COM 5/1/2019 GVCC EVENT LEADS & NEEDS @ Beaches Restaurant Doors: 7AM $5/Members The best morning networking in Clark County! Sponsored by Apollo Drain & Rooter Service. 5/2/2019 GVCC EVENT BATTLE GROUND MONTHLY LUNCHEON Location TBD Doors: 11AM $20/Members Focusing on B2B in North County. 5/2/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING @ Harper Houf Peterson Righellis Inc. 5PM Ceremony PLATINUM 5/3/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING @ Believe Boutique 6PM Ceremony

5/7/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING @ SportClips Hair Cuts 11AM Ceremony 5/8/2019 GVCC EVENT LEADS & NEEDS: NORTH COUNTY @ Mill Creek Pub Doors: 7AM $5/Members The best morning networking in North County! 5/9/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING @ Integrative Body, Inc. 5PM Ceremony 5/14/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING @ SportClips Hair Cuts Hazel Dell 11AM Ceremony 5/15/2019 GVCC EVENT LEADS & NEEDS @ Beaches Restaurant Doors: 7AM $5/Members The best morning networking in Clark County! 5/16/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING @ Cascade Inn Retirement 5PM Ceremony PLATINUM

5/17/2019 DIY MARKETING CENTER NETWORKING FOR NEWBIES TRAINING @ GVCC 9:30AM–11:30AM Class 5/18/2019 – 5/19/2019 COMMUNITY EVENT DOZER DAY: WHERE KIDS DRIVE @ Clark County Event Center A ‘memories building’ event by the Nutter Foundation. 5/21/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING VANCOUVER MASTER CHORALE @ GVCC 11AM Ceremony PLATINUM 5/22/2019 GVCC EVENT LEADS & NEEDS: EAST VANCOUVER @ Chick-fil-A Cascade Park Doors: 7AM $5/Members The best morning networking in East Vancouver! Sponsored by Reid Business Services. 5/22/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING @ Tidewater Cove Marina 4PM Ceremony

5/23/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING @ AdvantaClean 3:30PM Ceremony 6/4/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING @ BG Nutrition 12PM Ceremony 6/5/2019 GVCC EVENT LEADS & NEEDS @ Beaches Restaurant Doors: 7AM $5/Members The best morning networking in Clark County! 6/6/2019 GVCC EVENT 17TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT @ Lewis River Golf Course Check-In: 7AM The best business golf tournament in SW WA. Presented by Columbia Bank. 6/12/2019 GVCC EVENT LEADS & NEEDS: NORTH COUNTY @ Mill Creek Pub Doors: 7AM $5/Members The best morning networking in North County!

6/13/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING @ Three Brothers Vineyard & Winery 5PM Ceremony 6/19/2019 GVCC EVENT LEADS & NEEDS @ Beaches Doors: 7AM $5/MEMBERS The best morning networking in Clark County! 6/19/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING FOR UPLIFT CLARK COUNTY 2019 @ Warehouse ‘23 4PM Ceremony 6/20/2019 GVCC EVENT RIBBON CUTTING @ NW Injury & Rehab Center 6PM Ceremony PLATINUM 6/26/2019 GVCC EVENT LEADS & NEEDS: EAST VANCOUVER @ Chick-fil-A Cascade Park Doors: 7AM $5/Members The best morning networking in East Vancouver!

Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation (required by 39 U.S.C. 3685) of the Vancouver VISION Magazine as of 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: Sarah Cooke, 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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