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PG 14 Meet the New GVCC Mentor Team


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Table of Contents

VISION

Magazine

JAN/FEB EDITION 4

GVCC Business Advocacy

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Staff/Board & Tier Members

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Chamber Rewind

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Message from the CEO:

Chamber Hosts Three Thought Leader Sessions

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Columbian’s Economic Forecast

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Meet: Chamber Mentor Team

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New GVCC Program

PG 18-19: The GVCC launches the “Ready, Set, Go! Wellness Workshop Series,” presented by Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center on the fourth Thursday of each month (starting in Feb) with Sherri McMillan!

“Ready, Set, Go! Wellness Workshop Series,” Presented by Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center 20

New GVCC Members

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Final Tidbits & Events

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Ribbon Cutting Photo Gallery

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Events Calendar

PG 14: Meet a Mentor: Amy Lodholz of Evergreen Habitat for Humanity.

PG 4: Legislative Outlook Breakfast & the delegation’s goals for 2017.

ON THE COVER

The GVCC was on location with seven members at the Firstenburg Community center with Kate Singh of Aevum Images. Six of these members will instruct in the new 2017 “Ready, Set, Go! Wellness Workshop Series,” presented by Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. Photos by Kate Singh Photography MORE INFORMATION ON PAGES 16-19

PG 22: Ribbon Cuttings Photo Gallery. “Next Level” event @ MAACO.

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Business Advocacy

Legislative Outlook Breakfast Defines Business Priorities and Asks Lawmakers for Support

Don Russo PAC Co-Chairman Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

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PAC Co-Chairwoman NW Natural Photos by Kate Singh.

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Despite challenging weather, a hardy group of legislators joined the Greater Vancouver Chamber, Columbia River Economic Development Council and Identity Clark County to present their reactions to the groups combined legislative priorities for 2017. We appreciate their commitment and we are interested to hear their views on what to expect in the coming year, which likely will be a busy and contentious session. Our legislators expressed appreciation for the presentation of a unified set of concerns and priorities. Our three groups conveyed combined legislative priorities as attendees curiously listened to the plans of our new representatives, and asked some clarifying and expanded questions. The key takeaways fell under a few specific categories: TAX MEASURES: • Sales tax exemption elimination will be reintroduced and our delegation will continue to oppose it. Legislators need vigilance and engagement

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from the Southwest Washington business community. While we understand revenue is important, Clark County should not bear the disproportionate burden that the tax elimination would create. • There was wide support for the restoration of the Public Works trust fund. INFRASTRUCTURE: • The I-5 corridor and Columbia Crossing were recognized as challenging issues. These will likely be areas of serious focus and contention in the upcoming session. There was debate about process and procedure but agreement that a solution is definitely needed. Debate mostly centered on whether improvement/expanding of the current bridge or a new span should be considered first. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT • There was much support and bipartisan encouragement for both the WSU Vancouver and Clark Community College capital project requests.


• Incentives are a preferred instrument for development. These are much more constructive than mandates, and while state budgets will need to be examined, funds need to be found to support and incentivize business growth. WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION: • The McCleary decision will be unpacked this session. There will be much discussion and hopes for a solution. Many concepts or solutions have been floated but need to be boiled down. Those that can garner bipartisan support will be moved forward. • Also noted, as a trade dependent state, Washington must have a delegation

that champions business and protects and supports ports, allowing for creative economic development. ENVIRONMENT AND REGULATIONS: • Our delegation recognizes that there is not a lot of support for the governor’s past top down approach to the Carbon Tax. While there is a need for climate protection, the delegation felt any carbon legislation needs to be fair and balanced, not aimed in a way that threatens to put industries out of business, but rather works with business to find a path forward. • The delegation was also fairly united in the concept that they should not cede oversight to agencies or allow them to write regulations unchecked. Our legislators must be engaged in monitoring agen-

cies that are overly aggressive on regulatory rule-making. As a whole our legislators stressed that, despite occasional disagreements, they maintain a spirit of bipartisanship. They agree on much more than they disagree. They all look forward to working together to move this region forward. Their reflections gave the business community much to be hopeful for, but also highlighted the need for our groups’ members to continue advocacy to ensure that the policies moved forward are in alignment with the needs of our region. We appreciate our legislators’ dedication and remain ready partners and tireless advocates for their work.

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CEO/PRESIDENT: John McDonagh CHAIRMAN: Ben Hoskins

VISION EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Chandra Chase

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR: Ben Hoskins, 1-800-GOT-JUNK VICE CHAIR: Amy O’Hara, When the Shoe Fits TREASURER: Lisa Goecke, Perkins & Co. PAST CHAIR: Eric Olmsted, On Line Support, Inc.

Winston Asai, Columbia Machine Ben Bagherpour, SEH America LeAnne Bremer, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn Carol Bua, City of Vancouver Jody Campbell, The Columbian Kevin Getch, Webfor Bryce Helgerson, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center Robert Knight, Clark College Eric Sawyer, BBSI Preferred Payroll Tim Schauer, MacKay Sposito Rhona Sen Hoss, Re-elect Sen. Annette Cleveland Kristy Weaver, Pacific Continental Bank Dr. Steve Webb, Vancouver School District Jim West, Coldwell Banker Commercial Jeff Woodside, Nutter Corporation

STAFF John McDonagh, President/CEO 360-567-1050 jmcdonagh@vancouverusa.com Erika Laws, Membership Recruitment Director 360-567-1089 elaws@vancouverusa.com Matt Hoffstetter, Membership Services Director 360-567-1058 mhoffstetter@vancouverusa.com Barb Holbrook, Office Manager & Ambassador Coordinator 360-567-1093 bholbrook@vancouverusa.com

Chandra Chase, Programs and Communications Director 360-567-1056 cchase@vancouverusa.com Teresa Lawwill, Community Partnerships Director 360-567-1090 tlawwill@vancouverusa.com Ashlyn Salzman, Events Manager 360-567-1052 asalzman@vancouverusa.com Jeannet Santiago, SBAP & PTAC Business Counselor 360-567-1051 jsantiago@vancouverusa.com  Sharon Batten, Finance 360-567-1080 sbatten@vancouverusa.com

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REWIND Chamber Highlights from December 2016

MADdogs Gourmet Hot Dogs wins!

Columbia Credit Union Presents $500 Small Business Grant to GVCC Member

Each November, the GVCC hosts our “Get Out On... Small Business Saturday” program for our small business members. Columbia Credit Union has been the presenting sponsor for four years in a row. Their commitment to small business support has helped evolve the program into a month long marketing effort that spotlights our small business members. From November 1-26th, the GVCC has asked our members and the community at large to post about local small businesses with the #localthanks tag. All public posts are collected on a tagboard and the “Best Post” wins a $500 small business grant (on behalf of that business). This year, Daniel Martinez of Innovative Services NW made a post about MADdogs who employs two workers with barriers within their local small business. The post praised their community-focused business philosophy and earned owners Debbie and Lou Hijar the “best post” honors and the $500 small business grant. Innovative Services NW was awarded a certificate of appreciation and a six month web banner on vancouverusa.com.

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Chamber Names Ambassador of the Year:

Barbe West, Executive Director Speaks

Every year the GVCC hosts the “Holiday Heroes Luncheon” and the 23 member Ambassador team is the focus. This is when we formally showcase their year of service helping the Chamber “move business forward.” We recognize one Ambassador of the Year with the “Wally Hornberger Award.” This year, Teresa Bonawitz of Self Balance Massage was given the honors! This award is given based on attendance at reoccurring and signature events, volunteer contribution at events, mentoring new chamber members, Ambassador coordinator review, and a vote by ambassador peers. Teresa is the first to assist at the registration desks, speak on the mic and mentor new members as they come to events for the first time.

Barbe West, the Executive Director of the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington spoke at the Chamber’s “Holiday Heroes Luncheon” event, sponsored by PeaceHealth at the Heathman on Friday, December 2nd. Each year the GVCC chooses one nonprofit to spotlight at this event. We also asked the GVCC members attending the event to help support the nonprofit by bringing donations. This year the Free Clinic asked for the following supplies: hand soap, disposable gloves, arm and leg braces, warm gloves, socks, hats and ace band-aids. The donation table was full of items to bring back to the Free Clinic.

Teresa Bonawitz of Self Balance Massage Receives Wally Hornberger Award

The title of “Rookie of the Year” was also given at the Holiday Heroes Luncheon to Beth Anderson. Beth joined the team early in 2016 and brings a dynamic personality, enthusiasm, and cheer to every event she attends.

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Free Clinic of Southwest Washington was the Holiday Luncheon Benefactor

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From The CEO

The Chamber is Vancouver’s Meeting Hot Spot for Business Issues Aerospace, Retirement Marketplace, and STEM Education conversations

Owning and operating a business in today’s marketplace takes every bit of time you have (and then some) to keep things running – and even more if you want to keep it running smoothly. With that as a reality, very few businesses have the luxury of looking around to see what is being discussed and how it might apply to their business.

John McDonagh Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce CEO/President

For each of you, our members, that is where the Chamber is working on your behalf. Sometimes it is through our structured Public Affairs Committee where community initiatives are vetted, considered and then referred to the Board for action as well as put out to our membership through our various communication channels. Other times, it is partnering with other business organizations to collectively show the strength of the business community voice as with our Joint Legislative Priorities, presented along with our partners at the Columbia River Economic Development Council and Identity Clark County at the Legislative Outlook Breakfast. Then there are the conversations that simply pop up and were it not for the Chamber agreeing to host the conversation and convening members and partners around the issue the business community could be left out entirely. We believe that should never be the case when the vitality of the economy is at stake.

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Washington small business Retirement marketplace

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Three such conversations took place in the last 45 days. One had to do with a statewide program to make small business retirement programs more accessible and affordable, through an online marketing portal. The second was around a current tax incentive, known euphemistically as the Boeing Incentive, which was created to bolster the aerospace manufacturing industry in the state. Over 450 companies state wide, and a half dozen or so in Clark County, currently rely on the incentive to remain competitive. The third was around STEM education and workforce development. We have heard loud and clear the need our local businesses have in finding and hiring qualified workers. Our conversation was around how to influence changes throughout our educational system that addresses these needs. It is true, none of these conversations were important to every member, but each were critical to some members. Our promise to you is we will continue to be part of each and every conversation about issues that will or may have a consequence for business – on your behalf. We believe this allows you to put your time into your business operations, knowing you still have a voice in the conversation.

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President of the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) since December 2013, Mike currently serves on a number of professional and nonprofit organization boards, including the Washington Economic Development Association Board, Greater Portland Inc. Executive Committee, Clark County Skills Center Advisory Council (Chair-Elect), Washington Investment Board, Visit Vancouver USA Tourism Board, and the WSUV Chancellor’s Advisory Board.

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Dr. Long is the Sam Reed Distinguished Professor in Civic Education and Public Civility and an associate professor in the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs. She is the author of two books, Religious Freedom and Indian Rights: The Case of Oregon v. Smith and Mapp v. Ohio: Guarding against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures and currently working on a book on Newdow v. U.S. Congress: The Pledge and the Ninth Circuit. Carolyn was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ljubljana School of Social Sciences in 2009-2010.

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Dr. Gloria Arroyo-Grubbs DC BA BS has over 20 years experience in the health care industry and is passionate about her community; working to ensure a better (health) future for all cultures in Clark County. From running large corporate wellness projects across the U.S. to specialized chiropractic care for children with autism and scoliosis, Dr. Gloria’s wellness experience comes with a diverse toolbox. She is the Health Care Chair for SW WA LULAC council, Steering committee member of SW WA Healthy Living Collaborative and runs her private practice, TriStar Family Chiropractic, in Hazel Dell/Salmon Creek. Morgan Hutchinson and partner Gareth Kautz opened High End Market Place (H.E.M.P.) which is a medical and recreational cannabis retail store in 2015. Morgan has lead the efforts of involving H.E.M.P. in important conversations regarding cannabis, partnering with PREVENT coalition of Clark County to educate our community on the importance of keeping marijuana out of reach of children, as well as educating parents on how to discuss marijuana with kids. Morgan serves on the board of the Uptown Village Association to maintain and grow UVA’s social media channels in order to organize and facilitate business growth and community connections in the area. Morgan is a graduate of WSU Vancouver with a bachelors degree in Digital Technology and Culture in the Creative Media and Digital Culture (CMDC) program.

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New Pilot Program Seeks to Create B2B Link Through Mentoring In February, the GVCC is launching a new mentorship program. The goal is to better connect our members and build a network of support for our business community. The Chamber is about “moving business forward,” and creating relationships built on the foundation of mentorship is a powerful pathway to success. Through mentoring you can gain knowledge in a problem area from a fellow Chamber member, while creating a bond with your business community. Every business owner has areas that they excel in and ones that need a little work. In the first three months, our six mentors will meet up to three GVCC members each. Matt Hoffstetter, the GVCC’s Membership Services Director will be the GVCC’s “match-maker,” placing well-suited mentors and mentees together for their first meetings in February. The expectation is three meetings will take place (one hour each) over a three month period. The Chamber Mentor program is overseen by the Membership Committee, Chaired by Erika Laws, the Membership Recruitment Director and Chandra Chase, the Programs & Communications Director. Upon the completion of our three month test, this pilot program could expand to become a great B2B platform and create long lasting relationships between our 1,100 membership base.

Amy Lodholz is originally from Bandon, Oregon and at University of Oregon she started her work in fundraising for the Annual Giving Program. She is now the Development Director at Evergreen Habitat for Humanity and thrilled to be helping families in Vancouver. Amy has a passion for civic engagement and making an impact in her community. Over a 16 year career she’s worked at various nonprofits including the Johnson Creek Watershed Council. Amy has learned through service and engagement with the Chamber of Commerce that its membership represents the most active, altruistic and well-connected individuals of the community. Chamber members excel in making meaningful relationships that benefit their work and lives.

Julie Arenz was raised by an entrepreneurial father and a teaching mother and has ten years of cheerleading experience - she is the consummate business advocate. Julie enthusiastically educates business owners and executives towards financial growth, management and success, and is dedicated to community collaboration that affects positive change. Julie’s passion for business and her entrepreneurial mindset break the mold of “your typical business banker.” Julie is a graduate of Seattle’s University of Washington with a BA in Communication, a 20-year resident of Clark County (minus a one-year stint teaching in Korea), and serves as the Chairwoman of the Strategy Team with Vancouver’s Downtown Association.

Eric Sawyer is curious if you’ve read this bio? When you see Eric in person, if you mention this bio - he will buy you coffee. He’ll pay up. Eric grew up locally and graduated from Prairie High School in ’89, and from Central Washington University in ’94. Played baseball and football in high school, and baseball in college. Was also a jazz drummer in high school and opened for Kenny G at the University of Washington in ’88. Eric manages a division of BBSI (Barrett Business Services Inc.) that focuses on providing payroll/HR/and OD support for small to mid-size businesses. His passion is coaching/teaching and mentoring.

Mari Jessup is the office manager of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn. She has a passion to connect and engage with fellow business women in the community. She finds herself among women entrepreneurs at local Women in Business (WIN), Impactful Women, and GVCC events; and can help connect and guide emerging business women in Southwest Washington. She is the connector at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn by day and looks to serve the Chamber by mentoring emerging business women by connecting them to an array of resources present in the community.

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MEET OUR SIX NEW BUSINESS MENTORS Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, Development Director

AMY LODHOLZ Mentoring strengths: nonprofit coordination management, community service, fundraising campaigns, and event management.

Tristar Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center

DR. GLORIA Mentoring strengths: Employee wellness programming and development, family and employee health, community partnerships.

High End Market Place (H.E.M.P.) CEO

MORGAN HUTCHINSON Mentoring strengths: digital marketing and social media communications, brand development, Uptown Village Association, emerging Industries, and community event coordination.

iQ Credit Union, AVP Business Services Barrett Business Services, Vancouver Area Manager

ERIC SAWYER Mentoring strengths: leadership development, goal tracking and alignment, public speaking, sports & recreation involvement and volunteerism.

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, Office Manager

MARI JESSUP Mentoring strengths: Women in Business (WIN), Impactful Women, community events, and office productivity.

JULIE ARENZ Mentoring strengths: Business start-ups/Innovators, Vancouver’s Downtown Association, WSU Vancouver MAP programming, community events.


Pictured on the starting line: Sherri McMillan of NW Personal Training, Cathy Baillargeon of Salsbury & Co, Jeni Gall of Move PT, Sunny Gutierrez of Community Mediation Services, Ken Bock of Teamanship, Dr. Gloria Arroyo-Grubbs of Tri Star Chiropractic. Bryce Helgerson of Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, sponsors of the “Ready, Set, Go! Wellness Workshop Series.”


READy, Set, Go!

2017 wellness workshop Series PRESENTED BY

In February of 2017, the GVCC will launch the “Ready, Set, Go! Wellness Blueprint,” which is a three phase starter guide to establishing an employee wellness program. The three phases are: Leadership (ready), Education (set), and Action (go)! The Chamber has partnered with the Worksite Wellness Network (Vancouver Chapter), Clark County Public Health, and our GVCC Members specializing in the wellness industry to provide this program. The Chamber’s first community-based wellness offering will be the “Ready, Set, Go! Wellness Workshop Series,” presented by Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. This ten-part workshop series brings instructors to the GVCC on the fourth Thursday of each month. We will cover a variety of wellness topics including stress management, conflict resolution, and lifestyle improvements. The Chamber encourages all business owners, or managers of wellness programs to invite your entire employee base to these workshops as part of YOUR wellness program. The nominal fee covers the cost of a healthy lunch! The GVCC’s “Ready, Set, Go! Wellness Workshop” will kick off with the legendary Sherri McMillan of Northwest Personal Training who has the national awards to prove she is one of our region’s top trainers. Her topic: Wellness Goal Setting. RSVP at www.vancouverusa.com. Space is limited. $15/person (includes lunch).

Photo by Kate Singh.


wellness Workshop Series

Starting line up MARCH 23 FEBRUARY 23

Personal Wellness Goal Setting to Achieve Your Best

By Sherri McMillan, Northwest Personal Training Sherri McMillan, owner of Northwest Personal Training & Why Racing Events, has been inspiring the world to adopt a healthy lifestyle for over 25 years. She has received numerous industry awards including 2010 CanFitPro International Fitness Presenter of the Year, 2006 IDEA Fitness Director of the Year, 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year & 1998 CanFitPro Fitness Presenter of the Year. She is an international fitness presenter, a personal trainer, fitness columnist for various magazines and newspapers including the Columbian, author of five books and manuals including “Go For Fit - the Winning Way to Fat Loss”, & “Fit over Forty” and featured presenter in various fitness DVDs.

Five Ways to De-Stress the Deadline

By Cathy Baillargeon, Salsbury & Co. After 15 years in the healthcare industry, Cathy stepped out of executive management in the corporate world to join Salsbury & Co.’s business consulting firm as an associate consultant in the beginning of 2016. Having managed over 20 people and provided operational oversight to multiple locations, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her specialties which include staff training and organizational development, work culture analysis and improvement, procedure implementation, and policy creation.

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Recharge Your Routine: Forty Ways to Sit (or Stand) While You Work

Dr. Jeni Gall, Move Physical Therapy Dr. Jeni Gall is the owner and creative director of MovePT, where physical therapy is all about learning how to move in ways that help you feel better so you can get back on track. MovePT Workplace Programs are highly interactive, on-site workshops and movement clinics focused on how employees can move well at work, home and play. Dr. Gall is passionate about solving movement puzzles, promoting holistic self care, and encouraging clients to seek daily opportunities to move forward. She is a professional speaker, continuing education instructor, Certified Orthopedic Movement Specialist, and is currently training for certification as a MovNat Certified Fitness Trainer.

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Tips on Dealing Difficult Co-Wo and Managers

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JULY 27

Your Workspace: Low Cost & High Impact Changes

Dr. Gloria Arroyo-Grubbs, Tristar Chiropractic JUNE 22

Combating Workplace Burnout Ken Bock, Teamanship

As a busy father of four, Ken Bock with Teamanship doesn’t have time to be exhausted. The staff at Teamanship with a combined three masters degrees, four years of Fortune 500 management and over nine years of mediation experience, knows what it takes to succeed everyday. With a productive team, every individual needs to keep in top mental shape to make sure they are participating at their best. Make sure to catch Teamanship’s workshop, “Burning bright vs burning out”, to learn how you can achieve and maintain peak performance in your workplace.

Dr. Gloria Arroyo-Grubbs has a diverse skillset in world of community, individual, and corporate wellness. She has run many programs from large corporate wellness projects across the U.S. to specialized chiropractic care for children with autism and scoliosis. Dr. Gloria has over 20 years in the health care industry and is the Health Care Chair for SW WA LULAC council, Steering committee member of SW WA Healthy Living Collaborative and runs her private practice, TriStar Family Chiropractic, in Hazel Dell/Salmon Creek.

QUARTERLY MEETING: The Worksite Wellness Start-up Five key components to developing a successful wellness program February 7th at 7:30am The Brickstone Ballroom Please RSVP - No Fee.

This meeting is designed to set the groundwork and expectations for a worksite wellness program. You will learn the essential elements of an effective wellness program, as well as how to gauge the depth of your program. Our events always encourage and facilitate networking and camaraderie within the community, so join us as we set the stage for our 2017 Worksite Wellness Network events.

About the Speaker:

Kerwynn Prinzing, Marketing Director and cofounder of Kadalyst Health Partners, has been in the Health and Wellness industry for over 10 years. She first started down the path of individual health, with a degree in Fitness Technology, but ultimately found worksite wellness and was drawn to achieving a larger impact and change in lives. Her former role as Wellness Director, overseeing a team of onsite practitioners, gave her the knowledge and understanding of the care needed to deliver the message of health in a way that breaks down barriers. Kerwynn is also co-founder of the Worksite Wellness Network (WWN), helping its over 200 organizations improve their own internal wellness programs through bi-monthly events where local employers connect, learn and share new ideas around worksite wellness. Kerwynn’s passion for the wellness industry sparked after her own health journey lead her to a 70lb weight loss. The freedom and energy she felt after making changes in her own life was the catalyst to inspire her to help others.


NEw Chamber Members Available Creations Screenprinting & Embroidery 14707 NE 13th CT Suite B102 Vancouver, WA 98685 www.availablecreations.com Black Rock Coffee Bar 1001 Broadway St Vancouver, WA 98683 www.blackrockcoffeebar. com Blake Sakamoto Presents 3531SE Gladstone #20 Portland, OR 97202 www.blakesakamotopresents.com Boomerang 808 Main St Vancouver, WA 98660 www.generosityreturns.com

Evergreen Tennis 5225 NE 38th Ave. Camas, WA 98607 www.evergreentennis.net

The Process Leadership Development Speaker & Coach 601 NW 80th Street Vancouver, WA 98665 www.shannonslee.com

Nana’s Tiny Cakes 9014 NE St Johns Rd #102 Vancouver, WA 98665 www.nanastinycakes.com

The Uptown Barrel Room 2011 Main St Vancouver, WA 98660 www.uptownbarrelroom.com

Gateway NW 1506 NE 4th St Battleground, WA 98604 www.gatewaynw.com

Nerium, Independent Brand Partner Monique Hapgood PO Box 1623 Brush Prairie, WA 98606 www.moniquehapgood. nerium.com

Utopia Salon & Day Spa 1503 NE 78th St #2 Vancouver, WA 98665 www.utopiadayspasalon.com

Golsan Scruggs Insurance 1710 W. Main Street, Ste. 113 Battle Ground, WA www.golsanscruggs.com

Open House Ministries 900 West 12th Street Vancouver, WA 98666 www.sheltered.org

Kenji’s Ramen and Grill 204 SE Park Plaza Dr Vancouver, WA 98684 www.kenjisramen.com

Portland Rose Festival Foundation 1020 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97204 www.RoseFestival.org

Excel Designs Inc. 6019 NE 109th Ave. Vancouver, WA 98662 www.exceldesigns.com Exploring Vancouver USA 6102 NE Hazel Dell Ave Vancouver, WA 98665 www.exploringvancouverusa.com

Lucas Cole Insurance Agency Farmers Insurance 8535 N Lombard St Portland, OR 97203 www.farmersagent.com/lcole2 Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting 2735 NE Andresen Rd Vancouver, WA 98661 www.vancouver.maaco.com

Cochran Health Care 4555 NE 66th Ave Vancouver, WA 98683 www.cochranhealthcare.com

Matrix Roofing 6000 NE 88th St, Bldg D102 Vancouver, WA 98665 www.matrixroof.com

Dale A Low Hypnosis 602 SE 104th Ave Vancouver, WA 98664 www.dalealowhypnosis.com

Mattress Pro, LLC 6709 NE 63rd Street Ste 102 Vancouver, WA 98661 www.mattresspro.net

Dash Education LLC 16756 NW Canton St Portland, OR 97229

Maureen E O’Connor, ND www.theheartofhealth.net

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Mtn. Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas 33005 NW 31st Ave Ridgefield, WA 98642 www.rojothellama.com

Camas Hotel 405 NE 4th Ave Camas, WA 98607 www.camashotel.com

Evergreen Home Loans 204 SE Park Plaza Drive, Suite 105 Vancouver, WA 98684 www.evergreenhomeloansnw.com

Vancouver, WA 98668 www.metropaa.org

McGeachy Consulting PO Box 775 Camas, WA 98607 www.mcgeachyconsulting.com Metropolitan Performing Arts 905 NE 68th Street Suite D

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Premium Websites, LLC 2712 NE 97th Ave Vancouver, WA 98662 www.premiumwebsites.net Selah Studio 300 W 39th St Vancouver, WA 98660 www.selahstudio.net

Vancouver Rangers 3605 NE 89th St. Vancouver, WA 98665 www.vancouverrangers.pointstreaksites.com/view/vancouverrangers Washington Vocational Services 10000 NE 7th Ave Suite 100 G&H Vancouver, WA 98685 www.wvs.org Yoder Chiropractic Center PS 2100 SE 164th Ave. C102 Vancouver, WA 98683 www.yoderchiropracticcenter. com

SWAG- Southern Washington Academy of Gymnastics 3000 Columbia House Blvd Suite 120 Vancouver, WA 98661 www.swag-gymnastics.com Teamanship 19183 Rose Rd Oregon City, OR 97045 www.teamanship.com The Camp Vancouver 4200 NW Fruit Valley Rd Unit C Ste 1 Vancouver, WA 98666 www.thecamptc.com The Mighty Bowl 108 W 8th st Vancouver, WA 98660

Interested in Joining? Contact: Erika Laws Membership Recruitment Director (360) 567-1089 elaws@vancouverusa.com


FINAL TIDBITSANDEVENTS: FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

The Worksite Wellness Start-up Workshop

2/7

Theme: 5 components for a successful wellness program The Workshop Wellness Networking (Vancouver Chapter) will be hosting a quarterly meeting for business owners or managers of corporate wellness programs. This event is part workshop, part networking, and part group problem solving. The February topic is “The Worksite Wellness Start-up: Five Key Components to Developing a Successful Wellness Program.” No cost to attend, doors open at 7:30am at the Brickstone Ballroom.

1/10

Cooking Demos at the Jan. Business After Hours

The team at Camas Meadows has a brand new menu and they will be showcasing it at the January Business After Hours Event in their restaurant and event space. RSVP! $10/Member.

The 2016 “Chamber Champion”

Kareen Mills - Legal Shield In October 2016 the GVCC hosted a month long Membership Drive. We put the challenge out to our stakeholders to share the benefits of Chamber membership with the community. We also put the title of “Chamber Champion” on-the-line for the person who referred and converted the most new members. Kareen Mills of Legal Shield took on the challenge and recruited the most new members during October. Thank you Kareen! We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Kareen and share a little about her story. Kareen knew fairly early that a sales, marketing and business development career could best utilize her business creativity. Kareen loves people from every walk of life and has always been a self-driven entrepreneur. After immigrating to the U.S. from the Philippines to claim her stake in the American dream, she ran headfirst into the American nightmare that descends on so many unsuspecting immigrants. Kareen’s first challenge was an insurance related lawsuit after just a few months of arriving in the US. Although she lost the suit, she feels victorious today because looking back, it’s the adversity that created an appetite for the insurance industry. Kareen graduated from San Carlos University with a major in accounting and a minor in business and marketing. Kareen held various positions in the banking world, including her last position as VP, Commercial Loan Officer with Riverview Community Bank. She also operated her own insurance practice with State Farm (one of the top insurers in the nation) for 7 years. Kareen is currently an Independent Insurance Broker solely focused on risk management for employees using voluntary employee benefits. In addition, Kareen is an active public servant as an Ambassador for the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, a mentor to other independent contractors, chapter leader for Networking with Results International, former board member for the Philippines American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon, and helped raise $600,000 for the Pink Power Ladies at SW Washington Medical Center. She stays active as a CrossFit trainer and loves spending time with her husband and two active sons camping and traveling.

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Ribbon Cuttings 2nd Year Anniversary of Boomerang! 808 Main Street , Vancouver WA 98660.

CAR GIVEAWAY CELEBRATION by Chappelle’s Towing LLC at Elite Collision & Auto Spa. The second car giveaway of the “Uplift” program.

Barb Holbrook Ambassador Coordinator Email to inquire about a Ribbon Cutting event at bholbrook@vancouverusa.com

WorkForce Southwest Washington to launch LEAP Program @ Board of County Councilors Hearing Room

Grand Opening! Elevate Sports Rehab & Chiropractic @ 7588 Delaware Lane Vancouver, WA 98664

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Miss Clark County Scholarship Organization “Homecoming” of Alicia Cooper: Miss Washington hosted at We Plan It!

Grand Opening! Selah Studio @ 300 W 39th

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Grand Opening! Real Living: The Real Estate Group


Grand Opening @ Kenji’s Ramen & Grill @ 204 SE Park Plaza Drive Vancouver WA 98684

Join us! Upcoming Ribbon Cutting Event: Tuesday, January 31st: METROPOLITAN PERFORMING ARTS Open House: 4:30-6:30pm Ribbon Cutting: 5pm Announcing new leadership and a new roster of shows! Performers from the community theatre will showcase their skills, plus delicious food and fun. NEXT LEVEL RIBBON CUTTING @ MAACO COLLISION REPAIR & AUTO PAINTING 2735 NE Andresen Rd Van, WA 98661

Ribbon Cutting Options Every member of the Chamber can host one ribbon cutting event per year, at no extra charge. The GVCC’s “red coat” Ambassador team will bring the ribbon, ceremonial scissors and camera. Your business will be featured in this photo gallery (in the next Vancouver VISION magazine), plus have a dedicated event post on vancouverusa.com. Did you know you can upgrade your ribbon cutting event? There are three levels available, the best being the “Platinum Level” ribbon cutting, which includes: • Dedicated 494 x 424px graphic on homepage slider of www.vancouverusa.com featuring your event (as soon as booked) • Premier, large format photo in the Vancouver VISION Magazine • Email invitation to dignitaries on behalf of Chamber CEO • Pending schedules, attendance of CEO and Board Members • Business Matters eNewsletter feature, not just listing the week prior to your event • 480pixels x 60pixels website banner (events pages) ad camera ready, run until event date (three months) Value $270 • Set ribbon cutting event post as a “featured” event which displays on the homepage event ticker of vancouverusa.com • Instant post upon booking “Platinum Level” • Four posts on social media before event (up to one per week, two final week)


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UPCOMING EVENTS ON VANCOUVERUSA.COM: 1/4/17 GVCC EVENT SW Washington Leads and Needs

BEACHES RESTAURANT

7:30AM-9AM

The best morning networking in Clark County! $5 members, $10 non-member. Free if you bring a nonmember guest. Sponsored by Paul Montague Tax Preparation.

1/4/17 GVCC EVENT Website Work Session @ THE GVCC

10AM

Sit down with GVCC staff and learn how to fully enhance your online presence.

1/6/17 MEMBER EVENT First 100 Days of Leadership

@ 805 BROADWAY 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM

11AM-2pm

Plan for your first 100 days in 2017 with Unlock Limits by Ty and Trish Dye. $149.

1/9/17 MEMBER EVENT Impactful Sales Solutions Workshops @ THE GVCC

2PM

Techniques to better reach and sell to your target market.

1/10/17 GVCC EVENT Business After Hours Event

@ CAMAS MEADOWS GOLF CLUB

5-7PM $10/Member

Please join the GVCC for our first BAH of 2017! The team at Camas Meadows has a new chef and new menu. Taste the new menu while watching cooking demos in their restaurant and event space. Please RSVP online.

1/12-1/15 MEMBER EVENT FVRL “Bookpolooza Sale” @FVRL HEADQUARTERS

9AM-6AM

The best used book sale in Vancouver! $1

hardbacks to benefit the FVRL foundation.

1/13/17 PARTNER EVENT Business Networking Workshop @ THE GVCC

8:30-10am

Top 9 Networking Techniques, and three most common mistakes by the DIY Marketing Center.

1/14/17 MEMBER EVENT 2nd Annual All-Day Women’s Conference @ THE QUARRY

8AM-4:30pm

A full day of speakers, networking and fun by Impactful Sales Solutions. $30

1/18/17 GVCC EVENT SW Washington Leads and Needs

BEACHES RESTAURANT

7:30AM-9AM

The best morning networking in Clark County! $5 members, free if you bring a non-

The Chamber has rolled out a new feature: “The GVCC Business of the Week” program. This is a tool to recognize members who excel in their specialty. We kicked off in December recognizing Beaches Restaurant and Beacock’s Music.

member guest. Sponsored by Andersen Dental.

1/19/17 GVCC EVENT Economic Forecast Breakfast @ THE HILTON

6:30am

The 30th installment of the Forecast Breakfast will feature six panelists as they discuss jobs, housing, manufacturing, and the impacts of technology.

networking in Clark County! $5 members, free if you bring a nonmember guest. Sponsorship available.

networking in Clark County! $5 members, free if you bring a nonmember guest. Sponsorship available.

2/1/17 GVCC EVENT Website Work Session

2/21/17 GVCC EVENT Business After Hours Event

@ THE GVCC

10AM

Sit down with GVCC staff and learn how to fully enhance your online presence on vancouverusa.com. Free.

1/31/17 GVCC EVENT Ribbon Cutting

2/10/17 PARTNER EVENT Advanced Networking Strategies Workshop

4:30pm

8:30-10am

METROPOLITAN PERFORMING ARTS

@ THE GVCC

Open house and ribbon cutting with entertainment by the community theatre performers! 905 NE 68th street Van. WA 98665.

Boost your brand and referrals with techniques presented by the DIY Marketing Center. Members use this GVCC code for no fee: special.

2/1/17 GVCC EVENT SW Washington Leads and Needs

2/15/17 GVCC EVENT SW Washington Leads and Needs

BEACHES RESTAURANT

BEACHES RESTAURANT

The best morning

The best morning

7:30AM-9AM

7:30AM-9AM

@ THE CAMAS HOTEL

5-7PM $10/Member

The GVCC’s BAH events are where relationships are made and maintained! Two hosts: The Camas Hotel and Reid Business Services. Please RSVP online.

2/23/17 GVCC EVENT Ready, Set, Go! Wellness Workshop Series - Session #1 by Sherri McMillan @ THE GVCC PERSONAL WELLNESS GOAL SETTING TO ACHIEVE YOUR BEST

Noon

Please join the GVCC at our first installment of our monthly Wellness Workshop Series, presented by Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. $15 includes lunch.

Visit the Chamber’s facebook.com/yourchamber profile for “Business of the Week” articles, creative pictures, and extended information about outstanding Chamber members!


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