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The GVCC’s spring workshop series returns in May during small business month


Take a chance on the green 15 Annual golf th

Tournament on june 8 @ lewis river

Public Affairs Focus Edition

the voice of business


Table of Contents




GVCC Business Advocacy


PAC Waterfront Update


CEO Advocates for Businesses


First Steps of I-5 Bridge Process


WA State Tourism Funding Appeal


Message from the Chairman


Business of the Week / Mentors


May Workshop Series Preview


15th Annual Golf Tournament on 6/8


VIP Golf Experience Auction


New GVCC Members


Ribbon Cutting Photo Gallery


Tidbits & Events


Events Calendar


PG 16-19: The GVCC welcomes all member businesses to become involved in the 15th Annual Golf Tournament, themed: Take a Chance on the Green. Do not miss this chance to grow your business.

PG 12: Members featured in the new “Business of the Week” program.

PG 14: Media Relations Homerun Workshop Series in May

The Columbia Bank golf team: Amy Davis, Tyson Campbell, Larry Kingsella and Michelle Freeman. Columbia Bank has sponsored the Chamber’s Golf Tournament 15 years in a row! On June 8th we head to Lewis River with our theme: “Take a Chance on the Green!” Photos by Kate Singh Photography MORE INFORMATION ON PAGES 16-20

PG 24: Ribbon Cutting Photo Gallery. Pictured: Platinum Event at Fast Thai.

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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 Tim Schauer, MacKay Sposito Rhona Sen Hoss, Sen. Annette Cleveland’s Office Kristy Weaver, Pacific Continental Bank Dr. Steve Webb, Vancouver School District Jim West, Coldwell Banker Commercial Jeff Woodside, Nutter Corporation

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Public Affairs Committee: Vancouver Waterfront Progress Report to Chamber Members Just one month ago, the Vancouver City Council awarded the second phase of the waterfront park construction project to Tapani, Inc. of Battle Ground. Construction is ongoing and will include an extension of the Waterfront Renaissance Trail through park property, a play area and urban beach, shoreline reconstruction, open lawn areas, seating, viewpoints and overlooks.

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The first phase of the waterfront redevelopment project is the Grant Street Pier, which has been under construction for some time. Weather permitting, both the park and pier projects will be complete in the spring of 2018. Just upriver from the waterfront park, at the birthplace of the Port of Vancouver USA, Terminal 1 is also undergoing revitalization. Warehouse ’23 is already open for business in the former Quay Restaurant and has been drawing more and more people down to the waterfront for quality food experiences. The Port envisions Terminal 1 as a community asset; it could host amenities such as a public market, retail, restaurants, commercial and community spaces, all seeking to complement the existing Vancouver Farmers Market. Negotiations

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to construct a hotel on Port property are also ongoing. The Port has submitted its Concept Development Plan (CDP) application to the City of Vancouver. The Port is hopeful that the CDP will be complete this summer following hearings and comments from the public. The Port’s prime waterfront property adjoins the commercial and high-end residential development already planned by Columbia Waterfront LLC, and the two entities – along with the City – have been working for years to create a connected, harmonious waterfront in downtown Vancouver. Later this spring, it is expected that the west end of the former Red Lion Hotel building will be demolished, further opening up public views of the Columbia River. The former ballroom and meeting rooms will be retained and incorporated into the revitalization project. This is an exciting time where the City will meet the River and our community has the chance to reconnect along the banks of the Great River of the West.

Photo Courtesy of the Port of Vancouver USA

From The CEO

The Chamber Voices Business Concerns at City’s Community Resource Team Meetings Advocating for business at the state and local level is one of the foremost roles the Chamber performs for our members. The Vancouver City Council’s recent adoption of the Community Resource Team (CRT) recommendations for Public Safety funding (additional resources for police services) provides an opportunity to highlight how that Chamber role plays out.

John McDonagh Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce CEO/President

The Chamber sat at the table on the CRT and contributed in a multi-meeting process. As the CRT made its way through the Police Department proposal and information from city staff regarding funding options I and other business representatives were able to bring to the discussion the realities of and consequences to business. Consequently, the ultimate recommendations were far different than they may have been. For an example, a B&O tax was at the top of the list of funding options as the CRT began its deliberations. (The city previously phased out the B&O tax over a 10 year period ending in 2003.) Regulated by the State of Washington the B&O tax is assessed on gross income. For that reason it is unacceptable to businesses, especially small, local businesses for whom profit margins are very slim. Consequently, we opposed the proposal to include it and in the end B&O is not one of the recommendations. This is not to say B&O won’t return at some point but we believe it

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should be in support of some situation directly related to business rather than as a general fund source of revenue. The CRT made two recommendations to the City Council. First, was to have the broad community discussion about the structural deficit we have been hearing about from both City electeds and staff since the great recession. Once that discussion happens, then advance a funding plan rather than continuing to go department by department with a piecemeal funding plan request. This proposal was suggested at the CRT by the Chamber and other business organizations with the entire group joining in with its adoption as our primary recommendation. The second recommendation recognized the urgency in the police department’s proposal as well as the value in the community based solution. While the second recommendation includes a variety of taxes, if the result of the structural deficit discussion is a more equitable solution that can be put into place by the end of 2018 that list of piece meal taxes would be set aside in favor of the structural solution. Had the Chamber and others not been asked to participate in the CRT we would have the same old approach and would never get to the discussion across the community about a structural solution.

A new I-5 bridge is essential to our region’s economic development. Currently it’s a blockage point, not to mention a dilapidated structure that lacks standard modern technology to withstand an earthquake. These issues are negatively impacting business in our community by increasing the costs of moving freight due to traffic delays, discouraging potential customers from traveling to Clark County to shop or do business, and discouraging future employers from locating in SW Washington. If we can move traffic and, in par-

Clark County legislators formally file the Senate and House bills to explore a new Interstate 5 bridge by dropping them into the “hopper” at the Capitol. Left to right: Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, Rep. Sharon Wylie, DVancouver, Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Felida, and Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver.

Clark County Legislators Drive Towards Solution for the I-5 Bridge

From / Senator Anne Rivers A bipartisan coalition of Clark County legislators has introduced a plan to take a fresh look at constructing a new Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River. Their legislation would formally launch a joint effort by state legislators in Washington and Oregon to reduce traffic congestion, improve highway safety and increase freight mobility. Multiple senators and representatives from Clark County collaborated in drafting and sponsoring the measures, designated as Senate Bill 5806 and House Bill 2095. If either bill is enacted, the governors of Washington and Oregon would appoint a joint legislative committee to work on a project-development plan for a replacement I-5 bridge. The work would include other crossings or investments to meet regional transportation needs. The committee would have until December 2018 to deliver the finding and recommendations of the legislative action committee.

ticular, freight more smoothly and safely, we could see a new generation of economic development flourish in Clark County. The link between Vancouver and Portland is a crucial traffic and freight connection. Studies by WSDOT and the RTC indicate that traffic is blocked once every day, on average, for the drawbridge. The average duration of drawbridge blockage is 20 minutes while the bridge is up plus hours to relieve the backup. By 2030,

the daily hours of traffic congestion on the existing bridge will reach 15 hours per day, compared to 3½ to 5½ on a new bridge with additional lanes and no drawbridge. The Southwest Regional Transportation Council recently reported that congestion on I-5 has seen a 50 percent year over year increase during peak hours.

The conditions that led to the Columbia River Crossing project didn’t disappear when the project itself went away. Traffic congestion in the corridor still hinders both commuters and freight, the capacity of the Interstate Bridge hasn’t increased, concerns about the integrity of the bridge persist, and we continue to anticipate more population growth in Clark County. Then there are the tens of thousands of additional vehicle trips that will come with the new Cowlitz casino near La Center. We all know the situation is not going to improve on its own. What we don’t know is whether both sides of the river are ready to start with a clean slate and take a new look at what might be possible. This legislation doesn’t lock anyone into a project – it’s about guiding a conversation that had already begun, and the needs of the business community must be included in that conversation.

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Investing in our State: Support Tourism Marketing Since the closing of the State Tourism Office in 2011, Washington has held the unenviable title of being the only U.S. state without a tourism marketing program. Meanwhile, our neighbors in Idaho and Oregon plan to invest $10 million and $20 million respectively in tourism marketing in 2017. The key word here is “invest.� Tourism is the state’s fourth largest industry and has continually proven to be a strong driver of economic growth. In 2015, tourists spent $20.7 billion in Washington and contributed $1.8 billion in state and local tax revenues. In Clark County alone, visitors spent more than $504.8 million and accounted for $45.9 million in local and state taxes. Those are big numbers, but our overall growth has lagged behind neighboring states.

Kim Bennett Visit Vancouver USA President & CEO Board of Directors, Washington Tourism Alliance

Fortunately, this course can be corrected: Two new bills have been introduced to create an industryled Tourism Marketing Authority (TMA). HB 1123 and SB 5251 are the result of six years of work by the Washington Tourism Alliance to solicit input

Please sign on to support the efforts of our partners at Visit Vancouver USA as these bills provide support for tourism marketing in our city.

watourism statement ofsupport Supporting tourism is also on the GVCC legislative agenda.


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and rally stakeholder support from across the state. Crafted by a bi-partisan working group of legislators from both urban and rural communities, the bills propose a funding mechanism that does not increase taxes or assessments on local businesses. Instead, a carefully constructed plan will match existing state funds with private dollars, providing up to $15 million over the next two years. Local communities and tourism offices, such as Visit Vancouver USA, will not receive additional funds from this program. However, the TMA will serve as an umbrella organization that allows local communities the opportunity to align messaging and share the unique stories of our communities. Our office is proud to back these bipartisansponsored bills, and we hope you will join us in adding your name in support: watourismalliance. com/statementofsupport

GVCC Board Chairman: Advocacy Required a Long-Term Vision By Ben Hoskins, GVCC Chairman of the Board Owner: You Move Me / 1-800 GOT JUNK Advocacy is one of the core functions of The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s Public Affairs Committee (PAC), Board, and staff engage at the local and state level to ensure our region has the resources and infrastructure business needs to continue to move forward to make sure lawmakers understand the impacts proposed laws and regulations would have on our business community. Oftentimes, this means advocating for individual bills or proposals in the current year. For example, The Chamber advocated on behalf of HB 1001, which allowed the historic Kiggins Theater remain competitive in their industry and serve beer and wine, as some of their larger competitors already were able to. While there are always immediate and pressing concerns, we also know it is important to ensure the business community’s voice is heard on long term issues. Three of these areas we are currently looking at are the City of Vancouver’s long term structural deficit, the I-5 Crossing, and the development of Vancouver’s Waterfront. Instead of looking at funding shortfalls in individual silos as they arise, the Chamber has encouraged the city to look at a comprehensive, broad based and voter considered plan. This will V A N C O U V V A N C O U V E R

best match the desire of stakeholders for different city services with the willingness of various stakeholders to all pay for them - as opposed to the burden falling disproportionately on local business. This is a multi-year project and the Chamber is committed to being part of the process, long-term. A discussion around replacement of I5 bridge is another long term project the Chamber is committed to. We are focused on moving parties past the bitterness and divisions caused by the previous efforts. Helping our local community reach a consensus on what is needed is the first step in building a bridge which will last us the next 100 years. Lastly, we all know the Vancouver Waterfront is in the process of spectacular changes. Over the next decade there will be challenges with dramatic population shifts for things like parking and traffic. But there are also fabulous opportunities for new business, residents and tourists. Your Chamber is proactively looking at how we can make the most of those and support our region’s continued growth and opportunities. Whether it is something impacting us this year, or in ten years, the Chamber is committed to advocating on behalf of local business.






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Business of the WEek

Scott Flury of Latte Da Coffee House & Wine Bar.

The GVCC launched a new promotional campaign in 2017 featuring members on the Chamber’s social media channels. The GVCC “Business of the Week” program is coordinated by Matt Hoffstetter, the Chamber’s Membership Service Director. Please visit the notes section of the GVCC’s facebook for the full articles on: • • • • • • • • • •

Latte Da Coffee House & Wine Bar The Rock Wood Fired Pizza Candlewood Suites Clark County Cleaners Wheel Craft NW Wendel Dental Curves Garage Bar & Grille Beacock Music & Education Center Beaches Restaurant

Josh Gush (General Manager) and Ana Drilea (Director of Sales) from Candlewood Suite Vancouver-Camas.

Russell and Gayle Beacock of Beacock Music & Education Center

Fun at the Garage Bar & Grille.

Harold Faires of Wendel Family Dental Centre.

Mentoring Program’s First Cycle is Launched The GVCC’s Mentoring Program is up and running. On February 15th, each of our mentors were assigned at least one mentee, and the cycle began. The cycles each last three months with the expectation that the participants will meet at least three times during the process. We are hoping to grow our list of mentors from 6 to 30 in our first year. The GVCC is on the hunt for members in good standing who have been active for three or more years to become mentors. Each mentor should be an expert in their field, have at least one “skill focus area,” and have earned credibility with their colleagues and peers. We are asking our mentors to seek an understanding of the mentee’s business through the interview process, and possibly a site visit. The mentors will act as a resource and guide to identify how the GVCC can help them achieve their goals. We are looking to match each mentor with a mentee that is well versed in an area (like social media marketing or public speaking) but would like to take it to the next level. If you’re interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, ask Matt in the Chamber office to participate. The next cycle will begin May 15th. We’ve matched Eric Sawyer of BBSI with a mentee that will benefit from his expertise in public


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speaking, and learn from his ability to own a room. Mari Jessup of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP will be working with a successful small business owner on office productivity and maximizing potential at community events. Morgan Hutchinson of High End Marketplace will partner with the owner of an exciting start-up that’s looking for innovative ways to grow their business using social media. Dr. Gloria ArroyoGrubbs of Tri Star Chiropractic will partner with the owner of a thriving business that’s looking for new strategies to increase employee satisfaction. Julie Arenz of iQ Credit Union will work together with one of our larger retail establishments to deepen the connection between business and resources in the community. Amy Lodholz of Evergreen Habitat for Humanity will be working with one of our nonprofits, sharing her experience with fundraising and event management. We are excited to add this new program to the list of reasons Chamber membership is a “must have” for innovators in business. By Matt Hoffstetter, Membership Services Director. To inquire about becoming a mentor or receiving mentorship please email:

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may workshop series Instructor Preview:

Troy Brynelson

The Columbian Business Reporter

Nick Shanmac

Managing Editor of the Vancouver Business Journal

Ronnie Noize

DIY Marketing Center

Nelson Homberg VP of Innovation of the Port of Ridgefield

Pictured: the second community partner planning meeting held by the City of Vancouver for the City’s Small Business Month in May of 2017. The City will operate a community calendar so businesses and individuals can find out about all the workshops and events taking place during Small Business Month.

Media Relations Workshop Series Will Lead Chamber’s Small Business Month Programming Every year the City of Vancouver proclaims the month of May as “Small Business Month.” They’ve trumped the Small Business Administration’s “Small Business Week” promotion and have pushed business support organizations (like the Chamber) to beef up offerings. The Chamber has honored the City’s challenge and will host an eightpart “Media Relations Homerun” Workshop Series in May, presented by Comcast. Last year, the Chamber hosted a variety of events for Small Business Month including the AWB Small Business Listening Session for the 2017 Legislative Session, a small business focused “Business After Hours” event in East County; and a three-part small business workshop series. The Chamber also debuted new programming with a twopart “Small Business Crawl” series. Mayor Tim Leavitt kicked things off with our first crawl in Uptown Vancouver. We made a loop of seven stops, starting at the Bleu Door Bakery, Couve Cycle and the UVA’s new art installation presented by their president, Michelle Brimming of Cellar 55. Then, we stopped by H&R Block and Celestial Body Products before looping back and finishing at Yogurt Time and Trap Door Brewing. The next crawl took place on the East side for a loop that included: Beacock Music, Big Al’s, World Class Martial Arts, Pita Pit and Zoup. The Chamber’s crawl attendees posted using the City’s #couvesmallbiz hashtag to push small business awareness. This year the Chamber will host an eight-part workshop series in May, themed: Media Relations Homerun. In this series, small businesses will learn about press release basics, how to communicate with the media, and strategies on a one-year media relations plan. Attendees will have the unique ability to interface with our newsmakers: Managing Editor of the Vancouver Business Journal, Business Reporter of the Columbian, and the head of Clark County Today, our newest online news source. The all access passes (for all eight workshops) will become available in mid March.


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The Columbia Bank Golf Team. Thank you for 15 years of sponsorship. Columbia Bank has been the presenting the Chamber’s Golf Tournament since its inception. Left to right: Tyson Campbell, Amy Davis, Larry Kingsella, and Michelle Freeman.

2017 Theme: Take

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a Chance

on the Green The Chamber’s 15th Annual Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 8th

Get Involved with the Best Golf Tournament in SW Washington A How-To Guide: Maximizing Your Investment at Golf Tournament Are you looking for a creative way to market your business? The Chamber’s 15th Annual Golf Tournament is the opportunity you’ve been searching for. Our theme “Take a Chance on the Green” lends itself to a number of creative avenues for your business to engage with the movers and shakers of Southwest Washington. When your business sponsors a tee display, your are encourage you to incorporate the theme, and our staff is here to help. On the next page, you will see a number of available ideas (not yet reserved) for you to borrow and grow upon. For example, read the You Move Me Local Moves and Pacific Continental Bank tee display promotions for 2017: Moving to a new home can get dicey. You Move Me knows you don’t want to take chances when selecting a local company. Go with the safe choice when selecting a mover, and save the risk-taking for the Chamber’s golf tournament! You’ll shoot some dice on hole number 8 with YOU MOVE ME, Vancouver’s choice for local movers. “Do you want to gamble on your financial future”? That is really taking a “Chance on your Green!” Stop by the Pacific Continental Bank Tee Display on Hole #10 and in between hands of blackjack you’ll see they are a resource for sound and secure banking options for home and business.



SPONSORSHIP At the 15th Annual GVCC Golf Tournament, your business can become part of a thriving event, where promoting your business will gain you lasting returns. Sponsoring will build relationships, expand your sphere of influence, and develop avenues for doing business. This event is well known as the best business golf tournament in Southwest Washington. A number of influential sponsorship levels are available starting at $5,000 ranging to an interactive tee-display sponsorship.

Sponsorship Opportunities: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Presenting Sponsor and Golf Carts SOLD Course Sponsor Awards Lunch Sponsor Supporting Sponsor Flag Sponsor SOLD Tee Display Sponsors (18) SELLING Hole-in-One Sponsor, plus hole-in-one insurance Photography Sponsor Beverage Cart Putting Contest SOLD Continental Breakfast Sponsor Tee Bag Sponsor Golf Ball Sponsor, plus 150 sleeves of 3 balls with your logo SOLD Towel or Hat Sponsor Golf Cart Signs SOLD Mulligan Sponsor, plus tickets w/ logo Bag Drop Ball Throw Buy Jordan’s Drive Sponsor, plus tickets w/ logo KP Contest Prizes SOLD Long Drive Prizes Team Prizes, 8 items per sponsor

Queen of Hearts The Queen of Hearts is prominently displayed in the deck of cards and is known for her relentless love of all things red. Deck your tee out in roses and have your staff dress as playing cards. Hand out red velvet cupcakes and queen’s punch to your guests.

MGM Grand Magic

Magic and gambling are the perfect combination! Dress in a magician’s costume and top hat. Give away mini top hats filled with popcorn, playing cards, and bunny-shaped cookies.

Businesses sponsoring tees:

King of Rock Be the first business to reserve the Elvis concept! Ready a table of props like rockabilly wedding gear, extra Elvis wigs and bling for the perfect photobooth to get your business immediately on social media.

52 Card Pickup

Interact with visitors by challenging them to race against each other to build a card tower like one you have on display. Winners receive a new deck of playing cards with your company logo on them.


Casino Royale Embrace your inner James Bond with this classy tee display theme. Have your staff dress in their finest black tie attire and serve mini martinis to guests. Provide a photo booth with 007 themed props including masquerade masks, bow ties, mustaches, and cigars.


Hand out Vegasstyle “hangover remedy” gift bags that include mini Gatorade, mouthwash, visine, ibuprofen, snacks, and a water bottle with your company logo. Go a step further and set up a game of giant golf pong with red buckets for a memorable tee display!

The VIP Experience at Lewis River:

JOHN MCDONAGH UP FOR BID This Summer, you’ll have the chance to be pampered on the golf course like never before. Three players will join John McDonagh, the CEO of the Chamber, in a Scottish themed VIP stretch cart with personal caddies, a stand-alone bar trailing you on the course, and Scottish swag. You will have the opportunity to bid on two ebay auctions to secure your space on the McDongah team at the Chamber’s 15th Annual Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 8th at Lewis River, sponsored by Columbia State bank. AUCTION #1 - Individual Player Bid on one spot for yourself (or the office superstar). AUCTION #2 - Two Players This auction will feature two spots on the McDonagh team and all the perks that go along with this VIP day on the course. VIP TREATMENT includes a custom decorated limo cart in the Scottish theme (with a wee bit of Irish flair) to honor the country of origin where golf was invented. Also, a bagpiper will send you on your way before the shotgun start with an up close and personal tune. Perks include beverages from your very own bar, cigars, flask of glenlivet, and an Irish coffee to get you started. There will also be team accessories and plaid galore. More details to come when the auctions become live on ebay.


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Ready, Set, Go! Wellness Workshop #2 De Stress The Deadline Chick-fil-a Becomes Director’s Level Tier Member

Please RSVP for the GVCC’s second wellness workshop: How to De-Stress The Deadline by Cathy Baillargeon of Salsbury & Co. This series is presented by Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center and includes lunch. RSVP online.


Leads & Needs Quarterly Drawing Event

Vancouver’s first Chick-fil-A restaurant opened on Sept 15th at the intersection of Mill Plain Blvd & 164th, bringing the restaurant’s signature menu of fresh, hand-crafted food, award-winning customer service and more than 100 jobs to the community. Prior to opening John Dombroski (franchise owner) joined the Chamber and six months later stepped up their membership to the Director’s level. Chick-fil-A understands the importance of supporting the community. They have generously donated lunches for our collaboration with STEM and our member businesses for the TechCONNECT student visits. Also, they will provide healthy options for our Ready, Set, Go! Workplace Wellness Workshop Series attendees, which is a partnership between the GVCC and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. We are proud to have Chick-fil-A in our Directors Level Tier and John would like to invite you to visit him where guests connect with family, create memories, have important conversations while eating delicious food. at Chick-Fil-A in Cascade Park.

L & I Workers Compensation Retro Rating Program

On March 15th the GVCC will return to Beaches for our bimonthly Leads and Needs event. This is the quarterly drawing and you must be present to win. Bring a non-member guest and you both get in for free. Sponsored by: Linda Voldengen, Legal Shield.


Vancouver VISION Magazine Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce

Did you know the Chamber helps our members to recover a percentage of their Labor & Industries premiums for Workers Compensation? We do this through the L&I Retro Rating Program allowing organized groups of rate payers to come together, hold each other to a healthy and safe work environment for their employees, work with our Workers Compensation Claims administrator to keep costs down and in doing so earn refunds most years of between 15% and 30%. If you are a retailer, professional services provider, manufacturer or medical services clinic and are not enjoying a refund of your L&I premium you should contact us today. Scott Croucher at



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The best morning networking in Clark County! $5 members, $10 non-member. Free if you bring a nonmember guest. Sponsored by Reid Business Services.

3/1/17 GVCC EVENT Ribbon Cutting



Immediately after SW WA Leads & Needs we will host a remote ribbon cutting for our newest member.

3/1/17 GVCC EVENT Website Work Session @ THE GVCC


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

3/4/17 GVCC EVENT Ribbon Cutting



Help us celebrate the 100 year anniversary with an open house event featuring refresh-

ment and free admission to the Museum. 1511 Main Street.

3/7/17 GVCC EVENT Ribbon Cutting Platinum Event CAFE YUMM!


Do not miss this Grand Opening Celebration for the brand new Cafe Yumm! The platinum status means its an opportunity to meet the GVCC CEO and other local dignitaries. 305 SE Chkalov Drive (near Trader Joes).


Doors @ 5:30pm

Three Women of Distinction will be honored including GVCC Board Member: Jody Campbell of the Columbian. $35 per person.




Alliance NW is the place to strengthen established relationships, explore other

government contracting opportunities and teaming opportunities, and hear the marketplace’s latest news and trends from the expert workshop speakers.

Shield, Linda Voldengen.

3/10/17 PARTNER EVENT Super Powered Networking Training




Learn how to make networking your business super-power by the DIY Marketing Center.



Join the ambassadors for a unique experience as we cut the ribbon at the weigh-ins of Prime Fighting 9. 17402 NE Delfel Road.

3/15/17 GVCC EVENT SW Washington Leads and Needs Quarterly Drawing Event BEACHES RESTAURANT


The best morning networking in Clark County! $5 members, free if you bring a nonmember guest. Sponsored by Legal

3/22/17 GVCC EVENT Ribbon Cutting


Please come and explore our new member: Blooming MEadows Adult Family Home at this Ribbon Cutting event. 7503 NE Meadows Drive.

networking. This will be a must-attend event featuring many Chamber Member businesses throughout the Hudson Building including Killian Pacific, Colliers international, Runyans, and Mackenzie.

4/5/17 GVCC EVENT SW Washington Leads and Needs



3/23/17 GVCC EVENT Ready, Set, Go! Wellness Workshop

The best morning networking in Clark County! $5 members, free if you bring a nonmember guest. Sponsorship by Riverside Payments.

$15 includes lunch

4/5/17 GVCC EVENT Website Work Session


Workshop Topic: Five Ways to De-Stress the Deadline by Cathy Baillargeon of Salsbury & Co. Ready, Set, Go! Wellness Workshop sponsor: Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. Lunches by Chick-Fil-A.

3/28/17 GVCC EVENT Business After Hours



Last year we broke 400 attendees at the hudson building and it proved to be a remarkable night for business



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

4/14/17 PARTNER EVENT Networking For Newbies @ THE GVCC


Boost your brand and referrals with techniques presented by the DIY Marketing Center. Free for GVCC Members.

4/19/17 GVCC EVENT SW Washington Leads and Needs



The best morning networking in Clark County! $5 members, free if you bring a nonmember guest. Sponsored by Apollo Drain & Plumbing.



Help us celebrate their one year anniversary in their new location. 1720 NE 64th Ave.

4/27/17 GVCC EVENT Ready, Set, Go! Wellness Workshop @ THE GVCC NOON - 1PM

$15 includes lunch

Workshop Topic: Rechard Your Routine with Forty Ways to Sit (or stand) While you Work by Dr. Jeni Gall of Move PT. The Ready, Set, Go! Wellness Workshop is presented by Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. Lunches by Chick-Fil-A.

2017 March/April "Vancouver VISION Magazine" by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce  

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