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Mark Mantei Invites You to The Vancouver Clinic Industries Quarterly Healthcare Edition PRESENTED BY

Books That Motivate

MEMBERS SHARE THE BOOKS THAT INSPIRE THEM

Pauline Mulcahy OF YOUR PARTY AND EVENT CENTER WINS THE MARCH MADNESS MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Take Ownership of Your GVCC Membership WE TAKE A LOOK AT FIVE DIVERSE GVCC MEMBERS AND EXAMINE HOW THEY ARE UTILIZING THEIR MEMBERSHIP

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Staff, Board, Tiers, and Advertisers

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A Message from the CEO

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Public Affairs Committee Update

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March Madness Membership Drive Recap

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Books that Motivate

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Chairman’s Message

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Ownership Over Membership Profile

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Upcoming Events

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Industries Quarterly - Healthcare Edition

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Ribbon Cutting Gallery

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New GVCC Members

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Event Calendar

PG 18-19: The CEO of the Vancouver Clinic, Mark Mantei invites you to their 87th street location for the GVCC’s Industries Quarterly Healthcare Edition on Thursday, May 17th. If you’re in healthcare in Clark County, this event is for you.

PG 6: Update from Vancouver Strong at Public Affairs Committee meeting

PG 8: The dramatic results of our March Madness Membership Drive

ON THE COVER

Mark Mantei, the CEO of The Vancouver Clinic on the 3rd floor of their 87th street location in the heart of Vancouver. The Chamber’s May 17th Industries Quarterly event will take place on the 3rd floor (for networking) and the 2nd floor (panel discussion). The Chamber’s CEO, John McDonagh will be the panel moderator. Best parking will be on the north end of the building, elevators are available for easy access to the third floor check-in desk. Photos by Kate Singh Photography

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR: Eric Sawyer, BBSI Preferred Payroll CHAIR ELECT: Amy O’Hara, When the Shoe Fits VICE CHAIR: Kevin Getch, Webfor TREASURER: Lisa Goecke, Perkins & Co. PAST CHAIR: Ben Hoskins, 1-800-GOT-JUNK

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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   Paul Montague, Business Services Counselor 360-567-1081 pmontague@vancouverusa.com

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John McDonagh Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce CEO/President

Move Your Business Forward with Training, Advocacy, Networking, and Cost-Saving Programs Greater Vancouver Chamber members have nearly as many reasons why they are members as our 1,100 membership base. Here is a look at what some rely on within their membership benefits: • Chamber workshops with timely topics allow our members to learn from area experts to give them a leg up on their competition; members provide training workshops many rely on for staff development. • Events allow members to meet other Chamber members in a casual environment where they learn about eachothers’ businesses and, for many, create business relationships that last for years. • Advocacy is another area that many of our members rely on. Members concerned about local, state and federal regulations and legislation involve themselves in our Public Affairs Committee

helping to guide the Chamber’s position on issues. The L&I Workers Compensation Retrospective Rating Groups we have for Manufacturers, the Retail & Professional Services sectors and Medical Service providers. These groups receive a dedicated case manager for every workers comp claim filed, advice on how to manage their workplace to drive down their workers comp premium, as well as the opportunity to receive a refund on the premiums they have paid. Many years this refund can more than cover the cost of their participation in the program and their Chamber membership – that equates to money in the bank.

Whether it is networking, training, advocacy or our retro programs we hope you are leveraging your GVCC membership to help ‘move your business forward.’

Public Affairs committee

Public Affairs Committee Reviews Pros/Cons of the City’s Tax Toolbox Vancouver Strong, a Committee of community leaders, has been examining the City’s revenue streams in an attempt to make a recommendation to council on a long term funding solution

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The April meeting of the Public Affairs committee consisted of a deep dive into the work of Vancouver Strong and the thorny issue of what methods the Vancouver City Council will utilize to fund the needs of our burgeoning city, as it experiences population growth after years of financial cutbacks. The group was treated to a very informative and plain spoken presentation from Tim Schauer of MacKay Sposito, who serves as co-chair of Vancouver Strong along with Tim Leavitt and a handful of other community stakeholders. The Vancouver Strong group was established after a request to the City from the CEO of Greater Vancouver Chamber, John McDonagh and others, to assess the city’s structural needs instead of coming back to the business community for band aid-style funding solutions for issues like road improvements and public safety. Vancouver Strong has been examining the “tax toolbox” or revenue generation measures the council has available to use to fund the City. The current issue is funding the shortfall of the

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Vancouver Police Department. Potential options ranged from the reinstatement of the B&O tax (which would cover the police funding deficit in its entirety) to adopting a patchwork of smaller fees and increases, from raising utility surcharges to taxes on multifamily units. The PAC discussion focused on various options, and who the winners and losers were with each choice. It was stressed to re-examine elements that were thought to be understood and to be cognisant of “what is fair.” The City has developed a calculator tool for businesses to use to see which options impact their businesses the most. Some of our largest employers have used the calculator and have made formal statements to the City of the fees they’d prefer over others. The PAC was concerned about which option would create the best and most sustainable path forward for the council to meet the city’s increased obligations to public safety and other

livability issues. The head tax seemed to hit small businesses disproportionately, and other businesses that have a majority of their earnings outside the state would be exempt. Others were concerned that over reliance on continually raising utility rates would be unsustainable, and would wind up being overturned by voters much much as with license tabs. After much debate the PAC recommended that the Board send a letter to the ESC in favor of their #1 Scenario (an increase to the city owned utility tax) as a short term/stop gap solution to the funding deficit for police. There was also a discussion to consider options to the voter imposed 1% cap on revenue cities receive, year over year, from property tax. The lid at 1% is not keeping pace with inflation and therefore not adequate in the long term. More discussion will follow on this complex and ever changing funding challenge and the GVCC will continue to speak out as the voice of business in our region as these issues are being decided.


MEMBERSHIP committee

GVCC’s Inaugural March Madness Membership Drive Blew Our Athletic Socks Off The Rundown

(East Coast) with Amy Tanska, the Chamber’s Membership Recruitment Director AKA Tournament Comissioner, with Coach Eric Sawyer (West Coast) at Warehouse ‘23 after the brackets were set for round one action.

Participants who submitted more referrals than their competition advanced to the second round of play until only two players remained for the Championship round. Here, the coaches were allowed to support their team by submitting their own referrals in addition to those from the players. The side with the most referrals, during the final round of tournament play, would earn the title of Champion. Of course, trash-talking was encouraged and coaches Kareen and Eric weren’t shy about rallying their teams to victory with trading comedy-roast style insults, phrases, and ongoing taunts. At the bracket party at Warehouse ‘23, Casey Evans Media filmed the action as team West Coast (under Kareen Mills) selected: Erik Morton, State Farm Insurance; Jerry Todd, Learning Avenues Childcare; Jason Reid, Reid Business Services; and Pauline Mulcahy, Your Party & Event Center. The East was comprised of: Teresa Bonawitz, Traveling Vineyard; Kristeen Millett, SportClips;

In the Final Four round, Jerry and Pauline went head-to-head in a close game that ended with Pauline’s advancement to represent the West in the Championship Round. In the East, Ross’s outside shots earned him the win over Zoia, who put up a good fight to the end. With bragging rights on the line, competition was fierce in the Championship round with each team keeping their strategy closely guarded. However, Pauline’s early fast break action was the key to her win despite Ross’s best box-out attempts. Overall, the Membership Drive resulted in a staggering 162 referrals!

Off The Court Making this event a success was truly a team sport, with support coming from Warehouse ‘23 hosting the kickoff party, Casey Evans Media for creating tournament hype videos and a Championship round summary video, Polina Senchilo and Chappelle’s Towing for multiple assists (referrals), and Printing Expressly for You for providing the bracket board.

New member highlight from the March Madness Tournament:

Round One

Coach Kareen Mills

The Chamber’s goal of the March Madness Membership Drive was to encourage members to send in warm referrals. We structured our membership drive in a manner similar to the NCAA basketball bracket. We set a goal of acquiring 50 referrals by the end of the three-week tournament. Our elite eight “players” were members of the Chamber willing to get involved in some spirited competition in exchange for promotion of their businesses and prizes. Two division coaches led the way. The West Coast coach was referral expert Kareen Mills of Columbia Risk Management and East Coast coach was Board Chairman Eric Sawyer of BBSI. We reached 54 referrals in the first week of competition.

Round Two

Membership Recruitment Director email: atanska@ vancouverusa.com

Round Three

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Zoia Raimer, Pacific Perks Coffee & Catering; and Ross Armstrong (with his secret weapon: Matt Anderson) of Biggs Insurance.

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MARCH Madness Oh what fun we had! During the month of March an elite group of eight GVCC members kicked off the Chamber’s March Madness Membership Drive. The Commissioner of the league was the GVCC’s Membership Recruitment Director, Amy Tanska. In the first week, we were assisted by Warehouse ‘23 and Casey Evans Media. These members hosted our bracket party to designate our match-ups and recorded the fun and a little trash talking of our West Coast and East Coach divisions, coached by Kareen Mills and Eric Sawyer, respectively. In the end it came down to Pauline Mulcahy of Your Party and Event Center against the resident rookie, Ross Armstrong of Biggs Insurance. The first GVCC March Madness Membership Drive Champion is

Pauline Mulcahy!

Check out Casey Evans Media’s March Madness Tournament Videos on www.facebook.com/yourchamber -> videos Posted 3/5 It’s Going to be Total Madness this March at the GVCC

Posted 3/14 Meet the GVCC’s Elite Eight

Posted 3/27 The Road to the Championship Round of the GVCC’s March Madness Tournament

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Lisa Lowe of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt’s choice:

LEAN IN: WOMEN, WORK, AND THE WILL TO LEAD

By Sheryl Sandberg

The truths that spoke to me in this compelling and readable book are about the internal and external challenges women face in trying to get ahead in the workplace. Even though there are indeed workplace obstacles, including continued gender bias and sexual harassment, there are also internal obstacles that hold women back. In the chapter “Sit at the Table,” Sheryl shares a story of a meeting with the Secretary of Treasury, his staff, and 15 executives from across Silicon Valley. The Secretary’s team of all women took their food last and then sat in chairs off to the side of the room. Even when invited to sit at the table, they remained along the periphery. After the meeting, the author explained that they appeared to be spectators rather than participants. I too have chosen to sit on the perimeter at a meeting. Reading this story made me realize how easy it is to let self-doubt and lack of confidence undermine your goals—even for women whom others view as confident. The author writes, “We all know supremely confident people who have no right to feel that way. We also all know people who could do so much more if only they believed in themselves. Like so many things, a lack of confidence can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” Lean In reminds us that success comes from hard work, help from others, and being at the right place at the right time. But achievement also comes from believing in your own abilities, keeping your hand up and sitting at the table.

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Business Books That Motivate MEMBERS SHARE THE BOOKS THAT INSPIRE THEM TO EXCEL IN BUSINESS AND IN LIFE

Dr. Jeni Gall of Move Physical Therapy’s choice:

MOVEMENT MATTERS by Katy Bowman

In this series of essays on the nature of human movement, Katy Bowman uses physical movement, and our general lack thereof, to illustrate principles valuable to innovators and leaders in all sorts of business. Katy presents the concept of “stacking your life”, or choosing to “multi task” as a way to accomplish more of the good things in life. How are you spending your time? Are you making choices to best meet your needs in business, family, physical activity, being outdoors, feeding your body and serving your community? What if you could get more movement, more enjoyment, more learning and more inspiration out of everyday tasks and responsibilities? Would that help you in business? Movement Matters is not a “business book,” yet it has much to offer about how we approach our lives and our life’s work. I highly recommend this read for anyone interested in moving through life and business in ways that cultivate a stronger connection to self and the world around you.


Kate Singh Photography’s choice:

ESSENTIALISM: THE DISCIPLINED PURSUIT OF LESS By Greg McKeown

This audio-book is helping me set priorities on what is essential as I go through the process of purging and regaining control over what’s valuable and progressive in my life, my business and my role in our community. It has been extremely important in defining the rebranding of my business from Aevum Images to Kate Singh Photography. I’m embracing the comment that creativity needs more playtime to flourish! As I trim my “stuff,” I’m feeling the light heartedness of breathing without the weight of a to-do list. I highly recommend this book, it will help you define (for yourself) what is important.

Chandra Chase of the GVCC’s choice:

Kevin Getch of Webfor’s choice:

THE POWER OF HABIT By Charles Duhigg

This is the book! It’s a New York Times best seller. Named one of the best books of the year by the The Wall Street Journal. It’s endorsed by more business groups, media entities, and CEOs than I can list. The Power of Habit dives into the corporate landscape and examines how habits develop, how to create them, change them, and tap into them for the benefit of your business. This will change the way you look at consumerism, human resources, and yourself. Karmen Ayres of Biggs Insurance choice:

THE 6TH SENSE by Kareen Mills

This book made me take a step back and empower myself. I now set goals for myself and then make a plan to follow through and see success. As a new mother, I rarely take the time to empower myself and to find the extraordinary. This book challenges you to bring this out and discover it! We all have natural born talents. Some get the chance to develop them, some don’t. This book makes you examine yourself and shape those talents to be useful in your everyday life.

HOW TO WINS FRIENDS & INFLUENCE PEOPLE

By Dale Carnegie

Warren Buffett found this book written by Dale Carnegie on his grandfather’s shelf when he was just 15 years old. He has attributed a lot of his success in working with people to what he learned in this book and following Dale Carnegie’s principles. If you’re in business then people are bound to be one of your top priorities as well. Whether it’s people on your team, partners or potential clients, the ability to understand, connect with and lead people can propel your company profit as well as your profession. Many of the teachings in this book are common sense, but unfortunately, very few people are practicing these simple principles. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their ability to communicate, lead and connect with people on a deeper level. Go out and buy the book or borrow my copy.

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If you don’t take ownership, you won’t succeed I have a good friend whose daughter was distraught after not getting her first career job after doing a variety of odd jobs fresh out of college. He asked me if I would meet with her, to find out more about why this “moron in charge of hiring at XYZ company” didn’t hire his daughter. So I met her at a local coffee shop and talked for a bit. The conversation went something like this: Me- “Did you update your resume like we discussed with the changes and updates I recommended?” Her- “Ummmm no.” Me- “Did you research the company? Did you have some great questions ready for them?” Her- “Ummmm no, and no.” Me- “OK, were you at least on time and dressed professionally?” Her- “I was only 5 minutes late, and I know somebody who works there and they said not

to worry about what I wore to the interview.” Me- (insert Emoji of the speechless face here) I of course went back to my friend and reported that his daughter had not exactly done herself any favors. Me- “Hey bud you need to hold up the mirror here along with your daughter and be honest about the situation, and honest about your daughter. I know this is hard to hear, but…..” Him- “This idiot that does the hiring just doesn’t know how to identify talent!!!” Me- “Did your daughter take care of every variable that she had control of in order to prepare herself for this job interview?” Him- “Ummmm no.” You are the father. Your business is the daughter. We all put blinders on at times of our lives and lose perspective, ESPECIALLY with our children (businesses). Look, I’ve done it too, so trust me, I get it.

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You jump to the defense of your children only to find out that yeah, they did actually break your neighbors window while having a rock throwing contest. In business we often times jump to the defense of our Eric Sawyer business because, BBSI Area Manager well we raised it from 2017-2018 GVCC infancy and it’s OUR Chairman of the Board baby, and that’s just what you do. Sometimes you have to be honest, hold up the mirror and REALLY take ownership of the ENTIRE picture, the good the bad AND the ugly. Take a moment and think (over the next two pages of this Vancouver VISION Magazine, with a few members as your example) about how you’re taking ownership of where your business and your membership with the GVCC meet up. Have you simply joined the GVCC and expected results while not actually engaging in any way? Have you attended events? Have you networked with other GVCC members? Have you looked into the GVCC retro program and whether or not you’re leaving money in the hands of L & I every year that could be coming back to you? Here... reach out your hand and take this mirror from me, now hold it up and look into it be REALLY honest with yourself. Have you taken ownership of your GVCC membership and fully engaged? I encourage you to reach out to the incredible staff at the GVCC and take some positive steps toward that. Also, if you happen to have a job opening for my friends daughter, she’s still looking.


Five GVCC Members, Five Different Methods Membership is more than attending networking events. See how these members are taking ownership of their GVCC memberships.

Tim Schauer, the CEO of MacKay Sposito. Photo by Kate Singh.

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here are as many methods to utilizing your membership as there are businesses within the Chamber. We can guarantee that no two members are using their memberships in the same way, which can sometimes be a challenge when trying to explain the value of being in the GVCC network. These members agree, it’s quite literally what you make of it, similar to a gym membership. You have to take ownership of membership and examine what you want out of the experience. Is there a certain focus area for you over another? Is time a factor? Are we talking about a gym membership now, or a GVCC membership? The principles are the same. You have to use your membership to reap its benefits. Here, in this article, we have taken a look at five members that are as diverse as our membership, in an effort to highlight how they take ownership of their membership. First, we’ll look at the CEO of MacKay Sposito, Tim Schauer. Then, we’ll examine a tier member, John Dombroski of Chickfil-A. Next, we’ll dive into a start-up in their first year with Funky Fresh Juice, and then contrast that with one of our longest members - Columbia Collectors. They have over five decades of GVCC membership under their belt and sit in our top 5% of longest running members. We’ll end with a member of our Board, Nelson Holmberg of the Port of Ridgefield. At first, people many think we serve just Vancouver, but we proudly serve all of Southwest Washington.

Tim Schauer, the CEO of MacKay Sposito has an impressive list of commu-

nity involvement. He’s on the Chamber’s Board of Directors, he recently presented at the Chamber’s Public Affairs Committee, is the presenting sponsor of the Chamber’s 2018 break out program The fourpart Women in Leadership Lecture Series, and is currently in the Chamber’s Retro Group (a retrospective group rating of L&I premiums paid to the state). You can catch Tim at GVCC events like the March 28th HAPO Community Credit Union Ribbon Cutting, and BAH’s; he’s one of our community movers and shakers, yet he’s available to connect via the GVCC event cycle.

“The GVCC was my first venture into being active in the community. First, I joined the Public Affairs Committee when Beth Quarterolo was the CEO. The PAC was a great opportunity to broaden my perspective and work to make an impact on local issues. I was asked to join the Board of Directors by the next CEO, Kim Capeloto. Due to an unexpected resignation on the Board, my timeline accelerated and by 2011 I was the Chairman of the Board. This launched my community involvement to a new level. Now, I’m the co-chair of Vancouver Strong, helping the City improve its toolbox to accommodate the costs and benefits of the welcome growth we are experiencing and that we expect to continue into Vancouver’s bright future,”

-Tim Schauer You can see MacKay Sposito involved in the Chamber’s Business & Leadership Awards program, tapping into our government contracting (PTAC) resources, and a wide variety of networking events like Business After Hours, MEGA Business After Hours and Platinum Ribbon Cutting Events. Evening networking events “...are prime opportunities to raise my local business IQ by learning about what everyone else is up to and keep a pulse on issues outside the echo chamber of my own industry sector. I especially like the rotating locations and seeing the different venues and businesses,” said Schauer.

John Dombroski, the owner of Chick-fil-A in east Vancouver. He first

met with the Chamber in 2015, before he had decided to select Vancouver as his future home and business site. He entered the Chamber, met with staff and discussed doing business in Clark County. “The gracious hospitality of the GVCC to spend time with me, answer my questions, and paint a picture of what was happening in Clark County ... this helped convince us that we needed to bring our family & business to Clark County,” explained John. Since opening his doors in September of 2016 he’s been a GVCC tier member and dedicated to the community. His first official use of the Chamber was his grand opening ribbon cutting with the GVCC Ambassador team. Since then, he’s been weaved into the fabric of the Chamber

Half of the Chamber’s delegation visiting Olympia in January 2018. Left to right: Ryan Hart, Teresa Lawwill, Dave Konz, Sharon Wylie, Nelson Holmberg, Todd Johnson, and John Dombrowski


The December 2017 Leads and Needs check presentation for the two winners of a $2,000 Small Business Saturday grant, each. Funky Fresh Juice Co and Sweet Spot Skirts.

via the Ready, Set, Go! Wellness Workshop series where they feature their healthy menu items at each event, bringing to light the diversity of items offered. They were a vendor at the Chamber’s 2017 Pop-Up Marketplace, as well as the 2017 Women’s Golf Tournament presenting sponsor. John has been an active member of the Chamber’s Public Affairs Committee and joined us in Olympia for Chamber day as we met with our elected officials that serve SW WA in Olympia. The Chick-fil-A team has also partnered with the Chamber to feed the students that pass through our stemCONNECT program. This program takes local students onsite to STEM related businesses for a day of career awareness of our region’s most rapidly growing sectors. “We launched our catering business about 6 months after opening the restaurant. We have utilized Chamber events and the network to raise this level of awareness and demonstrate our capacity to meet any client’s need for a meal on-site as well as deliver remarkable hospitality to their customers. This has proven to be a great opportunity for us to “tell our story” about our business, food, and service. We have connected with other members like the Evergreen SD, YMCA, Camas Meadows, Vancouver PAL to name a few, through the Chamber and have been able to partner in meaningful ways to impact the community.” -John Dombroski

Funky Fresh Juice is one of our newest

members. They are a start-up business in their first year and jumped right into GVCC membership. It literally paid off big - they were a 2017 recipient of a $2,000 Small Business Grant given by the GVCC. One of the owners, had positive experiences via High End Marketplace, and encouraged the group to join. The Funky Fresh Juice team has worked with several Chamber members at events. For example, they’ve partnered with a member on a wellness package that utilizes both their offerings- this would not have been possible without getting to know this business through the Chamber. The most impactful program of the Chamber for this startup has been the Small Business Saturday

Grant program. This program is a social media based marketing framework that takes place every November, starting Nov 1st and ending on Small Business Saturday each year. Essentially, every post made in November (set to public and marked with our hashtag) is an entry to win the Chamber’s $2,000 Small Business Saturday Grant. Funky Fresh Juice’s supporters posted about the company and their journey across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for everyone to see. They earned the winning post, decided by a panel, from a list of a dozen finalists. In December they were given a $2,000 check. Keep your eyes peeled for them in 2018, they have plans to push the education factor about juice and smoothies and learn about the best ways to get their bottled juices into wellness centers around Vancouver. They also have plans to look towards a brick and mortar location, and become a solar powered business in order to decrease their ecological footprint.

Columbia Collectors is the member with

the longest running membership among this group. The founder of the company, Robert E. Wiswall saw the benefit of community back in 1968 when they joined the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. “We are still proud members till this day,” said Susan Peake. Relationship building is a foundation for Columbia Collectors. They’ve seen, in their 61 years in business, that relationships matter, and community is important. “We have seen success with building relationships with organizations within the community to help build history, like Robert E. Wiswall’s (founder of Columbia Collectors)

grandfather; Robert Davis (RD) Wiswall, when he was the first mobile doctor in Vancouver, WA. Many people to this day still remember being delivered by RD and his son Henry. In memory of RD Wiswall, there is a library named after him in the Vancouver Peace Health library. This history is what helps drive Columbia Collectors to this today.” explained Peake. The team at Columbia Collectors takes great care in connecting via the GVCC. They use fellow members like: Southwest Office Supply, Biggs Insurance, Reid Business Services, Webfor, Pacific Office Automation, JD Fulwiler & Company Insurance and so many more. Columbia Collectors has been featured in the Chambers’ Member of the Week profiles, in their Faces of Membership profile to celebrate the Chamber’s 125 years in the community, they’ve had the Ambassador team on location, staff has attended workshops and trainings, and attended a wide variety of networking events to grow and establish relationships to do business.

The Port of Ridgefield is an active mem-

ber in the GVCC. Often, businesses and people think the Chamber just serves Vancouver - that is not the case. Nelson Holmberg, the VP of Innovation at the Port is a member of our Board of Directors, past workshop series presentor, and the new Co-Chair of our Public Affairs Committee. It’s critically important for the Port to stay involved in Clark County and “our membership in GVCC is one way for us to keep our finger on the pulse of what’s happening,” says Holmberg, “...the Chamber creates the power of a consistent and united voice of business, and the Port sees great value in this. It is our responsibility to provide critical 21st century infrastructure for our community.” Holmberg goes onto explain that as we grow factors like education, research, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation and even agriculture will begin to develop technologies that demand that kind of infrastructure. In the end the Port

describes the importance of their Chamber membership in four words: connections, awareness, visibility and leadership.

The Port of Ridgefield consistently engages in these GVCC programs/events: Business & Leadership Awards, Board of Directors, Business After Hours, Spring/Fall Workshop Series, Ribbon Cuttings, Public Affairs Committee, Media releases, and the Preferred Membership Directory to connect with fellow members like: Port of Vancouver USA, Corwin Beverage, Webfor, Clark College, CREDC, Vancouver Business Journal, Paul Montague Tax Preparation, C-Tran, Casey Evans Media, The Columbian, Regional Transportation Council, Ridgefield School District, Port of Camas-Washougal, City of Ridgefield and many more. The team at Columbia Collectors for the Chamber’s Business of the Week profile.


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Upcoming EVENTS get involved

June Golf Tournament

Our 16th year on the green - we have a license to drive! To celebrate 16 years on the course, we’re taking a ROAD TRIP along 18 holes on Thursday, June 7th at the annual Golf Tournament, presented by Columbia Bank at Lewis River. We’re keeping our theme old school and taking our players back to the era of diners, drive-ins, and decked out cars. Our tee display sponsors will take you on a drive down Route 66 and will be showing off their creativity with fun ways to engage golfers. Bring plenty of cards to enter at tee displays for prizes.

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May Business After Hours

Tuesday, May 8th at 5pm - Vancouver Funeral Chapel Please join the GVCC at our May Business After Hours at Vancouver Funeral Chapel from 5-7pm on Tuesday, May 8th. Be ready for open networking and let our Ambassador team know who you would like to meet during the event and they will provide you a warm introduction. Bring plenty of business cards for our best evening networking opportunity. Vancouver Funeral Chapel has been in our community since 1929, focusing on treating families with dignity and kindness through some of life’s most difficult moments. Their downtown location includes a beautiful facility with adjacent parking.

RSVP

Do you want the royal treatment? Your own bar, caddy, golf pro, stretch limo cart, gifts, cigars, bottles of whiskey - the company of the Chamber’s CEO John McDonagh. Do you need more? Last year, this VIP team won the tournament and took home the prizes for the top team! Take the plunge and purchase one of these three VIP seats via the Golf Tournament event post at: www.vancouverusa.com -> events

May, June, & July Wellness Workshops

Be a future host

Women’s Golf Tournament

The only all female nine-hole tournament in Clark County The GVCC Women’s Golf Tournament is back at Camas Meadows this year on August 16th for our “Sip, Shop, and Swing” nine-hole tournament. This tournament is designed for women of all skill levels. Make sure building connections with fellow participants is a priority as we’ve designed a day that links you to other businesses and players. We’ll kick off the day with breakfast, made-to-order specialty coffee drinks, and the opportunity to win raffle prizes. You will be pampered on the course with beverages and a mid-day delivery of snack boxes. If you’re looking to network there will be over 60 other women at the awards luncheon following the tournament. Our first place team winners will take home a beautiful golf bracelet that has a tee toggle and golf ball charm, along with one-round of golf per person at Camas Meadows to keep your game strong all year long. Our second place winners will take home nine-and-wine themed shoe bags and a $25 gift card to the Camas Meadows pro shop. Our third place winners will receive a rose gold golf accessories kit. Please visit www.vancouverusa.com to register yourself as an individual, or grab three business partners and put together a power foursome.

PLAY: single or 4 person team

VIP GOLF WITH THE CEO

sponsor

Each month the GVCC hosts one Ready, Set, Go Wellness Workshop with the help of our sponsor, Mackenzie. Bridge Chiropractic will host a session on protecting your spine at work on Thursday, May 17th, RSVP (April sold out). In June, we welcome back Dr. Gloria Grubbs from Tri Star Chiropractic & Wellness Center. She’ll cover the five steps to get you started on a wellness plan for your employees. In July, we welcome new member Emily Kolberg of Happy Healthy PNW.


Are you involved in Healthcare?

Put Thursday, May 17th on your calendar for the GVCC’s Industries Quarterly event. On Thursday, May 17th from 5-7pm the GVCC will host Industries Quarterly with a special focus on the healthcare sector. Join us for a panel discussion featuring our presenting sponsor Angela Dowling, President of Regence BlueCross BlueShield. She will be joined by Mark Mantei, CEO of The Vancouver Clinic with moderation by Chamber President/CEO, John McDonagh.

PANELIST Angela Dowling

President of Regence BlueCross BlueShield

Over the course of her career, Angela Dowling has designed and implemented creative solutions that align business strategies with consumers’ health needs. As chief revenue officer, Angela drives revenue strategies across brands, products and markets by bringing greater integration and accountability and directing the organization to create better health care experiences for consumers. Angela’s leadership has helped position Regence as a trusted advisor to many of Oregon’s most respected companies at a time when sound strategic health care decisions are more critical than ever. In her role as Oregon market president, Angela directs and guides the overall performance of the Oregon health plan, including sales, provider contracting, government affairs and community relations. Prior to coming to Regence in 2012, Angela served at Payne Financial Group, Inc. for 10 years, most notably as chief revenue officer. Ms. Dowling also served in national account sales at United Health Care in New York City, as the business development officer at Hewitt Associates in New York City, and as market vice president at Aetna Health Plans in Philadelphia. A scholarship athlete in college, Angela received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She is a member of several industry organizations, including the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and serves on the Oregon Healthcare Leadership Council.

The Industries Quarterly event is designed to gather one sector together to better understand the challenges they face. Our goal is to provide a venue for deeper connections to their lawmakers and government officials, as well as make allies within their industry to collaboratively solve these problems. Upon arrival, guests will receive a color sticker that identifies them as Industry, Government, Support Entity, or Other. This identifier helps attendees navigate the room to network most effectively. Please RSVP for Industries Quarterly: Healthcare by visiting vancouverusa.com -> events page. Or click on the slider graphic on the homepage to link directly to the event post. The cost is $10/member and $20/ non-member.

Event Focus Points

Industry consolidation, new players, new tax laws, the opioid epidemic, impacts on insurers, and trends to better address consumer demands for their total health care experience.


This event is designed for anyone within or servicing the healthcare sector. The GVCC has sent dedicated evites to these members within the follow categories: Dentistry Sub categories: general dentistry, oral surgery, orthodontists Healthcare Sub categories: alternative, children, elder, special needs, clinics, first air, mental health, products and supplies Hospitals Holistic Medicine Insurance Laboratories Massage therapy Medical Billing, Medical Specialities Medical Supplies Naturopathic Physician Nutrition Optometrists Pharmaceutical Products Pharmacy Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Senior & Assisted Living Skin Care Weight loss Yoga

PANELIST Mark Mantei

CEO of The Vancouver Clinic

Mark Mantei brings more than 30 years of public health experience to TVC. In his previous position as Chief Operating Officer for The Everett Clinic, Mark was responsible for overall strategic operations and helped grow the clinic from 50 to nearly 500 providers. Mark also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA), which includes more than 400 medical groups nationwide whose physicians care for one in three Americans. Mark holds a Master’s Degree

Our elected officials at the State and City levels have also been invited to join the conversation.

in healthcare administration / management and a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, accounting and finance from the University of Michigan. “I love this work and take pride in leading others to do great things for our patients and staff. A high-functioning integrated medical group is like a top flight orchestra, or a well performing baseball team. When everything comes together, a wonderful experience is created for those who play.”


RIBBON CUTTING photo gallery

GRAND OPENING

Are you nearing an anniversary, expanded, or opening a second location? These are perfect reasons to have the GVCC “red coat” Ambassador team on location for a ceremonial ribbon cutting event.

GRAND OPENING

Contact Barb Holbrook for more info at bholbrook@ vancouverusa.com or (360) 567-1093.

GRAND RE-OPENING & REMODEL


GRAND OPENING

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FAIR HOUSING ACT

GRAND OPENING

GRAND RE-OPENING

1ST ANNIVERSARY

4TH ANNIVERSARY

EXPANDING INTO SW WA

GRAND OPENING

GRAND OPENING

GRAND OPENING


new gvcc members

Aegis Cleaning 11808 NW 26th Ave Vancouver, WA 98685 www.aegisclean360.com Carla M. Paradine Vancouver, WA 98664

Human Services Council 120 NE 136th Ave, Suite 215 Vancouver, WA 98684 www.www.hsc-wa.org

Centerline Driving School 9317 NE Hwy 99 Ste I Vancouver, WA 98665 centerlinedrivingschool.com

Infinite Changes Hypnosis 10000 NE 7th Ave Ste 215A Vancouver, WA 98685 www.infinitechangeshypnosis.com

Clark County Republican Party 9401 NE Covington Rd Vancouver, WA 98666 www.clarkrepublicans.org

It’s Party Time Catering PO Box 1375 Sherwood, OR 97140 www.itspartytimecatering. net

Decor Lending Library Vancouver, WA 98662 www.decorlendinglibrary.com

Kona Ice of Vancouver 21206 NE 10th Ave Ridgefield, WA 98642 www.kona-ice.com

Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping 7355 SE Johnson Cree Blvd Portland, OR 97206 www.commercial.dennis7dees.com

Lani Watkins Hypnosis 3305 Main Street Suite #014 Vancouver, WA 98663 www.laniwatkins.com

Evosus Software 7414 NE Hazel Dell Avenue, Suite 100 Vancouver, WA 98665 www.www.evosus.com

LaPel Solutions 11304 NE 66th St, Suite 102 Vancouver, WA 98662 www.lapelsolutions.com

Floor Connections 808 SE Chkalov Drive Ste 3 Vancouver, WA 98683 www.floorconnections.com

Lighthouse Community Credit Union 1910 W Fourth Plain Blvd, Suite 100 Vancouver, WA 98660 www.lhccu.org

Happy Healthy PNW Vancouver, WA 98660 www.happyhealthypnw.com Heritage Bank 18th Street Office 16400 SE 18th Street Vancouver, WA 98683 www.heritagebanknw.com

660 Waterfront Way Vancouver, WA 98660 www.mymidici.com My Brother’s Crawfish 611 Main Street Vancouver, WA 98660 mybrotherscrawfish.com Olaru’s Premier Tax Services 14602 NE Fourth Plain Blvd Suite H Vancouver, WA 98682 olarustaxaccounting.com Pacific Power Group 805 Broadway Ste 700 Vancouver, WA 98660 pacificpowergroup.com Paige Kelsey Keller Williams Commercial 2211 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661 RealWear 600 Hatheway Road Suite 105 Vancouver, WA 98661 www.realwear.com Sequence Graphics 400 E Evergreen Blvd, Suite #111 Vancouver, WA 98660 Sonesta ES Suites 8005 NE Parkway Dr Vancouver, WA 98662 www.sonesta.com/essuites

Lisa Le Properties 418 NE 4th Camas, WA 98607 www.lisaleproperties.com

The Grocery Cocktail & Social 115 W 7th Street Vancouver, WA 98660 thegrocerycocktailsocial.com

MidiCi Neopolitan Pizza

The Holt Group 604 W Evergreen Blvd

Vancouver, WA 98660 www.holtgroupinc.com The LOFTS at Glenwood Place 5300 NE 82nd Avenue Vancouver, WA 98662 www.milestoneretirement. com/senior-living/wa/ vancouver/82nd-ave The Partners Group 5 Centerpointe Drive, Suite 500 Lake Oswego, OR 97035 www.tpgrp.com The Uptown Apartments 1700 Main Street Vancouver, WA 98660 www.theuptownapartments.com Vancouver Specialty and Rehabilitative Care 1015 N Garrison Road Vancouver, WA 98664 www.vancouverspecialty. com Victor 23 Brewing 2905 St. Johns Blvd Vancouver, WA 98661 www.victor23.com Virtexa Events 107 NE 14th St Battle Ground, WA 98604 www.VirtexaEvents.com VR Junkies 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Drive Vancouver, WA 98682 www.www.vrjunkies.com

Do you know a business that could benefit from Membership? Reach out to Amy Tanska, the Chamber’s Membership Recruitment Director Email: atanska@vancouverusa.com Phone: (360) 567-1089


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UPCOMING EVENTS ON VANCOUVERUSA.COM: Networking Training @ THE GVCC

11am $55/person Please join us for an informative recap of the legislative session with our local delegation. Sponsored by IBEW Local 48.

9:30am - 11:30am This DIY Marketing Center workshop will teach you to introduce yourself to anyone, any where, any time. It will also examine why referrals are not coming you way and methods to change that. GVCC member access code: intro

5/2/18 GVCC EVENT SW Washington Leads and Needs

5/3/18 GVCC PARTNER EVENT Clark College Career Fair

@ ROYAL OAKS COUNTRY CLUB

@ BEACHES RESTAURANT

Doors @ 7:15 $10 @ The Door The best morning networking in Clark County! Sponsored by Life Force Chiropractic. 5/2/18 GVCC EVENT Ribbon Cutting @ BEACHES 9am & 9:15am FREE Ribbon Cutting directly after Leads & Needs for A & D Services and Justice Pictures. 5/2/18 PARTNER EVENT Next Level

@ CLARK COLLEGE

11am - 3pm The O’Connell gym will play host to over 80 employers at this career fair featuring everything from careers to internships. 5/8/18 GVCC EVENT Business After Hours @ VANCOUVER FUNERAL CHAPEL

5-7pm $10/members Evening networking at it’s finest. Join the hundreds of business professionals that attend GVCC BAH events. Food, drinks, prizes, location tours - don’t forget to

bring plenty of business cards. 110 E 12th Street.

fully enhance your online presence.

5/11/18 GVCC PARTNER EVENT Small Business Resource Fair

5/17/18 GVCC EVENT Ready, Set, Go! Wellness Workshop @ MACKENZIE Noon - 1pm $15 includes lunch Please join us for this informative workshop on Protecting Your Spine at Work by Bridge Chiropractic. New location and sponsor: Mackenzie!

@ VANCOUVER COMMUNITY LIBRARY

11am - 3pm The downtown library will play host to a wide variety of business support agencies for people wanting to start a business, or existing small business owners needing assistance. 5/16/18 GVCC EVENT SW Washington Leads and Needs

@ BEACHES RESTAURANT

Doors @ 7:15 $10 @ The Door The best morning networking in Clark County! Sponsored by the Greater Vancouver Rotary Club. 5/16/18 GVCC EVENT Website Work Session @ THE GVCC 10AM - FREE Sit down with GVCC staff and learn how to

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5/1/18 GVCC EVENT Legislative Review Luncheon

5/17/18 GVCC EVENT Industries Quarterly Healthcare Edition

@ THE VANCOUVER CLINIC

5-7pm $10/members If you’re in healthcare in Vancouver, this event is for you. Presented by Regence BlueCross BlueShield this event is designed to be a platform to discuss industry successes, updates, and struggles.

5/19- 5/20 GVCC PARTNER EVENT Dozer Days @ CLARK COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS

11am - 4pm Dozer Day is the ultimate

construction experience: putting kids in the driver’s seat to operate dump trucks, dozers, and excavators. 5/31/18 COMMUNITY EVENT VanTalks @ THE KIGGINS

6:30pm $15 Thought provoking ideas, musical entertainment, TED Talk-style speakers and multimedia presentations. 6/5/18 GVCC EVENT Ribbon Cutting Platinum level

working in Clark County! Sponsored by Bleu Door Bakery. 6/6/18 PARTNER EVENT Super Powered Networking Training @ THE GVCC

9:30am - 11:30am At this DIY Marketing Center workshop you will develop new strategies for a consistent stream of referrals, spend less time and get better results. GVCC free access code: strategy 6/7/18 GVCC EVENT Annual Golf Tournament

@ LEGACY MEDICAL GROUP - FAMILY WELLNESS

9:30am FREE Help us celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of Legacy Medical Group Family Wellness, located at 1000 Tech Center Dr Suite 120! 6/6/18 GVCC EVENT SW Washington Leads and Needs

@ BEACHES RESTAURANT

Doors @ 7:15 $10 @ The Door The best morning net-

@ LEWIS RIVER GOLF COURSE

8:30am shotgun start We’re celebrating our sweet sixteenth year in 2018! We’ve got a license to drive theme that will take you around the course via route 66. We’re told every year that we have the best business golf tournament in SW Washington. RSVP today to play or sponsor. Event sponsored by Columbia Bank.

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2018 May/June Vancouver VISION Magazine  

What's inside: The Healthcare Industries Quarterly event, Best Books for Business (reviewed by Members), Recap of the March Madness Membersh...

2018 May/June Vancouver VISION Magazine  

What's inside: The Healthcare Industries Quarterly event, Best Books for Business (reviewed by Members), Recap of the March Madness Membersh...

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