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Contents SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER 2019

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ON THE COVER KEVIN GETCH, owner of Webfor and incoming Chairman of the Board, photographed by Kate Singh Photography

Notes

7 FROM THE CEO

7 FROM THE EDITOR

Features

12 KEVIN GETCH Meet the incoming Chairman of the Board

14 PROJECT I-5 Updates from the Public Affairs SubCommittee

16 ANNUAL DINNER Set Sail for Success at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner & Awards Recognition Ceremony 17 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Designing a framework for the upcoming year

Membership

Engagement

18 RIBBON CUTTINGS Celebrating businesses across Southwest Washington

10 FALL WORKSHOP SERIES Fostering Growth in the Workplace, a workshop series for all levels of professionals

8 BUSINESS OF THE WEEK Featuring Erik Runyan Jewelers, Eatery at the Grant House and Elfin Services

22 AMBASSADOR SPOTLIGHT How companies can benefit from the Ambassador Volunteer Program 23 NEW MEMBERS Welcome to the Chamber

9 SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM Support for start-ups, small business owners, and future entrepreneurs

11 FROM THE TEAM Captivate your social media followers with these posting tips

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EDITOR IN CHIEF Sarah Cooke

2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

2019 BOARD MEMBERS

Supporting our community through local lending and charitable contributions since 1923.

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

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

Amy Tanska, Community Partners and Membership Director 360.567.1089 | atanska@VancouverUSA.com Sarah Cooke, Marketing & Communications Manager 360.567.1058 | scooke@VancouverUSA.com

Rachel Epstein, Member Engagement & Event Support 360.567.1052 | repstein@VancouverUSA.com

Anne McDonagh, Office Administrator 360.567.1092 | amcdonagh@VancouverUSA.com Sharon Batten, Finance 360.567.1080 | sbatten@VancouverUSA.com

Paul Montague, Business Services Coordinator & SBAP 360.567.1081 | pmontague@VancouverUSA.com

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Allen Gabriel, MD Chevron USA Comcast Key Bank Mackenzie Perkins & Company Regence BlueCross BlueShield WellHaven Pet Health

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Janet Kenefsky, Vice President of Membership & Operations 360.567.1056 | jkenefsky@VancouverUSA.com

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

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John McDonagh, President/CEO 360.567.1050 | jmcdonagh@VancouverUSA.com

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FROMTHE THECEO GVCC CEO FROM

John McDonagh

GVCC, CEO/President

Stepping into Fall We’re all familiar with the glimpse of warm weather in the PNW, and rightly so it seems as if this Summer was a blink. While we are eager for family vacations, enjoying the warm evenings on the patio, the abundance of fresh fruits and veggies, and golfing (for those exclusively fair-weather players) - all of a sudden it’s September. As we grab our umbrellas and adjust our driving habits, it’s best to focus on topics and events to keep us busy during this long stretch of rain approaching. There’s plenty in store at the Chamber to keep you engaged during Fall, especially programs to Move your Business Forward. Check out the events listed on the back, or turn to Page 11 to learn more about our Fall Workshop Series: Fostering Growth in the Workplace.

Canvassing in Battle Ground For the first time in a few decades, the Chamber will gather staff and volunteers to participate in an old-fashioned canvassing in the City of Battle Ground. As we incorporated the former Battle Ground Chamber members into our membership, we are looking to talk with existing and Future Members in the “-604” to impress on them how important they are to the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce as are those located in the various cities and unincorporated areas across Clark County. Of those previous BG Chamber members became a part of the GVCC in the unification, nearly 75% of them have renewed, and we’re not counting those who were already members of GVCC. We’re looking forward to connecting with those who have continued to show interest, to better personalize Chamber services to fit the needs of their businesses. Additionally, we will be speaking with that 25% who chose not to renew as well as Future Members to discuss the value of the Chamber, hoping to kindle the enthusiasm of connectionmaking in our community. If you’re out and about in Battle Ground on Friday, September 13, be sure to look for our Ambassadors, members of the Battle Ground Chamber Council, as well as GVCC Staff making our way from business to business to say hello. If you’d like to join us, send me a note at jmcdonagh@VancouverUSA.com.

FROM THE EDITOR

Sarah Cooke

GVCC, Marketing & Communications Manager

Our Outgoing Chair, Amy O’Hara

has been of incredible value as a catalyst for Moving Business Forward within our community. As we introduce Kevin Getch as our 2020 Chairman of the Board (more on Page 12), it goes without saying Amy’s had an important impact on the Chamber’s success this year. On behalf of the GVCC team, we’d like to say thank you to Amy O’Hara for her contributions as the 2019 Chairman of the Board. And to Kevin, you have some big heels (rather, premium comfort shoes) to fill.

It’s widely known that our current Chairman (or should I say Chairwoman) is someone who prides herself in the connections she makes in our community, no matter the topic. When you initially meet Amy O’Hara, her kindness, sense of humor, and enthusiasm for others speak volumes. Admiring this, it’s made me wonder how she can successfully balance owning a thriving business, balance being a supportive mom of two, and the balance of her important role as the Chair of the GVCC Board of Directors, all with such ease. As John would say, “Amy is one of those leaders that leads quietly, often behind the scenes but always with a focus on where we need to go as she lends a hand to get there.” Her passion for the Chamber’s mission and the programs we provide our members has been a motivation for us to keep raising the bar. Still, as a member of the Chamber, she attends events without introducing herself as her role at the Chamber, but rather with “What’s your story?” to anyone she meets. Her innate ability to connect with others is an incredible asset to our Board and GREATER VANCOUVER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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BUSINESS OF THE WEEK

Shining Bright like a Diamond ERIK RUNYAN JEWELERS

Whether you’re looking for a diamond engagement ring, a vintage bracelet, or a custom timepiece, Erik Runyan Jewelers has you covered. With a staff that has a combined 165 years of jewelry experience, customers can be confident that they will receive quality products and advice. Erik Runyan Jewelers strives to deliver memorable and enjoyable experiences to all of their clients. The Runyan family has a long history of giving back to the Vancouver community. Erik and Leslie are passionate about giving to arts and culture, social service and health, and civic and educational projects. From what started as a simple watch bench in the bus depot during the early 1900s, Erik Runyan Jewelers continues to be a rock-solid member of the Vancouver community - you could say they are a “gem.” 360.699.1917 | RunyansJewelers.com

Bringing History Back to Life

EATERY AT THE GRANT HOUSE

Your Journey is their Passion ELFIN SERVICES

Aging is an inevitable part of life, and Elfin Services goes out of their way to make it a smooth transition for their clients, providing a personalized experience that best fits the individual needs of each client. Created to advocate for the elderly and provide compassionate care services to the rapidly growing population within the Vancouver community, Elfin Services employs several care managers, over 40 caregivers, and the highest percentage of Certified Nursing Assistants of any home-care agency in the area. Their mission is to adapt their ways of care for the aging population, adding a personal and genuine touch to each of the individuals they support. Services include 24/7 availability of Care Managers and Caregivers, transportation assistance, shopping and running errands for their clients, coordination of medical services and appointments, as well as providing and encouraging social activities.

The Grant House is the oldest home on “Officers Row” within the Vancouver National Historic Site, built in 1849. Now the beautiful hand-hewn log and wood lap structure is host to the Eatery at the Grant House, which was purchased by Scott and Sarah Flury in 2017. Known for their farm-to-table culinary approach, Eatery at the Grant House creates menus that continuously adapt to the seasons and PNW soil, ensuring only the freshest local ingredients are used. The Flury’s have coined the terms describing this idea as being “hyper-local” and “hyper-seasonal”. They receive shipments of fresh seafood three times per week and deliveries of local produce daily. Eatery at the Grant House also has an herb garden, which contributes to the essence and flavoring of each unique dish. 360.906.1101 | EateryAtTheGrantHouse.com

360.883.3569 | ElfinServices.com

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

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Upcoming Workshops & Coaching Sessions

NEW BUSINESS COACHING & STARTUP MENTORING Business Counselors Paul Montague and Ronnie Noize are available for drop-in meetings for business owners interested in learning more about start-ups, entrepreneurship, and running a successful home-based business. These Q&A sessions are FREE for members and non-members. Monday, September 9 1 - 3 PM tiny.cc/20873 Thursday, October 17 2 - 4 PM tiny.cc/20874 Wednesday, November 20 9:30 - 11:30 AM tiny.cc/20875

SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SBAP) The

Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) is in full support mode for a start-up, new and struggling small businesses! Just look at all the support we’re offering this fall. Are you interested in learning more? Use the tiny-links below to receive course information and to RSVP. This program is offered through the Small Business Assistance Program at the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Scholarships made possible by the Community Development Block Grants fund through the City of Vancouver.

NEW BUSINESS STARTUP STUDIO SERIES Looking for funding for your start up, or want to create a blueprint for success? This intensive fivesession course will help you research and develop your business idea. We’ll help you plan out the key elements of your business, from market to pricing and more. Throughout these meetings, you’ll have the time and space to create plans, and refine your ideas. Plus, you’ll receive expert guidance from qualified professionals along the way. These workshops are perfect for start-ups, future entrepreneurs, struggling small business owners, and new home-based businesses. Note: Laptops are strongly recommended for class participation. Fee: $99; 100% scholarships available Five Mondays September 16 – October 14 1 – 4 PM tiny.cc/20876

PROFITABLE LAUNCH MARKETING STRATEGIES WORKSHOP Are you wondering where to start and what to do first to market your business? You’ll get step-by-step guidance to put together a powerful one-page launch marketing plan. Are you looking to capture the attention of your market? Raise your profile in the business community? Generate leads and trigger new sales? Start-up or a small business? This series is for you. Fee: $49; 100% scholarships available Three Thursdays October 24 – November 7 2 – 4 PM tiny.cc/20877

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING STRATEGY WORKSHOP Do you stress about what to post on your business social media accounts? Do you wonder why you aren’t getting more leads or inquiries via social media? In this hands-on workshop, we will create a powerful social media marketing plan for you. Using a pen and paper, we’ll figure out what to post and when. Then you’ll crack open that laptop or tablet and get your content published. You’ll get done-for-you content to swipe, as well as help getting your posts written and posted. This workshop is perfect for startup entrepreneurs, small business owners, or new home-based businesses who have a Facebook business page that isn’t doing much. Note: Laptop required for class participation. Fee: $99; 100% scholarships available Saturday, November 16 10 AM – 3 PM tiny.cc/20878

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Barb Holbrook (middle) poses with the GVCC Ambassador Team at Eatery at the Grant House.

GVCC 2019 FALL WORKSHOP SERIES

Fostering Growth in the Workplace

HELPING EMPLOYEES SUCCEED IN THEIR ROLES Whether you are seeking ways to develop your employees and key leaders, grow revenues, improve your processes or increase your customer satisfaction and retention, the Chamber’s biannual Workshop Series will provide skills and insight into the challenges businesses face today. The upcoming, eight-part Fall 2019 Workshop Series will cover topics that will assist in finding talented individuals to join your team as well as to encourage engagement and growth within the workplace.

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PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS IN THE WORKPLACE Covering ethics, behavior, time management, and productivity in the workplace. The balance of all of these things will help your team prioritize what matters most to your organization. WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION Effectively strengthening your team’s communication skills while teaching strategies to deal with future workplace communication challenges. Topics include various modes of communication, face-to-face, phone, text, e-mail, and social media. THE IMPORTANCE OF SOFT SKILLS Developing your team’s interpersonal skills while setting up managers and employees for successful collaboration with clients, vendors, and co-workers. DIVERSITY WORKPLACE TRAINING Celebrating the uniqueness, varied backgrounds, styles, values and attitudes of each employee while fostering an environment in which every employee feels appreciated and valued.

HOW TECHNOLOGY IMPACTS US IN THE WORKPLACE Understand the power of a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software that combines the processes of sales, marketing, and customer service per each of your clients. This workshop will help you build customer loyalty and a better customer experience. HOW CAN I INCREASE MY IMPACT AT WORK? Establish a clear understanding of your organization’s mission and goals with your immediate team as well as your stakeholders, working directly to add value to your work. WHY THE REQUIRED SKILLS OF MANAGING UP AND DOWN ARE IMPORTANT Continuous communication to management as well as to the front line supervisors and staff can effectively coordinate a flow of consistent success. There’s no one-size-fits all approach to managing up, but when you become intentional about your interactions you can learn how to more effectively approach discussions and rally support as needed.

To learn more and to register for the 2019 Fall Workshop Series, visit our website at VancouverUSA.com.

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FROM THE TEAM

15 Ways to

Captivate Your Social Media Followers

#ENGAGEMENT Before we delve into the exciting post ideas that will help you stand out, let’s talk about the one fatal flaw you want to avoid on social – being a giant bore. No one likes a poster who always talks about themselves and that goes for businesses too. Figure out what your ideal demographic cares about and communicate those aspects of your business. Also, think about what makes a good conversationalist in person and parallel that online! That means you engage people in conversations they actually want to talk about. Ask their opinions on topics that interest them as well as products, services, or service offerings about your business. Keep in mind that these posts alone aren’t enough – you need to make sure that once your followers are sharing and conversing, you’re part of the conversation! Always stay connected with your followers because you never know if the next like you send could result in a conversion for your business.

DRIVING CREATIVITY: POSTING IDEAS

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Pictures of you and your company from years ago. The funnier, the better. #ThrowbackThursday and #FlashbackFriday are great ways to embrace this!

Behind-the-scenes posts of how your products are made or services are rendered. How-To videos or GIFs. Don’t forget to create a few on lesserknown products or services with creative ways to use them! Answer your FAQs in word posts, video, and memes. For example, have you seen our Fun Note Friday?

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Share little-known trivia about your business!

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Share your “why” and be specific.

Introduce or spotlight an employee! Take the time to share interesting and unique facts about your new team member.

Share your favorite charity and why it’s so special to you! Use this as a platform to encourage the community to learn more about them.

Post about your number one seller! This type of “endorsement” can sway your customers, helping cement their decision making process.

Offer a guide for the buying process! This can shape the way your customers think of your products in the way you’d prefer. Interview a customer or business partner! Testimonials or personal bios are a great way to engage. Countdown to a big reveal! This could be for a new product or grand opening – building the hype is half the excitement!

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Tell your story and don’t skimp on the struggles. People identify with hard times and want to hear how your company has succeeded.

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Sales, deals, and discounts. Launch flash sales that are only good for the social media viewing audience or promo-codes only accessible for followers!

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Share when others mention you and jump into conversations when appropriate.

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INCOMING KEVIN GETCH GVCC’S NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Kevin Getch, incoming Chairman of the Board, posed and photographed by Kate Singh Photography

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I AM TRULY HONORED

AND VERY EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO SERVE YOU AND THIS AMAZING COMMUNITY AS THE BOARD CHAIR OF THE GREATER VANCOUVER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. THE CORE DRIVER IN MY LIFE IS TO HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT AND HELP AS MANY PEOPLE AS I CAN. When I was younger, my mother always used to talk about the ‘Ripple Effect.’ She would say, “You know how when you toss a pebble in a pond, it creates ripples that eventually cover the entire pond? Our actions are just like that. No matter how small, they can have this same ripple effect.” When my mother passed away from ovarian cancer in 2005, I dedicated my life to continuing the ripple that she started.  This is one of the reasons that I'm so excited to be part of such an amazing organization. In this position, I can continue to have a positive impact on all of its members and this community. I moved to Vancouver a little over 13 years ago with my wife Jennifer and my two children, Mariah and Brandon. At the time, I moved for the great schools and the fact that you could get a house for a lot less than you could in Portland. It didn’t take long and I fell in love with this community. I could list numerous reasons why SW Washington is so special, but ultimately it comes down to the people.  I’ve been a member of the GVCC for over eight years, joined the board in 2016,

and have tried to give as much as I could. However, I feel I have received much more from the lifetime relationships I’ve developed. It’s refreshing to be surrounded by so many good people that truly care. These people don’t just sit around, they take action, and our community is all the better for it. We have something special here in SW Washington, and I want to make sure that we continue to nurture and build on this fantastic foundation. In 2009, I decided to trade in a steady income and benefits for no income and no benefits to start Webfor, a creative and digital marketing agency. I often worked 80 hours a week for the first four to five years. It sounds crazy to me now, but I made less than minimum wage as a business owner for years.  Needless to say, I love the entrepreneurial spirit. It’s the willingness to take risks, get out of your comfort zone, and challenge yourself to do, be, and give more. It’s this personal growth that allows me to serve better. For more than 10 years, Webfor has helped hundreds of businesses and thousands of employees. I’m extremely passionate about the positive impact that businesses can have

“I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CONTINUE TO NURTURE AND BUILD ON THIS FANTASTIC FOUNDATION.” in our area by being purpose-driven and community-minded. I look forward to meeting every one of you and getting to know you better. Until then, my hope is that you are one of the special people in our community, who knows that true joy doesn’t come from what you get, but what you give.

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Project I-5

TEN YEARS IN THE MAKING

The Public Affairs Committee works diligently on your behalf to ensure business owners and community members, are represented when it comes to progressive thinking and changes proposed by our legislature and local jurisdictions. Don Russo of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, and Nelson Holmberg of Southwest Washington Contractor’s Association (SWCA), CoChairs of the Committee, guide the conversations to cover topics relevant to our members. Here are a few updates from our Co-Chairs regarding the I-5 Bridge Replacement Project. PURPOSE & IMPORTANCE: EVALUATING THE NEED In July, Frank Green, a structural engineer with Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), appeared at the Public Affairs Sub-Committee meeting that focuses on the Bridge Replacement Project. In addition to reviewing the inventory of planning data, Frank reviewed the purpose and need for the replacement bridge by using the following rationale: Growing travel demands and congestion, vehicle safety, impaired freight movement, limited public transportation options, limited

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bicycle and pedestrian facilities for crossing the Bridge, as well as seismic vulnerability. Some important evaluations include that the south bound lanes exceed 60 years, while the north bound lanes are now over 100 years old. Also, as many know, the Interstate Bridge is the only lift span bridge on the I-5 corridor from Mexico to Canada. The annual cost in operations and maintenance for the Bridge is the sum of $1.2M. Further, by the year 2040, capital maintenance on the Bridge will amount to $282M. The 2019 legislature provided $35M in funding aimed toward replacement: $17.5M for a local project, and an equal sum for the commencement of the planning process. UNITING WASHINGTON & OREGON The next steps include engaging the key stakeholders, including representatives from both Washington and Oregon. In Washington, those stakeholders include WSDOT, City of Vancouver, the Regional Transportation Council (RTC), and C-Tran. In Oregon, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), City of Portland, Metro, and Tri-Met. Mr. Green noted that coordination and collaboration between the stakeholders in Washington and Oregon are imperative. Going forward, it is important to note that much of the prior geo-tech work and the archeological work from the last go-around is still valuable and there is no need to have this work redone. Mr. Green predicts that both Washington and Oregon will jointly

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petition the federal government for an extension on the advance of federal funds to avoid having to pay those funds back. The Replacement Bridge Team’s first progress report is due to the Washington Legislature on or before December 1, 2019. TEN YEARS FROM NOW The steps we’re taking, as well as the stakeholders’, are moving progress forward to work toward the common goals of safety and economic development on behalf of both Washington and Oregon. With these joint efforts, a timeline on moving forward can be broken down by the following estimations: • 3-5 years to complete environmental work • 3-5 years to obtain federal approval for project construction, as it takes about $50M- $100M to get a project to this point • 4-5 years to complete right-of-way acquisitions In the case of this progress going according to plan, we could be driving on a new Interstate Bridge in the short timeline of about ten years. The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and the Public Affairs Committee, believe it is important to continue to express the need for a replacement bridge and to use every opportunity to work with our partners in Oregon. If you have any questions, or would like to contribute to the conversation, please connect with us at YourChamber@VancouverUSA.com, subject line “PAC I-5 Bridge.”


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GREATER VANCOUVER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S

Annual Dinner & Awards

Anchors aweigh!

Permission to come aboard for an Annual Dinner unlike any other. Join us as we Set Sail for Success at our largest signature event of the year, presented by Port of Vancouver USA. The Chamber’s Annual Dinner & Awards Recognition Ceremony highlights the year in review while applauding the impressive growth and positive impact made in our community. On September 25 at The Hilton, Chamber members and community stakeholders will gather for a night of connections and recognition. The Business & Leadership Awards, which takes place during the dinner, highlights notable individuals and organizations whose efforts over the year have strengthened their name. Each of these categories below mark significant achievements per each award winner. Sea you there!

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THE SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD & THE LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD Moving Business Forward is the Chamber’s motto, so it’s fitting to recognize individual businesses that are in fact moving forward. Those businesses growing in market share, seeing a growth in sales, creating more jobs in our community, and giving back in a way that helps make our community thrive. START-UP TO WATCH AWARD This award looks at those businesses that are up to their first five years and recognizes one that is emblematic of tenacity, vision, and strong business practices. COMMUNITY STATESMAN AWARD This award recognizes an elected official who represents the interest of business along with their overall community priorities. Working collaboratively with our local, state, and federal elected officials are critical to provide the best possible business-friendly environment. COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD In honor of former Chamber CEO Donna Cantonwine, this award is given to a community member whose unique style of leadership shows through their active contributions to the community. JOHN S. MCKIBBIN LEADERSHIP LEGACY AWARD Throughout his professional life, former Chamber CEO John S. McKibbin, rose to leadership roles in elected office, business, and in the nonprofit community. This award recognizes an individual each year who similarly demonstrates a positive influence across many sectors of our community. PORT OF VANCOUVER USA, PRESENTING SPONSOR OF THE ANNUAL DINNER Port of Vancouver USA is approaching its 108th year as an agency focusing on providing economic development through partnerships and stewardships in marine, industrial, and waterfront development. Current key projects of the Port of Vancouver USA include the revitalization of Terminal 1 which includes the Waterfront Project, Terminal 5, the Lower Columbia River Channel Maintenance Plan, and Centennial Industrial Park. VISION


Recognition Ceremony

Meet the Board

Along with recognizing our members, the Annual Dinner welcomes new and returning Board members for the 2020 term as well as thanking the individuals who have served over the years. The Chamber’s Board of Directors refines the focus of our policies, expectations, and mission as an organization. The Board assists the organization by developing a framework outlining the Chamber’s position and priorities on critical issues that affect the business environment in the Greater Vancouver region. The Board of Directors also serves a fiduciary duty responsibility for the financial affairs of the Chamber, ensuring funds are used for specific and intended purposes and in the best interest of the organization. The group led by an Executive team consisting of a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer meet monthly to provide assistance in the realm of public policy advocacy, membership retention, member recruitment and setting mission-driven priorities.

2019-2020 Board Officers KEVIN GETCH Webfor, Board Chair JULIANNA MARLER Port of Vancouver USA, Vice Chair LISA GOECKE Perkins & Company, Secretary/Treasurer AMY O’HARA When the Shoe Fits, Immediate Past Chair TAMARA FULLER Colliers International, Chair Elect RETURNING DIRECTORS BEN BAGHERPOUR, SEH America BEN HOSKINS, 1-800-Got-Junk & You Move Me CAROL BUA, City of Vancouver ERIC SAWYER, BBSI JIM WEST, Zenith Properties NW KENDRA LARATTA, Ink Ability LEANN BREMER, Miller, Nash Graham & Dunn NELSON HOLMBERG, SWCA DR. STEVEN WEBB, Vancouver Public Schools PROPOSED DIRECTORS GINGER SCHMIDT, Riverview Community Bank JOHN DOMBROSKI, Chick-fil-A Cascade Park MAX AULT, WSUV GREATER VANCOUVER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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RIBBON RIBBONCUTTINGS CUTTINGS

Rachel Epstein

Member Engagement & Event Support 360.567.1052 | repstein@VancouverUSA.com

Celebration Time!

RIBBON CUTTINGS are a time to celebrate the hard work

and dedication that you have poured into making your business a success. There are plenty of business occasions to host a Ribbon Cutting; for instance, when introducing a new product or service, or for a ceremonial opening of a brand-new, newly renovated, or relocated business. It can inaugurate a business’ opening day, or it can take place weeks following the business’ soft opening. With Chamber membership, your organization receives a free Ribbon Cutting ceremony each year, offering you a great opportunity to promote your business.

WANT TO STAND OUT? Increase the visibility of your business by upgrading to a PLATINUM LEVEL, GOLD LEVEL, or BRONZE LEVEL Ribbon Cutting ceremony.

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AMBASSADOR SPOTLIGHT

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work THE AMBASSADOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

There’s no “I” in team, but there’s a “U” in Greater Vancouver. You see them at Chamber events and it would be hard to miss them all over social media donning the infamous red coats. You might ask yourself, “who are these people, wearing red around town, with direct access to local dignitaries and business decision makers…and how do they seem to know what’s going on in the Vancouver community before everyone else?!” These business men and women make up the GVCC Ambassador Team who have been supporting businesses in the Greater Vancouver community for over 3 decades. This staple program at the Chamber is growing stronger each year. The Team consists of volunteers within the Chamber membership whose organizations have graciously allowed a staff-person to contribute their time to assist the GVCC with various activities and events. Most noteworthy, the Ambassador’s role is to help inform, involve, and welcome new members, meanwhile encouraging meaningful and beneficial participation in Chamber programs. Ambassadors also help to raise awareness of not only their own company but most importantly the businesses in the community through Ribbon Cuttings, social media recognition, and one-on-one connections. With the Chamber growing in membership numbers and program offerings, we will be growing our Ambassador team to include members with interests in donating their time and savvy in areas such as networking, social media, member mentorship, and public affairs to name a few.

The Ambassador Team is created from the following Chamber members that graciously donate their employee’s time in support of GVCC programs: BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES NW BIGGS INSURANCE SERVICES CHAPPELLE’S TOWING COLUMBIA COLLECTORS EATERY AT THE GRANT HOUSE EBONY NOTES EDWARD JONES ELFIN SERVICES FORT VANCOUVER REGIONAL LIBRARY FOUNDATION GLOBAL SECURITY JACOBUS CARSTAR

NOTEWORTHY BENEFITS OF BEING A GVCC AMBASSADOR:

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• Increased name and face recognition

• Insiders’ perspective of the local business community

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• Increased networking opportunities

• Chances to help the community while showing community pride

PEACEHEALTH SW MEDICAL CENTER

• Increased referral opportunities through fellow Ambassadors plus one-on-one contact with members • Potential media coverage from attendance at Chamber Events

• Recognition via GVCC website and social media platforms as well as receiving the focus of our appreciation at the Holiday Heroes luncheon each December.

The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce will be accepting applications in October for the 2020 Ambassador Program. Look for more information, including the online application, on VancouverUSA.com to join the Ambassador Team!

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RIVERVIEW COMMUNITY BANK ROCKSOLID COMMUNITY TEEN CENTER SPORTCLIPS HAIRCUTS WAREHOUSE ‘23 WENDEL FAMILY DENTAL CENTRE YOUR PARTY CENTER


NEW MEMBERS

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

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ne of the best things about our Chamber is the variety of industries and diversity of businesses that comprise our membership.Tuesday mornings are always a highlight of the week as I share information about the newest Chamber members at our weekly staff meeting. My favorite part of my job is learning a company’s goals for growth, engagement, and need for resources within the business community, and then facilitate those connections. Often, one introduction can lead to longstanding relationships that not only foster professional development, but also strengthen the business community overall and make the greater Vancouver area a premiere destination in the Pacific Northwest.

Allen Gabriel, MD 505 NE 87th Avenue, Suite 250 Vancouver, WA 98664 AllenGabrielMD.com cabi By Cyndi Holloway 711 NW 58th Street Vancouver, WA 98663 CyndiHolloway.CabiOnline. com CLM Simple Solutions LLC 287 N 34th Court Ridgefield, WA 98642 CLMSimpleSolutions.com

Lasting Impressions by Michael Lampson 12205 NE 50th Avenue Vancouver, WA 98686 LifePort, LLC 1610 Heritage Street Woodland, WA 98674 LifePort.com Moxie Financial 1910 SE 11th Avenue Portland, OR 97214 MoxieFinancial.net Natural Way Chiropractic 7620 NE 119th Place Suite 100 Vancouver, WA 98682 NaturalWayChiro.org

Club Pilates Hazel Dell 7901 NE 6th Avenue Suite 109 Vancouver, WA 98665 ClubPilates.com/HazelDell

New York Life - Glenn Healey 10260 SW Greenburg Road Suite 1150 Portland, OR 97223 NewYorkLife.com

Coldwell Banker 2105 NE 129th Street Suite105 Vancouver, WA 98686 Connect Now 5216 NW Fernridge Drive Camas, WA 98607 ConnectNowAndPlay.com Insperity 111 SW Fifth Avenue Suite 3600 Portland, OR 97204 Insperity.com Lanz Industrial Welding, Inc 9310 NE 222nd Avenue Vancouver, WA 98682 LanzWelding.com

Nu-Life Wellness Center, PLLC 14 NE Grace Avenue Battle Ground, WA 98604 NW Area Insurance, LLC 7636 NE Hazel Dell Avenue Vancouver, WA 98665 facebook.com/ NW-Area-InsuranceLLC-729710157463629 Oregonian Media Group 1500 SW 1st Avenue Suite 500 Portland, OR 97201 OregonLive.com

PAX Learning Center 305 SE Chkalov Drive Suite 111-334 Vancouver, WA 98683 PaxLearningCenter.com Pickens Family Dentistry 7508 NE Vancouver Mall Drive Vancouver, WA 98662 PickensFamilyDentistry.com Prime Trade NW 1122 NE 122nd Avenue Suite B212 Portland, OR 97230 Rusty Grape Vineyard 22001 NE 219th Street Battle Ground, WA 98604 RustyGrape.com Vancouver Technology Consulting, LLC 10724 NE 109th Street Vancouver, WA 98662 VancouverTechConsulting.com We Speak Medicare 13023 NE Highway 99 Suite 7-293 Vancouver, WA 98686 WeSpeakMedicare.org/ lezley-anderson Who Song & Larry’s Mexican Restaurant 111 SE Columbia Way Vancouver, WA 98661 WhoSongAndLarrys.com

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Upcoming Events ON VANCOUVERUSA.COM 9/9/2019 NEW BUSINESS COACHING @ GVCC 1 - 3 PM Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP)

9/18/2019 LEADS & NEEDS @ Beaches Doors: 7 AM $5/Members Morning speed-networking in Vancouver!

9/11/2019 LEADS & NEEDS: NORTH COUNTY @ Mill Creek Pub Doors: 7 AM $5/Members The best morning networking in North County!

9/18/2019 RIBBON CUTTING @ Salmon Creek Airbrush Tanning 1:30 PM Ceremony

9/11/2019 NETWORKING FOR NEWBIES @ GVCC 9:30 AM - 1:30 AM DIY Marketing Center 9/11/2019 RIBBON CUTTING @ Sabor Mexicano 4:30 PM Ceremony 9/16/2019 NEW BUSINESS STARTUP STUDIO @ GVCC 1 - 4 PM Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) 9/17/2019 RIBBON CUTTING @ Heritage Bank 5 PM Ceremony BRONZE LEVEL

9/19/2019 RIBBON CUTTING @ NW Furniture Bank 5 PM Ceremony PLATINUM LEVEL 9/25/2019 LEADS & NEEDS: EAST VANCOUVER @ Chick-fil-A Cascade Park Doors: 7 AM $5/Members Sponsored by Heritage Bank 9/25/2019 ANNUAL DINNER @ The Hilton 4:30 - 7:30 PM Set Sail for Success, presented by Port of Vancouver USA 10/2/2019 LEADS & NEEDS @ Beaches Doors: 7 AM $5/Members Morning speed-networking in Vancouver!

10/3/2019 BATTLE GROUND MONTHLY LUNCHEON @ Battle Ground Community Center 11:30 AM - 1 PM 10/8/2019 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS @ Cascade Inn 5 - 7 PM GVCC’s After Hours networking event! 10/9/2019 LEADS & NEEDS: NORTH COUNTY @ Mill Creek Pub Doors: 7 AM $5/Members The best morning networking in North County! 10/9/2019 HOW TO WORK A NETWORKING EVENT @ GVCC 9:30 AM - 1:30 AM DIY Marketing Center 10/14/2019 RIBBON CUTTING @ Clark College 3:30 PM Ceremony PLATINUM LEVEL

10/16/2019 LEADS & NEEDS @ Beaches Doors: 7 AM $5/Members Morning speed-networking in Vancouver! 10/17/2019 NEW BUSINESS COACHING @ GVCC 2 - 4 PM Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) 10/23/2019 LEADS & NEEDS: EAST VANCOUVER @ Chick-fil-A Cascade Park Doors: 7 AM $5/Members Sponsored by Share 10/24/2019 PROFITABLE MARKETING STRATEGIES @ GVCC 2 - 4 PM Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) 10/29/2019 WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP LECTURE SERIES (WILL) @ The Academy 3 - 6 PM Presented by Horenstein Law Group in partnership with Columbia Credit Union.

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

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