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Welcome to Vancouver’s Networking Website, www.vancouvernetworkingevents.com. I hope you enjoy these networking updates and events list. Here is a little info that might help. This site has two parts, a list of groups that meet at a regular time and place listed by opening this link Standard-6-Page-Events-List last updated 10/19/2018. When you open the link, it opens a word document sorted by day that shows what groups are meeting, what size the group is, where they meet and who is the contact person. The list has a revision date at the bottom so you know if you have the most recent version. Second scroll down for a list of meeting times for current events. If you know of a networking event or group that meets and would like to get the word out, please let me know. If you are receiving multiple copies of this email or want to be added or removed from the list please email me at kris.thomas@columbian.com.

This Week’s Events: 

Monday Jan 14th 12-1:00 PM Professional Connections will meet at The Salvation Army Community Center, 1500 NE 112th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684. Join them each week for networking and a speaker. Professional Connections is a free, weekly, (except Federal Holiday Mondays) networking group for Entrepreneurs, Sole Proprietors, and small-medium business. Come check us out! The speaker will be Ron Powers “2019, Your Best Year Ever”.

Monday Jan 14th 4-6 PM The GVCC will have a Free Ribbon Cutting at Jackson Hewitt located at 11500 NE 76th St, #A2, Vancouver, WA  98683. Join the GVCC Ambassadors for the GRAND OPENING of Jackson Hewitt on Monday January 14th at 4:30 p.m. at their new location. Come enjoy a tour of this lovely facility and enjoy savory snacks and delicious drinks as you meet the knowledgeable Tax Pros of Jackson Hewitt! Prizes will be given away too, so be sure and save the date for this fun event! Ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday Jan 16th 7:30-9:00 AM The GVCC will have SW WA Leads & Needs Sponsored by Impactful People NW located at Beaches Restaurant & Bar 1919 SE Columbia River Dr, Vancouver, WA 98661. Please join the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce on the first and third Wednesday of the month for morning networking at Southwest Washington Leads & Needs. Enjoy breakfast refreshments from our sponsor, with coffee and tea service provided by our fabulous hosts at Beaches. Be ready for an opportunity at the microphone as everyone will get a chance to introduce their business with a 15 second “elevator pitch.” Bring plenty of business cards, because we will then break out into groups to for speed networking that maximizes your time spent with us. You are sure to make new connections and strengthen existing ones at SW WA Leads & Needs. Pre-registration is appreciated when possible, as we begin promptly at 7:30 a.m.  Bring a one time, non-member guest and you will BOTH get in free! $5/Member with pre-registration, $10/Member at the door. $20/Non-Member.

Wednesday Jan 16th WEO will be meeting at Club Green Meadows.  The topic will be “Taking Care of Business….. Taking Care of You!” The Women Entrepreneurs Organization of SW Washington offers a delightful evening of connection, education, and support for women entrepreneurs and executives. This month we are focusing on a critical issue for Small Business Owners… the health of the owner. Listen to a Natural Health & Self Care Panel give us helpful hints to keep us operating at the highest level so we can be the leaders that our businesses need us to be. Bring your questions!!! This meeting also features Spotlight presentations by WEO members. Keynote Speakers-Dr. Cynthia McNally, Gynecology – Dr.Rebecca Krisco , Naturopath – Jesscia Tatieze, Acupuncturist. Register Here

Thursday Jan 17th 4:30-7 PM the GVCC will have a Free Ribbon Cutting at DC Lending located at 1220 Main St, Ste 416, Vancouver, WA  98660. You are invited to join the GVCC “Red Coats” as we celebrate the rebranding of Desert Canyon Mortgage -Vancouver to DC Lending. Same great business, same great service! There will be live music, door prizes, games and delicious appetizers and beverages. Save the Date and join us for this fun event! Ribbon cutting at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday Jan 17th 5-8 PM The Building Industry Association will have their monthly dinner.  Todd Britsch, Regional Director at MetroStudy takes a look at the Portland Metro housing market. While we can’t promise an exact telling of the future, Todd’s crystal ball has been pretty accurate! Join us on January 17 at the Heathman Lodge to hear Todd’s input on these questions and learn from MetroStudy’s excellent data. Cost: $50, Sponsor: Banner Bank, social hour sponsored by WFG Title. Register here

Friday Jan 18th 9-10:30 AM The Senior Services Network will meet at Peace Health Medical Center – Health Education Center. Meeting Room: See Month For Specifics (please check the board upon arrival,  room assignments may change), Address: 400 NE Mother Joseph Pl – Vancouver WA (92nd & Mill Plain Ave), PARKING NOTES: Please park in the garage or in parking lot G on 92nd Ave., Please do not park in the spots marked for staff or physician parking. Topic: Banishing Burnout & Re-igniting your Flame, Speaker: Marcia Hale – Volunteer Connections, Sponsor: The Hughes Team w/ Keller Williams. Learn the warning signs of burnout…is it burn out or are you just experiencing some “in the moment” stress? Learn some helpful coping strategies to help you avoid total burn out.  Learn how to find some balance, reconnect with your core self, and keep your flame burning.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday Jan 22nd 5-7 PM The GVCC will have Business After Hours at The Hudson Building located at 101 E 6th Street, Vancouver, WA 98660. Join us at our first Business After Hours of 2019 at The Hudson Building, sponsored by Killian Pacific and Columbia Bank. On Tuesday, January 22nd, we will meet you there to celebrate a lively evening of networking. We encourage you to explore the building while meeting with our hosts Columbia Bank and Killian Pacific as they introduce you to their organizations…and if you stick around until 6:30 pm you could be the winner of an awesome door prize! Food will be available, catered by our local Nom Nom Restaurant and Grill. Enjoy food, drinks, prizes and great company. Our monthly “Business After Hours” events are designed for you to meet new contacts and grow existing relationships. The Chamber’s “Red Coat” Ambassador Team and staff can help. Let us know who you are looking to meet and we will give you a warm introduction. Please RSVP. $10 members; $40 non-members.

Tuesday Jan 22nd 6-8:30 PM The Mom-Owned Businesses will meet at 38° Below located at 4986, 15 East Main Street, Battle Ground, WA 98604. A monthly Meetup for Mom-Owned Businesses. Networking events focused on relationship building in a safe, casual yet powerful environment. If you own a business, if you identify as a MOM, and if you want to grow personally and professionally- join us. All Meetups in any chapter are free for alliance members. Guests pay just $10 if you register in advance* or $15 at the door. Cards only- cash is not accepted. Bring a raffle prize valued at $20+ for a chance to have a 30 second commercial in front of the group. Learn more about The MOB at TheMOBNation.com. Email directors@themobnation.com for more information.

Thursday Jan 24th 4-6 PM The GVCC will have a Free Ribbon Cutting at Opsahl Dawson, PS located at 7701 NE Greenwood Dr, Suite 200, Vancouver, WA  98662. Join the GVCC Ambassador Team as we celebrate the PLATINUM GRAND OPENING of Opsahl Dawson at their new offices.  Their Certified Public Accountants work with Vancouver and Portland metro area businesses of all sizes, from sole proprietorship’s to growing corporations. This will be a fun filled evening of networking, amazing food, delicious drinks and a tour of this state-of-the-art facility. See you soon at this special party. Ribbon Cutting at 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday Feb 5th 4-6 PM The GVCC will have a Free Ribbon Cutting at Minuteman Press located at 7415 NE Hwy 99, Suite 103, Vancouver, WA  98665. Join us for the GRAND OPENING of Minuteman Press on Tuesday February 5, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at their new 7415 NE Hwy. 99 Suite 103 location! Come partner with this amazing new facility for all your design, printing and marketing needs. This will be an evening of fun networking, great appetizers and delicious beverages, so be sure to save the date! See you there! Ribbon Cutting at 4:30 p.m.

Friday March 1st 5-10 PM Rocksolid Community Teen Center will have their Annual Lucky Shamrock Auction.  Join us for a fun evening of supporting Rocksolid Community Teen Center and the youth in our community! The night will include dinner catered by Warehouse 23, the Silent/Live Auction, Entertainment and Photo Booth. Rocksolid’s Annual Lucky Shamrock Auction will be held on  Friday March 1st, 2018 from 5-10pm at Warehouse 23. For Questions, please contact Executive Director Marcy Sprecher at 885-2181 or email Marcy@rocksolid-teen.com.