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Greater Vancouver Chamber Launches the Business POD to Empower Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses (Photo) - 01/18/22

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 18, 2022

 

GREATER VANCOUVER CHAMBER LAUNCHES THE BUSINESS POD TO EMPOWER ENTREPRENEURS AND SMALL BUSINESSES

This program is designed to lead entrepreneurs, at no cost, to success through education, individual consultations, and cohort mentoring sessions.

Vancouver, WA - The Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC) is proud to introduce the new Business POD (Pathways to Opportunity and Development), an assistance program that offers professional and individualized guidance to SW Washington small businesses, entrepreneurs, and microenterprises to start, develop, and growth their business ideas. This inclusive program is designed to accelerate the thriving business scene in the region and empower the entrepreneurs, at no cost to them, through education, mentoring, resources, and referrals.

The Business POD, sponsored by community partner Vancouver Mall, is launching to help companies structure and develop their business acumen, by sharing with them essential functions for success.

The program will include twice-monthly free virtual workshops geared toward providing business resources. Topics across these offerings will include Business plans, Legal requirements, Operations management, Marketing, Sales, Customer engagement, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Wage, Safety, and more. These interactive seminars will be scheduled at a variety of times of day.

Through this professional program, business owners receive ongoing one-on-one counseling with experts that bring diverse perspectives, skills, and years of experience in building their own companies and in coaching entrepreneurs. The Business POD also facilitates a six-meeting series of cohort mentoring sessions, to connect entrepreneurs with business owner peers facing similar challenges.

“GVC believes in investing in the community. Our main goal is to help the entrepreneurs and small businesses in the region to bring their ideas to life and guide them through the entire business journey. We want to provide resources to help them apply for loans and grants, identify target audiences, as well as strengthen their ability to deal with supply chain disruptions,” stated Janet Kenefsky, Vice President of Membership & Operations of the Chamber.

“With our outreach efforts and strategic partners, GVC will be identifying the entrepreneurs and businesses and offer free services to effectively assess needs, provide the right counsel, tools, and resources appropriate to the maturity of their business, and build a trusting ongoing relationship that produces positive results for both the business and the community,” added Kenefsky.

The Greater Vancouver Chamber is encouraging small business owners to sign up now for this program at https://yourchamber.typeform.com/PODForm. The Business POD will host a Kick-Off Workshop on January 25th at 3:00 pm, where the participants can get to know the experts, take a sneak peek at future workshops topics, find out how to get signed up, and more. To register for this event, go to: https://business.vancouverusa.com/events/details/business-pod-kick-off-workshop-22564.

For more information about this initiative and the valuable resources available, visit: https://www.vancouverusa.com/business-owners/start-or-run-a-business/.

About Business POD

The Business POD (Pathways to Opportunity and Development) will provide affordable business assistance to new and existing businesses in Southwest Washington area. This program is designed to empower and educate small business owners through workshops and individual and peer cohort coaching sessions. The Greater Vancouver Chamber is encouraging entrepreneurs and small businesses to sign up at: https://yourchamber.typeform.com/PODForm. Experts coaches will guide participants to the resources that will help them the most.

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber

SW Washington’s largest business organization, the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC) has been Moving Business Forward in southwest Washington for over 130 years through business advocacy, community building, education, and creating visibility for our members. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals, and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The GVC is the heart of Clark County’s business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate and prosperity for all. For more information, please visit VancouverUSA.com

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Media Assets: 
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1XAVmy3jVVg9nXheKW2yPO-hUmNtz0POW?usp=sharing

Official Program Link: 
Business POD

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"Savor the Couve" Continues Helping Businesses and Nonprofit Organizations (Photo) - 01/12/22

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 12, 2022

 

"SAVOR THE COUVE" CONTINUES HELPING BUSINESSES AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

All meals through the end of February are available for pre-order at ShopGVChamber.com

 

Vancouver, WA- The takeout dining collaboration “Savor the Couve” hit its 10th week generating more than $77,000 for local restaurants and non-profits organizations in the Greater Vancouver area and supplying hundreds of dinners. The Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC) encourages the community to keep supporting this program, each Thursday through the end of February.

Produced by GVC and Visit Vancouver Washington, “Savor the Couve” has already featured 35 local restaurants since November 2021, in collaboration to offer up to 150 five-course meals for two, each week, with each order curated and prepared to take home and enjoy for $125. $25 of every order purchased is donated to a different nonprofit organization around the region. The meals, consisting of two crafted cocktails, wine or microbrew, appetizers, soup and salad, entrées (including a side), and desserts, prepared in reusable containers and placed in an insulated bag to maintain temperatures and handed out drive-thru style at a specified location.

As an added benefit, ilani is giving all orders a $20 for $20 Promotional Play certificate for use at the casino. This ilani promotion will continue through the end of February 2022. 

This 16-week program, presented by ilani and supported by Columbia Credit Union, was brought back by popular demand after a successful inaugural year in 2020. Among the feedback from the diners, a member of the community expressed, “Thanks for having the idea of Savor the Couve and executing it so very well. I couldn't believe how organized the ordering, communication about the order, and pick-up was. And it was so fun. This event also exposed us to restaurants I wasn't familiar with. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, and a huge bonus was the donation to the parks’ organization. Well done!”

For many businesses, “Savor the Couve” has been a lifeline to keep their doors open in the middle of the pandemic. “This offers us an opportunity to feed 300 people. And that is 300 people to try our food that weren’t there before. That’s what that means. It’s incredible,” said David White, Co-Owner of Hidden House Market.  

All weeks through February 24 are available for pre-order at ShopGVChamber.com. Each week over the next seven weeks will feature a dining theme:

Thursday, Jan. 13:  Back Yard BBQ   
Thursday, Jan. 20:  Hawaiian Inspired   
Thursday, Jan. 27:  Latin Inspired   
Thursday, Feb. 3: The Best of Asia 
Thursday, Feb. 10:  Tailgate Week  
Thursday, Feb. 17:  Mardi Gras   
Thursday, Feb. 24:  Dinner of 2 highlighting operators who are women/or people of color

“The GVC is proud to have the opportunity of producing this event once again, working along with our founding partners and sponsors, to help sustain the food and beverage sector of our business community. It's exciting to see new diners purchasing meals, but also diners from last year who continue to buy dinner every week,” stated GVC President/CEO John McDonagh.

About Savor the Couve

Savor the Couve is a local restaurant takeout collaboration dinner, created in response to the pandemic, to support locally owned restaurants and nonprofit organizations. Each week, five restaurants will collaborate on up to 150 five-course dinners for two people, for only $125. Of every order purchased, $25 is donated to a different nonprofit organization around the region. Each week, Savor the Couve will feature six different restaurants that provide one of the courses each, introducing diners to flavors and restaurants they’ve never visited. 


About the Greater Vancouver Chamber

SW Washington’s largest business organization, the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC) has been Moving Business Forward in southwest Washington for over 130 years through business advocacy, community building, education, and creating visibility for our members. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals, and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The GVC is the heart of Clark County’s business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate and prosperity for all. For more information, please visit VancouverUSA.com. 
 

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Media Assets: 
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ppOlis0fFbmBp2VLnPlMfulGqu2uugWn?usp=sharing

Official Program Link: 
Savor the Couve