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Take-Out Dining Collaboration "Savor the Couve" Recognized as the Best Idea Program (Photo) - 10/13/21

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October 13, 2021

 

TAKE-OUT DINING COLLABORATION "SAVOR THE COUVE" RECOGNIZED AS THE BEST IDEA PROGRAM

This achievement award showcases innovative projects and creative marketing strategies. 

 

Vancouver, WA- The Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC) is proud to announce that “Savor the Couve” has been recognized with the Best Idea Program award, sponsored by Destination Marketing Association of the West (DMA West). This annual achievement award showcases innovative projects and creative marketing strategies.

Produced by GVC and Visit Vancouver USA and presented by ilani Resort, “Savor the Couve” was launched in November 2020 as a collaborative weekly take-out dining experience to entice people to support locally owned restaurants and nonprofit organizations during the pandemic. The community came together to give back during a time that small businesses were struggling to keep serving, and when indoor dining was heavily restricted.

Each week, restaurants, bakeries, breweries, and wineries collaborated to offer 150 five-course meals, each order curated and served two diners. Each restaurant supplying one course, showcasing a menu item of their choice. The meals, consisting of two crafted cocktails or wine, appetizers, entrées, and desserts, prepared in reusable containers and placed in an insulated bag to maintain temperatures and handed out drive-thu style at a specified location. The meals cost $100 for two people, with $25 of every order purchased donated to a different nonprofit each week.

From November 2020 to March 2021, “Savor the Couve” generated $136,072 for 32 local restaurants. Through the 16 week program, 3,728 meals were purchased, and to underscore how delicious these meals were, 690 customers re-purchased over multiple weeks. In addition, $46,600 was raised for 16 local nonprofit organizations. The program was so successful that it was extended after the initial planned eight weeks and will return November 4 for another 16 week run.

"This collaboration brought out the best in Vancouver, WA and highlighted what two economic development organizations can do when they work together to help business survive during the toughest of times. The Chamber team, working alongside our peers at Visit Vancouver had laser vision with the intent and execution of this program; to support restaurants who were impacted by the pandemic and provide a way to give to our local nonprofits whose opportunities to bring in income was hamstrung but their services were fundamental to addressing the symptoms felt by the community due to the pandemic," said Janet Kenefsky, VP of Membership & Operations of the Chamber.

“Savor the Couve” received the Best Idea Program award during the 2021 DMA West Education Summit held from September 29 to October 1, 2021, in Vancouver, Washington. Other organizations like Visit Mesa, Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory, and Visit Tri-Cities were also recognized for their outstanding innovative projects.
 

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 five different restaurants that provide one of the courses each, introducing diners to flavors and restaurants they’ve never visited. Restaurants are encouraged to collaborate on this series and are invited to sign up for their preferred week at https://yourchamber.typeform.com/to/QFCCg8Cc.  

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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https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-enuPQYLYU72c776w0IyyyDVl8bndk9V?usp=sharing 

Official Program Link:

Savor the Couve

Jeana Fink
Jeana Fink
Greater Vancouver Chamber Welcomes New Employee To The Sales Team (Photo) - 09/28/21

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September 28, 2021

 

GREATER VANCOUVER CHAMBER WELCOMES NEW EMPLOYEE TO THE SALES TEAM

Vancouver, WA - The Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC) welcomes team member, Jeana Fink, as the newest Membership Relations Manager, working to develop the membership base by bringing new and emerging industries as well as longstanding businesses into Chamber membership.

Fink possess a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. She brings to the Chamber over 20 years of experience in sales development. Fink recently moved from California, where she worked as a sales leader in the hospitality industry. Her focused, solution-oriented approach and creative style has resulted in her exceeding expectations and goals throughout her professional career.

Fink will not only assist in the onboarding and retention of Chamber members, but she will also work to build lasting relationships between the Chamber and local organizations and business owners. Fink’s philosophy has been to “take care of the company and team, who in turn take care of the customers and the customers keep coming back”.

“We are excited to have Jeana join our team. Her professionalism and experience working with diverse organizations will pay huge dividends to our members and prospective members alike,” said GVC President/CEO John McDonagh.

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 go to VancouverUSA.com.

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Media Assets:
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Greater Vancouver Chamber Revealed 2021 Business & Leadership Awards' Honorees (Photo) - 09/23/21

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 23, 2021

 

GREATER VANCOUVER CHAMBER REVEALED 2021 BUSINESS & LEADERSHIP AWARDS' HONOREES

During the live streamed award ceremony, the Chamber’s 2021-2022 Board was installed.   

 

Vancouver, WA- The Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC) announced the 2021 Business & Leadership Awards’ recipients in a virtual ceremony, presented by the Port of Vancouver USA. Six outstanding business owners and leaders were recognized for their dedication and service to the community this past year.  

This year’s winners were awarded for their contributions in six categories that included: John S. McKibbin Leadership, Community Champion, Small Business, Statesperson, Start-Up to Watch, and Large Business. 

The John S. McKibbin Leadership Legacy Award went to the President of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington Jennifer Rhoads. Jennifer has had a rich history in a variety of positions in the financial sector leading up to her focus on philanthropy and efforts in interrupting poverty in the region while at the Community Foundation. This award recognizes an individual each year who similarly demonstrates a positive influence across many sectors of the community.  

The Community Champion Award’s recipient was Horenstein Law Group, who displayed through the pandemic a commitment to the region and acted like a champion offering their expertise and guidance to business owners as they navigated their way through the last year and a half, saving countless businesses.

The Small Business Award went to Delta Direct Care, a Battle Ground business that continuously seeks to help companies and community. Last year, they stepped up to partner with local community members and non-profits to provide vaccine pop ups.

This year’s Statesperson Award was given to the Director and Health Officer of Clark County Public Health Dr. Alan Melnick. During 2020, when the region was experiencing the evolving threat of COVID-19, Dr. Melnick ceaselessly advocated for the health and safety of the people of Clark County, remaining committed to service, communication, and equanimity.

GVC also recognized during the event the company Sprout Partners as the Start – Up to Watch. 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.

Finally, LSW Architects was awarded as the Large Business of the Year for creating a sustainable community through creative solutions and design. This honor is given to an organization with over 25 employees that is growing in market share, growing in sales, creating more jobs for the community, and giving back in a way that helps make the community thrive.

About the honorees, GVC President/CEO John McDonagh said, “These six organizations and individuals represent the fabric of our business community in SW Washington. It is an honor for the Greater Vancouver Chamber to be able to shine a light on these six so everyone has the opportunity to understand it takes us all to create our community.

“Just as our country cheered and celebrated the strength and dedication of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes who competed in Tokyo this summer, we are excited to turn our focus and recognize and cheer on our regions’ business and community champions,” added McDonagh.

In honor of the Tokyo Olympics, this year’s awards ceremony featured, as Emcee and Keynote speaker, former U.S. Olympian, Johnny Quinn. His keynote, “Think like and Olympian”, covered an Olympian’s perspective on perseverance and how to overcome adversity. Quinn concluded his speech encouraging the audience to consider if they are “available” to finding unexpected opportunities to serve the community, that includes clients, family, and the people they interact with every day. “I am going to let you know a secret. Ultra-performers, men and women, in sports and business, they figured this out. They considered this question and they answered ‘yes’ to the question, Are you available?,” Quinn, who is a small business owner himself, concluded. To watch Johnny Quinn's speech, visit: https://youtu.be/VaJ8RPVT4vo

During the event, the Chamber’s 2021-2022 Board was installed. The Officers and Executive Board for the year will be Chair Tamara Fuller of Capacity Commercial; Chair Elect John Dombroski of Chick-fil-A Cascade Park; Vice Chair Julianna Marler of Port of Vancouver USA; Secretary/Treasurer Lisa Goecke of Perkins & Co.; and Immediate Past Chair Kevin Getch of Webfor.   

The livestream, available on Facebook Live, was at no cost, a courtesy made possible by event sponsors, including: Presenting Sponsor, Port of Vancouver USA; Supporting Sponsors, PeaceHealth and Cal Portland; Virtual Platform Sponsor, ilani; Media Sponsor, The Columbian; and Award Sponsors, Riverview Community Bank, NW Natural, HAPO Community Credit Union, PacificSource Health Plans, The PEAK Fleet, and Perkins & Co.  

For more information about the awards and sponsorship opportunities for next year, please contact the Chamber at Chamber@VancouverUSA.com">YourChamber@VancouverUSA.com or go to VancouverUSA.com/Annual-Events

About the Business & Leadership Awards

Wanting to recognize those businesses who exemplified the motto of the Greater Vancouver Chamber, Moving Business Forward, the Business & Leadership Awards were first introduced in 2012. For nine years, the southwest Washington business community has nominated outstanding companies and individuals for recognition.

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 go to VancouverUSA.com.

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Media Assets:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1_QuBR4Z4jgnAuCXFXOtrC96Y1HPids8w?usp=sharing

Official Event Link:

2021 Business & Leadership Awards