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Vancouver Chamber Adds Third Small Business Saturday Grant, $6,000 in Total funds will be distributed - 10/02/18

(VANCOUVER,  Wa) – The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) has increased their Small Business Saturday Grant program distribution total from $4,000 in 2017 to $6,000 in 2018. Three $2,000 Small Business Saturday Grants will be available to GVCC members with 15 full time employees or less, who are eligible to compete in a social media hashtag contest which starts on November 1st and ends on Small Business Saturday, which falls on November 24th this year. Currently, over 100 members are enrolled to participate, ranging from start-ups, professional service businesses, retail, and nonprofits. The 2017 grant recipients were Sweet Spot Skirts (customer testimonial) and Funky Fresh Juice Co (family member tribute). The Chamber’s Small Business Saturday program has been sponsored by Columbia Credit Union since it’s inception in 2013. 

Interested businesses should attend the Chamber’s Grant Info Session on Monday, October 8th at the GVCC office (1101 Broadway Suite 100 Vancouver WA 98660) at 1:30pm. There is no cost to attend and the Info Session will cover program guidelines and fundamentals on how the social media hashtag contest works. The November contest is a marketing framework for small businesses, organizations, and nonprofits to engage customers, clients, vendors, employees and/or community members to post on their behalf. Public posts between Nov 1-24 that contain the Chamber’s #GVCCgrant2018 hashtag and that identify the business the post was promoting, serve as an entry on behalf of that business for the grant funds. There is no voting; it’s quality over quantity.  Last year, hundreds of posts circulated in November to launch the shop local holiday message and showcase Southwest Washington’s small businesses community. 

The three $2,000 grant recipients will be chosen via a four-person committee, consisting of two GVCC staff and two Columbia Credit Union staff, who cast their votes for the “best post” from a list of 20 contest finalists. The three $2,000 recipients will be awarded their grant funds at the Wednesday, December 5th Southwest Washington Leads & Needs event by Columbia Credit Union and the GVCC reps. "As a community-based business, Columbia Credit Union was excited to once again partner with the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce to offer the Small Business Saturday Grant Program. It was my pleasure to present Funky Fresh and Sweet Spot Skirts with their $2,000 checks to help boost their business." - Michelle Thor, VP Outreach & Social Responsibility at Columbia Credit Union.

More information can be found online: http://www.vancouverusa.com/pages/SmallBusinessSaturday
Link to the 10/8 Grant Info Session: http://www.vancouverusa.com/events/details/small-business-saturday-grant-info-session-18064

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC):
Founded in 1890, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is a non-profit organization aimed at advancing and strengthening the regional business community through member services, public affairs advocacy and community building. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is the heart of Clark County’s business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate while improving Vancouver’s infrastructure and quality of life. For more information, please visit www.vancouverusa.com.
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Vancouver Chamber Adds Staffer and New Ambassador (Photo) - 09/27/18

(VANCOUVER, WA) – The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) has hired Sarah Cooke as our new Member Engagement & Communication Specialist. Cooke’s addition to the team brings the Chamber’s staff to ten employees, under the leadership of CEO John McDonagh. The Chamber has also added Susan Peake to the red coat Ambassador to the team. The Chamber’s red coat Ambassador team is a high-profile responsibility shared with 25 other member business owners and representatives, across a variety of industries that make up the GVCC’s 1,100 business membership base.

Sarah Cooke is a Southwest Washington native and graduate from Camas High School and Clark College. She will put her degree in Psychology from the University of Victoria in British Columbia to work in her role as the Chamber’s Member Engagement & Communications Specialist. Cooke will lead the Chamber’s Mentor Team, manage engagement across our 1,100 membership base by connecting member businesses to relevant Chamber programming and events, as well as optimizes online directory profiles and special projects. Previous to her work at the GVCC, Cooke has worked in customer service, marketing/graphic design, and as a voice actor.     

Susan Peake is the GVCC’s newest Ambassador, growing our team to 26. Peake grew up as a Navy dependent and have traveled the world. She was born in Morocco and lived in Scotland, Hong Kong and Hawaii. She started her role at Columbia Collectors on April 2, 1990 and has held various positions. She has been a collector, the office manager and a legal clerk. This year, she expressed interest in sales and has enjoyed every moment with engaging with people in the community. She said she loves serving people and listening to their stories. In her downtown she loves traveling to Hawaii to visit her parents and spending time with her husband.

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC):
Founded in 1890, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is a non-profit organization aimed at advancing and strengthening the regional business community through member services, public affairs advocacy and community building. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is the heart of Clark County’s business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate while improving Vancouver’s infrastructure and quality of life. For more information, please visit www.vancouverusa.com.

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