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Greater Vancouver Chamber Seeks Nominations for the 2024 First Citizen Award (Photo) - 06/06/24

PRESS RELEASE              
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE              
June 6, 2024 

GREATER VANCOUVER CHAMBER SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2024 FIRST CITIZEN AWARD

The First Citizen Award recognizes individuals who through their business, volunteering, and philanthropic efforts, improve the lives of those in the community by serving first.  

Vancouver, WA - The Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC) is pleased to announce it is accepting nominations for the 2024 First Citizen Award, presented by HAPO Community Credit Union. This prestigious accolade honors extraordinary individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership, dedication, and community service, significantly contributing to the growth and well-being of Southwest Washington. 

Now in its 85th year, the First Citizen Award celebrates Clark County’s unsung heroes. These individuals are recognized for their exceptional contributions across various fields, including their professional achievements, dynamic community involvement, and exemplary citizenship. 

Throughout the years, First Citizen honorees have come from diverse backgrounds. From pioneering entrepreneurs who have not only grown their businesses but also generously given back to the community, to innovative professionals who have dedicated themselves to enhancing the region through their ideals and philanthropy. Their stories inspire and uplift, showcasing the power of selfless service and commitment to the community. 

"We are thrilled to continue the tradition of recognizing those who make a tangible difference in our community," said John McDonagh, President & CEO of the Greater Vancouver Chamber. "The First Citizen Award is more than just a recognition; it’s a celebration of the spirit of giving and leadership that drives our region forward." 

The GVC invites community members, businesses, organizations, and institutions to nominate deserving individuals for this prestigious award. Nominations are open to those who, through their business endeavors, volunteer efforts, and philanthropic initiatives, have significantly improved the lives of others by prioritizing service. 

To submit a nomination, please visit https://yourchamber.typeform.com/to/el1eJN3h?typeform-source=www.vancouverusa.com. The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 19, 2024. A distinguished panel of community leaders will evaluate the submissions, assessing each candidate's impact, achievements, and overall contributions. 

The recipient of the 2024 First Citizen Award will be honored at the Chamber’s Business & Leadership Awards, presented by Riverview Bank, slated for the Fall of this year. This grand event will gather community members, business leaders, and dignitaries to celebrate the exceptional dedication and achievements of the award recipient. 

The Business & Leadership Awards are made possible through the generous support of event sponsors, including Riverview Bank as the Presenting Sponsor; Award Sponsors HAPO Community Credit Union, Washington Trust Bank, PacificSource Health Plans, and Perkins & Co; Media Sponsor The Columbian; and Dessert Sponsor GRO Landscaping

For more details about the Business & Leadership Awards, the nomination process, award criteria, or sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Chamber at YourChamber@VancouverUSA.com or visit https://www.vancouverusa.com/business-leadership-awards/. To explore past First Citizen Award honorees, visit https://www.vancouverusa.com/business-leadership-awards-winners/

About the Business & Leadership Awards

Introduced in 2012, the Business & Leadership Awards honor outstanding businesses and individuals who exemplify the Greater Vancouver Chamber’s motto of "Moving Business Forward." For over a decade, the southwest Washington business community has celebrated excellence and leadership through these prestigious awards. 

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber

SW Washington’s largest business organization, the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC), with nearly 1000 members, 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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Official Event Link 
Business & Leadership Awards

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Media Advisory: 2024 Junior Market (Photo) - 05/23/24

EVENT PRESS RELEASE  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
May 23, 2024

 

MEDIA ADVISORY: 2024 Junior Market 

WHAT: 2024 Junior Market 

BACKGROUND: Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver, a leading program for youth empowerment and financial literacy, is thrilled to announce the upcoming Junior Market event, brought to the community by the Greater Vancouver Chamber and presented by OnPoint Community Credit Union, on Saturday, June 1st. We cordially invite members of the media to join us for this exciting event and witness the brilliance of our young entrepreneurs as they make their mark on the world!  

The Junior Market will feature over 350 kids, aged 6-16, from across the region, each running their own business for a day. We anticipate a strong community turnout of approximately 15,000 supporters this year. These young entrepreneurs will sell a variety of creative homegrown and handmade products, showcasing the skills they've acquired through the Chamber’s My Lemonade Day program. This program teaches essential business concepts such as budgeting, setting profit goals, customer service, repaying investors, and giving back to the community. 

The average profit per stand is $225, but children commonly make $300-$500 on this day, and many up to or over $1000! Last year’s event generated a remarkable $40,000 in total profit, directly benefiting our young CEOs. 

We are confident that the Junior Marker event will be an inspiring and captivating experience for the media, providing compelling stories and visuals that showcase the extraordinary potential of our youth. This is a unique opportunity to interview the participating children, their mentors, business leaders, and partners who have played a crucial role in fostering a culture of innovation and support for these young achievers. By covering this event, you can underscore the importance of nurturing young talent, driving innovation, and celebrating the achievements of our future leaders. 

Please join us for the ribbon cutting ceremony at 8:50 AM.  

WHEN: Saturday, June 1, 2024 

WHERE: Vancouver Farmers Market | Esther Short Park (605 Esther St., Vancouver, WA 98660) 

TIME: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Media Check-In: 8:40am)  

PROGRAM LINK: Junior Market  

MEDIA ASSETS: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/13x6SPe8vKvjnbPcZEYhWb4SKEwgQU-RP

PRESS RELEASE: Greater Vancouver Chamber’s Junior Market Returns to Celebrate Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Southwest Washington

RSVP: To plan appropriately, please let us know if you will be able to attend as a media representative by emailing lsalmonte@vancouverusa.com 

 

About Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver

Since its inception in 2021, Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver has been rooted in entrepreneurial spirit. Engaging over 3,500 young minds across Southwest Washington, kids ages 6-16 have been learning the essential ABCs of business skills, fueling their creativity, and fostering their understanding of entrepreneurship. We take pride in the fact that 35% of our participants hail from diverse backgrounds, reflecting our commitment to inclusivity and community empowerment. Our initiative has made a SPLASH, generating a whopping $90,000 in sales, directly benefiting charities, and lining the pockets of these budding CEOs! We are more than just a program - we are making a difference one junior-business at a time. For additional details, please visit https://www.vancouverusa.com/annual-events/lemonadeday

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber

SW Washington’s largest business organization, the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC), with nearly 1000 members, 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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