Back Issues: April 13, 2017

Vancouver Chamber expands to hire Business Solutions and Government Contracting Counselor

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Louise_Fendrich_GVCCThe Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) has hired Louise Fendrich in a dual role as a second PTAC Government Contracting Counselor, and as a Business Solutions Counselor. She will divide her time between providing procurement technical assistance for local, state and federal government contracting; and guiding businesses to the community’s workforce readiness and preparedness resources.

Fendrich worked in the office of Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers as the Deputy District Director. Prior to that, she managed the BIZstreet and Procurement Technical Assistance Center divisions of Greater Spokane Incorporated.

The GVCC Business Solutions Counselor connects local businesses with services such as talent recruitment, On-the-Job Training, hiring events, pre-employment assessment testing and facilitation, labor market information, access to tax credits and downsizing services.

Fendrich will join the GVCC’s PTAC Government Contracting effort lead by current counselor, Jeannet Santiago. Among Fendrich’s first efforts will be a two-part workshop event in May. The first session, “Is Government Contracting for You?” is on Wednesday, May 3. The second session, on Wednesday, May 24, will focus on marketing. Interested businesses can rsvp at


iQ Credit Union presents Read With Me and Literacy program grants

Thursday, April 13, 2017


iQ Credit Union has awarded $12,000 in Read With Me and Literacy program grants to promote reading and put books in the hands of elementary, middle and high school students. Fifty-eight teachers in 33 individual schools received the 2017 grants, which will benefit more than 1,400 students. “Reading is the foundation of all aspects of learning,” says Kelly Schrader, President and CEO, iQ Credit Union. “The Read With Me program was started to distribute books to children through their classroom programs. In many cases, this is the first book that a child may own. The Literacy grants were added to build onto this program, to fund inspired reading ideas that engage students at the middle and high school level.” Learn more about IQ Credit Union at:


Commission on Aging meeting to focus on normal vs unexpected signs of aging April 18

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Aging reflects changes that occur over the course of life. Some changes are normal and expected as we age, and others, such as memory loss and confusion, are not. Learn what is normal and what is not at the next meeting of the Commission on Aging. Shanti Potts, an instructor at Clark College, Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities of Southwest Washington and the Developmental Disabilities Administration, will speak about factors that contribute to pseudodementia and its early signs and symptoms.

Potts has more than 25 years of experience working with and advocating for seniors and those with disabilities. She has worked with unpaid family caregivers and professional care providers, and spent a dozen years in memory care and assisted living management. Potts volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association of Portland and Clark County Elder Justice Center.

The meeting is Tuesday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m., in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. It is open to the public. The discussion is the second of nine meetings this year focused on supportive services, especially for people 50 and older. For a schedule of topics, visit


Cascadia Tech hosts VIP Tour April 21, RSVP by April 17

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Cascadia Technical Academy, Clark County Skills Center is hosting a VIP Tour Friday April 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Led by Director Dr. Mark Mansell, the tour includes an overview and walking tour of the campus with stops at several classrooms to observe the students at work. A lunch will be prepared and served by the students in the Restaurant Management/Culinary Arts program. The cost for lunch is $5.

Cascadia Tech, located at 12200 NE 28th St. in Vancouver, is a cooperative technical educational school operated by nine school districts, and Educational Service District 112 in southwest Washington. It serves over 1,000 students.

For more information and to attend the tour, contact Jan Strickland at 360-604-1050, ext. 2151 or RSVPs are requested by Monday, April 17. Find them on Facebook, here.