2014 “Business & Leadership Awards” finalists announced by Vancouver Chamber

by DIwpBacon on August 27, 2014

BLA '13 Award Descriptions

The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce announced the 2014 “Business and Leadership Award” finalists in five award categories. This is the third year of the Chamber’s BLA program that features one outstanding large and small business in Clark County (Community Builder Award), the 2014 Start-Up to Watch, a Statesman of the Year Award, and finally, an individual Community Champion Award. Finalists include:

Community Builder (Large Business):
New Seasons Market, CenturyLink, The Columbian, Hilton Vancouver and Columbia Credit Union.
Community Builder (Small Business):
Mill Creek Pub, A.L. Insurance, Grant House, BR Capital and Beacock Music.
2014 Start up to Watch (defined as first five years in business):
Fringe Digital Marketing Agency, Luxe by Cream and Sugar, South Pacific Café, Victor Fitness and Business Outcomes Consulting.
Statesman of the Year:
Nan Henriksen, Annette Cleveland, Ed Barnes, and Ann Rivers.
Community Champion (individual with outstanding community contributions):
Tom Hagley, Diane McWithy, Rick Takech, John Krejcha, Heidi O’Connor.

All finalists will be featured at the Chamber’s Annual “Officer Installation and Awards Event” on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Hilton; where the award recipients in each category will be revealed. To attend the September 9 event themed “A Whole New Ballgame,” RSVP at vancouverusa.com. Ticket prices are $45 per person or $600 for a VIP table of ten. For more information, visit www.vancouverusa.com.




CRESA Community Expo September 6

by DIwpBacon on August 27, 2014


Clark Regional Emergency Services 9-1-1 & Emergency Services (CRESA) will host a Community Expo Saturday Sept. 6, from 11 a.m to 2 p.m., along 13th St., from the Courthouse to the CRESA building, 710 W 13th St. The event is free and family friendly and attendees are welcome to park in the county parking garage behind the Assessor’s Office.

The annual event gives everyone a glimpse inside the 9-1-1 Dispatch Center and the Emergency Operations Center. First responders from all over the county including: SWAT, Search and Rescue Teams, Law Enforcement, and Fire will be on hand. Festivities include interactive kid activities, antique fire trucks, bomb squad robots, demos from the K-9 Unit and more.

Free hot dogs and pizza will be available while supplies last. For further details, visit www.cresa911.org. Interested parties can also find information on a Facebook event page here.

YWCA Clark County hosts open house for prospective volunteers Sept. 4


YWCA Clark County will host a free open house on Thursday, Sept. 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for prospective volunteers to learn about the wide variety of volunteer opportunities available at YWCA. Staff will be available to discuss how volunteers contribute to the mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. No reservation is needed.

The programs of YWCA Clark County offer opportunities for dedicated and compassionate volunteers to support survivors of abuse, neglect, and oppression. Opportunities include providing advocacy and support to survivors of assault, representing the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system, offering encouragement and information to women who are incarcerated, and supporting the safety and healing of families experiencing domestic violence.

YWCA is interested in expanding the number of male volunteers and volunteers who are bilingual and/or bicultural. New volunteer applicants will be provided comprehensive training and support. To learn more about volunteering at YWCA Clark County, visit http://ywcaclarkcounty.com/volunteer or contact Nichole Peppers at 360-906-9112 or npeppers@ywcaclarkcounty.org.

“Just Add Zeros: Turning Annual into Major Donors” program and luncheon Sept. 5


“Just Add Zeros: Turning Annual into Major Donors” will be presented on Friday, Sept. 5 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Oregon & Southwest Washington Chapter (AFP). Doors open at 11 a.m. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program from noon to 1:15 p.m. The event will be held at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St. in downtown Portland.

Pete Sommerfeld and Patrick Regan will share their experiences leading OHSU School of Dentistry’s “Our Moment is Here” campaign, where they successfully increased $1,000 annual gifts from donors into contributions ranging from $10,000 to $10 million.

The cost for the event is $35 for AFP members and $50 for nonmembers. Tables of 8 are available for $350. Pre-registration is required. Online registration is available at www.afporegon.afpnet.org. For additional information about this seminar or the local AFP Chapter, contact 503-715-3100 or email: afp-oregon@comcast.net.


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