Small Business Saturday Program Receives Boost from Annual Dinner
On Wednesday, September 20th the GVCC held a hilarious Dessert Derby Dash at the GVCC's Annual Dinner. This served as a fundraiser for the Chamber's Small Business Grant Program and we're thrilled to report that our attendees donated over $8,000 that night to enhance our programming. Prior to asking for table bids, we showcased a video of the Chamber's 2015 and 2016 $500 Small Business Grant recipients: Nexus Chiropractic and Maddogs Hot Dogs. Attendees were inspired and donated in a big way that will allow the GVCC to sustain our grant program until 2020 --- AND --- raise our grants from $500 to $2,000 each. In 2017 we'll provide two $2,000 grants to highlight this tremendous boost to our program.
How can you win?
Grant recipients will be chosen from social media posts between November 1st and November 25th which is Small Business Saturday. Eligible posts must include our contest hashtag #GVCCgrant2017, be set to public, and identify a participating business - that is it! Nexus Chiropractic won in 2015 by a heartfelt post from a patient. Maddogs won in 2016 by a post made from their partners at Innovative Services NW. The social media contest is a perfect opportunity to reach out to past customers, clients, vendors, employees, supporters, and partners and ask them to share about your business online. After Small Business Saturday (contest end date - November 25th this year) a small committee will choose the "Best Post" from our membership base that is enrolled in our program (no additional cost to membership).
View our Program Guide
Need more details? Click on our program guide below. This document will cover the Chamber's Small Business Saturday Grant program in detail, and outline the resources available to you. This guide's final pages share the top finalists of our 2016 hashtag contest, so you can get an idea of what we're looking for when we say the "best post" wins.
Chamber to Award two $2,000 Small Business Saturday Grants in November, Competition Centers around Hashtag Contest
On November 1st the GVCC, in partnership with Columbia Credit Union, will kick off a social media hashtag competition for two $2,000 Small Business Saturday Grants. Competition for the “best post” starts on November 1st and ends on Small Business Saturday which is November 25th this year. Every GVCC Member with 15 full time employees or less can enroll in our small business Saturday grant program at no additional cost (good standing membership required). The hashtag contest is designed to give every participating member a marketing push - regardless if they earn the grant via best post or not.
The hashtag contest is the perfect opportunity to ask your past clients to share about your business on social media. Think of the hashtag contest as a marketing framework that you can utilize to push fourth quarter marketing efforts. If you’re a retail business it can help you launch the “shop local” holiday shopping season; if you’re a service business, you can reach out to vendors, clients, and employees to share about your services using the hashtag. If you’re a restaurant, you can take advantage of all the free collateral you’ll receive like: counter cards, buttons, and flyers to get the word out about the hashtag contest. One of the best uses of the hashtag contest to-date is a direct email to past clients asking them to share about their experiences with your business on social media. This brings forth valuable testimonials on facebook, twitter, and Instagram that positively promote your business - and they simultaneously enter you into win the $2,000 Small Business Saturday Grant.
In 2017 we have 117 participating businesses!
All About Air Heating & Cooling
All Star Orthodontics
At Vancouver Massage
Available Creations Screenprinting & Embroidery LLC
Beacock Music & Education Center
Bleu Door Bakery
Body Bliss Yoga, LLC
Body in Motion Massage Therapy LLC
Bonnie Smelser, Independent Beauty Consultant
Caribbean And Beyond
Casey Evans Media
Cellar 55 Tasting Room
Chic Boutique Women's Consignment
Clark County Cleaners (formerly Pressed 4 Time)
Clark County Habitat for Humanity Store
Clark County Veteran's Assistance Center
Columbia Risk Management
D&C Mailboxes and More
Dale A Low Hypnosis
DIY Marketing Center
Ethereal Meads, LLC
Excel Designs Inc.
Filbin's Ace Hardware
Final Draft Taphouse
Formal Flush Restroom Trailers
Funky Fresh Juice Co.
G6 Airpark Inc.
Galeotti's Wine Cellar
Glam Beauty Bar
Goldsmith Home Repair
Grant Mott Photography, LLC
Hall Mediation Services
High End Market Place
High Fidelity Entertainment
I Like Comics
IN Local Marketing
Justice Productions/Justice Pictures
Kate Singh Photography (formerly Aevum Images)
Kim Blahnik Real Estate - Real Living the RE Group
Latte Da Coffee House & Wine Bar
Luepke Flowers and Finds
MADdogs Gourmet Hot Dogs
Melissa Duffy Design
Metropolitan Performing Arts
Mount St Helens Institute
Move Physical Therapy
MPG Marketing & Mailing Services
Nana's Tiny Cakes
National Women's Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation (NWCAVE)
NorthWest Lifestyle Health
Northwest Personal Training
NW Association for Blind Athletes
Pacific Perks Coffee, LLC
Police Activities League of Vancouver
Premium Websites, LLC
Prime Fighting LLC
Reed Creative, LLC
Rocksolid Community Teen Center
Say Ciao! Columbia River Taproom and Eatery
Schofield Properties, LLC
Self Balance Massage
Signs & More
Simple Pleasures Events LLC
Simply Thyme Catering
Specialty Graphic Solutions LLC
Spoiled Spa and Salon
Strategic Tax Accounting and Consulting
Sunrise Dental of Salmon Creek
Sweet Spot Skirts
Thai Orchid Restaurant
The Daily Insider
The Heathman Lodge & Hudson's Bar & Grill
The Herbery Central
The Herbery I-205
The Herbery I-5
The Mighty Bowl
The Pita Pit
The Upper Room
The Uptown Barrel Room
The Yoga Seed Studio LLC
Tina Vlachos Agency-American Family Insurance
Trap Door Brewing, LLC
Urban Float Vancouver
Utopia Salon & Day Spa
Velonia Boutique & Tailoring
Vida Flare, LLC
VIP Photobooth/Bounce N Battle
Whimsy Chocolates LLC
White Oak Alpacas
Working Womens Apparel & Retro Boutique
Yoder Chiropractic Center PS
Do you want to join the program?
Email Chandra Chase for program details
Thank you to our sponsor: Columbia Credit Union
Past Campaign Highlights:
The line around the block at Kazoodles Toys in East Vancouver on Small Business Saturday. Columbia Credit Union was on site, handing out gift cards during one of their "Making Life Better" moments.
Michelle Thor and Shannon Decker of Columbia Credit Union present Janelle Chandler of Nexus Chiropractic with the $500 Business Grant Check. Nexus Chiropractic was the winner of the first social media #localthanks hashtag contest. Her employees and clients posted a number of fantastic posts praising her professionalism and skill as a chiropractor. Great job Janelle!
In 2014 the GVCC hosted a customer appreciation contest as part of the "Get Out On... Small Business Saturday" campaign. Each participating small business received an entry box for their customers. The prize: a $500 "Shop Local" gift certificate to be used at their place of entry. Each time a customer shopped/used services they were entered in the drawing as a THANK YOU. The winner was Brett Herr, a customer from Self Balance Massage. We called and credited his $500 prize to his name.
In 2014 Columbia Credit Union visited Mary Sisson, owner of Kazoodles toy store in Vancouver and handed out surprise amount gift cards to shoppers. Sisson reported a record day of sales on Small Business Saturday. "We had our best day of sales in 8 and a half year in business. My thanks to Columbia Credit Union who were onsite with their Making Life Better Moments and handed out free gift cards to shoppers in the morning and to the Chamber," she said on December 3rd to the networking group at SW WA Leads and Needs.
In 2013 (in the programs first year) the team at Columbia Credit Union surprised the community on Small Business Saturday at two locations. First they went to Latte Da Coffee and handed out $5 gift cards. Then, they hosted a free holiday movie at the Kiggins Theatre! They handed out extra goodies as the community piled into our landmark theater to enjoy a free viewing of ELF.