• Do you know what time it is?

    Do you know what time it is?

    Do you know what time it is?
     

     


    It’s time for some Spring Cleaning! 

    Spring Cleaning is an age-old tradition of reclaiming space and getting rid of clutter. It leads to room in the garage for at least one of the cars, a work bench that actually has room on it to work on a project, closets that this seasons coats and wraps fit in and pantries and storerooms that are organized with room for next year’s stuff. So, go boldly into the mess and regain your spaces with the strength of Mr. Clean! 



    Membership Listing: Cleaning Up Your Company Profile 
    The Chamber’s digital Membership Directory features all our members in one place. Not to mention, it is the first place future customers of yours are going to look before being redirected to your website. So how does your listing look? View your company or organization’s member listing, here.

    Ready for some updates? We thought so! If you have permissions to log-into your Membership Profile on behalf of your company (i.e., President/CEO, Owner, Marketing Director, Executive Directors, etc.) use this email to login to your profile, here: VancouverUSA.com/Login. If you do not remember your password, use the ‘Forgot Password’ link to reset. 

    Any Questions? To make sure your Company Profile is reflective of your mission, vision, and goals, take a look at the customization options and how to edit your information, here.

     




    Chamber Webinar: Business Community Immunity – Tuesday, April 13 
    If we are to continue to reopen our business community, we must be diligent with our employees and customers with plans in place for the coming months. With the few days of pleasant weather we have had, not to mention the lessening of restrictions for recreational activities, Clark County’s count has trended upward the last couple of weeks. Join us for Mind What Matters: Business Community Immunity, a business focused webinar that will provide everything we now and what you want to know about re-opening safely and staying open. 

    Register here for free! Mind What Matters: Business Community Immunity, Tuesday, April 13, 2021; 3 - 4 PM.

     




    Legislative Update: Gas Taxes for Funding 
    With budgets passed by both Chambers of the state legislature the debate now is around how to fund them. Key to both budgets are bills around Low Carbon Fuel Standards and what is being referred to as Cap & Invest which sets carbon standards for industry with decreasing emissions allowed over time. Additionally, the transportation package being considered looks to stand on a gas tax for a key portion of the funding for it. Now is the time to let your Senator and Representatives know how you feel about these new taxes and what the consequence will be for your business. Find you legislative district and contact information go to https://leg.wa.gov/legislature

     




    City Waiver: Business License Surcharge (Available for Some Businesses) 
    Local businesses most impacted by continued pandemic-related restrictions will benefit from a new program to refund the City of Vancouver’s business license surcharge fee. The Vancouver City Council approved the refund program during its April 5 meeting.  

    The program, which launched April 1 and will continue through March 2022, is an extension of the city’s temporary business license fee waiver emergency order approved in April 2020. The newly adopted refund program is targeted toward specific industries serving large numbers of customers indoors, including:

    • Restaurants, taverns, breweries, wineries, and distilleries 
    • Fitness and training facilities
    • Movie theaters and performing arts venues
    • Bowling facilities

    Businesses must complete a City of Vancouver business license surcharge refund application form to receive the refund. A link to the COVID-19 surcharge (employee fee) refund application is available at www.cityofvancouver.us/CovidSurchargeRefund

     




    And with that, sending you all into the weekend with some Spring Cleaning encouragement, along with a nudge to enjoy that sunshine! 


    Have a great one, 

    John McDonagh 
    President/CEO 
    Greater Vancouver Chamber 
    VancouverUSA.com

     

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