• When life gives you lemons...

    When life gives you lemons...

    When life gives you lemons…

    John mcdonagh lemonade day greater vancouver lemon greater vancouver chamber of commerce

    ...make Lemonade (Day)!
    Although it’s looking like snow next week, that won’t stop the bright year ahead of us! Rolling out this year is Lemonade Day: Greater Vancouver, a community wide program focused on the workforce of tomorrow. Moving Business Forward is our slogan at the Chamber because we believe in supporting our SW Washington business community. We believe this program will maximize employment of our future workforce while creating a generation of future business owners and leaders, capable of making sound decisions with an understanding of the importance of philanthropic giving.

    In the months preceding Lemonade Day on June 6, we’ll be working with businesses around SW Washington to assist with this program to educate young people on business planning, budgeting, relationship-building, economic development, running their own business, and of course, giving a portion of their earnings to a deserving nonprofit.

    So how about it - ready to stir up some success? 
    There are plenty of partnership opportunities for this program as we prepare to cover the SW Washington region in Lemon yellow. If you’d like to learn more about becoming a Lemonade Day sponsor, or even a Lemon Leader, please connect with us at YourChamber@VancouverUSA.com.

    Looking Ahead with 2020 VISION
    Have you received your January/February 2020 Edition of the VISION Magazine yet? The Chamber’s bi-monthly print and digital publication has officially been distributed around the community and can be found here on our website. Read about your Public Affairs Committee, contributions From the Team, updates from your Board of Directors Chair Kevin Getch, and details about June’s highly anticipated program: Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver.

    Thank you to January/February 2020’s advertisers: The Columbian, Kate Singh Photography, On Line Support, SPROUT Digital, and the Vancouver Business Journal. If you’d like to put the spotlight on your organization, you can read more about partnering with the Chamber, here with options including display advertisements or sponsored editorial features.

    Chamber Events:

    Leads & Needs: East Vancouver – Wednesday, January 15
    Let’s grab coffee! Meet us at Chick-fil-A Cascade Park for a hot breakfast, delicious coffee and of course, plenty of connection-making! Pre-register and entry is only $5 for members! Presentation about Lemonade Day: Greater Vancouver.

    Please Note: Leads & Needs events will take place only three times per month in 2020; first week at Beaches (Downtown Vancouver), second at Mill Creek Pub (Battle Ground), and third week at Chick-fil-A Cascade Park (East Vancouver).

    Member & Community Events:

    The Columbian: 2020 Economic Forecast Breakfast – Thursday, January 16
    The 34th Annual Columbian Economic Forecast Breakfast is finally here, featuring global, local, and geopolitical trends to forecast in 2020. Keynote speaker for the morning is Frank Foti of Vigor. Scheduled panelists will include Lisa J. Brown of Washington State Commerce, Clayton Cornell of Washington State University, and Curtis Robinhold of Port of Portland. Tickets are on-sale now! Presented by Riverview Community Bank.

    Clark College: State of the College Address – Thursday, January 16
    Join Clark College for the 2020 State of the College Address by Interim President Sandra Fowler-Hill at Gaiser Student Center from 11 AM to 12 Noon. Delivered annually by the President of Clark College, the State of the College address will provide an overview of the highlights and accomplishments in 2019 as well as promote new opportunities in 2020. RSVP here.

    And that is the end of the first full week of 2020. Have a great weekend,

    John McDonagh
    Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
    DIRECT 360.567.1050

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