• You know what they say...

    You know what they say...

    You know what they say…


    Happy Groundhog Day!

    Since 1886 (only 4 years before the Chamber’s inception), the Groundhog Day practices have been a yearly tradition honoring the weather predictions made by the famous Punxsatawney Phil. It is believed by some that this incredible groundhog is the oldest in the world, having lived to make the predictions since day 1. However, for the typical groundhog, the lifespan is approximately six years.

    According to the tradition approaching this Sunday, if Punxsatawney Phil sees his shadow and returns to his hole, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, there will be spring-like weather from there-on-out. Either way, we very well know there will be at least six more weeks of rain in our future. At least it’s reliable, right?

    Chamber Programs:

    Leads & Needs: Downtown Vancouver – Wednesday, February 5
    Join us on Wednesday for the first Leads & Needs of the month at Beaches. For those of you unfamiliar, Leads & Needs is a connection-making event refined for unique industries meeting in small groups over coffee. This is the perfect event for new team members, sales staff, as well as solopreneurs and nonprofits. You never know who you’ll have the opportunity to meet! Presentation by Paul Montague Tax Preparation, LLC.
    Battle Ground Luncheon – Thursday, February 6
    The Battle Ground Luncheon next Thursday kicks off this informational workshop with a presentation by Netrush! Learn more about how you can boost your online presence, whether you are a brick and mortar, manufacturer, or service provider. Join us for lunch and let’s maximize your visibility! Pre-registration is required.

    Community Events:

    Cashback Day for Rocksolid Community Teen Center – Thursday, February 6
    Swing by Warehouse ’23 on Cash Back Day next Thursday anytime between 11:30 AM – 10 PM and 50% of your bill will be donated to Rocksolid Community Teen Center! Just mention this event to your server and let them know you’re there to support this rock-solid nonprofit.
    Nothing But Net-working – Thursday, February 6
    Looking for some fun this week? Join the BIA at the Portland Trail Blazers vs. the San Antonio Spurs game on Thursday night, sponsored by HAPO Community Credit Union! Discounted tickets are provided to those who enter “BIA” at checkout.
    L&I Essentials for Business Workshop – Thursday, February 20
    The Small Business Liason Office at the Department of Labor & Industries is offering a workshop dedicated to helping small businesses understand and navigate L&I regulatory requirements in Washington. Mark your calendars for this complimentary session that will cover wage and hour laws, workers’ compensation insurance, workplace safety, and more! If you’re interested but can’t attend this workshop, additional dates are as follows: April 23, July 23, August 10, and October 22.

    In other news…GO 49ERS. Wishing you a happy Groundhog Day, Superbowl, and hopefully spring-like weather from here-on-out.
    John McDonagh
    Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce


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