• Vancouver Chamber Adds Third Small Business Saturday Grant, $6,000 in funds will be distributed 

    The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) has increased their Small Business Saturday Grant program distribution total from $4,000 in 2017 to $6,000 in 2018. Three $2,000 Small Business Saturday Grants will be available to GVCC members with 15 full time employees or less, who are eligible to compete in a social media hashtag contest which starts on November 1st and ends on Small Business Saturday, which falls on November 24th this year. Currently, over 100 members are enrolled to participate, ranging from start-ups, professional services business, retail, and nonprofits. The 2017 grant recipients were: Sweet Spot Skirts and Funky Fresh Juice Co. The Chamber’s Grant program is sponsored by Columbia Credit Union. 

    If interested businesses missed the October 8th Info Session, they can enroll or ask questions about the program to Chandra Chase, the Chamber's Programs & Communications Director.  An program overview document that explains the program and covers fundamentals on how the social media hashtag contest works (to award the grant) can be sent. The Small Business Saturday Grant program is a November-long marketing framework for small businesses, organizations, and nonprofits to engage customers, clients, vendors, employees and/or community members to post on their behalf. Public posts between Nov 1-24 that contain the chamber’s #GVCCgrant2018 hashtag and identify the business the post was promoting serve as an entry on behalf of that business for the grant funds. There is no voting, its quality over quantity.  Last year, hundreds of posts circulated in November to launch the shop local holiday message and showcase Southwest Washington’s small businesses community. 

    The three $2,000 grant recipients will be chosen via a four-person committee, consisting of two GVCC staff and two Columbia Credit Union staff, who cast their votes for the “best post” from a list of 20 contest finalists. The three $2,000 recipients will be awarded their grant funds at the Wednesday, December 5th Southwest Washington Leads & Needs event by Columbia Credit Union and the GVCC. "As a community-based business, Columbia Credit Union was excited to once again partner with the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce to offer the Small Business Saturday Grant Program. It was my pleasure to present Funky Fresh and Sweet Spot Skirts with their $2000 checks to help boost their business." - Michelle Thor, VP Outreach & Social Responsibility at Columbia Credit Union.

    How can you win?
    Grant recipients will be chosen from social media posts between November 1st and November 24th which is Small Business Saturday. Eligible posts must include our contest hashtag #GVCCgrant2018, 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. Frunky Fresh Juice Co. and Sweet Spot Skirts won in 2017. 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 24th 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).

     

  • Abbott & Associates Professional Placement
    ACH Marketing
    AdvantaClean
    AIRE Consultants
    All About Air Heating & Cooling
    All Star Orthodontics
    American Workforce Group
    Andy Haugen, Keller Williams Premier Partners
    Assistance League of Southwest Washington
    At Vancouver Massage
    Available Creations Screenprinting & Embroidery LLC
    BackStage, LLC
    Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce
    Beacock Music & Education Center
    Beacock Music & Education Center
    Biscuits Cafe
    Bleu Door Bakery
    Bleu Door Bakery
    Body in Motion Massage Therapy, LLC
    Bonnie Smelser, Independent Beauty Consultant
    Burntown Fitness
    Casey Evans Media
    Cellar 55 Tasting Room
    Center Stage Clothiers, LLC
    Chic Boutique Women's Consignment
    Chunney Pop
    Clark County Cleaners (formerly Pressed 4 Time)
    Clark County Veteran's Assistance Center
    Columbia Risk Management || Kareen Mills
    Columbia Springs
    Compel Media, LLC
    D&C Mailboxes and More
    D&C Mailboxes and More
    Decor Lending Library
    Divine Consign
    DIY Marketing Center
    Doctor Handyman LLC
    DT3 Logistics
    Dynamic Funding Solutions
    Ethereal Meads, LLC
    Exceed Enterprises
    Excel Designs Inc. 
    Filbin's Ace Hardware
    Final Draft Taphouse
    Firehouse Foto
    FireSpike, LLC
    Flow Hot Yoga
    Formal Flush Restroom Trailers
    Funky Fresh Juice Co.
    Galeotti's Wine Cellar
    Glam Beauty Bar 
    Hall Mediation Services
    Hi-School Pharmacy
    High End Market Place
    High Fidelity Entertainment
    Hough Foundation
    Hough Foundation
    I Like Comics
    Ichor Studios
    ilo style house
    IN Local Marketing
    Justice Productions/Justice Pictures
    Kate Singh Photography (formerly Aevum Images)
    Kazoodles, LLC
    Kevin Cooke Media

  • Kiggins Theatre
    Kim Blahnik Real Estate - Real Living the RE Group
    Latte Da Coffee House & Wine Bar
    Life Force Chiropractic
    Luepke Flowers and Finds
    MADdogs Gourmet Hot Dogs
    Matrix Roofing
    Megan Mautemps, RE/MAX Riverside
    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)
    nConnect
    Nexus Chiropractic
    Northwest Media Collective Inc
    Northwest Personal Training/Why Racing Events
    NW Association for Blind Athletes
    NW Escape Experience
    NW Injury & Rehab Center P.S.
    Octomaids, LLC
    Orchards Curves
    Pacific Perks Coffee, LLC
    Pain Relief Partners
    Police Activities League of Vancouver
    Postal Connections
    Premium Websites, LLC
    Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc
    Prime Fighting LLC
    Pure Barre Vancouver
    Rally Pizza
    Rand Jeweler
    Reed Creative, LLC
    Rocksolid Community Teen Center
    Say Ciao! Columbia River Taproom and Eatery
    Schofield Properties, LLC
    Self Balance Massage
    Signature Homestyles
    Signs & More
    Simple Pleasures Events LLC
    Simply Thyme Catering
    Southwest Office Supply & Interiors
    Specialty Graphic Solutions LLC
    Spoiled Spa and Salon
    Strategic Tax Accounting and Consulting
    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 Modern Orthodontist
    The Pita Pit
    The Upper Room
    The UPS Store
    ThreeSixty Coffee Co.
    Tina Vlachos Agency-American Family Insurance
    Trap Door Brewing, LLC
    Uptown Barrel Room
    Utopia Salon & Day Spa
    Veterans Relief Project
    Vida Flare, LLC
    VIP Photobooth
    Wager Audio
    Wager Audio
    Whimsy Chocolates LLC
    White Oak Alpacas
    Yoder Chiropractic Center PS
    ZZoom Media

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    Do you want to join the program? 

    Email Chandra Chase for program details
    cchase@vancouverusa.com


  • 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.