Environment fads: Washington Policy Center’s director of the Center for Environmental Policy, Todd Myers, will speak at 5:30 p.m. in the Trustees Room at the Portland Art Museum, 1119 S.W. Park Ave., about his new book “Eco-Fads: How the Rise of Trendy of Environmentalism is Harming the Environment.” Admission is $40 nonmembers; includes hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket. * https://www.prsa-portland.org?q=eventdetail&id=472.
Lunch with Lawmakers: Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a series of brown bag luncheons, noon to 1 p.m. at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St. Rep. Jim Moeller, 49th District, will speak during the first 15 minutes, followed by questions and answers. Limited seating. Free event, open to all. * Register at http://www.vancouverusa.com.
Small business government contracting workshop: Procurement Technical Assistance Center will offer a workshop for small-business owners to learn how to sell to government, 1-3 p.m. at WorkSource office, 5411 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Suite 15. Workshop led by Tiffany Scroggs, a certified procurement assistance specialist with the Center for Southwest Washington. * Reservations: 360-754-6320 or email email@example.com.
Leads & Needs: Networking event, 7:30-9 a.m. at Beaches Restaurant and Bar, 1919 S.E. Columbia River Drive, $5. Continental breakfast provided. Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce members may bring a nonmember guest. * Reservations: 360-694-2588 or http://vancouverusa.com.
Free digital workshops: Washington State University Vancouver digital communications instructors are hosting free, first-come, first-serve workshops open to any local resident, small-business owner or nonprofit group employee. Upcoming sessions: Google Maps 101, with Will Luers, YouTube 101, Oct. 5; Working with Sound for Websites 101, John Barber, clinical assistant professor, Oct. 19; Social Media Web Strategy 101, Frank Mungeam, adjunct professor, Nov. 2; Go Mobile: Website or Web App, Brett Oppegaard, assistant professor, Nov. 16; and Optimizing Your Website for Search Engines 101, Dene Grigar, director and associate professor of the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program, Nov. 30. They run from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Multimedia Classroom Building, Room 111, on the WSUV campus at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. Each is limited to 24 persons, ideally, a maximum of 30. There is a fee to park on campus. * Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaker series: Business professionals will offer their expertise at a noon meeting, sponsored by SoHo Mastermind, at SoHo Marketing Institute, 953 Officers Row. Schedule includes Donna Baxter, Oct. 5; Lyn Krogseng, Eat Local and Save the Economy, Oct. 12; and Sarah Stebbins, Rapid Change: How Resilient Are You, Oct. 19. Free and open to the public. Registration is recommended. SoHo Mastermind, founded by Veronika Noize, the Marketing Coach, is a members-only business-building community that offers marketing success coaching, consulting and training. * http://www.sohomastermind.com/public_events or 360-882-1298.
Employment law update: Linda E. Frischmeyer will present a seminar on employment law and recent litigation regarding disabilities, 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Landerholm law offices, 805 Broadway, Suite 1000. Cost, $45 per person, includes continental breakfast. Space is limited to 25 people. * Reservations, Lana Chumov, 360-816-2475, email@example.com.
Financial seminars: Columbia Credit Union offers free financial seminars in October. Commercial Property 101, 6 p.m. Oct. 6, 200 S.E. Park Plaza Drive; Home Buying 101, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 200 S.E. Park Plaza Drive; Retirement Income, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20, at 200 S.E. Park Plaza Drive; Build a Basic Budget, 7 p.m. Oct. 25, 401 N.W. 12th Ave., Battle Ground. * http://www.columbiacu.org or 360-891-4000.
Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce: General meeting, 11:30 a.m., The Cedars on Salmon Creek, 15001 N.E. 181st St., Brush Prairie. Candidate forum. Lunch, $12-$15. * Register: 360-687-1510, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay-at-home moms: Laura Hofmann, a career and educational counselor, will present topics on how to re-launch a career for stay-at-home moms, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 17 at Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave. * Full course topic outline and free upcoming info session schedule available at http://www.lhcareers.com.
Southwest Washington Human Resources Management Association: Offering a study group for human resources professionals desiring a review course in preparation of their PHR/SPHR professional certification exam or gaining a broader understanding and overview of management. Study group meets 6-9 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 16 at Dick Hannah Subaru conference room, 7407 N.E. Vancouver Plaza Drive. Cost is $125 members, $75 returning course participants, $200 others. * Contact Tracy Whitmore, 360-944-3364, email@example.com or Tami Harmon, 360-567-1321, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maximize your membership: Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce discusses ways to use your Chamber membership effectively followed by networking, 9:30-10 a.m., Chamber office, 1101 Broadway, Suite 101. Space limited to 20. Open to members. * http://www.vancouverusa.com.
Networking workshop: A free workshop, Networking 4 Newbies, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at SoHo Marketing Institute, 953 Officers Row, presented by Veronika Noize, the Marketing Coach. Cost is $10. Seating is limited. * Register: http://www.sohomastermind.com/public_events.
Estate planning: Attorney Margaret Madison Phelan will present a seminar for Clark County seniors about Medicaid, 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 11. Free. * For location and necessary reservations, 360-696-2069.
Next level networking: Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce members invited to learn how to strengthen relationships, follow up with your leads, give referrals, exchange business ideas, 7:30-9 a.m. Oct. 12 at Educational Service District 112, 2500 N.E. 65th Ave. Cost is $15. * http://www.vancouverusa.com.
Vancouver Downtown Association: Quarterly membership meeting, 7:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St. Coffee and pastries. * Reservations, email@example.com.
Business After Hours: Networking opportunities, refreshments and spirits in a relaxed, social setting, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Avalon Art Gallery & Studio, 819 S.E. 14th Loop, Suite 109, Battle Ground. Free. The Kitchen Goddess is hosting the event. BAH events are held at different Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce member locations throughout the Battle Ground area. * http://www.battlegroundchamber.org, 360-418-2621.
Neil Kelly Design, Build & Remodeling free seminars: Designers teach all sessions and share trends in design, information on new materials and techniques, as well as review on the professional design/build process. The free one-hour sessions are informal in style, allowing for plenty of questions and discussion. On Saturday Oct. 15, the Lake Oswego, Ore. showroom, 15573 S.W. Bangy Road, will have a 10 a.m. bath design and remodeling seminar; 11 a.m. kitchen design and remodeling; noon, a Dacor appliance cooking demonstration and complimentary menu tasting; and a 1 p.m. aging in place seminar. The westside location continues on Sunday, Oct. 16 with a 12:30 p.m. kitchen design and remodeling; and 1:30 p.m. bath and remodeling seminar. On Wednesday, Oct. 19 the eastside showroom, 804 N. Alberta, Portland will have a 12:30 p.m. seminar on bath design and remodeling and at the same time the westside will feature a kitchen design and remodeling seminar. Both showrooms will remain open until 3 p.m. on Saturday and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday so visitors can explore kitchen and bath exhibits. * Information and schedule: http://www.neilkelly.com or 503-335-9204.
Vancouver SCORE: “Starting a Business — What it Takes,” a half-day workshop, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Vancouver Housing Authority, 2500 Main St. Workshop is designed principally for individuals considering starting a small business. Cost is $35 per person. Seating is limited. * http://www.scorevancouver.org/workshops, 360-699-1079.
Small-business owners seminar: The Marketing Coach, Veronika “Ronnie” Noize, will present “Secrets of Highly Profitable Businesses Revealed,” 1:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at SoHo Marketing Institute, 953 Officers Row. Free. * Register at http://www.sohomastermind.com/public_events.
Educational retirement seminar: Edward Jones financial adviser Vicki Fitzsimmons will host “How Well You Retire Depends on How Well You Plan Today” seminar, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at 9901 N.E. Seventh Ave., Suite A102. * Reservations, Debbie, 360-573-6604.
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