Clark County business calendar




Small-business owners seminar: The Marketing Coach, Veronika “Ronnie” Noize, will present “Secrets of Highly Profitable Businesses Revealed,” 1:30-3:30 p.m. at SoHo Marketing Institute, 953 Officers Row. Free. * Register at


Southwest Washington Human Resource Management Association conference: Earn recertification credits, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive. Cost $89-$189. Reservations required by Oct. 14. *

Financial seminars: Columbia Credit Union offers free financial seminars in October. 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. * or 360-891-4000.


Meeting Professionals International: Industry forum, 7:30-10:30 a.m. at Oregon Convention Center. Multiple breakout sessions will be offered. Keynote by Roger Rickard from Revent LLC, founder of Voices in Advocacy. Register:

Southwest Washington 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. Bring a door prize. * Reservations: 360-694-2588 or

Women Entrepreneurs Organization of Vancouver, Washington: Monthly meeting begins with networking, 5 p.m. at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greewood Drive. “How to hold that uncomfortable conversation without getting in our own way” with Sarah Stebbins. Fees, $35-$40, includes dinner. Reservations required. * or 360-907-4407.

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 Wednesday, the east-side showroom, 804 N. Alberta, Portland will have a 12:30 p.m. seminar on bath design and remodeling and at the same time the west-side location, 15573 S.W. Bangy Road, Lake Oswego, will feature a kitchen design and remodeling seminar. Both showrooms will remain open until 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday so visitors can explore kitchen and bath exhibits. * Information and schedule: or 503-335-9204.

Speaker series: Business professionals will offer their expertise at a noon meeting, sponsored by SoHo Mastermind, at SoHo Marketing Institute, 953 Officers Row. Sarah Stebbins will speak on “Rapid Change: How Resilient Are You.” 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. * or 360-882-1298.

Construction/real estate economic forum: Washington State Economist Arun Raha will give an economic update and forecast, 11 a.m., Columbia Room at the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St. Free. * Register: Erica L. Rodman, 360-281-0768 or email

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: 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:


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. at 9901 N.E. Seventh Ave., Suite A102. * Reservations, Debbie, 360-573-6604.

Lunch & Learn series: Anna Hutson of Formic Media will speak on the topic, “Social Media Value: Beyond Just Posts & Tweets,” 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Clark College at Columbia Tech Center, 18700 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. Cost, $10, includes box lunch. Free parking. * Register:

Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber’s monthly luncheon begins with networking at 11:30 a.m. at Camas Meadows Golf Club, 4105 N.W. Camas Meadows Drive, Camas. Keynote speaker from C-Tran will share insight on the future of public transportation in Camas and Washougal at the noon program. Cost is $15 to $20. * Reservations (24 hours prior to event): 360-834-2472 or

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

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, or Tami Harmon, 360-567-1321,


No Business After Hours: Networking event, Monster Fun at Big Al’s, a Halloween party, 5-7 p.m. Oct. 25 at 16615 S.E. 18th St. Costumes encouraged. Advance registered members $25, others $30; at the door $35. * Register: or 360-694-2588.

Estate planning: Attorney Margaret Madison Phelan will present a seminar for Clark County seniors about the top estate planning questions, 2-4 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. * For location and necessary reservations, 360-696-2069.

The Halloween Carve happy hour: An after-hours business party and charity event, 4-7 p.m. Oct. 26 at Erik Runyan Jewelers, 900 Washington St. Representatives from local businesses are asked to bring a carved pumpkin to the jewelry store where one of the carved beauties will be chosen the winner. Carved pumpkins will be auctioned off for charity. Costume encouraged, but optional. * Erik Runyan, 360-699-1917.

Start earning money: The Marketing Coach, Veronika “Ronnie” Noize, will present a teleclass, “How to Stop Worrying About Marketing & Finally Start Earning Money Doing What You Love,” 2-3 p.m. Oct. 27. Free. * Reserve space at

Campaign training seminar: The National Federation of Small Business will host a one-day campaign training seminar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive. Cost is $50 per person; includes lunch and materials. *, 866-307-2846.

Speaker series: Business professionals will offer their expertise, noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, sponsored by SoHo Mastermind, at SoHo Marketing Institute, 953 Officers Row. Schedule includes Jeff Williams, “Buzz — What It Is, Why You Need It and How to Get It,” Nov. 2; Heather Barta, Nov. 9; and Mary Jane Weigel, Nov. 16. 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. * or 360-882-1298.

Executive performance review: Jonathan Poisner focuses on helping nonprofits by assisting them with strategic planning, fundraising, coalition building and other organizational development challenges, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Grant House Restaurant, 1101 Officers Row. Light refreshments. Nonprofit network members $15; others $22. *

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