Business After Hours: Networking opportunities, biannual shop local businesses, 4-7 p.m. at Red Lion Hotel at the Quay. Cost: $5, includes a drink ticket. All Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce members and are welcome. * Lori Buntin at firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-567-1081.
Jobs fair: A free jobs fair, hosted by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, 1-6 p.m., at the Red Lion Hotel at the Quay, is open to all residents of Southwest Washington. * Ryan Hart, 360-695-6292.
Franchising seminar: The Pacific Northwest Business and Franchise Expo, 1-4 p.m., at the Meadows Meeting Room, 5300 Meadows Road, Lake Oswego, Ore. The free seminar is open all people curious about starting or buying their own business. * http://www.franchiseexposept2011-linkedin.eventbrite.com or call 503-534-3695.
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.
Business innovation workshop: The Columbia River Economic Development Council, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and Frumenti, Landers & Wallace are sponsoring “Business Innovation Workshop: Move the Dial. Innovate your Business Today,” noon to 4 p.m. at Clark College Columbia Tech Center, 18700 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Room 144. Cost is $25. * Nick Ferderer at email@example.com or 360-576-3175.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or Tami Harmon, 360-567-1321, email@example.com.
Financial webinar: Dave Ramsey, a nationally syndicated radio talk show host who helps people with their finances, will speak on the topic “EntreLeadership” through a national Web simulcast, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Clark College at Columbia Tech Center, 18700 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. Topics: defining the difference between traditional leadership and the EntreLeader model; dreams, vision and goal setting; financial peace for the business leader; hiring and firing; and decision making. Cost is $39, plus $12 optional lunch. * Registration: http://www.daveramsey.com/entreleadership/simulcast/ or 360-687-3089.
Teen tech summit: Nike, Google, Intel, Multnomah County and Home Forward are sponsoring iUrban Teen Tech Summit, an all-day immersive technology event at the campus of Washington State University Vancouver, beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 1. The summit targets underserved and underrepresented teens in Southwest Washington. Attendees will learn about what’s new in technology careers that include cybersecurity, social media, gaming and mobile application careers. * http://www.iurbantech.com, Deena Pierott, 866-958-7779.
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.
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 people, ideally, a maximum of 30. There is a fee to park on campus. * Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employment law update: Linda E. Frischmeyer will present a seminar on employment law and recent litigation regarding disabilities, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Oct. 6 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.
Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce: General meeting, 11:30 a.m. Oct. 6, 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.
Networking workshop: A free workshop, Networking 4 Newbies, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7 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.
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