Clark County business calendar

By Mary Ricks, Columbian News Assistant



Tuesday, April 10

Workshops and job fair: Local agencies and employers are offering a Southwest Washington Hiring Event, open to the public, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Partners in Careers office, 3210 N.E. 52nd St. More than 30 employers with job openings will participate. Free workshops will be offered on networking, job search and interviewing. PIC is an employment program that provides job training, placement and coaching to people on public assistance, refugees, veterans, low-income seniors and at-risk youth., 360-696-8417.

Southwest Washington Human Resources Management Association: 11:30 a.m. lunch and program, Best Practices in Performance3 Management, Royal Oaks Country Club, 8917 N.E. Fourth Plain Road. Cost is $25-$35. Reservations:

Wednesday, April 11

Next level networking: “Business as Improv — Enhancing Creativity & Innovation” presented by Quantum Leaders CEO Norman Wolfe and relationship coach Jane Wolfe, 7:30-9 a.m. at Education Service District, Pacific Room, 2500 N.E. 65th Ave. Members, $5. Sponsored by Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. or 360-694-2588.

Landlord Study Hall: Free monthly forum for rental property owners to learn more about landlord-tenant law. 6:30-8 p.m., Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Center, 5239 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., Portland. Topic: filling out the rental agreement line by line. Reservations: or 503-772-8825.

Thursday, April 12

Lunch and Learn: Riverview Community Bank offers “financial freedom” sessions, noon to 1 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, at the Camas branch, 700 N.E. Fourth Ave. Topic: Planning for College. Register: Blaine Peterson, 360-693-1416.Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce: General meeting, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Cedars on Salmon Creek, 15001 N.E. 181st St., Brush Prairie. Dr. Roger Stark, a retired surgeon and a health care policy analyst at the Washington Policy Center, will speak about federal health care reform and the impact on your business. Admission $12 members; $15 others. * Reservations, or Shirley or Connie, 360-687-1510.

Information and idea exchange: The Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington and Fort Vancouver Regional Library will present 90 minutes of free conversations and connections open to nonprofit staff and volunteers and businesses interested in acting as a resource for area groups, 1:30-3 p.m. at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St. Reservations:

Vancouver Downtown Association: Quarterly meeting, 7:45 to 9 a.m. at Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St. Business owners discuss fitness. No cost. Reservations to 360-604-6100.

Through April 19

Southwest Washington Human Resources Management Association: Offering a study group for human resources professionals desiring a review course in preparation for the PHR/SPHR professional certification exam or who want to gain a broader understanding and overview of management. Study group meets 6-9 p.m. at Dick Hannah Subaru conference room, 7407 N.E. Vancouver Plaza Drive. Cost is $125 members, $75 returning course participants, $200 others. Tracy Whitmore, 360-944-3364,; or Tami Harmon, 360-567-1321 or


Free tax help for low-income filers: Free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low and moderate income of all ages, with special attention to those 60 and older, is available from AARP Tax-Aide through April 17. AARP Tax-Aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the IRS, will offer assistance with personal income tax returns at the following sites: First Baptist Church, 108 W. 27th St.; Marshall Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.; Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St.; Cascade Park Community Library, 600 N.E. 136th Ave.; Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 S.E. Eighth Way, Battle Ground; Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C E. Tenney Road; Fisher’s Landing Assisted Living, 17171 S.E. 22nd Drive. Information for all locations: 888-687-2277 or

Free tax assistance: The Community Housing Resource Center provides free tax preparation with assistance from IRS-certified volunteers through April 16. The program targets low- to midincome households who may be eligible for refunds through Earned Income Credits or Children Tax Credits. Appointments available Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at the center, 103 E. 29th St.; walk-ins are welcome 1-5 p.m. Thursday and Fridays at the center and at Camas Library, 625 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas. Spanish-speaking interpreters are available. Information or tax appointment, 360-690-4496, ext. 105.


No Business After Hours: “Tax Day Survivor,” food, beverages, live music, door prizes, 5-7 p.m. April 17 at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 15th St. Refreshments and raffle. Cost: $20-$35. Sponsored by Beaches, iQ Credit Union, Alaska Airlines and Fort Vancouver National Trust. Registration: 360-694-2588.

Vancouver SCORE: “Starting Your Business with a Franchise,” a half-day workshop to get your business off the ground, 1-4 p.m. April 17 at Vancouver Housing Authority, community room on first floor, 2500 Main St. Topics include how to choose the right franchise, how to finance the business and how use SCORE’s free mentoring services. Cost, $35., 360-699-1079.

Women Entrepreneurs Organization of Vancouver, Washington: Monthly meeting, with roundtable discussion with members about the direction of WEO and its benefits to members, begins with networking at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:50 p.m., Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive. Fees, $36-$40, includes dinner. Reservations required. *, or 360-907-4407.Financial seminar: Edward Jones financial adviser Vicki Fitzsimmons will host a free seminar with information about the features and benefits of 529 college savings plans, 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 19, 9901 N.E. Seventh Ave., Suite A102. Reservations: Debbie, 360-573-6604.East Vancouver Business Association: April NetEvent with guest speaker from the Port of Vancouver, 8 a.m. April 20 at Cascade Park Library, 600 N.E. 136th Ave. Cost is $5-$10.

Neil Kelly Design, Build & Remodeling free seminars: Designers teach free one-hour sessions. On Saturday, April 21 the westside showroom, 15573 S.W. Bangy Road, will have a 10 a.m. kitchen design and remodeling seminar; 11:15 a.m. Dacor appliance cooking demonstration and a complimentary brunch, followed by a noon kitchen design and remodeling; noon bath design and remodeling; 1:15 p.m. green remodeling. On Sunday, April 22, 12:30 p.m. bath design and remodeling; and at 2 p.m., kitchen design and remodeling. Wednesday, April 25, a 12:30 p.m. kitchen design and remodeling seminar. At the eastside showroom, 804 N. Alberta, Portland, at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. kitchen design and remodeling; and 11:15 a.m. bath design and remodeling. On Wednesday, April 25, 12:30 p.m., certified bath designer Randi Reed will present a seminar about bath design and remodeling, covering current trends and information on fixture selection. Both showrooms will remain open until 3 p.m. Saturday and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday so visitors can explore kitchen and bath exhibits. or 503-335-9204.

Job fair: Clark College will hold a job fair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25 at Gaiser Hall at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.

The Columbian welcomes submissions about Clark County residents or businesses as well as regional business events. Information must be received by noon Tuesday preceding the intended Monday publication date. Send to or fax 360-735-4491.

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