Clark County business calendar




Urban Summit 2012:The Urban Entrepreneur Network, in partnership with Mercy Corps NW, will hold their Urban Summit 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mercy Corps NW, 43 S.W. Naito Parkway, Portland. Activities include morning mini workshops, panel discussions and a members only “business match” session with staff from local companies. Vendor space available. Free. * Register:


2012 State of the County: Presented by the board of commissioners, 3:30 p.m. at Washougal High School, 1201 39th St., Washougal. Free; suggested donation of nonperishable food for the Salvation Army. * 360-397-6012, ext. 1.

After Hours networking event: Southwest Washington Human Resources Management Association resumes its First Thursday Networking Event, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., The Rock Wood Fired Pizza, 2420 Columbia House Blvd. * Reservations:

Monthly meeting: Battle Ground Chamber general meeting, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Cedars on Salmon Creek, 15001 N.E. 181st St., Brush Prairie. Guest speaker Earl Jackson, senior attorney, Jackson Jackson & Kurtz, Inc. *

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. Feb. 2 through April 19 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 or


Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce: 2012 Recognition Banquet, “Treasures in the City.” 6 p.m. social hour, 7:15 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. recognition presentation, Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive. Admission, $55 members; $65 others. * Reservations, or Shirley or Connie, 360-687-1510.

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:


Neil Kelly Design, Build & Remodeling free seminars: Designers teach free one-hour sessions. On Saturday, Feb. 4, the westside showroom, 15573 S.W. Bangy Road, will have a 10 a.m. bath design and remodeling seminar; 11:15 a.m., Dacor appliance cooking demonstration and a complimentary brunch, followed by a noon kitchen design and remodeling; 1:15 p.m., whole house remodel. Sunday, Feb. 5: 12:30 p.m. bath design and remodeling; 2 p.m., kitchen design and remodeling. Wednesday, Feb. 8: 12:30 p.m. kitchen design and remodeling seminar.

At the eastside showroom, 804 N. Alberta, Portland: At 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, Joel Fraley will present a seminar about bath design and remodeling. 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.


Lunch with lawmakers: Presented by Enterprise Washington, a nonprofit organization based in the Puget Sound area whose mission is to help elect business-savvy legislators. Noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 7 at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St. Free; space limited. * Advance registration required: 360-694-2588.

Secrets of success: The Marketing Coach, Veronika Noize, will present “Three Ultimate Success and Prosperity Strategies for Small Business,” 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 7 at SoHo Marketing Institute, 953 Officers Row. Free. * Register:

Financial conference: The Financial Planning Association of Oregon & Southwest Washington will hold its annual midwinter conference Feb. 7-8 at the Red Lion on the River, 909 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland. Conference is designed for financial planners, financial advisers, brokers, CPAs, estate attorneys and insurance representatives. * For a registration brochure, visit or call 503-286-8350.

Landlord Study Hall: Learn the best tricks of the trade from an industry veteran, 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 8, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Center, 5239 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., Portland. Free monthly forum for rental property owners to learn more about landlord-tenant law. * Reservations: or 503-772-8825.

Next level networking: Meet a new expert every month. 7:30-9 a.m. Feb. 8 at Education Service District, Pacific room, 2500 N.E. 65th Ave. Members, $5. Sponsored by Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. *

Nonprofit conference: Volunteer directors conference, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 9 at the artillery barracks, 600 E. Hatheway Road. Nancy MacDuff will speak on “The Role of the Volunteer: Supplement, Support, Supplant?” and Victoria Nolan & Eva LaBonte on “Managing Generational Diversity,” followed by a discussion of what funders look for in grant applications. Early registration, by Jan. 31, is $65. * Reservations:

Agriculture conference: The Women in Agriculture conference, 8 a.m. to 4 pm. Feb. 11, at the Clark County Washington State University Extension Office, Heritage Farm, 1919 N.E. 78th St. The conference will be held simultaneously in 16 county locations throughout the state. Registration, $25, includes continental breakfast, lunch and if you register before Feb. 3, you will receive a signed copy of “The Procrasinator’s Handbook by keynote speaker, Rita Emmett. Farmer and entrepreneur Lyn Garling from Pennsylvania is also a keynote speaker. * Registration: Lorrie Conway,, 360-834-0315.

Green recognition lunch: Clark County Environmental Services is launching a new green business recognition program designed to help Clark County businesses get green and stay green. The first recipients will be honored at a lunch, noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Heathman Lodge, Fort Vancouver ballroom, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive. Free. Seating is limited. * Register:

Women Entrepreneurs Organization of Vancouver, Washington: Monthly meeting, with keynote speaker Michael Holroyd, begins with networking at 5 p.m. Feb. 15, followed by dinner at 5:50 p.m., Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive. Holroyd will speak on “The Power of Volunteerism.” Fee, $35-$40, includes dinner. Reservations required. *, or 360-907-4407.

Financial seminars: Columbia Credit Union is offering a session of Financial Peace University, a 13-week program that teaches how to eliminate debt and save for the future, beginning Feb. 21. Each class begins with a video presentation taught by personal money management expert Dave Ramsey and ends with small-group discussions. There is a one-time materials cost of $99. Classes begin at 6:30 p.m. at the operations center, 200 S.E. Park Plaza Drive. * Register: under the Money Management tab, 360-891-4000.

Business After Hours: Networking opportunities and Shop Local Business Showcase, 4-7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay, 100 Columbia St. Sponsored by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Cost is $5. * Chamber, 360-694-2588.

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 Sunday publication date. Send to or fax 360-735-4491. Sales awards are not published.