Clark County business calendar




Financial seminars
: Homebuying 101, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through May 15, Columbia Credit Union Operations Center, 200 S.E. Park Plaza Drive. Free. * Register: or 360-891-4000.


Livin’ Out Loud Presents: Melanie Perko, etiquette instructor, will speak on business etiquette, 12:15 p.m. in Room 314 at the Mountain View Career Center, 1500 S.E. Blairmont Drive. Cost is $5 per person. * 360-604-6100.

Clark County Pub Talk:
“Start Right Night: Structuring your Startup for Future Growth,” with speaker Steve Hix, serial entrepreneur and founder of InFocus Corp. 5 to 8 p.m. at Fort Vancouver National Site, artillery barracks, 600 E. Hatheway Road. * Register:, 360-909-5632.

Southwest Washington Human Resources Management Association: 11:15 a.m. to to 1 p.m. program. Settlement and Strategies and Agreements, Cowlitz County Expo Conference Center, 1900 7th Avenue, Longview. Cost is $25 member, $35 nonmember. * Reserve by March 19,


Lunch and Learn: Riverview Community Bank offers “Financial Freedom” sessions, noon to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays at the Camas branch, 700 N.E. Fourth Ave. Topic: Painless Penny Pinching. * Register: Blaine Peterson, 360-693-1416.Southwest Washington Human Resources Management Association: 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. Thursdays, March 22 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. * Tracy Whitmore, 360-944-3364,; or Tami Harmon, 360-567-1321 or

Ongoing assistance

Free tax help for low-income filers:
Free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers of all ages with low and moderate income, 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, 901 C St.; Vancouver Community Library, 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd.; 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


Business After Hours: Meet business professionals in a relaxed social setting for networking, 5-7 p.m. March 27 at Northwest Renewable Energy Institute, 200 Grand Blvd. Refreshments and raffle. Hosted by International Air and Hospitality Academy. Cost: $10 for members, $30 others. Sponsored by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. * Registration: 360-694-2588.

Member request series:
Brenda Alling, director of marketing and communications at Washington State University Vancouver, will talk about the most important sentence in your marketing, 3:30-5 p.m. March 29 at the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce office, 1101 Broadway, Suite 100. Free for chamber members; limited to 20 participants. * Advance registration required: 360-694-2588.

Vancouver SCORE:
“Your Business — Plan It, Start It, Grow It,” a full-day workshop to get your business off the ground, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 31 at Clark College Columbia Tech Center, Corporate Learning Center, Room 337, 18700 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. Topics include building a business plan, understanding your market, financing alternatives. Cost, $85. *, 360-699-1079.

Southwest Washington Human Resources Management Association: After hours networking event, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 5, Tommy O’s Pacific Rim Bistro, 801 Washington St. No cost; food and beverages available for purchase. All human resources and business professionals and job seekers are encouraged to attend. * Reserve by noon April 5 to

Networking workshop:
A free workshop, Networking 4 Newbies, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 6 at SoHo Marketing Institute, 953 Officers Row.Presented by Veronika Noize, the Marketing Coach. Cost is $5-$10. Seating is limited. * Register:, 360-882-1298.

Vancouver Downtown Association:
Quarterly meeting, 7:45 to 9 a.m. April 12 at Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St. Business owners discuss fitness. No cost. * Reservations to

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.