Clark County business calendar

By Mary Ricks, Columbian News Assistant




Business After Hours: Meet business professionals in a relaxed, social setting for networking, 5-7 p.m. 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.

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.


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. 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.

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. March 29 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


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. 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.

Ongoing assistance

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, 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


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, business professionals and job-seekers are encouraged to attend. * Reserve by noon April 5 to

Employment law update: Linda E. Frischmeyer, an attorney with Landerholm, will present a spring employment law update seminar, 7:30-9:30 a.m. April 5 at the Landerholm law offices, 805 Broadway, Suite 1000. Cost, $45 per person, includes continental breakfast. Space is limited to 25 people. * Reservations by April 4, Lana Chumov, 360-816-2475,

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 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. April 13 topic: Planning for College. * Register: Blaine Peterson, 360-693-1416.

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.

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.