Economic and market outlook: Geoffrey Herron, an Edward Jones financial adviser, will host a free seminar highlighting opportunities to chart your own path in 2013, 2 to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 6204 N.E. Highway 99, Suite E. Refreshments will be served. Reservations: Sarah, 360-695-8528.
Business After Hours: Meet business professionals in a social setting for networking, 5-7 p.m. at Audiology Clinic Inc., 222 N.E. Park Plaza Drive, Suite 105. Sponsored by Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Register: 360-694-2588.
Business form: Vancouver SCORE will discuss what form your business should take, corporation, partnership, sole-proprietorship, 9 a.m. to noon at iQ Credit Union, 305 N.E. 81st St. The class will be led by SCORE volunteer Dee Clingan. Cost, $35. * http://www.scorevancouver.org/workshops, 360-699-1079.
Strategies to boost business: A free workshop for all businesses offering market-proven strategies to help boost their sales, 8-11 a.m. at BBSI Preferred Payroll, 8100 N.E. Parkway Drive, Suite 200. Veronkia Noize, the Marketing Coach, will introduce the three P's of Prosperity. Seating is limited. Workshop includes refreshments. Early registration is required at http://www.vancouverusa.com
Brandinga business: Karen Kang, author of "BrandingPays: The Five-Step System to Reinvent Your Personal Brand," will speak a the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce at 5:30 p.m. at Beaverton City Hall, first floor conference room, 755 S.W. Griffith Drive, Beaverton, Ore. Register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales and profit: Jon Schallert workshop, "Increasing Sales $ Profits as a Destination Downtown," sponsored by Vancouver's Downtown Association, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St. Cost: $30 advance, $40 at the door. http://www.tickettomato.com
Business planning course for farmers: Washington State University Vancouver Clark County Extension's 10-week course, "Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Business Planning," 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20, at the school. Local farmers looking to expand or start their business will benefit from the program. Registration is $75 per farm or family and class size is limited to the first 30 participants. Call Eric Lambert, small acreage program coordinator, 360-397-6060.
Free tax help for low-income taxpayers: Free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low and moderate income of all ages, with special attention to those age 60 and older, is available from AARP Tax-Aide from Feb. 1 through April 15. Photo ID is required for the taxpayer present and must bring acceptable proof of Social Security number or ITIN for every person on the tax return. AARP Tax-Aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, will offer assistance with personal income tax returns at the following sites:
First Baptist Church, 108 W. 27th St., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays and Fridays.
Marshall Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., noon to 4 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays (except April 6, 8, 9).
Cascade Park Community Library, 600 N.E. 136th Ave., noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 S.E. Eighth St., Battle Ground, 3-7 p.m. Thursdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays.
Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C E. Tenney Road, 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays.
888-687-2277 or http://www.aarp-tax-aide-sw-washington.org.
Using financial reports: Vancouver SCORE will present a workshop with a "layman's" basic guide to business financial statements and how they can be used to plan/manager a small business with several hands-on business ratios exercises, 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the SCORE office, 4001 Main St. Cost, $35. http://www.scorevancouver.org, 360-699-1079.
Society of American Military Engineers: Meeting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Governor Hotel cardroom, 614 S.W. 11th Ave., Portland. Topic: Bonneville Power Administration transmission program. Thomas O'Donovan will speak about his work as the deputy at BPA's contract management office. Cost, $10-$40. * Katherine Robinette, email@example.com, 503-499-0393.
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