Clark County business calendar

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Tuesday and Thursday

Mortgage workshop: Bank of America will host a free workshop for troubled mortgage borrowers from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day on March 12 and March 14 at the Red Lion on the River, 909 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland. Parking is free for the event where borrowers can learn about foreclosure alternatives. Register for the workshop at www.bankofamerica.com/homeownerevent or by calling 855-201-7426. Customers who attend the event will receive face-to-face assistance from Bank of America specialists, according to a company statement. The bank also has partnered with local nonprofit groups to provide additional financial counseling at the workshop.

Wednesday

Professional development: The Resource Network, created and operated by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, introduces a business expert with advice and professional tips, 7 a.m., Educational Service District 112, 2500 N.E. 65th Ave. Scott and Patty Carroll, founders of Business Outcomes Consulting, will talk about how emotional intelligence is related to personal productivity and profits. Cost is $5. 360-694-2588.

Marketing strategies teleclass: Deanna Maio, Business Growth & Marketing strategist, hosts a free teleclass, "3 mistakes business owners make that stop them getting more clients," at 10 a.m. http://www.getresults.deannamaio.com/3-mistakes, 503-893-9510.

Thursday

Business and social time: Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce's first Business and Social Hour, 5 to 7 p.m., second Thursday of each month, at Westfield Vancouver mall, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive. The event is designed to provide members with professional networking in a social atmosphere. Cost: $10 members; $20 others. Registration: 360-694-2588.

Focus group: The Thursday Member Focus Group for business professionals, meets 8-9 a.m. Thursdays, with light refreshments. The March 14 meeting is at Banner Bank, 3100 S.E. 164th Ave. Presenter Jeannine Shingler's topic will be "New Advances in Bioscience." March 21, at Glenwood Place, 5414 N.E. 81st Ave. Susan Lannis will speak about fixes for time management mistakes. March 28, at Courtyard Village, 4555 N.E. 66th Ave. Crystal Lewis will review the book, "How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds," by Nicholas Boothman. 360-314-6463.

Friday

Financial forum: Restorative Money Management, with speakers Julia Anderson, a financial journalist, and Rob Pool, founder of Fort Vancouver Investment Management, 10 to 11:15 a.m. Light refreshments served. Limited space. Register: 360-823-0477 or email hbreeden@fortvancouverim.com

Upcoming

Introduction to QuickBooks: Vancouver SCORE will present a workshop showing the mechanics of recording basic transactions with real-world examples, 9 a.m. to noon March 20 at the SCORE office, 4001 Main St. Cost, $45. * http://www.scorevancouver.org/workshops, 360-699-1079.

Networking: Networking bingo, prizes, business introductions, 4:30 to 6 p.m. March 20 at DIY Marketing Center (inside Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce office), 1101 Broadway, Suite 100. Cost is free for DIY members, others, $10. * Register: http://www.diymarketingcenter.com/public_events, 360-882-1298.

Leads & Needs: Networking event, 7:30-9 a.m. March 20 at Beaches Restaurant and Bar, 1919 S.E. Columbia River Drive, $5. Continental breakfast provided. Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce members may bring a nonmember guest. Register: 360-694-2588 or http://vancouverusa.com

Free tax workshop: The Vancouver office of the Washington State Department of Revenue is hosting a free workshop for new and small-business owners, 9 a.m. to noon March 20 at 8008 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Suite 340, Vancouver. Participants will learn about Washington excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, tax incentives, sales tax collection and record-keeping requirements. All receive a workbook and a reference guide to Department of Revenue rules. Visit website for a complete schedule of workshops and short video version of the workshop. Register http://www.dor.wa.gov or 360-256-2060.

Free financial seminar: Vicki Fitzsimmons of Edward Jones Investments presents a free seminar, "Building your Investment Income Foundation," from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 21 at 9901 N.E. Seventh Ave., Suite A102. Register: Debra, 360-573-6604.

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/manage a small business with several hands-on business ratios exercises, 9 a.m. to noon March 21, at the SCORE office, 4001 Main St. Cost, $45. http://www.scorevancouver.org, 360-699-1079.

Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce: New morning networking event, 8 to 9:30 a.m. March 21, Pasta Gigi's, 1417 S.E. Rasmussen Blvd., No. 121, Battle Ground. Events admission, $17 members; $15 others. Reservations, connie@battlegroundchamber.org or Shirley or Connie, 360-687-1510.

Vancouver SCORE: "Developing an Effective Business Plan," a half-day seminar to start your business, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23 at Vancouver Housing Authority, 2500 Main St. Learn how to make your business visible, overcome the competition, how to analyze how your business intends to deliver value to customers. Seminar will be led by Carlos Gonzalez. Cost, $45. http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e735t8qq7c75170e&llr=4aqqaptcab, 360-699-1079.

Business After Hours: Meet business professionals in a social setting for networking, 5-7 p.m. March 26 at Partners in Careers, 3210 N.E. 52nd St. Sponsored by Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $10 members; $20 others. Register: 360-694-2588.

Employment law update: Linda E. Frischmeyer, an attorney with Landerholm, will present an employment law update seminar, 8-9:30 a.m. April 4 at the Landerholm law offices, 805 Broadway, Suite 1000. Cost, $45 per person, includes continental breakfast. Space is limited to 25 people. * Reservations by Wednesday, April 3: Lana Chumov, 360-816-2475 or sac@landerholm.com.

Networking workshop: Marketing coach Veronika Noize will present Networking 4 Newbies, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 5 at DIY Marketing Center (inside Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce office), 1101 Broadway, Suite 100. Cost is $5-$10. Seating is limited. Register: http://www.diymarketingcenter.com/Public_Events or 360-882-1298.

Ongoing classes/workshops

Free tax help for low income: 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 through April 15. Photo ID is required for the taxpayer present and must bring acceptable proof of Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number 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., noon to 4 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays (except Wednesdays in March).

• Marshall Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., noon to 4 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.

• Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays; 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

• 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 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays 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.

For information: 888-687-2277 or http://www.aarp-tax-aide-sw-washington.org

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