Free tax workshop: The Vancouver office of the Washington State Department of Revenue hosts a free workshop for new and small-business owners, 9 a.m. to noon at 8008 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Suite 340, Vancouver. Learn about Washington excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, tax incentives, sales tax collection and record-keeping requirements. Receive a workbook and a reference guide to Department of Revenue rules. * 360-256-2060. For a complete schedule and short video version of the workshop, and to register: http://www.dor.wa.gov.
Leads & Needs: Networking event, 7:30-9 a.m. 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.
East Vancouver Business Association: Networking, 8 to 9 a.m., Waste Connections, East Ridge Business Park, 12115 N.E. 99th St., Suite 1830. Topics: Cost savings for small businesses by Sarah Adams, Waste Connections; Luke Fowler and Kathy Mensinger on maximizing your EVBA membership. * Kathy Mensinger, 360-980-2624.
Focus group: The Thursday Member Focus Group for business professionals meets 7:45-9 a.m. Thursdays, with refreshments. If there is a fifth Thursday, the meeting is in the evening.
On May 16, Gary Mack of Business Presenters Workshops speaks about effective business communications. http://businesspresentersworkshop.com.
On May 23rd, Jeff Mays from Farmers Insurance reviews the book "The Slight Edge" by Jeff Olson at Courtyard Village, 4555 N.E. 66th Ave. Contact Mays at Jeff@jeffmays.us.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 30 is a social, potluck gathering for networking and discussion, at Good Health Naturally, 3606 Main St., Suite 205. * Focus group information: email@example.com.
Vancouver SCORE: Two half-day sessions to get your business off to a good start: "Your Business, Plan It, Start It, Grow It," 9 a.m. to noon May 23 and 24, at the Score office, 4001 Main St., Suite 120. Learn to analyze your business model and build a business plan; financial forecasting including financing alternatives. Primarily for individuals considering starting and/or growing a small business. $99 per person. * http://scorevancouver.org/workshops, 360-699-1079.
Free workshop: Washington State University Extension offers "Low-Impact Development and Green Stormwater Strategies for Real Estate Professionals," May 28. The topic is stormwater management techniques to meet new requirements for construction and redevelopment. Presenters include development and green industry professionals, experts from the WSU Extension. The workshop, 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m., includes a free lunch and a 90-minute field trip for a hands-on look at the development techniques at the Department of Ecology field office, 2108 Grand Blvd. * Register: http://www.wastormwatercenter.org/calendar/?id=311.
Introduction to QuickBooks: Vancouver SCORE will present a workshop on the mechanics of recording basic transactions with real-world examples, 9 a.m. to noon May 29 at the SCORE office, 4001 Main St. Cost, $45. * http://scorevancouver.org/workshops, 360-699-1079.
Free class: Vancouver's Downtown Association and Uptown Village Association are sponsoring a free seminar on engines, June 13 at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., with Noland Hoshino, founder of ZZoom Media. * Register: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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