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GVC Unveils BoardReady Certification Program, Strengthening Community Leadership and Corporate Engagement (Photo) - 02/29/24

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February 29, 2024

 

GREATER VANCOUVER CHAMBER UNVEILS BOARDREADY CERTIFICATION PROGRAM, STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AND CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT

The first BoardReady Certification Program, set for May 22, 2024, is an intensive one-day training that equips participants with essential skills for effective governance.

Vancouver, WA - In a significant move to bolster community leadership and encourage corporate engagement in the nonprofit sector, the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC) proudly introduces the BoardReady Certification Program. This initiative comes as a natural progression following the Chamber's absorption of the region's nonprofit association in April 2023, with efforts that have enriched the nonprofit sector with valuable business insights ranging from fundraising and financial management to strategic planning and board governance.

"As the Vice President of Operations for the Chamber, I see our region as a vital ecosystem where every form of service, from volunteering at the local Parent Teacher Organization to serving on a county advisory group or a prominent nonprofit board, enriches our community fabric," stated Janet Kenefsky. "The BoardReady Certification Program is our encouragement for those in Southwest Washington who have much to offer but may shy away from board roles due to unfamiliarity with the legal and fiduciary responsibilities. We're here to change that narrative, opening doors for meaningful engagement across all levels of service. By doing so, we not only uplift our community but also fulfill personal quests for purpose and impact among our region’s professionals."

The first BoardReady Certification Program, set for May 22, 2024, is an intensive one-day training that equips participants with essential skills for effective governance. It targets a broad audience, including current board members, aspiring leaders, and professionals from every career stage, and encourages corporations to invest in their employees' development by enrolling them in the program. Upon completing the BoardReady Certificate, the Greater Vancouver Chamber will publicize graduates' names, affiliations, and volunteer interests, and promote this pool of trained individuals to local nonprofits as a resource for sourcing board members who are prepared and understand their roles.

By promoting a culture of service, the Chamber aims to enrich the community's social and economic well-being, making volunteer work and board service a fulfilling part of professional life. "We urge local businesses to view this as an opportunity to deepen their community ties and foster a sense of purpose among their teams. Serving is indeed a way professionals can 'fill their cup,' making a tangible impact while growing personally and professionally," added Kenefsky.

For more details on the BoardReady Certification Program and to register, visit www.vancouverusa.com/boardready-certification-program/.

 

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber

SW Washington’s largest business organization, the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC), with nearly 1000 members, has been Moving Business Forward in southwest Washington for over 130 years through business advocacy, community building, education, and creating visibility for our members. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals, and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The GVC is the heart of Clark County’s business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate and prosperity for all. For more information, please visit VancouverUSA.com.

 

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Media Assets: 
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1P74iaaOs1Gm8aKudW4N_Qp_i1lm6ETYY?usp=sharing

Program Link:
https://www.vancouverusa.com/boardready-certification-program/

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Greater Vancouver Chamber Announces the 2024 Iris Awards' Finalists (Photo) - 02/13/24

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February 13, 2024

 

GREATER VANCOUVER CHAMBER ANNOUNCES THE 2024 IRIS AWARDS' FINALISTS

The recipients of this honor will be revealed on Thursday, March 7, 2024, at the Iris Awards Luncheon, a highlight of the Greater Vancouver Chamber's Inspire HER Conference. 

Vancouver, WA - The Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2024 Iris Awards, presented by Riverview Bank. This esteemed recognition will be bestowed upon three exceptional women during the Iris Awards Luncheon, a highlight of the Chamber's Inspire HER Conference, on Thursday, March 7th, at 12:00 pm, hosted at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.  

For over three decades, the Women of Achievement and now the Iris Awards have shone a spotlight on the remarkable women of Southwest Washington who have left an indelible mark on their community. Since its inception in 1985, this prestigious award has celebrated the exceptional achievements of women who embody outstanding leadership, philanthropy, and public service.  

Each year, our community nominates women whose significant contributions have enriched the region, making it a better place. Through their leadership, these women inspire us all to strive for excellence and make a positive difference in the world around us.  

The sheer volume of nominations has made the final selection process quite challenging for the Awards Committee. 

The finalists for the 2024 Iris Awards are:    

  • Anna Cruz- Executive Director, Founder, Vancouver Ballet Folklórico
  • Amy Reynolds- Executive Director, Share
  • Carmen Nazario- President, ELYON International, Inc.
  • Cory Donovan, MD- Legacy Health
  • Jamie Spinelli- Homeless Response Manager, City of Vancouver
  • Jasmine Ames- Vice President Relationship Manager, U.S. Bank

After several years of being a virtual event, the Iris Awards return this year as an in-person celebration, as part of the Greater Vancouver Chamber's Inspire HER Conference. Community members are encouraged to secure tickets for the awards ceremony and partake in the joyous festivities. For more information about the Iris Awards, event tickets, and sponsorship opportunities, visit https://www.vancouverusa.com/inspireherconference/.  

"The Iris Awards stand as a symbol of recognition for the outstanding women who tirelessly work to enrich our community. As we unveil this year's finalists, we celebrate their dedication to driving positive change and inspiring future generations. We eagerly anticipate gathering to honor their exceptional achievements at the Iris Awards Luncheon," said GVC President & CEO John McDonagh.  

The 2024 Iris Awards Luncheon is presented by Riverview Bank and supported by additional award sponsors, Legacy Health, OnPoint Community Credit Union, and Key Bank.    

To explore the Iris Awards honorees throughout the years, a comprehensive list can be found at https://www.vancouverusa.com/annual-events/past-iris-awards-honorees/.    

 

About the Iris Awards

Wanting to recognize women of achievement in Southwest Washington who exemplified leadership, philanthropy, and community service was the inspiration for the Iris Awards in 1985. For 39 years, the Southwest Washington community has nominated outstanding women for recognition. The Iris Award is held to commemorate National Women’s History Month, to recognize International Women’s Day, and to honor volunteer efforts and community leadership of women in Clark County.    

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber

SW Washington’s largest business organization, the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC), with nearly 1000 members, has been Moving Business Forward in southwest Washington for over 130 years through business advocacy, community building, education, and creating visibility for our members. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals, and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The GVC is the heart of Clark County’s business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate and prosperity for all. For more information, please visit VancouverUSA.com.

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Media Assets:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1MVRV5QDC0SVzgHHKbIsj2IYUbByXk0nP?usp=sharing

Event Link:
2024 Iris Awards

Official Inspire HER Conference Link:
https://www.vancouverusa.com/inspireherconference/

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Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver Opens Registration for Southwest Washington Young Entrepreneurs (Photo) - 02/07/24

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February 7, 2024

 

LEMONADE DAY GREATER VANCOUVER OPENS REGISTRATION FOR SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS 

This entrepreneurship program teaches kids, ages 6-16, important business skills like teamwork, money management, and responsibility—all for free!

 

Vancouver, WA - Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver, an empowering youth entrepreneurship program, is thrilled to announce the opening of registrations for area youth aged 6-16. This fun-filled learning experience is brought to the Southwest Washington community by the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC).

In partnership with OnPoint Community Credit Union, returning as the Main Squeeze & Presenting Sponsor for the second year, Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver is on a mission to empower youth to become future entrepreneurs. The program provides thousands of kids in the region with real-world experience in starting, owning, and operating their own businesses.

In 2023, young entrepreneurs generated an impressive $40,000 in sales, with profits going in part to a charity of their choosing and directly into the pockets of 300 young CEOs. Parents, mentors, teachers, and youth leaders are encouraged to register their aspiring entrepreneurs online at https://yourchamber.typeform.com/to/kJ6qYzg1?typeform-source=statics.teams.cdn.office.net.

“OnPoint’s purpose is to build strong communities today and in the future. When young people are given the lessons and tools to succeed, they’re empowered to become tomorrow’s leaders. We’re honored to sponsor Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver again this year and look forward to seeing all the creative business ideas from these young entrepreneurs,” said Tim Clevenger, SVP/Chief Marketing Officer at OnPoint Community Credit Union.

The mission of Lemonade Day is to equip young minds with entrepreneurial skills. The program teaches the basics of business skills, financial literacy, teamwork, social and emotional skills, goal setting, and responsibility.

The program culminates in a showcase of all participants’ businesses featuring homemade or homegrown products. This year’s showcase takes place on Lemonade Day at the Junior Market (co-located with the Vancouver Farmers Market), which will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2024.

Mentors play a crucial role in guiding participants through the youth entrepreneurship lessons via the My Lemonade Day app or with workbooks. They take participants through the journey of planning, launching, and operating a business. Once a participant pays their investor back, they keep all the money they earn and are encouraged to spend some, save some, and share some of their profit.

Surveys revealed that 86% of participants chose to save a portion of their earned money, and 70% generously shared their profits with a nonprofit organization of their choice in 2023.

“Empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs is at the heart of Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver. As we open registrations for another exciting year, we are thrilled to witness the enthusiasm and creativity that young minds bring to the world of business. Our goal is to register 300 youth once again who will, in turn, start new businesses across Southwest Washington. We're eager to see the innovative businesses that will emerge from this program, leaving a lasting impact on our community," said Janet Kenefsky, VP of Operations for the Chamber and City Director of Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver.

Anyone can be involved in My Lemonade Day. These young entrepreneurs need mentors, investors, business partners, locations, volunteers, and customers. For more information about My Lemonade Day & Junior Market and sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Chamber at YourChamber@VancouverUSA.com or go to https://www.vancouverusa.com/annual-events/lemonadeday/

My Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver is proud partners with: Main Squeeze Investor OnPoint Community Credit Union; Lemon Drop Investor, Colas Construction, Inc.; Pitch Contest Sponsor, Palm Beach Tan; Pucker Pal Investors, Burgerville, Columbia Credit Union, Perkins & Co, The Columbian, and Waste Connections, Inc; Spoonful of Sugar Investors, CalPortland, Port of Vancouver USA, Rivermark Community Credit UnionSecurus Systems, and Waste Connections; Junior Market Business Results Contest Sponsor, Columbia Credit Union; Junior Market Bag Sponsor, Grassa; and Junior Market Hydration Sponsor, PepsiCo.

 

About Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver

Since its inception in 2021, Lemonade Day Greater Vancouver has been rooted in entrepreneurial spirit. Engaging over 3,500 young minds across Southwest Washington, kids ages 6-16 have been learning the essential ABCs of business skills, fueling their creativity, and fostering their understanding of entrepreneurship. We take pride in the fact that 35% of our participants hail from diverse backgrounds, reflecting our commitment to inclusivity and community empowerment. Our initiative has made a SPLASH, generating a whopping $90,000 in sales, directly benefiting charities, and lining the pockets of these budding CEOs! We are more than just a program - we are making a difference one junior-business at a time. For additional details, please visit https://www.vancouverusa.com/annual-events/lemonadeday/.

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber

SW Washington’s largest business organization, the Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC), with nearly 1000 members, has been Moving Business Forward in southwest Washington for over 130 years through business advocacy, community building, education, and creating visibility for our members. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals, and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The GVC is the heart of Clark County’s business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate and prosperity for all. For more information, please visit VancouverUSA.com.

About OnPoint Community Credit Union

Founded in 1932, OnPoint Community Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oregon, serving more than 539,000 members and with assets of $8.7 billion. OnPoint membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of 28 Oregon counties (Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler and Yamhill) and two Washington counties (Skamania and Clark) and their immediate family members. More information is available at www.onpointcu.com or 800-527-3932.

 

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Media Assets
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/13x6SPe8vKvjnbPcZEYhWb4SKEwgQU-RP

Official Event Link
https://www.vancouverusa.com/annual-events/lemonade-day/

My Lemonade Day Participant App, iOs
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/my-lemonade-day/id1465714143

My Lemonade Day Mentors App, iOs
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/lemonade-day-mentors/id1326900393

My Lemonade Day App, Android
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.lemonadeday.mylemonadeday&hl=en_US&gl=US

Lemonade Day Video | Presented by Main Squeeze OnPoint Community Credit Union
https://youtu.be/CPaUIF7Ub5A?si=YxmCwWqrq374laBP

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