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Small Business Saturday Program counter card
Small Business Saturday Program counter card
Vancouver Chamber Calls For Social Media Posts on Behalf of Small Businesses & Nonprofits Until Nov 24th -- Small Business Saturday (Photo) - 11/07/18

(VANCOUVER,  Wa) – The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce’s (GVCC) Small Business Saturday Grant Program is underway and we need the community to start posting on behalf of small businesses and nonprofits. Starting on November 1st, GVCC members with 15 full time employees (FTE) started competing via a social media hashtag contest for $6,000 in grant funds that will be awarded in $2,000 grants to the three best posts. There are over 120 businesses and nonprofits enrolled in the program that includes graphics and promotion support to amplify the voices of small business during the month of November. The hashtag contest rules are simple: 1. Create a testimonial or user experience post on facebook, Instagram, or twitter about a small business or nonprofit member 2. Set post to public, and 3. Include the contest hashtag: #GVCCgrant2018.  All eligible posts will be reviewed and three will earn those businesses or nonprofits the grant funds. The contest ends on Small Business Saturday, which falls on November 24th this year.

The 2017 grant recipients were Sweet Spot Skirts and Funky Fresh Juice Company. Sweet Spots Skirts’ winning post was a customer testimonial. The grant funds earned were used to buy their last piece of manufacturing equipment to complete Stephanie Lynn’s goal of full production in SW Washington. Funky Fresh Juice Co.’s winning post was made via a family member as a tribute to the hard work of starting a small business. They used the funds to offset unforeseen start-up costs and to get them through their first off season as a juice truck, as they worked to diversify their winter offerings. The 2016 grant recipient was Maddogs Hot Dogs, who utilized the Chamber’s free collateral and won via a post by their community partner, Innovative Services NW, who grabbed a contest postcard after a site visit and shared his experiences working and placing people within their local small business.  The Chamber’s Small Business Saturday program has been sponsored by Columbia Credit Union since its inception in 2013 and they’ve been a crucial partner with the Chamber to grow this program.

The Small Business Saturday Grant program is not only a chance at funds to plug back into the recipient’s business, but a marketing framework for small businesses, organizations, and nonprofits to engage customers, clients, vendors, employees and/or community members to post on their behalf to gain more exposure. There is no voting; one post can win, and a group of 20 final posts will be reviewed by a four-person committee. Last year, hundreds of posts circulated in November to launch the shop local holiday message and showcase Southwest Washington’s small businesses community.

More information can be found online: http://www.vancouverusa.com/pages/SmallBusinessSaturday

About the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC):
Founded in 1890, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is a non-profit organization aimed at advancing and strengthening the regional business community through member services, public affairs advocacy and community building. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is the heart of Clark County’s business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate while improving Vancouver’s infrastructure and quality of life. For more information, please visit vancouverusa.com.

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