May is Small Business Month in Vancouver!

Each year, the Small Business Administration (SBA) designates the first week in May as National Small Business Week. The City of Vancouver and its partners take this a step further by declaring May to be Small Business Month, with an official proclamation by Vancouver City Council. Join us in celebrating the small businesses in our community by coming to one of the more than 20 events being held around the city in the month of May!

May is Small Business Month in Vancouver! Small businesses are core to Vancouver's economy, making up 95 percent of all businesses in the city.

Vancouver is a great place to start and grow a business.

Join forces with startups, brewpubs and galleries in Vancouver's emerging downtown. Or enjoy a more suburban community surrounding the 192nd tech corridor. Either way, you'll benefit from fantastic natural amenities, miles of bike lanes and riverfront trails, proximity to an international airport and two industrial ports, and the regions most business friendly tax structure.

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Additional Resources

Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Small Business Assistance Program
Jeannet Santiago, Small Business Assistance counselor
(360) 567-1051

The Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Business Development Program
Will Suarez, Business Development coordinator
(360) 450-9044

Upcoming Events

OAME MWESB Summit and Reception
Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs - 713 North Hayden Meadows Drive - Portland, OR -  Wednesday, May 4, 3:00pm - 7:00pm

OAME 28th Annual Luncheon and Trade Show
Oregon Convention Center - 777 Southeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard - Portland, OR - Thursday, May 5, 10:00am - 3:00pm

Food Business Workshop: Regulations & Requirements
Clark College - Penguin Union Building - 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Room 258 B & C - Wednesday, May 11, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

SCORE: Simple Steps to Starting My Business
GVCC Offices- 1101 Broadway, Suite 100 - Saturday, May 14, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Taking the Fear & Mystique Out of Business Loans
Vancouver Community Library - 901 C St.- Klickitat Room, Level 4 - Monday, May 16, 3:00pm - 3:45pm

Smart Succession: Preparing Yourself and Your Business for the Future
Pacific Continental Bank Community Room- 101 East 6th St. - Suite 100 - Wednesday, May 18, 8:30am - 10:00am

SCORE: Simple Steps for Starting My Business
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce - 1101 Broadway, - Suite 100- Saturday, May 21, 9:00am - 3:00pm

The Bridge - Developing Main Street Vancouver
Hudson Community Room- 100 West 5th St. - Monday, May 23, 5:30pm - 9:30pm

GVCC - Small Business Crawl: East Vancouver
Wednesday, May 25, 10:30am - 12:15pm