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Vancouver Chamber Will Host Media Relations Workshop Series for Small Business Month
by Oregon State Media, Inc.
  Thursday April 20, 2017 - 5:19 PM
(VANCOUVER, Wash.) -- The Vancouver Chamber's eight-part workshop series tops the list of community offerings during May's "Small Business Month," as designated by the City of Vancouver. The GVCC's media relations workshops will feature unique marketing content and access to our region's news leaders on Tuesdays and Thursdays in May. Small businesses often operate on a small marketing budget and earned media is an avenue businesses can utilize, if they understand the basics of communicating with the media. This series launches on Tuesday, May 2nd with instructor Julia Maglione, the Communications Manager of Workforce Southwest Washington. This series will begin with three skills-based workshops, then attendees will meet our news leaders face-to-face from the Columbian, Vancouver Business Journal, Fox12, Clark County Today, and more. Interested businesses can sign up for one, or all eight workshops (with a price break) by purchasing the "All Access Pass" at 

The Chamber's eight-part "Spring [Media Relations Homerun] Workshop Series" presented by Comcast will be held at the GVCC (1101 Broadway, Suite 100 Vancouver WA 98660). Lunch served by Simply Thyme Catering (included in the registration fee) at 11:30, workshops from noon-1pm. The cost is $20/person for GVCC members; $35 for non-members; $149 for an all-access pass (member and non-member rate). Last fall, the "Social Media Super Heroes" Workshop Series sold out. 

"We are fortunate to have the trust with our local media outlets, to bring our members the best in media relations. In this series, our member-businesses will have the rare opportunity to learn about submission opportunities and what it takes to place their business in a newsworthy light," explained GVCC CEO John McDonagh. 

The Media Relations Homerun Workshop classes include: 
Tuesday, May 2nd -- FIVE STEPS TO WRITING AN EFFECTIVE PRESS RELEASE presented by Julia Maglione, Communications Manager for Workforce Southwest Washington 
Thursday, May 4th -- COMMUNICATING WITH THE MEDIA presented by Nelson Holmberg, VP of Innovation for the Port of Ridgefield 
Tuesday, May 9th -- HOW TO BUILD A STRATEGIC MEDIA RELATIONS CAMPAIGN presented by Ronnie Noize, DIY Marketing Center 
Thursday, May 11th -- ATTRACTING TV COVERAGE presented by Joe Vithayathill, Business Reporter for FOX 12 
Tuesday, May 16th -- OPPORTUNITIES AND SUBMISSIONS AT THE COLUMBIAN presented by Troy Brynelson, Business Editor for The Columbian 
Thursday, May 18th -- OPPORTUNITIES AND SUBMISSIONS AT THE VANCOUVER BUSINESS JOURNAL presented by Nick Shanmac, Managing Editor of the Vancouver Business Journal 
Tuesday, May 23rd -- CLARK COUNTY MEDIA PANEL featuring Clark County Today, The North Bank Now, and The Reflector and moderated by Ronnie Noize of the DIY Marketing Center 
Tuesday, May 30th -- TAKING YOUR MEDIA COVERAGE FURTHER presented by Kevin Getch of Webfor 

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