Business & Community Learning Series

You are invited to join us this year's series of Business and Community Learning events. All events are free and open to the public. 

Next Event: The Power of Completion

Friday, May 19, 2017 

11.30am - 1.30pm

Gaiser Student Center

This event will look at the importance of students completing their education, and the role local businesses can play in ensuring students leave College with degrees.

We are delighted to welcome two local Business leaders who will be leading our discussion as we look at the economic benefits of completion to the local community:

About the Speakers

Janet LaBar is President and CEO of Greater Portland Inc (GPI), the regional public-private partnership that markets the Greater Portland metropolitan and helps companies expand and relocate to the region.

Since joining GPI in June 2014, LaBar has augmented the organization’s capabilities to provide its clients and the communities it serves with a more turnkey, highly sophisticated and professional economic development response. Since 2015, GPI has assisted 17 company expansions or relocations, which will generate 1,135 jobs (direct and indirect) and $61 million in income. Every dollar of GPI’s operating budget for 2016 yielded direct income of $14.57—a 55% increase over 2015 impacts. In addition to its core competencies in marketing and business development, GPI’s services now include research and analysis, strategy, and regional connectivity.

Mike Bomar has served as president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) since December 2013. Prior to joining CREDC, Mike served as the Executive Director of the Southwest Washington Contractors Association for three and a half years, and spent six years with the Building Industry Association of Clark County in their governmental affairs department

For questions, please contact Nichola Farron at

If you need accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in these events, please contact Clark College’s Disability Support Services Office at (360) 992-2314 or (360) 991-0901(VP), or visit the Penguin Union Building (PUB) 017.



Past Events

Transformational Leadership: Overcoming Obstacles as a Business|Friday, April 21, 2017

Local entrepreneurs Kent Lewis of Anvil Media and Carol Parker Walsh of Evolve Image Consulting spoke to students and community members on the topic of Overcoming Obstacles as a Business.

Drawing from their decades of professional experience in marketing and branding, Lewis and Walsh shared their insights on building businesses, facing challenges, and positioning yourself for success.

Guided Pathways|Friday, March 24, 2017

To help Advisory Committee members and our community partners better understand the work ahead as part of the College Transformation and Academic Plan, Clark hosted a Guided Pathways presentation and panel discussion.

A small team from Pierce College, who have successfully implemented Pathways on the Pierce campus, shared their personal experiences and insights.

Millennials in the Workforce| Friday, February 24, 2017

Featuring speaker Scott Sadler, “The Millennial Mentor”TM.

With five different generations currently in the workforce for the first time in history, this event focussed on the Millennial generation and how employers can successfully navigate generational differences. The speaker also addressed the disconnect often experienced between employers and employees as today’s young graduates enter their working life with expectations and conceptual ideas that are very different than their predecessors.

Legislative Advocacy & You | Friday, December 9, 2016

This presentation featured speakers from Clark’s student government, Veterans Resource Center, and administrative leadership discussing practical but powerful strategies for legislative advocacy at the state and federal level.