Entrepreneur Panel: Going Full-Time

Entrepreneur Panel: Going Full-Time

Join Janelle Kountz (Swirlz), Jessica Chan (Pop-Local and Night Market Vancouver), and Chad Peterson (Columbia River Financial Group) for an inspiring event for entrepreneurs at all levels. During this panel discussion we’ll explore the highs, lows, and the lessons learned from taking the leap to full time. Whether you’re looking to monetize a hobby, transition your side business, or leave traditional employment, we aim to offer insights and motivation.
This will be a relaxed and free-formed event, so come as you are and participate in the conversation!
Event Details:

  • Venue: Heathen Brewing Feral Public House’s Banquet Room
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Food and Drink: Guests are free to purchase food and drink from Heathen. *We recommend you arrive a couple minutes early to grab a beverage prior to the event start time.
  • Event Fee: Free to attend.
  • Post Event Social: You are free to stay after to network and socialize. The room is reserved until 4:00 PM.

RSVP on either:
Meetup: https://bit.ly/42Unf3z
Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/3Iab7Su

This event is presented by Vancouver IRL and Passages to Success as part of a subseries of entrepreneurship and professional development events aimed at better equipping and empowering our respective members and the local, small business and entrepreneurial community.

Panelists: Janelle Kountz, Jessica Chan, and Chad Peterson

Janelle Kountz
Hello I’m Janelle Kountz of Swirlz, I was born and raised in Vancouver Washington. I attended Clark College’s 2 year bakery management program. From there I took my pastry experience on the road. Learning as much as possible about the pastry world my passion took me to Hawaii, Cannon Beach, and other beautiful places. I’ve always worked for others growing their businesses and launching new exciting products. Beginning of 2023 I took the leap to open my own business and leave working for others behind.  Focusing on chocolate confection and decadent custom pastry, Swirls hopes to elevate the sweets experience in our area and bring joy through dessert.

Jessica Chan
“Establishing deeper connections between local entrepreneurs and our community is the heartbeat of my work.” Local business owner Jessica Chan’s entrepreneurial/maker journey fuels her passion for supporting and elevating like-minded creators. Jess is the founder and owner of Night Market Vancouver and Pop-Local.

Chad Peterson
Chad, a Certified Financial Planner, is founder, managing member, and senior financial advisor at Columbia River Financial Group. He brings with him almost three decades of experience as a financial advisor. Chad earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Kent State University in 1993. He enjoys volunteering in both the local community and traveling with client volunteers.


Mar 16 2024


1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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Heathen Brewing Feral Public House
1109 Washington St. Vancouver WA


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