Working in Clark County: Phil Auer, dance studio owner

6 a.m. March 2

Phil Auer was raised in a dance family and at age 24 he became the youngest-ever franchise owner of an Arthur Murray Dance Studio. After giving 40 to 45 private lessons per week for a few years, Auer now owns several Arthur Murray studios. "I like to say at the dance studio we give unexpected customer service," Auer said. "I like to see people open up and become more outgoing when they get involved in dancing."

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Business News

Google to offer own cellular network plan

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press March 2, 2015 4:37 p.m.

BARCELONA, Spain — Google will soon be offering cellular network plans in a bid to bridge the gap between the realms of Internet services and mobile device software it dominates.

Dot-com deja vu: Nasdaq again tops 5,000

By STEVE ROTHWELL, Associated Press March 2, 2015 4:36 p.m.

NEW YORK — The last time the Nasdaq was this high, Bill Clinton was president, your Internet connection was probably still dial-up and the iPod, iPhone and iPad didn't exist.

HP purchasing Aruba Networks for $2.7B

By BRANDON BAILEY, Associated Press March 2, 2015 4:35 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Hewlett-Packard is buying wireless networking company Aruba Networks for about $2.7 billion, in what amounts to HP's first major acquisition since its disastrous purchase of a British software company in 2011.

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Forbes billionaire list: Bill Gates still the richest

By Wire services March 2, 2015 5:02 p.m.

Bill Gates, with an eye-popping net worth of nearly $80 billion, has retained his title of the world's richest person.

Mohegan Sun casinos parent appoints president

By Associated Press March 2, 2015 5:01 p.m.

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — The parent company of the Mohegan Sun casinos in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, a partner in the planned Cowlitz Casino Resort near La Center, has elevated a key official to president.

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Strictly Business: Shipper's departure bad for all

By Gordon Oliver February 15, 2015 6 a.m.

Mercifully, the Port of Vancouver has been on the sidelines in the battle between West Coast port operators and the Longshore union that has turned increasingly nasty in recent weeks. The port's union dockworkers, having endured an 18-month lockout at the United Grain Terminal before reaching a contract deal in August, aren't in this fight affecting their union siblings at container-handling ports. Surely they're relieved that it's somebody else's turn on the front lines.

Strictly Business: Would a corporate airport fly?

By Gordon Oliver February 1, 2015 6 a.m.

Ken Fisher, the billionaire Camas investment manager, has brought more jobs to Clark County in the past decade than anyone else. With more than 900 employees settled into a sparkling new office campus in Camas, Fisher carries some weight when he talks about what it might take to draw corporate bigwigs to a county that is often overlooked by the big guys.

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Harney: 6% home sales fee isn't sacred

By Kenneth R. Harney March 2, 2015 6 a.m.

As a homebuyer or seller, do you really understand real estate commissions? Do you know how much a real estate agent who lists a house for sale typically gets? Equally important, how much the agent who brings you in as a buyer gets paid — in other words, how the total commission pie gets sliced up?

Berko: Hold onto Sears catalogs, but don't invest in its stock

By Malcolm Berko March 1, 2015 6 a.m.

Dear Mr. Berko: In 1954, my parents took me to the first Sears store that opened in Oklahoma City. We were impressed with all the merchandise and fantastic displays. Sometimes we'd just drive to Sears to walk around for fun without buying anything. I remember when Dad bought 25 shares of Sears in 1955 and how excited he got when it later split 3-for-1 and he owned 75 shares. And I have two old Sears catalogs from 1948 and 1952, which still look like new. I know Sears is closing stores, sales are down and the stock price has tumbled to the low $20s. I have such good memories of Sears, but I wonder whether the stock has hit bottom and whether it would be good to buy Sears, as it has moved back to $38.

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Real Estate

Port of C-W ready for building phase of major projects

By Aaron Corvin March 2, 2015 4:28 p.m.

The Port of Camas-Washougal is poised to launch several major construction projects, including a park and trail, and a building that will enable an existing tenant to expand.

Commercial vacancies at 17 percent downtown

By Gordon Oliver February 26, 2015 5:35 p.m.

If you're looking for commercial space to lease in downtown Vancouver, you won't have to look far.

Plan to develop part of quarry progresses

By Justin Runquist February 24, 2015 5:06 p.m.

Last summer, a Portland developer submitted preliminary plans to refurbish an 84-acre section of a quarry on the southeast edge of Vancouver into a blossoming commercial-residential hub, paving the way for a new and inviting entryway to the city.

Vancouver steps in direction of tenant protections

By Scott Hewitt February 23, 2015 7:24 p.m.

Twenty days' notice to vacate a rental for no reason in particular — except that the landlord wants you to leave — seems like "cruel and unusual punishment," Vancouver City Councilman Larry Smith said Monday afternoon. "It's very harsh. It bugs the daylight out of me."

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Register for the upcoming Economic Forecast Breakfast on Jan. 22, 2015 at the Vancouver Hilton, and catch a glimpse of the growth and development opportunities that lie ahead for this region. This year's keynote features Ken Fisher, founder and CEO of Fisher Investments in Camas, who will provide his outlook for the local economy.

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