Hundreds packed into the Hilton Vancouver Washington this morning for The Columbian's 2014 Economic Forecast Breakfast, "Turning Promise into Prosperity."
The Columbian's 2014 Economic Forecast Breakfast featured three panel discussions on a range of local business topics, and a fourth panel discussion featuring local high school and college students. Here are some highlights from those discussions.
By Tim Schauer January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.
Professional service firms seeking new markets have to plan in 3-D. No glasses required.
By Alisa Pyszka January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.
Success in the current economy requires a strong talent base and culture of innovation in all industries ranging from software development to advanced manufacturing.
By Scott Bailey January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.
Key thought: We have reason for optimism, but many families will still struggle in this year’s economy
By Bill Huseby January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.
Over the past 10 years or so, there has been a movement by large and small companies alike in the U.S. to reduce head count. This push has been driven by the need to become leaner, or to “do more with less.”
By Carol Curtis January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.
“Build it and they will come.” That phrase had characterized Clark County’s real estate market for decades. But are we ready to build the housing that will meet the needs of those who help drive the local market: the baby boomers?
By R. Tom Smith January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.
The first lesson of economic development is that it pays to be in the right place at the right time. And in today’s economic climate, the right place is the Southeast 192nd Avenue corridor.
By Ken Levy January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.
4-Tell increases sales by more than 17 percent for retailers, both online and in-store, with our personalized cross-sell and up-sell (e.g. ‘People also bought …’). We have been tripling our revenue for each of the past three years.
By Todd Coleman January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.
Is the recession over? Or not? You’re sure to find experts to support either case. Regardless, we can learn from the past in order to create tremendous opportunities for the future.
By Ken Hood January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.
We live in a time of extraordinary innovation and change, much of which is built upon software.
By Leonard Felix January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.
I completely agree with the Thomas Edison assertion that “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” I will use my company’s story of developing the CI-900 Ethylene Analyzer for the agricultural industry to illustrate.
By Lisa Dow January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.
A glimmer of hope on the economic horizon tilts us toward slight optimism about 2014. After a long stretch of downsizing, expense control, and nominal capital expenditures, growth has become a word more often mentioned again — albeit in whispered tones.
By Mike Bomar January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.
The building community is a key component of the overall economy in Southwest Washington.
By Schuyler Hoss January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.
Participation by small and medium-sized companies in international trade will be one of the most important business stories over the next five years.