I was the only man in the room last Wednesday at the monthly meeting of the Women Entrepreneurs Organization of Clark County. I had no complaints, but I had to wonder what advice about the news business I could offer these hardworking women whose business ventures ranged from tattoo artist to real estate broker.
Add yet another player to the multifaceted battle over whether Vancouver will make room for the Northwest's largest oil transfer terminal: Heartland LLC, a Seattle-based real estate advisory and investment firm.
As a teenager, Fred Grubmeyer decided to explore life beyond Brooklyn and headed west. He briefly tried his hand at gold mining in Alaska but realized his small miner's shovel was no match for the mountain in front of him. The young man found his way to Portland, shortened his name to Meyer and over decades built a chain of shopping centers that made him a local household name.
The intersection between the bright promise of medical breakthroughs and the cruel undertow of marketplace realities has never been easy to navigate. As brilliant minds work to find cures to the many pains and diseases that ail us, equally sharp minds look to commercialize those cures so their creators and financiers can profit from saving lives and improving health.
Walk into the brightly-lit, spacious Parkrose Hardware store in east Vancouver, and you'll almost certainly be greeted by one or more employees offering help you find something. These are people who know their merchandise, from the small fasteners that are nowhere else to be found locally to the big power tools suitable for a construction site.
It seems like every day brings a new surprise in the awkward transition of marijuana from outlaw status to social acceptance. In the blending between those ready to seize a rare entrepreneurial moment and those whose job is to regulate and tax a product that's still illegal in 48 states, it's been tough to select the most discordant set of circumstances.
John McKibbin helped launch Identity Clark County as a community leader two decades ago, and he's remained interested and active. A former schoolteacher who's served both as a state representative and a Clark County commissioner, McKibbin now returns to center stage as Identity Clark County's executive director. In that role, he's on a mission to help Clark County move past the bridge-induced pain of recent years to move its economy forward.