All three speakers, ShapingEnvironments.com, REDpoint (redpointcorp.com) and Oasis Diagnostics (4saliva.com), gave great pitches. It really shows the power of businesses in Southwest Washington.

Hats off to the sponsors Landerholm Law Firm (landerholm.com) and Eric Fuller & Assoc. (ericfullerinc.com)



Columbia Kids Cooperative Preschool in Battlegroun, Wa. Columbia Kids is a unique educational model in which teachers, children and parents work and learn together. Parents serve on the board, help in the classroom, provide snacks and raise funds, all of which keeps tuition affordable.

More importantly, the bond parents and families form through their involvement is one of our school’s greatest strengths.

This program has taught me how to be the parent that I always wanted to be. It has also given me the opportunity to become part of a community of parents in way that would never be possible in a traditional preschool model. This school is one of the area's greatest resources.


The thing I love about OEN events (and I'll now extend that to the SW Washington PubTalks) are the caliber of people in the room. I always meet someone new and interesting to speak to and the presentations are outstanding.

I was impressed with all the presenters - I truly loved the ShapingEnvironments.com presentation but felt like perhaps there should've been different categories for entrants. It seemed like the other two businesses were already in business and on a much larger scale (although all 3 were seeking funding).

Questions from the audience members were also fantastic.


Congressman Baird Small Business Workshop 3:00-4:00pm - May 14, 2010 Pearson Air Museum -Vancouver, WA

Welcome By Congressman Brian Baird

How to Secure SBA Loans and Sell Goods to the Government

3:05-3:20 SBA Deputy Director R. DuCote

3:20-3:28 SBDC Jan Harte and Susan Hoosier

3:28-3:36 SCORE Mike Bacon

3:36-3:44 PTAC

Open Floor for Questions

Mix and Mingle

Kelly Parker (Love) District Director Congressman Brian Baird 750 Anderson #B Vancouver, WA 98661 (360) 695-6292


Good question! It seems that most of the startups I talk to are self-financing and/or tapping family or business connections. But some lucky few find VC funding.

The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network is another regional source of information and funding for startups. They run Angel Oregon and Venture Northwest, competitions for angel and VC funding that include startups from Southwest Washington. You can find more info on their web site: http://www.oen.org/programs_program_list.aspx


I thought the speakers did a great job (sorry about the microphone)...and heard more positive comments from participants than ever before. The energy in the room was palpable. Thanks to all who pitched in!


I LOVED IT. Now I want to start my own business too!!


What a great turnout! It speaks to the success of the event and the caliber of the people who come when so many stay afterwards just to engage in some interesting conversations. Looking forward to the next one!


I am a dog foster for Must Love Dogs NW. We are a fairly new non-profit animal rescue that has made a huge difference in our short time. We are all volunteers who open up our hearts and homes for homeless dogs until we can find their new forever homes. We make sure all are spayed or neutered and up to date on all vax. We are always in need of more volunteers. You can check us out at mustlovedogsnw.com.

Marilene Cannon


Here are a few spots I've found so far. Please share your own!

Cascade Executive Suites at 237 N.E. Chkalov Drive (Still online as ExecuTech Suites). It offers individual offices starting at $350 per month and virtual offices for $99 per month.

The Port of Vancouver is willing to negotiate leasing rates and space needs. Their rates start at 35 cents per square foot per month.

And here are a couple of good sites to search for office space: LoopNet and Craigslist


Linear Technology's earnings release today is a good indication that tech is looking up in Clark County. The company posted record earnings for the quarter and I hear from their spokesman that they're hiring 20 more people by mid-year. So at least the semiconductor industry will improve. I'm not sure what it means for the rest of tech, though.



I work with a group called Daybreak. They are a youth services provider and operate a small residential drug treatment facility for boys here in Clark County.

There goal is to expand to b able to serve outreatment patients and build a facility where they can also house young women.

Jim West


Two that have been really inspiring to me are Americans Building Community and Urban Abundance. Both are doing tremendous work in meeting the basic needs of families in Vancouver.

Americans Building Community have taken a lead in the 4th Plain Revitalization Task Force. They are involved in housing and green space development for that area as well as many other community based efforts (ally clean up, Tool Library, etc).

Urban Abundance centers itself around gathering all the excess food grown in Vancouver and then donating them to the One Life Food Pantry. They created a data base of all the fruit trees in Vancouver and then sent volunteers to pick the fruit before it fell to the ground.

Pretty amazing.


Evelyn describes contract violations

In July 2008, 14 months into Wexford Health Sources' contract with Clark County, then-Cmdr. Clifford Evelyn said the firm "in many cases violated contractual terms leading to concerns surrounding liability for the Sheriff's Office."

Tease photo

Girls bowling: Return to Lanes is Worth a Thumbs up

Prairie bowler finds strength, catharsis in her sport


FYI, Dec. 20

A daily listing of clubs and events around the area


16 apply for Leavitt’s current seat on Vancouver City Council

Mayor-elect’s spot will be filled Jan. 25

Mayor-elect’s spot will be filled Jan. 25 A rare open position on the Vancouver City Council drew 16 applicants eager to fill the seat as mayor-elect Tim Leavitt moves to the middle chair in council chambers.


Health care sector holds obstacles for job seekers

During this long, grueling recession, which already has chewed up and spit out 166,500 Washington jobs, the health care sector has been one of the few bright spots — steadily adding jobs even as the rest of the state’s economy shrank.