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Courtney Sherwood

freelance writer


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Colorado's experience with legal pot holds lessons for Washington

By Courtney Sherwood April 13, 2014 6 a.m.

DENVER — Marijuana may be legal now in Colorado, but I felt like a criminal the first time I visited an adult recreational vendor of the drug. To find a store, I downloaded the Weedmaps app to my phone, and already I was nervous that my cellular carrier might call the cops on me.

Entrepreneur hopes he's got a 'Remarkabowl' hit

By Courtney Sherwood March 30, 2014 6 a.m.

John Wirth has been dreaming up business ideas since his teenage days, but so far he's never struck it big. Now, as he awaits word on his latest big idea, the Vancouver native says he thinks the fourth time will be the charm.

Franchise rights & wrongs

By Courtney Sherwood March 2, 2014 6 a.m.

Conrad Cluff had big dreams for his general contracting firm. But as he spent 12 years trying to grow his Clark County business, he kept coming back to the same basic truth: His strengths were as a contractor, not a marketing guru or a business development expert.

Prosperity for Clark County? Experts disagree

By Courtney Sherwood January 23, 2014 7:22 p.m.

Hundreds packed into the Hilton Vancouver Washington this morning for The Columbian's 2014 Economic Forecast Breakfast, "Turning Promise into Prosperity."

Video's last stand in Clark County

By Courtney Sherwood December 4, 2013 6 a.m.

Has the Internet killed the video rental business? One Hazel Dell company hopes the answer to that question is "no." When Video Connections opened 32 years ago, it was one of the first stores to see viewing movies at home as a moneymaker. And now, after the bankruptcies of Blockbuster and Hollywood Video, it's one of the last storefronts in Clark County where people can head inside to browse the shelves before taking a movie home.

Camas electronics firm increasing global focus

By Courtney Sherwood November 3, 2013 6 a.m.

When Leonard Felix saw the ad, he was first puzzled, then intrigued.

Northwest Pipe Co. hopes higher profits are in the pipeline

By Courtney Sherwood September 22, 2013 6 a.m.

Vancouver-based Northwest Pipe Co. is continuing a long battle to boost profits and strengthen its market share, but CEO Scott Montrose is telling investors that they'll have to wait until next year before the company's recovery efforts begin to fully pay off.

Nautilus Boosts product lineup

By Courtney Sherwood August 6, 2013 6 a.m.

Nautilus Inc. is making its first foray into a much smaller and cheaper fitness product: a bracelet that tracks its wearer's exercise goals, calorie burning and even sleep.

Nautilus has seen its fortunes reversed

By Courtney Sherwood August 4, 2013 6 a.m.

Vancouver-based Nautilus has been through more ups and downs over the past decade than the fitness fans who use its TreadClimber exercise machine. But Bruce Cazenave -- Nautilus' fourth CEO since 2003 -- believes the era of cost-cutting and layoffs is finally over.

Nautilus overcomes problems

By Courtney Sherwood August 4, 2013 5:59 a.m.

Back in 2003, Vancouver-based Nautilus seemed to be on a steady path.

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