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Courtney Sherwood

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Sapa Extrusions is exceeding expectations

By Courtney Sherwood August 28, 2014 5:08 p.m.

Three years after setting up its first Vancouver manufacturing operation, a Norwegian-owned business is exceeding its own expectations at the site. Sapa Extrusions employs more people in Clark County than it originally planned, said regional plant manager Mats Johansson. It is pursuing a certification that could lead to more hiring. And Johansson said he sees a long future for the aluminum-products maker in the community.

Gravitate changes plan for building

By Courtney Sherwood August 18, 2014 4:30 p.m.

New life is coming to a prime piece of downtown Vancouver street-front real estate, five years after it became vacant, according to the commercial real estate broker working to lease the former site of Koplan's Home Furnishings.

Sparks building transforming

By Courtney Sherwood July 24, 2014 6:49 p.m.

As developer Ryan Hurley walked through his latest downtown Vancouver acquisition on a recent July morning, he spoke of a vision beyond the gutted former home of Sparks Home Furnishings.

Prestige Care stays on leading edge

By Courtney Sherwood June 29, 2014 6 a.m.

The challenges sound familiar to any fast-growing 21st century high-tech business.

New building nearer at Clark College

By Courtney Sherwood June 16, 2014 4:49 p.m.

After years of effort, Clark College is edging closer to bringing a $41 million science and technology building to its main Vancouver campus.

Changes afoot at Vancouver Plaza

By Courtney Sherwood June 9, 2014 4:41 p.m.

Burlington Coat Factory is coming to Clark County, spurring a flurry of changes at the Vancouver Plaza shopping center.

Mistrust, disagreement over oil terminal plan aired at meeting

By Courtney Sherwood May 21, 2014 10:43 p.m.

Mistrust and disagreement on the risks and benefits of a proposed Vancouver oil terminal were on display Wednesday night at a community meeting aimed at bringing all sides in the controversial issue together. And most of the mistrust seemed directed at Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies, the two businesses that want to handle as much as 380,000 barrels at the Port of Vancouver.

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.

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