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Courtney Sherwood

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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.

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.

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