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Vancouver firm to buy, renovate Oregon hotel

By Gordon Oliver March 5, 2015 6 a.m.

Vancouver-based Vesta Hospitality has purchased one of Central Oregon's best-known hotel properties, the Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center in Bend, and will launch a major makeover late this year.

Commercial vacancies at 17 percent downtown

By Gordon Oliver February 26, 2015 5:35 p.m.

If you're looking for commercial space to lease in downtown Vancouver, you won't have to look far.

Hispanic chamber opens downtown Vancouver office

By Gordon Oliver February 25, 2015 4:47 p.m.

After two decades of serving Southwest Washington from its Portland office, the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber has now planted itself physically in this community with a new office in downtown Vancouver.

Former Thriftway owner dies at 99

By Gordon Oliver February 19, 2015 4:26 p.m.

Norman C. Danielson, who at one time owned and operated four Thriftway grocery stores in Clark County, passed away Feb. 12 at his home in Camas. He was 99.

New building for downtown thrills leaders

By Gordon Oliver February 18, 2015 5:55 p.m.

Vancouver business and political boosters took turns declaring that Wednesday was a big day for the city's slowly blossoming downtown. It was, they said, a day that would be remembered as the kickoff for construction of the city's first new office building in many years.

Strictly Business: Shipper's departure bad for all

By Gordon Oliver February 15, 2015 6 a.m.

Mercifully, the Port of Vancouver has been on the sidelines in the battle between West Coast port operators and the Longshore union that has turned increasingly nasty in recent weeks. The port's union dockworkers, having endured an 18-month lockout at the United Grain Terminal before reaching a contract deal in August, aren't in this fight affecting their union siblings at container-handling ports. Surely they're relieved that it's somebody else's turn on the front lines.

State retail sales rise in 3Q of 2014

By Gordon Oliver February 13, 2015 5:11 p.m.

Washington's taxable retail sales increased to $33.2 billion for the third quarter of 2014, a 7.3 percent over the same July to September period in 2013, the Department of Revenue said Friday. Retail trade, a subset of total taxable retail sales, rose 5.5 percent to $14.6 billion in the same period.

Chambers target small businesses with grant

By Gordon Oliver February 12, 2015 6 a.m.

Two business support organizations — the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber — have both launched small business assistance programs for low-income Vancouver residents. The programs are tapping federal grant funds allocated by the city of Vancouver.

Banfield Pet Hospital names new CEO

By Gordon Oliver February 10, 2015 6 a.m.

Banfield Pet Hospital, the Portland-based veterinary chain that is moving its headquarters to Vancouver next year, has named a company vice president as its new president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.

Banfield Pet Hospital shows Vancouver campus plan

By Gordon Oliver February 5, 2015 7:50 p.m.

Banfield Pet Hospital's new 17.5-acre corporate campus in east Vancouver will include three office buildings designed by one of the Northwest's top architects, a half-acre off-leash dog exercise area, and lush landscaping, company officials disclosed Thursday.

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