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Gordon Oliver

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Umpqua faces challenge as it grows

By Gordon Oliver April 17, 2014 5:41 p.m.

Umpqua Bank has been on a self-proclaimed mission of changing the face of banking with its living-room-friendly "stores," its hyper-courteous employees, and the "world's greatest bank" moniker it brashly embraced years ago as a tiny Oregon community bank.

Cantwell to visit Vancouver on Wednesday, focus on small businesses

By Gordon Oliver April 15, 2014 4:27 p.m.

Sen. Maria Cantwell, will host a field hearing of the Senate Small Business Committee at 10:30 a.m. today at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.

Late filers keep local tax preparers busy

By Gordon Oliver April 14, 2014 4:26 p.m.

Taxpayers aiming to avoid heavy fees imposed on those who wait to file kept tax preparers busy Monday with a last-minute push to beat the federal income tax filing deadline of midnight today.

Strictly Business: Young workers left idling

By Gordon Oliver April 13, 2014 6 a.m.

As our post-recession economy reshapes itself in a new form, we're seeing plenty of surprises and more than a few disappointments.

Regulators lift restrictions on Riverview Bank

By Gordon Oliver April 8, 2014 5:20 p.m.

Bank says "significant improvement" in financial condition led to end of regulatory requirements

American Empress stops by and says hello

By Gordon Oliver April 4, 2014 5:53 p.m.

The American Empress riverboat, set to launch its first full Columbia River cruise on Sunday, docked briefly today in Vancouver in advance of its formal christening Saturday on the Willamette River in downtown Portland.

Southwest Washington sees decline in SBA loans

By Gordon Oliver April 3, 2014 4:58 p.m.

The U.S. Small Business Administration's loan program took a hit when the federal government closed its doors Oct. 1-16 due to a political impasse in Congress, but business loans are moving again at a healthy pace locally as the federal fiscal year hits its midway point.

Umpqua-Sterling merger nears completion

By Gordon Oliver April 1, 2014 4:52 p.m.

A merger between Portland-based Umpqua Bank and Spokane-based Sterling Bank is set for completion by April 18, the corporate parents of the two banks said in a statement released Tuesday.

BNSF making improvements in the Gorge

By Gordon Oliver March 31, 2014 5:19 p.m.

BNSF Railroad is in the midst of major upgrades of its rail lines across the nation, including in Washington, with improvements now underway on the heavily used Columbia River Gorge rail segment.

Strictly Business: OnTheGo sets sights on future

By Gordon Oliver March 30, 2014 6 a.m.

Before most of us have had our first chance to try Google Glass, a device that hides computing and communications inside a pair of eyeglasses, restless software developers are racing to come up with ways to advance the nascent technology.

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