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Gordon Oliver

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Students provide MAP for businesses

By Gordon Oliver July 31, 2014 4:37 p.m.

Mark Mahan knows plenty about business.

Washington receives mixed grades on its business climate

By Gordon Oliver July 22, 2014 6 a.m.

A national survey gave Washington a D+ grade in business "friendliness" due to its regulatory environment, while recognizing the state as one of the easiest in which to start a business ,with an A- grade in that category.

Parade of Homes show drawing big crowds

By Gordon Oliver July 21, 2014 5:42 p.m.

The NW Natural Parade of Homes is drawing large crowds to Erickson Farms in Felida, with the number of visitors tracking at nearly double last year's attendance, according to the Building Industry Association of Clark County, an event sponsor.

2nd Quarter report: Business relocations, jobs numbers, home sales add to good news

By Gordon Oliver July 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark County's economy showed renewed energy in the year's second quarter as the county welcomed one new corporate headquarters, attracted another for relocation next year, and saw other business moves and expansions.

Columbia Machine: Save Export-Import Bank

By Gordon Oliver July 15, 2014 6:03 p.m.

Rick Goode, CEO of the Vancouver-based concrete products company Columbia Machine Inc., showed up at the White House Tuesday morning to lend his support to the federal Export-Import Bank and to discuss other initiatives that assist U.S. companies in building export markets.

Strictly Business: Legal pot industry sure to be robust

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

It's rare when any business in Clark County attracts national or even regional interest, so the media throng that greeted last Wednesday's opening of Main Street Marijuana was quite a curiosity.

Erickson Farms holds memories for area residents, developers

By Gordon Oliver July 6, 2014 6 a.m.

About all that's left of the old Erickson Farms in Felida are the memories of countless longtime Clark County residents who, as children, picked fruit and berries in those fields or who, as adults, bought those berries and other produce at the Erickson's farm store.

Survey: Hiring up 10 percent in 2013

By Gordon Oliver July 1, 2014 5:35 p.m.

An Employment Security Department survey of Washington employers estimated that job vacancies in the state rose by 23 percent between the fall of 2012 and fall of 2013, while hiring rose by nearly 10 percent. Employers reported that vacant positions remained open last fall on average for about 66 days, a dramatic leap from the 19 day average for job openings in the fall of 2012.

Cantwell supports extending charter of U.S. Ex-Im Bank

By Gordon Oliver June 30, 2014 6:01 p.m.

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., pitched for Congress to extend the charter of the U.S. Export-Import Bank during a Monday morning visit to Columbia Machine's headquarters and manufacturing plant in Vancouver, saying the bank's services help small businesses compete in overseas markets.

Washington gets $6 million to retrain jobless workers

By Gordon Oliver June 26, 2014 5:29 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday announced $6.175 million in job-training grants in Washington to retrain long-term unemployed workers, as part of a $154.7 million allocation to 32 states, Puerto Rico and the Cherokee tribal nation.

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