By Gordon Oliver December 7, 2014 6 a.m.
If you really want to hear from the experts on our local Clark County economy, talk to the experts — the people working every day to provide jobs in our community.
By Gordon Oliver December 4, 2014 6 a.m.
The U.S. Small Business Administration saw a slight increase in its most popular business loans in Clark County in the federal fiscal year that ended Oct.. 31, matching regional and national trends of growing demand for the 7(a) loans.
By Gordon Oliver November 19, 2014 5 p.m.
In an era in which companies draw on behavioral research tools to hire employees, it's somehow reassuring to learn that the CEO of a highly successful local company measures job applicants in part on whether their cars are clean and uncluttered.
David Capolarello bought his home in a quiet Hazel Dell neighborhood in 2008. At the time, housing prices were near their peak following a stratospheric climb that was fueled by easy money and low or no-down payment deals. Homeownership was on the rise, and some thought the good days would keep on rolling.
By Gordon Oliver November 13, 2014 6 a.m.
Since early summer, Chris "Salty" Reed and his wife, Cindy Reed, have worked to bring new life to a charming downtown storefront that for years had been vacant and overlooked.
By Gordon Oliver November 6, 2014 5:12 p.m.
The Port of Vancouver and Northwest Packing Co. have reached an agreement on a 25-year extension of the company's lease on its fruit packing plant at the port, ending three years of sometimes tense negotiations over a new lease.
By Gordon Oliver November 2, 2014 6 a.m.
We love those lower gas prices, right? We drive away from the pump with a few more dollars for groceries, movies, maybe even our savings accounts to backstop our flat wages.
By Gordon Oliver October 29, 2014 11:46 a.m.
Barrett Business Services, Inc. took a huge hit Wednesday following the release of third-quarter earnings showing a net loss of $37.7 million, largely due to an $80 million increase in reserves for payments of drawn-out worker compensation claims.
By Gordon Oliver October 28, 2014 6:05 p.m.
The Port of Vancouver is making a big bet on North Dakota, and it's not all about oil. In a preliminary budget approved by the port's Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, the port is projecting $56.8 million in revenue from operations, compared to $34.1 million expected in the current fiscal year. Most of that projected increase is expected to come from a new initiative called "Dedicated Rail Service," in which the port would lease rail cars to transport agricultural products from North Dakota to Vancouver on rail cars that would otherwise run empty.
By Gordon Oliver October 26, 2014 6 a.m.
This year's third quarter was a time of beginnings, with marijuana offered for legal sale to recreational users for the first time, and endings, with the drawn-out labor dispute at the United Grain terminal finally coming to an end.
By Gordon Oliver October 19, 2014 6 a.m.
I was the only man in the room last Wednesday at the monthly meeting of the Women Entrepreneurs Organization of Clark County. I had no complaints, but I had to wonder what advice about the news business I could offer these hardworking women whose business ventures ranged from tattoo artist to real estate broker.
By Gordon Oliver October 17, 2014 6:34 p.m.
Oregon Iron Works, which operates a manufacturing plant in Vancouver, said Friday that it has been chosen as a steel fabricator for San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center. The $1.9 billion center, which some are calling the "Grand Central Station of the West," is one of the West's largest transit projects and is expected to generate over 7,000 jobs at the site and through off-site contractor work, Oregon Iron Works said in a news release.
By Gordon Oliver October 17, 2014 6 a.m.
Clark County approved 56 residential building permits in September, the lowest monthly number this year but slightly more than the 54 permits issued in September 2013. Vancouver also reported a slowdown in building permit approvals.
By Gordon Oliver October 15, 2014 6 a.m.
PORTLAND — A sense of optimism tinged with concern for those left behind in the post-recession economy permeated Greater Portland Inc.'s 7th Annual Economic Summit held Tuesday morning at the Portland Art Museum, an event that attracted a full house of regional business and political leaders, including many from Clark County.
By Gordon Oliver October 12, 2014 6 a.m.
Michael Lary and his business partners gave plenty of thought to where they wanted to locate their business, The Source Climbing Center, in 2011. They landed at 1118 Main St. in the heart of the downtown business district, bringing about 10 employees and 100 to 150 daily visitors, most of whom arrive by car, into the downtown mix.
By Gordon Oliver October 3, 2014 7:13 p.m.
Some 40 local residents didn't bother using the U.S. Postal Service on Friday morning, choosing instead to personally deliver messages to local congressional staff members in support of Postal Service functions threatened by federal mandates to the Postal Service.
By Gordon Oliver September 22, 2014 5 p.m.
Wacom is rolling out four new digital tools this fall, ranging from premium professional pens to an inexpensive stylus for doodlers and note-takers, as it feeds growing consumer demand for expanded uses of tablets and smartphones.
By Gordon Oliver September 21, 2014 6 a.m.
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By Gordon Oliver September 16, 2014 4:15 p.m.
Clark County's real estate market in August reflected a normal seasonal downturn from July but showed continued strength overall with year-over-year increases in pending sales and median sales price and a 10 percent drop in the time needed to sell a home.
By Gordon Oliver September 8, 2014 4:36 p.m.
Vancouver Westfield mall patrons will get their last chance this holiday season to shop at the mall's Nordstrom store, which is set to close in January. Yet, seven months after that closure was announced, Westfield executives haven't disclosed their plans for the 71,000 square-foot mall anchor space that Nordstrom has occupied since 1977.
By Gordon Oliver September 8, 2014 4:26 p.m.
Vancouver-based telecom provider Integra announced Monday that it has named board member Robert Guth as interim CEO and president. Guth replaces Kevin O’Hara, who had served as CEO since 2011. O’Hara also has left the company’s board.
By Gordon Oliver August 25, 2014 4:54 p.m.
A Japan-based company that produces a key product used in the manufacture of silicon crystals and ingots for semiconductors is closing its Camas operations, leaving dozens of mostly long-term employees without jobs.
By Gordon Oliver August 20, 2014 5:12 p.m.
Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman, in Vancouver to attend an expo Thursday of U.S. Postal Service customers, sees a bright future for the quasi-governmental organization's expansion of its package delivery and business services.
By Gordon Oliver August 17, 2014 6 a.m.
As a teenager, Fred Grubmeyer decided to explore life beyond Brooklyn and headed west. He briefly tried his hand at gold mining in Alaska but realized his small miner's shovel was no match for the mountain in front of him. The young man found his way to Portland, shortened his name to Meyer and over decades built a chain of shopping centers that made him a local household name.
By Gordon Oliver August 11, 2014 5:09 p.m.
The engineering and environmental consulting firm BergerABAM said Monday that it will move its Vancouver offices to the former City Hall building at 210 E. 13th St., the first announced tenant in a building that is now called Block 56.
By Gordon Oliver August 8, 2014 6:58 p.m.
A Portland developer has submitted preliminary plans to develop an 84-acre former quarry on Southeast 192nd Avenue immediately north of state Highway 14 with a mix of uses include housing, retail, commercial, and offices and a hotel.
By Gordon Oliver August 6, 2014 5:36 p.m.
Vancouver and Clark County had a low profile in CenturyLink's Tuesday announcement that the company is expanding its gigabit service in Portland. But a top company official said Wednesday that the company is also aggressively expanding its ultra-fast Internet service on this side of the Columbia River.