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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Gordon Oliver February 3, 2015 6 a.m.
Sunlight Supply Inc., a Vancouver-based manufacturer and distributor of specialty gardening supplies nationwide, is proposing a huge manufacturing facility and new offices at the Port of Vancouver's Centennial Industrial Park. The project would require approval from the city and from the Port of Vancouver.
By Gordon Oliver February 1, 2015 6 a.m.
Ken Fisher, the billionaire Camas investment manager, has brought more jobs to Clark County in the past decade than anyone else. With more than 900 employees settled into a sparkling new office campus in Camas, Fisher carries some weight when he talks about what it might take to draw corporate bigwigs to a county that is often overlooked by the big guys.
By Gordon Oliver January 30, 2015 6 a.m.
Obituaries are being written this month for Google Glass in response to Google's decision to halt production of its current version of its much-hyped wearable computer.
By Gordon Oliver January 25, 2015 6 a.m.
lark County's long-lagging economy played a good deal of catchup during the last fiscal quarter with the larger Portland metro and state of Washington economies, by way of strong job growth, a larger workforce and a steady housing market.
By Gordon Oliver January 23, 2015 5:22 p.m.
A California startup aiming to drastically cut the costs of home refinancing has branched out to Washington and Oregon with an online lending service that it hopes will be the cutting edge of a transformation of the highly regulated home lending industry.
By Gordon Oliver January 21, 2015 3:59 p.m.
Gold's Gym will open in Westfield Vancouver mall in early 2016 in space vacated earlier this month by Nordstrom, Westfield Vancouver officials said in a news release Wednesday.
By Gordon Oliver January 16, 2015 5:28 p.m.
Sotheby's International Realty, one of the most recognized names in high-end real estate sales, will open an office in Vancouver in March as part of a new franchise deal by the company for the Portland-Vancouver market.
By Gordon Oliver January 15, 2015 4:29 p.m.
Clark County's housing market showed resilience in the historically slow sales month of December, with the most closed sales for a December since 2005, the RMLS real estate listing service said in its December market report. The report's indicators suggest growing demand for a shrinking supply of homes for sale, which could be a precursor of a solid increase in housing prices this year.
By Gordon Oliver January 14, 2015 6 a.m.
Darcy Altizer was ready for a new professional challenge, and the Southwest Washington Contractors Association had a challenge to offer.
By Gordon Oliver January 12, 2015 4:57 p.m.
Sigma Design, a Vancouver-based product design and engineering firm, said Monday that it will launch a 20,000-square-foot manufacturing site in east Vancouver this spring that will employ at least 20 permanent workers and up to 100 permanent and temporary workers during peak production times.
By Gordon Oliver January 10, 2015 6 a.m.
Corbett Fish House, a popular eatery whose owners operate two restaurants in Portland, is preparing to expand to Lacamas Crossing shopping center in Camas.
By Gordon Oliver January 6, 2015 3:52 p.m.
Wacom, the Japanese interactive pen-and-display maker with Americas operations based in Vancouver, on Tuesday released two new products for artists and designers on opening day of the huge Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
By Gordon Oliver January 4, 2015 6 a.m.
Few life experiences can match the wonder of visiting some of the world's greatest nature preserves, including the Serengeti National Park, in the equatorial eastern African country of Tanzania. My wife and I indulged in that great adventure on a photo safari through three of Tanzania's wondrous wildlife parks, reveling in close-up sightings of lounging lions, elephants wandering in our path, and partially submerged hippos whose backs double as perches for birds. I'll always treasure those six days staring out the pop-top of a Toyota Land Cruiser, observing and photographing this masterstroke of nature.
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.