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.
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.
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.
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.
Several top officials of the two companies hoping to build an oil-by-rail transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver are in town this week for private meetings with key business and government leaders, and project partners.
By Gordon Oliver March 20, 2014 6:04 p.m.
The American Empress, a refurbished and renamed riverboat that operated on the Columbia River and Alaska from 2003 to 2008, will return next month with Vancouver-based operations and tours extending from Astoria, Ore., to Clarkston, on the Idaho border.
By Gordon Oliver March 19, 2014 4:37 p.m.
The tortilla chips recently added to local grocery shelves would seem well-suited for those who prefer to buy local
By Gordon Oliver March 9, 2014 6 a.m.
When it comes to customer services, Clark Public Utilities is playing in the big leagues.
By Gordon Oliver March 4, 2014 8:35 p.m.
BNSF Railway is investing millions of dollars in safety improvements on tracks and the purchase of new oil tanker cars, railroad officials told Clark County business leaders during an invitation-only meeting Tuesday. At the 90-minute session, the officials also promised to develop a more open relationship with the community as local residents debate a proposal for rail transport of oil to a transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver.
By Gordon Oliver March 2, 2014 6 a.m.
On an early morning hike nine days ago, we climbed steep hills south of San Francisco to enjoy stunning views both of San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Then we headed to the local Starbucks, in San Mateo, to round out our morning.
By Gordon Oliver February 23, 2014 6 a.m.
As Nordstrom prepares for a dignified but disappointing exit next year from Westfield Vancouver mall, and as Wal-Mart continues its aggressive expansion in the same market area, it's time to take a closer look at what these changes in retail offering say about our community.
By Gordon Oliver February 18, 2014 3:06 p.m.
Three Clark County businesses have been added to a list of retailers in six states that received meat products from Rancho Feeding Corp. of Petaluma, Calif., that have been recalled for being from "diseased and unsound animals."
By Gordon Oliver February 16, 2014 6 a.m.
To those who love a taste of city life, there's something about the presence of food carts that makes a city feel real.
By Gordon Oliver February 2, 2014 6 a.m.
Big-time businesses are paying an average of $4 million to spend 30 seconds in your home during today's Super Bowl. The advertisers know who they'll find in front of the screens: a huge, attentive crowd of consumers.
By Gordon Oliver January 30, 2014 2:25 p.m.
Vancouver-based Riverview Bancorp, parent of Riverview Community Bank, has extended its profitability into a sixth consecutive quarter.
By Gordon Oliver January 26, 2014 6 a.m.
If you're in need of some good news in these uncertain times, look no further than Clark County's bustling housing market.
The Columbian's 2014 Economic Forecast Breakfast featured three panel discussions on a range of local business topics, and a fourth panel discussion featuring local high school and college students. Here are some highlights from those discussions.
By Gordon Oliver January 19, 2014 6 a.m.
In the tumultuous early years of the 20th century, hope was a scarce commodity for many Americans. Caught in the grip of poverty and far from imagining — let alone living — the American Dream, many among the nation's yearning masses turned to radical political parties and labor unions while the privileged few lived the life of the Great Gatsby.
By Gordon Oliver January 13, 2014 4:17 p.m.
The Clark County economy looks much healthier now than it did one year ago, but our uneven recovery is leaving far too many people behind.
By Gordon Oliver January 12, 2014 6 a.m.
Clark County's economic development wish list to the state Legislature, and maybe to voters, is for money to invest in road expansions and improvements, with additional funding for infrastructure and education added for good measure.
By Gordon Oliver January 5, 2014 6 a.m.
The turning of the calendar page from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1 is no different from any other moment. Yet many of us use that moment, and the days that border it, as a time of serious personal reflection that sometimes leads to positive change.
By Gordon Oliver December 23, 2013 6 a.m.
Carrie Schulstad is leaving her job as head of the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce and returning to the city where she began her civic activism, taking on the position of director of the Downtown Camas Association.
By Gordon Oliver December 17, 2013 8:21 p.m.
Several Clark County chambers of commerce received unexpected holiday greetings Tuesday in the form of a letter from Clark County Administrator Mark McCauley, who informed the chambers that the county was not going to give them any money in 2014.
By Gordon Oliver December 17, 2013 6 a.m.
The National Federation of Independent Business and the Association of Washington Business have joined other organizations in asking the Washington Supreme Court to overrule an appeals court decision on a wage issue that arose from Portland-based Fred Meyer's use of janitorial contractors in the Puget Sound region.
By Gordon Oliver December 15, 2013 6 a.m.
We all know about the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. We fill our days and nights with gatherings of family and friends, decorating the home and trimming the tree, and shopping, shopping, shopping.
By Gordon Oliver December 3, 2013 4:21 p.m.
Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corp. will manufacture medical devices for Amedica Corp., a Salt Lake City-based biomaterials company, at Kyocera's Vancouver manufacturing facility, the two companies have announced.
By Gordon Oliver December 1, 2013 6 a.m.
Boeing surely must have figured it was offering its International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Machinist Union employees and Washington lawmakers a deal they would not -- they dared not -- refuse. But with as many as 20,000 future jobs on the line, all bets are now off.
By Gordon Oliver November 17, 2013 6 a.m.
It's common sport in our world to find someone to blame for whatever goes wrong. We have blogs, comment threats on news articles, and mind-numbing talk shows all focused on finding fault.
By Gordon Oliver November 14, 2013 5:59 a.m.
Members of Clark County's small but energetic cadre of entrepreneurial startups will be feasting next week on two big networking and educational events timed to coincide with the week's designation as Global Entrepreneur Week.