Retail sales spike locally

By Gordon Oliver May 28, 2015 5:09 p.m.

This week's announcement by the Department of Revenue that taxable retail sales rose by more than 8 percent in Clark County in 2014 was good news for an area where the retail trade has struggled in the shadow of sales tax-free Oregon.

Dick Hannah eyes Value Village

By Gordon Oliver May 28, 2015 6 a.m.

The Dick Hannah Collision Center has filed a preliminary application to the city of Vancouver to expand into the building that now houses the Value Village thrift store at 7110 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd.

Retail sales rose nearly 9% in Clark County

By Gordon Oliver May 26, 2015 5:21 p.m.

Clark County's taxable retail sales increased by 8.8 percent during the 2014 calendar year, and Vancouver's sales rose by 8.5 percent.

Going out on a limb safely with workshop

By Gordon Oliver May 26, 2015 6 a.m.

Alarmed at the high injury rate in the tree-care business, the state Department of Labor & Industries has launched a round of safety workshops for tree-care professionals across the state, including one next month in Vancouver.

Strictly Business: It pays to read cards' fine print

By Gordon Oliver May 24, 2015 6 a.m.

We can't count the ways that legitimate and not-so-legitimate businesses come after our pocketbooks, and how often they find our vulnerabilities despite our best defenses. Few among us have escaped being drawn in by too-good-to-be-true deals for discounts or financial deals that ended up costing us in the long run.

Subdivision starts to sprout in Camas

By Gordon Oliver May 21, 2015 4:37 p.m.

CAMAS — A single house, only partially framed, was cause for celebration Thursday at the new Deerhaven subdivision, one of the first new housing projects on the budding north shore area of Lacamas Lake.

Mill Plain Ace Hardware closing

By Gordon Oliver May 21, 2015 4:26 p.m.

The Ace Hardware store at 8000 E. Mill Plain Boulevard is closing its doors after losing its lease as part of what the property owner says will be a larger upgrade of the Garrison Square shopping center at East Mill Plain and North Garrison Road.

Memorial Day travel to be busy

By Gordon Oliver May 18, 2015 6 a.m.

The summer travel season will begin with a boom Memorial Day weekend, when more than one-third of Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more for the holiday, the AAA travel club projects.

April strong for Clark County housing market

By Gordon Oliver May 15, 2015 2:39 p.m.

Clark County's housing market continued to gain momentum in April, with the inventory of homes offered for sale shrinking to the lowest level in years despite a 12 percent increase in new listings, the Portland-based RMLS real estate listing service reported.

Integra lays off workers

By Gordon Oliver May 13, 2015 4:39 p.m.

The telecommunications company Integra, which relocated headquarters and hundreds of employees to Vancouver in 2013, has laid off an undisclosed number of workers from its operations department, the company confirmed on Wednesday.

Hotel, apartments nearly done at Columbia Tech Center

By Gordon Oliver May 12, 2015 6 a.m.

The Columbia Tech Center will soon have more residents and more overnight visitors following completion this summer of two four-story buildings rising at Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard and 177th Avenue.

Taxable retail sales rise in Vancouver, Clark County

By Gordon Oliver May 11, 2015 4:15 p.m.

Taxable retail sales increases in both Vancouver and Clark County exceeded the average statewide increase in last year's fourth quarter, the state Department of Revenue reported Monday.

Ribbon-cutting at nLight celebrates expansion

By Gordon Oliver May 8, 2015 5:51 p.m.

Laser manufacturer nLight celebrated its latest expansion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday afternoon that drew a crowd of well-wishers, including U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, state Rep Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, and city officials.

Black Rock Coffee Bar coming to downtown

By Gordon Oliver May 8, 2015 6 a.m.

The high-energy Black Rock Coffee Bar is coming to downtown Vancouver, where it will establish one of its first urban-focused coffee shops in the renovated Sparks building just across from Vancouver's downtown library.

Market comes to Vancouver mall

By Gordon Oliver May 3, 2015 5:04 p.m.

Clark County's newest public market launched this weekend at Westfield Vancouver mall, where dozens of vendors offered fresh food and creative craft items in an open-air venue.

Strictly Business: For-profit schools at crossroads

By Gordon Oliver May 3, 2015 6 a.m.

Nationally and locally, for-profit schools are in the news these days. And the news isn't good for the schools or their struggling students.

nLight secures $25.3 million investment

By Gordon Oliver May 1, 2015 4:20 p.m.

Industrial laser manufacturer nLight Corp. of Vancouver has received $25.3 million in investment funding, the company disclosed in a Thursday regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. But the company did not indicate the source of the new funding or how it would be spent.

DiscoverOrg to double staff, adding 150 jobs

By Gordon Oliver April 30, 2015 5:23 p.m.

A company that arrived in Vancouver six years ago as a small startup with an obscure product is making a big imprint on the city's downtown with its startling growth.

Farm co-op plans store in east Vancouver

By Gordon Oliver April 28, 2015 6 a.m.

Wilco Farm Stores, a retail outlet operated by an Oregon-based farm cooperative, has begun renovation of a former grocery store that will serve as the cooperative's first Vancouver store.

Housing market on the rebound

By Gordon Oliver April 26, 2015 6 a.m.

When other developers were fleeing the housing market a half-decade ago out of financial desperation, Bob and Liz Rondeau were looking to get in.

Hospice waits for OK to open in Salmon Creek

By Gordon Oliver April 23, 2015 6 a.m.

It's taken a long time, and it will take just a bit longer, but the Community Home Health and Hospice at 3102 N.E. 134th St. in Salmon Creek is about to open its doors.

Esther Short Commons gets new retail tenants

By Gordon Oliver April 21, 2015 6 a.m.

Ever since its opening about a decade ago, Esther Short Commons has been a tough home for retailers.

NLight agrees to False Claims Act settlement of $420,000

By Gordon Oliver April 20, 2015 6:02 p.m.

Vancouver-based industrial laser manufacturer nLight Photonics has agreed to pay $420,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the federal False Claims Act between 2004 and 2013, allowing it to receive multiple government grants and contracts for which it did not legitimately qualify.

Events a new way to tour homes in Clark County

By Gordon Oliver April 17, 2015 6 a.m.

Clark County's new showcase for local builders to present their homes to the curious and to prospective homebuyers comes complete with a kick-off social event focusing on local food and drink.

Air, hospitality academy lays off workers

By Gordon Oliver and Justin Runquist April 16, 2015 5:43 p.m.

Vancouver's International Air and Hospitality Academy has apparently fallen on challenging times. With declining enrollment, a number of employees were laid off this week at the small career college.

Tight local housing market favors sellers

By Gordon Oliver April 14, 2015 4:21 p.m.

It's shaping up to be a strong spring season for Clark County homesellers and an unusually tight market for homebuyers, in part due to an influx of buyers seeking refuge from rising rents.

Vancouver Starbucks seeks liquor permit

By Gordon Oliver April 13, 2015 5:11 p.m.

No details yet, but you may soon be able to spend an early evening sipping wine at a Vancouver Starbucks.

Grow Clark County to replace PubTalk

By Gordon Oliver April 2, 2015 6 a.m.

Clark County PubTalk, a networking event launched in 2009 that offered vital business assistance and support during the long economic downturn, is no more.

Vancouver-based firm eyes purchase of tax liens

By Gordon Oliver April 1, 2015 6 a.m.

Stephen Seal found his first business success in buying and selling rural land. Now, the investment manager, who lives in Long Beach and operates his companies out of Vancouver, is moving in a big way into investments in tax liens on foreclosed properties, mostly undeveloped land, in Florida and Arizona.

Strictly Business: Vancouver vibe lacks, as many in tech see it

By Gordon Oliver March 29, 2015 6 a.m.

When high-end digital pen maker Wacom sprung the news this month that it would bail from Vancouver for a glitzier corporate address in Portland's Pearl District, company spokesman Doug Little acknowledged the move would be a loss to Vancouver and its technology business sector.

New shopping app Quid caters to absent-minded

By Gordon Oliver March 27, 2015 4:28 p.m.

Add one more app to the mushrooming list of technology tools intended to eliminate the inconvenience of waiting for just about anything.

Work starts on Parade of Homes residences

By Gordon Oliver March 25, 2015 3:13 p.m.

The Building Industry Association of Clark County signaled the official launch of construction for this year's NW Natural Parade of Homes with a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning at the site where six to eight luxury homes will be built for the September show.

Former Vancouver man's online company has roofing jobs covered

By Gordon Oliver March 23, 2015 4:42 p.m.

Josh Davis is showing that he's found a way to reduce the cost of a new roof installation by about 30 percent without sacrificing quality.

Vancouver specialty pharmacy sold

By Gordon Oliver March 19, 2015 6 a.m.

A Vancouver-based pharmacy provider that serves homebound and assisted living facility patients has been sold to an Alaska-based provider of similar services. The new corporate owners say they intend to more than double the number of employees in Vancouver, making it the company's hub for operations in the U.S. mainland.

FlightCar ready for takeoff at Portland airport

By Gordon Oliver March 17, 2015 6 a.m.

Beginning today, your unused car can become a moneymaker when you leave it behind at Portland International Airport.

Time ticking on taxes

By Gordon Oliver March 15, 2015 6 a.m.

Add this to the usual reasons for not getting around to income tax filing: the weather is just too good to spend it organizing documents and filling out tax forms.

Tech firm Wacom to move from Vancouver to Portland

By Gordon Oliver March 12, 2015 9:53 p.m.

Digital pen maker Wacom, long a flagship of Clark College's technology sector, said Thursday that it will move its headquarters for the Americas from Vancouver to Portland's Pearl District next spring.

Christensen Shipyard hit with second lawsuit

By Gordon Oliver March 12, 2015 3:53 p.m.

Vancouver-based Christensen Shipyards faces a breach of contract lawsuit filed by a statewide nonprofit business assistance program that says the yacht builder failed to pay for the consulting services it provided.

Building's walls go up thanks to huge crane  

By Gordon Oliver March 10, 2015 3:31 p.m.

It takes a gigantic piece of machinery to lift up to 178,000 pounds of slab concrete and move it like a playing card in a 39-card deck.

Vancouver firm to buy, renovate Oregon hotel

By Gordon Oliver March 5, 2015 6 a.m.

Vancouver-based Vesta Hospitality has purchased one of Central Oregon's best-known hotel properties, the Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center in Bend, and will launch a major makeover late this year.

Commercial vacancies at 17 percent downtown

By Gordon Oliver February 26, 2015 5:35 p.m.

If you're looking for commercial space to lease in downtown Vancouver, you won't have to look far.

Hispanic chamber opens downtown Vancouver office

By Gordon Oliver February 25, 2015 4:47 p.m.

After two decades of serving Southwest Washington from its Portland office, the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber has now planted itself physically in this community with a new office in downtown Vancouver.

Former Thriftway owner dies at 99

By Gordon Oliver February 19, 2015 4:26 p.m.

Norman C. Danielson, who at one time owned and operated four Thriftway grocery stores in Clark County, passed away Feb. 12 at his home in Camas. He was 99.

New building for downtown thrills leaders

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.

Strictly Business: Shipper's departure bad for all

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.

State retail sales rise in 3Q of 2014

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.

Chambers target small businesses with grant

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.

Banfield Pet Hospital names new CEO

By Gordon Oliver February 10, 2015 6 a.m.

Banfield Pet Hospital, the Portland-based veterinary chain that is moving its headquarters to Vancouver next year, has named a company vice president as its new president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.

Banfield Pet Hospital shows Vancouver campus plan

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.

Sunlight Supply proposes new facility

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.