Strictly Business: Experts on menu at forecast breakfast

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.

Numbers of SBA loans grow in Clark County

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.

Westfield shoppers brighten Black Friday

By Gordon Oliver November 28, 2014 2:24 p.m.

Black Friday shoppers made their time-tested rounds from one sale to another Friday morning, but some were more weary than in past years after pulling all-nighters on the retail circuit.

Panera rises at Steakburger site

By Gordon Oliver November 21, 2014 5:28 p.m.

Steakburger is gone, but the beloved fast-food joint won't be forgotten at its former home in Hazel Dell.

CEO shares secrets of entrepreneurial success

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.

Vancouver paving contractor faces charges

By Gordon Oliver November 17, 2014 4:30 p.m.

A Vancouver man faces criminal charges that he operated as an unregistered contractor while paving driveways for Clark County residents, the state Department of Labor & Industries said Monday.

Strictly Business: Driving on with new technology

By Gordon Oliver November 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Ready or not, we're approaching the day when we'll hand control of our cars over to computers.

Full recovery eludes local home prices

By Gordon Oliver and Justin Runquist November 16, 2014 6 a.m.

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.

Grocery Cocktail & Social draws crowds in downtown

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.

Fuel Medical relocates to Camas

By Gordon Oliver November 11, 2014 6 a.m.

Fuel Medical Group is growing at a rapid pace, but the ear, nose and throat medical service company is keeping it local despite its national reach.

Port, Northwest Packing reach lease deal

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.

Chick-fil-A may be on way to Vancouver

By Gordon Oliver November 6, 2014 5:02 p.m.

The national fast-food chain Chick-fil-A may be headed to Vancouver as the restaurant makes its entry into the Portland metro area market.

American Empress has successful first season

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

The American Empress riverboat has made its final 2014 journey on the Columbia River, and the president of the cruise operator is breathing easier about a successful season that was by no means a certainty.

Tourism Award winners named

By Gordon Oliver November 3, 2014 6 a.m.

As this year's tourism season winds down, Visit Vancouver USA is recognizing its three Tourism Award winners for 2014.

Strictly Business: Downside for falling gas prices?

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.

Kuni vice president Herman dies at 72

By Gordon Oliver October 31, 2014 4:49 p.m.

Joseph C. Herman, executive vice president of Vancouver-based Kuni Automotive Group, died Wednesday following a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 72.

Masons seeking new home

By Gordon Oliver October 31, 2014 6 a.m.

It's never easy to find a new home, but members of the Masons fraternal organization in Clark County have it worse than most as they prepare to move out of a building that's been their home for decades.

Barrett stock slumps after major 3Q net loss

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.

Port of Vancouver approves preliminary budget

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.

3rd Quarter: A time of new beginnings

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.

Mayors luncheon focuses on green building

By Gordon Oliver October 24, 2014 6:10 p.m.

Michael Luzier wants to make it easier for homebuilders to be green.

Gas prices fall in Clark County

By Gordon Oliver October 22, 2014 5:19 p.m.

For the first time in many years, motorists can look forward to a pleasant surprise at the local gas station — gasoline that costs less than $3 a gallon.

Big chains squeeze Cinetopia

By Gordon Oliver October 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Cinetopia owner Rudyard Coltman knows how to build movie theaters so dazzling that they draw moviegoers from miles around.

Strictly Business: 'Earning' a place in the media

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.

Oregon Iron Works gets Bay Area job

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.

Building activity slows in county

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.

Home sales cool as season turns

By Gordon Oliver October 15, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark County home sales cooled during September, with listings, sales, and median prices all down from August numbers, according to the latest "Market Action" report from RMLS, the regional real estate listing service.

From metro-area business summit, looking up

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.

Angling for better parking downtown

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.

Vancouver children's clothes maker bought

By Gordon Oliver October 11, 2014 6 a.m.

A small Vancouver maker of children's outdoor apparel has sold to a Utah investor, a move that the company says will provide it with funding to pay for its local expansion.

Postal customers, workers protest proposed changes

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.

Vancouver eatery On the Border closes

By Gordon Oliver October 2, 2014 5:12 p.m.

On the Border, a Texas-based Mexican restaurant chain, has abruptly closed its single Vancouver location amid a swirl of legal claims against the restaurant's franchise owners over unpaid rent and taxes.

Webfor defies the odds

By Gordon Oliver October 1, 2014 4:46 p.m.

Kevin Getch is running late — by about a full year — in holding an open house for his firm's new offices.

RS Medical will lay off 28 employees 'right away'

By Gordon Oliver September 29, 2014 12:28 p.m.

New rules cause Vancouver company to drop Medicare market

Portland investors buy Main Place

By Gordon Oliver September 27, 2014 6 a.m.

One of downtown's most recognizable buildings, the black glass box known as Main Place, has been purchased by a prominent Portland investment firm that is making its first major plunge into Vancouver real estate.

Wacom writes new chapter for pens

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.

Strictly Business: Business e-newsletter set to evolve

By Gordon Oliver September 21, 2014 6 a.m.

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Clark County real estate market stays strong

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.

Mall mum on future of Nordstrom space

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.

Integra appoints new interim CEO

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.

Vancouver Plaza sees comings and goings

By Gordon Oliver September 3, 2014 4:37 p.m.

Construction continues on a new Burlington Coat Factory and a relocated Bed Bath & Beyond at the Vancouver Plaza, with both stores targeted for completion before the holiday shopping season begins.

Brush Prairie couple's farm labor of love

By Gordon Oliver August 31, 2014 6 a.m.

Foxfire Farm, the name that Jeff and Kathleen Booren have given to the productive plot on their Orchards homestead, is a labor of love for a couple winding down from careers in mental health services and banking.

Heraeus Shin-Etsu America closing Camas operation

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.

Postal Service official makes Vancouver visit

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.

Strictly Business: Visionary Fred Meyer

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.

Coffee To Go: Dutch Bros. coming to Hazel Dell

By Gordon Oliver August 12, 2014 6:59 p.m.

A Dutch Bros. drive-through kiosk under construction at Northeast 99th Street and Hazel Dell Avenue should be open for business late this month or in early September.

BergerABAM moving to former City Hall site

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.

Development planned at quarry

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.

CenturyLink expanding its services in Clark County

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.

Students provide MAP for businesses

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

Mark Mahan knows plenty about business.