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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.