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.
By Gordon Oliver November 10, 2013 6 a.m.
A fragile economy and the banking industry's regulatory turmoil are playing out painfully at Riverview Community Bank, Clark County's last bastion of true community banking in an era when that phrase has lost much of its meaning.
By Gordon Oliver November 3, 2013 6 a.m.
In a time long ago, I spent 10 weeks on a cross-country train and bus journey with my wife and our young daughter. Amtrak was in its infancy as a national railroad passenger service created to replace failing private railroads, and the relative comfort of its shiny new cars was offset by the cold, rundown train stations and sometimes unpredictable service.
By Gordon Oliver October 29, 2013 4:56 p.m.
Southwest Washington's raspberry harvest dropped by 16 percent this year, most likely due to frustrated growers turning to crops offering better financial returns.
By Gordon Oliver October 25, 2013 5:49 p.m.
Most years, the pears harvested from Washington and Oregon fields begin arriving at Vancouver's Northwest Packing Co. around mid-August and keep coming into November. But this year's harvest started early, and today the last pears will flow through a dizzying web of machinery to be peeled, sliced, diced, and canned for a steadily shrinking consumer market.
By Gordon Oliver October 13, 2013 6 a.m.
Columbian's Economic Forecast Breakfast, an annual January event, has rolled with our county's rising and sinking tides over many years.
By Gordon Oliver October 8, 2013 7:16 p.m.
When the Port of Kalama decided to build new administrative offices, it saw an opportunity to tell the story of how the small Cowlitz County town, tucked in a tight spot between the Columbia River and rugged hills, came to be.
By Gordon Oliver October 2, 2013 6 a.m.
Wells Fargo has jumped ahead of its competitors to become Clark County's largest bank, as measured by deposits, while regional Sterling Bank and Vancouver-based Riverview Community Bank both slipped in market share and deposits over the 12 month period that ended June 30.
By Gordon Oliver September 18, 2013 6:06 p.m.
More than 100 members of a union representing support staff at Longview's PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center rallied Wednesday outside the hospital to push for strong health care benefits in a new contract now being negotiated between Vancouver-based PeaceHealth and Service Employees International Union Local 49.
By Gordon Oliver September 15, 2013 6 a.m.
Five years out from the Great Recession's curtain-raiser on Wall Street, when the titans of banking and finance unashamedly left Americans to bail themselves out from their greedy deeds, the foreclosure counselors at Vancouver's Community Housing Resource Center are catching their breath.
By Gordon Oliver September 13, 2013 6:12 p.m.
The dust has barely settled in Clark County from Spokane-based Sterling Bank's drawn-out acquisition of the former First Independent Bank, a longtime pillar of Clark County's business community, and now it's flying again with Umpqua's planned acquisition of Sterling.
By Gordon Oliver September 12, 2013 6 a.m.
Camas technology company DetaCloud has become a member of the Linux Professional Institute's newly established corporate member program. Membership in the nonprofit institute's program gives the company visibility in the rapidly growing global open-source industry, as well as access to hundreds of thousands of technology professionals for its innovative one-day training session on cloud computing
By Gordon Oliver September 4, 2013 4:36 p.m.
The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's top official offered reassurances Wednesday that the Fed would continue its aggressive stimulus tools for as long as they're needed to guide the nation's economy through its uneven recovery.