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Strictly Business: Keep our leaders on the record

November 1, 2015, 6:02am Business

My editor suggested I write a goodbye column -- this column you're reading. I said yes to one last newspaper deadline. Read story

BBSI posts $11.57M profit in 3rd quarter

October 28, 2015, 4:44pm Business

Barrett Business Services Inc., the Vancouver-based supplier of staffing and outsourced human resources services, said Wednesday it recorded a third-quarter profit of $11.57 million. That compares with a loss of $37.81 million in the July-to-September period of 2014. Meanwhile, the company posted third-quarter net revenues of $199.25 million, up roughly 14 percent from the year-ago period. Read story

Pollard calls out port official over comments

October 28, 2015, 4:32pm Business

Just over two years after Port of Vancouver leaders signed off on a lease for the nation's largest rail-to-ship oil-transfer terminal, opponents of the controversial deal show no signs of letting up in their denunciations of the decision. Read story

Port candidates LaBrant, Ross spar at debate

October 27, 2015, 5:11pm Business

Days away from the Nov. 3 general election, the two candidates competing for a shot at helping run the Port of Vancouver once again offered voters a palpable choice. This time, the contrasts between Eric LaBrant and Lisa Ross on economic development policy, public safety and whether the port's governance needs improvement flared up during a packed town hall debate held Monday night at Washington State University Vancouver. Read story

CREDC keynote focuses on partnerships

October 22, 2015, 5:20pm Business

A leader of one of the world's largest contractors on Thursday extolled the virtues of building partnerships between the private and public sectors to get mega infrastructure projects done and increase economic growth. Read story

Kaiser apologizes for billing mistakes

October 21, 2015, 4:34pm Business

Kaiser Permanente Northwest apologized Wednesday for mailing inaccurate monthly billings to 17 people, primarily in Clark and Cowlitz counties, who are enrolled in the health care provider's senior advantage Medicare plan. Read story

Clark County labor market continues to make gains

October 20, 2015, 4:54pm Business

Clark County's labor market expanded by 6,300 jobs in the 12 months through September, the region's labor economist reported Tuesday, while the region's estimated unemployment rate dipped to 5.7 percent — the lowest it's been since November 2007. Read story

Port of Vancouver candidates clash on transparency

October 19, 2015, 6:28pm Business

With campaign mailers and public statements flying, it's likely that Port of Vancouver voters know where Eric LaBrant and Lisa Ross — candidates for the District 2 seat on the port commission — stand on whether the port should become home to the nation's largest rail-to-ship oil transfer terminal. Read story

Official says Vancouver oil terminal plan deeply flawed

October 18, 2015, 6:03am Business

A key state official's internal review last December of the proposed oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver reveals deep concern from regulators about the project's potential negative impacts on public safety, the local environment and global climate change. Washington state Assistant Attorney General Ann Essko also said in her confidential review that the joint venture's preliminary draft environmental impact statement, submitted to support its application for state approval,… Read story

Companies’ PR blitz: Campaigning for hearts and minds

October 18, 2015, 6:00am Business

This past summer, the companies hoping to build the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver sent many residents a 16-page "fact booklet" about the proposal. Read story