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Culture of secrecy shrouds Port of Vancouver

May 16, 2015, 5:00pm Business

The Port of Vancouver is a government body that's beholden to its voters and taxpayers. Yet its elected officials embrace a culture of secrecy, meeting behind closed doors "about 95 percent of the time," as one commissioner put it in a court deposition, and making decisions inside a bubble of deference to the port administration and the private industries it courts. As a result, the powerful port often sidesteps full… Read story

Analyst: Oil terminal has less than 50% chance of approval

May 14, 2015, 5:00pm Business

It's anybody's guess as to whether Vancouver will become home to the nation's largest rail-to-marine oil-transfer terminal. Read story

Bleu Door Bakery opens wider in Vancouver

May 13, 2015, 5:00pm Business

Bonnie Brasure, owner of Bleu Door Bakery on Main Street in Vancouver, has a coffee mug emblazoned with words that nicely sum up her success in business: "She believed she could so she did." Read story

Barrett Business Services faces SEC probe

May 11, 2015, 5:00pm Business

Vancouver-based Barrett Business Services Inc. is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a case involving the company's workers' compensation reserves. Read story

Baker won’t seek re-election to Vancouver port board

May 7, 2015, 5:00pm Business

"I feel good about it," Baker, first elected to the District 2 position in 2003, said of her decision. Read story

nLight to spend $25M in investment funding on factory, more

May 7, 2015, 5:00pm Business

Driven by the speed of technology and bracketed by global trade, industrial laser manufacturer nLight Corp. of Vancouver is deepening its role as an anchor of Clark County's cluster of high-tech employers. Read story

Papa Murphy’s parent posts $2.6M profit

May 5, 2015, 5:00pm Business

Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc., the Vancouver-based parent of Papa Murphy's take-and-bake pizza chain, said Wednesday it recorded a first-quarter profit of $2.6 million. That compares with a profit of $819,000 in the same January-to-March period in 2014. Read story

Study focuses on bolstering regional economy

May 4, 2015, 5:00pm Clark County News

A new study of the Portland-Vancouver region's economy spells out strategies for strengthening high-tech manufacturers, increasing supply chain opportunities and boosting exports. The study, announced by two regional economic development agencies Tuesday, calls for everything from more early-stage investment capital and state-funded development initiatives to an emphasis on workforce training. Read story

Nautilus profits up sharply from year ago

May 3, 2015, 5:00pm Business

Nautilus, the Vancouver-based manufacturer of fitness machines, said Monday it recorded a first-quarter profit of $10.73 million. That compares with a profit of $5.73 million in the January-to-March period of 2014. Read story

Tidewater adds 3 towboats to fleet

April 29, 2015, 5:00pm Business

Tidewater Transportation and Terminals, the Vancouver-based marine transportation business, is adding three towboats to its fleet of 16 vessels and 160 barges as part of its larger effort to move cargo along the Columbia and Snake rivers. Read story