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Shoppers stock up on canned items at WinCo Foods Friday, March 13, 2020 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Idaho Gov. Brad Little declared a state of emergency Friday because of the new coronavirus.

Who’s hiring in Clark County in wake of COVID-19? Grocery stores

Shoppers stock up on canned items at WinCo Foods Friday, March 13, 2020 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Idaho Gov. Brad Little declared a state of emergency Friday because of the new coronavirus.

March 19, 2020, 6:05am Business

The ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 and the coronavirus that causes it has led to a sudden and dramatic spike in layoffs as restaurants and other small businesses have shuttered. But one industry has seen the opposite trend: grocery stores. Read story

Steve Valenta, left, owner of The Mighty Bowl in downtown Vancouver, talks with employee Elias Gribble while preparing for the lunch rush on Wednesday. Gribble is one of the employees who recently received a minimum-wage increase.

Washington workers adjusting to life at $13.50

Steve Valenta, left, owner of The Mighty Bowl in downtown Vancouver, talks with employee Elias Gribble while preparing for the lunch rush on Wednesday. Gribble is one of the employees who recently received a minimum-wage increase.

January 19, 2020, 6:05am Business

When Steve Valenta looks at the financials from his restaurant's first eight years, most of the numbers have gone up. Read story

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Composites One eyes Vancouver site for 72,000-square-foot warehouse

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January 14, 2020, 6:02am Business

One of the largest raw material distributors in the country could soon be setting up a branch in Vancouver. Read story

Trucks cross the Interstate 5 Bridge while traveling north on Tuesday morning.

2020 vision for Clark County businesses locks in on I-5 Bridge

Trucks cross the Interstate 5 Bridge while traveling north on Tuesday morning.

January 12, 2020, 6:00am Business

Washington’s 2020 legislative session kicks off this week, with an agenda packed with items that have the potential to impact Southwest Washington. Read story

Water moves through a spillway of the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River near Almota.  (AP Photo/Nicholas K.

Study: Snake River dam removal would cost $2.3B, jeopardize regional economies

Water moves through a spillway of the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River near Almota.  (AP Photo/Nicholas K.

January 7, 2020, 9:20am Clark County News

LONGVIEW — A new study commissioned by an association of river commercial groups says removing the four Lower Snake River dams to improve salmon runs would cost $2.3 billion over the next 30 years, boost state carbon emissions and jeopardize already fragile local and regional economies. Read story

Construction and expansion at the Waterfront Vancouver was the top business story of 2019. As more businesses and buildings came online, plans for the development rolled along with the year.

Top Clark County Business story of 2019: Waterfront’s rising tide

Construction and expansion at the Waterfront Vancouver was the top business story of 2019. As more businesses and buildings came online, plans for the development rolled along with the year.

December 29, 2019, 6:03am Business

Clark County saw a wide range of important business stories in 2019 – so many that we ran into trouble trying to narrow down a Top 10 list. In the end, we settled for a list of the Top 15 – five primary stories that made the biggest splashes, plus… Read story

Construction crews work on apartment buildings at the Latitude 45 development, a Ginn Group project near the Four Seasons subdivision in east Vancouver. Ginn Group typically builds single-family detached housing and townhomes; the apartment project represents a new push into multi-family units and rental properties.

November tops ’19 so far in Clark County job growth

Construction crews work on apartment buildings at the Latitude 45 development, a Ginn Group project near the Four Seasons subdivision in east Vancouver. Ginn Group typically builds single-family detached housing and townhomes; the apartment project represents a new push into multi-family units and rental properties.

December 27, 2019, 4:55pm Business

November was the best month of 2019 to date for employment growth, according to statistics released Friday from the Washington Employment Security Department. Read story

Co-owners of Backwoods Brewing, Tom Waters, left, and Steve Waters stand inside their production facility in Stevenson. The brewery has seen a large amount of growth since it opened in 2012.

Barrels of craft beer flow from Backwoods Brewing

Co-owners of Backwoods Brewing, Tom Waters, left, and Steve Waters stand inside their production facility in Stevenson. The brewery has seen a large amount of growth since it opened in 2012.

December 22, 2019, 6:05am Business

CARSON — It’s been over a year since Backwoods Brewing, a family brewery in the Columbia River Gorge town of Carson extended a foot into downtown Portland to open its second pub. Read story

ZoomInfo CEO Henry Schuck, whose company is one of the fastest growing in the county, is pictured in his downtown office. The Vancouver-based form, formerly known as DiscoverOrg, has filed for an IPO.

ZoomInfo, formerly DiscoverOrg, files for IPO

ZoomInfo CEO Henry Schuck, whose company is one of the fastest growing in the county, is pictured in his downtown office. The Vancouver-based form, formerly known as DiscoverOrg, has filed for an IPO.

November 26, 2019, 1:41pm Business

One of Vancouver’s largest employers, ZoomInfo, formerly DiscoverOrg, announced it is seeking approval from regulators for an initial public offering to sell shares in the company, the company said on Tuesday. Read story

Bartender and server Garrett Lawler, center, serves customers at Mt. Tabor Brewing in Felida on Tuesday evening. Lawler said he's looking forward to the increase in minimum wage. "It's absolutely fantastic," he said. Top: Lawler pours beer at Mt. Tabor Brewing.

Minimum wage rises to $13.50 Jan. 1, creating challenge for businesses

Bartender and server Garrett Lawler, center, serves customers at Mt. Tabor Brewing in Felida on Tuesday evening. Lawler said he's looking forward to the increase in minimum wage. "It's absolutely fantastic," he said. Top: Lawler pours beer at Mt. Tabor Brewing.

November 24, 2019, 6:03am Business

At Mt. Tabor Brewing Company’s pub in Felida, 10 of the 21 workers are getting a raise effective Jan. 1. They’ll see their hourly rate bumped from $12 to $13.50, thanks to Initiative 433, passed by Washington voters in 2016. Read story