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2014: A year of business in Southwest Washington

2014: A year of business in Southwest Washington

Looking back at the year’s growing businesses, notable projects & accomplish...

Top 10 most-read stories of 2014

Top 10 most-read stories of 2014

In advance of Friday’s special Year in Review edition of the Vancouver Business ...

Fort Vancouver National Trust announces purchase of historic Academy site

Fort Vancouver National Trust announces purchase of historic Academy site

After a two-year, $10.6 million fundraising campaign, the Fort Vancouver Nationa...

Details emerge on 101 Main Street building

Details emerge on 101 Main Street building

Local developer Killian Pacific is preparing to break ground early next year on ...

Pacific Continental announces major SW WA expansion

Pacific Continental announces major SW WA expansion

Pacific Continental Bank has inked plans to expand its presence in Southwest Was...

Freshii to open two additional Vancouver locations

Freshii to open two additional Vancouver locations

Less than one year ago, Doug and Rich Gillespie brought the Freshii franchise to...

Banking & Money Management

Best practices for business seeking loans

Best practices for business seeking loans

With the right approach, applying for a loan doesn’t have to be painful. The following best practices, garnered from local experts, can help business owners successfully obtain a new loan or restructure an existing one.

“Right now is a great time to restructure debt because interest rates are so low,” said Dave Hansen, Columbia Bank’s senior VP and regional manager for the Portland/Vancouver area...

Business Forecast

Amid budget concerns, Southwest Washington counties see growth ahead

Amid budget concerns, Southwest Washington counties see growth ahead

Each of southwest Washington’s counties – Clark, Skamania and Cowlitz – have their challenges and opportunities in the coming year. The overall sentiment remains positive, despite budgetary qualms.

Clark County:

It’s going to be a busy year

Marty Snell, Clark County community development director, is optimistic about 2015. He expects “upticks in all sectors of development” – so much so that he ...

News Briefs

Clark College Foundation honored for fundraising

Clark College Foundation has earned gold in the best-of-the-best competition for fundraising campaigns from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VIII. The award recognizes excellence in marketing and communications among more than 130 advancement institutions in the Pacific Northwest.

Spotlight

Ginn Realty Group finds success in luxury market & beyond

Ginn Realty Group finds success in luxury market & beyond

Ginn Realty Group is fast becoming a star on the Pacific Northwest’s real estate scene. After taking a risk during the recession, founder Patrick Ginn has driven his five-year-old group to the top and earned the number one spot on Hasson Company Realtors’ prestigious Top 40 Agent listing. Total sales volume for his award-winning agency increased nearly $6 million from 2013 and shows no signs of sl...

Panel Advises on Employer Needs and Fears

Finding a job in the midst of a jobless recovery is daunting. Add in the fact that you're blind and now you have an idea of the challenges facing the participants in the Boot Camp for Success series. Sponsored by the State of Washington Department of Services for the Blind and held at the Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver the series finished up June 30 and was one of four planned for around the state this year.

Boot Camp for blind job seekers focuses on job hunting skills

Finding a job in the midst of a jobless recovery is daunting.  Add in the fact that you're blind and now you have an idea of the challenges facing the participants in the Boot Camp for Success series. 

Sponsored by the State of Washington Department of Services for the Blind and held at the Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver the series finished up June 30 and was one of four planned for around the state this year.

The closing session in the series included a panel of local business people discussing what employers are looking for when they hire new employees.

Panelist included Kim Capeloto, CEO of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce; Tracey Peterkin, owner of TJ & Associates; Linda Frischmeyer, attorney at Landerholm, Memovich,

Lansverk & Whitesides and D'Alene White a Clark County Juvenile Justice Center Probation Officer. 

While the panel offered advice that you would expect to hear at any gathering of job seekers, where the session differed from the norm was in the comments from the business panel members on how and when to disclose their disability.

Utilizing the entire process of application, interview and hiring to build a relationship of trust was the theme echoed by each member of the panel.

They suggested that participants focus initially on the "essential functions" of the job and their ability to perform those functions. At the right time, being transparent about their blindness, the panelist said would help to build that trust.

Cheree Heppe, a participant in the series who recently moved to Vancouver from Connecticut, when asked about this series compared to others said, "It's realistic.  We're hearing from people who are legit.  Most of these types of classes are dumbed down.  This one is not."

As for what the business community should do differently, Capeloto said, "Business owners need to be open minded enough to consider the possibility.  If as employers we would really listen to how an individual with disabilities could fit . . . good things could happen." 

Michael MacKillop, Department of Services for the Blind Team Leader, said the impetus for the Boot Camp centered around a number of agency clients in the state ready to work but lacking in the areas of networking and job seeking skills.  The series was facilitated by Kathy Condon, of Vancouver based KC Solutions.

Over the course of the four sessions Boot Camp participants learned about resume construction, interviewing skills, personal presentation and interaction as well as what employers are seeking in successful candidates. 

Boot Camps were held in Seattle and Tacoma and one is planned for Yakima. The program statewide was funded through appropriations from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

According to MacKillop, the state intends to replicate the series and is looking for potential funding sources at this time.

Opinion

Focus Column

Taking risks in 2015

Taking risks in 2015

At the turning of the year, as we reflect on the road our businesses just traveled while attempting to forecast the road...

Unleashing the region’s potential, together

Unleashing the region’s potential, together

Our region is at an inflection point. Once associated mostly with coffee shops, the foodie scene and quality of life, th...

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