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Challenges & successes in local lending

Challenges & successes in local lending

Reaching the two-year mark is a milestone for small businesses. Not only can own...

Corner Bakery Café franchise to open locations in Portland & Vancouver

Corner Bakery Café franchise to open locations in Portland & Vancouver

Corner Bakery Café, a national chain of cafés specializing in pastries, breads, ...

More businesses helped by WSU Vancouver program

More businesses helped by WSU Vancouver program

Since 2011, more than 100 small businesses in the Vancouver area have received c...

Workforce Development: A return to personnel investment

Workforce Development: A return to personnel investment

It is a common reaction to economic downturn: companies understandably tighten t...

Aerospace grant to fuel expansion of Clark College

Aerospace grant to fuel expansion of Clark College

Clark College is growing its presence in the Columbia River Gorge thanks to a st...

Local alliance ready to shape state health care reforms

Local alliance ready to shape state health care reforms

Backed by local industry leaders, members of the Southwest Washington Regional H...

Law

Women shaping Clark County’s law industry

Women shaping Clark County’s law industry

In an industry that has been historically male-dominated, Clark County has seen considerable growth in the number of women succeeding in law. After speaking with a few of these ladies, the general consensus seems to be that Clark County is a receptive, tolerant and supportive community to practice law as a female. Great strides have been made in mindsets over the years, and while more work remains...

Banking & Money Management

Challenges & successes in local lending

Challenges & successes in local lending

Reaching the two-year mark is a milestone for small businesses. Not only can owners celebrate the survival of their life’s work, but doors to one of the most vital resources – capital – also begin to open up.

G6 Airpark in Vancouver recently reached this milestone. The local business is a trampoline park, a place where children and adults alike can play on wall-to-wall trampolines. But for owner ...

News Briefs

DiscoverOrg expands service to include European Union contacts

DiscoverOrg, a Vancouver-based provider of IT sales leads intelligence, announced this week that it has expanded its database of intelligence to include European Union contacts and organizations.

Spotlight

Columbia Precast Products: Paving the way to growth

Columbia Precast Products: Paving the way to growth

With a combined 140 years of experience in the precast industry among its management and production team, a local concrete startup is paving the way to becoming a Pacific Northwest powerhouse.

Ron Sparks launched Columbia Precast Products in March of 2013 and it has been growing ever since. Amidst ownership changes at one of the biggest precast companies in the United States, Hanson Pipe and Prec...

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

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The Shareholders’ Agreement – a critical piece of the puzzle

The Shareholders’ Agreement – a critical piece of the puzzle

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Evolving business of marijuana under Initiative 502

Evolving business of marijuana under Initiative 502

Well, it’s finally happened, albeit a little later than anticipated when Initiative 502 was initially passed in November...

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