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 Business Growth Award finalists announced

Business Growth Award finalists announced

14 businesses have been named finalists for the Vancouver Business Journal's 201...

Is Food Processing part of Port “Comprehensive Scheme”?

Is Food Processing part of Port “Comprehensive Scheme”?

The leaders of a Clark County food processing company will bring their efforts t...

Developers cautious but developing

Developers cautious but developing

Although the Great Recession is behind us, many businesses and individuals are s...

Exploring Business Case for Tesoro-Savage Oil Terminal

Exploring Business Case for Tesoro-Savage Oil Terminal

In a few weeks, Tesoro-Savage will publish an economic impact study, conducted b...

The Art of the Deal

The Art of the Deal

Local business transaction attorneys agree -- deals are deals. However, they als...

Excursion company bringing riverboat, regional office to Vancouver

Excursion company bringing riverboat, regional office to Vancouver

The American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC), a Memphis-based excursion/tour comp...

Design & Construction

Commercial development: Building for tomorrow

Commercial development: Building for tomorrow

If commercial developers feel like circus performers walking a tightrope, there is good reason.

Limited financing, escalating regulatory and raw material costs, and still-low property valuations make penciling out a project difficult. And yet, workforce trends and emerging technologies demand designs that look to the future.

Build to the budget

According to Ron Frederiksen, president of RSV Bui...

Real Estate & Development

Developers cautious but developing

Developers cautious but developing

Although the Great Recession is behind us, many businesses and individuals are still feeling the effects. Local developers were some of the hardest-hit, and for a few years now have been consistently saying that they’re still digging their way out. As building season for 2014 gets underway, we checked in with a few local developers to see how business is looking for this year and beyond. Are we fi...

News Briefs

Ten things: How to better connect with your legislators

Seven state legislators gathered at the Heathman Lodge this afternoon to discuss the previous legislative session in Olympia with members of the business community.

Participants in the second annual “Legislative Review Luncheon” included Sen. Don Benton; Sen. Annette Cleveland; Rep. Paul Harris; Rep. Ed Orcutt; Rep. Liz Pike; Sen. Ann Rivers; and Rep. Brandon Vick.

Spotlight

Blind Onion Pizza poised for future growth

Blind Onion Pizza poised for future growth

Gene Schwendiman brought 30 years of restaurant management and operations experience to Blind Onion Pizza in 2001. Over the years, the number of stores expanded and contracted, slicing into new territory until three separate markets developed – Portland, Vancouver and Reno. The ownership group agreed to divide and conquer, each partner retreating into individual entities, with Schwendiman focusing...

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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Building “failures” and how to avoid them

Building “failures” and how to avoid them

The recent collapses of the I-5 Bridge over the Skagit River and the floor of the Vancouver Warehouse and Distribution C...

“THINK”ing about construction

“THINK”ing about construction

A surprising resource in Clark County is the “THINK!” program, which is a collaboration between the Building Industry As...

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