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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...

MAP gets $13.2 million grant

Vancouver-based Mentoring Advanced Placement non-profit has received a $13.2 million grant from the Exxon Mobile Foundation to participate in the National Math and Science Initiative.

Vancouver-based Mentoring Advanced Placement non-profit has received a $13.2 million grant from the Exxon Mobile Foundation to participate in the National Math and Science Initiative.

MAP, led by nLight Photonics CEO Scott Keeney, applied for the grant last spring for the state of Washington, with support from partners at Educational Service District 112, the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council and Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. It will work with school districts to replicate a model developed in Texas to expand AP classes and participation in science, math and English.

Volunteers from local businesses work with AP teachers and groups of students to supplement with AP curriculum by connecting it to real-life applications. That model currently operates in Clark County with 10 schools.

Marcia Fromhold will lead the start-up of the project, assisted by Brandi Stewart-Wood of the SWWDC and Dan Milewski of nLight. Natalie Pacholl on the MAP staff continues her work getting the new academic year going in Clark County.

Washington's proposal was selected among seven states to receive the first grants given by NMSI. The grants will each provide up to $13.2 million during the next six years to state non-profit entities to help fund training and incentive programs for AP and Pre-AP courses.

Opinion

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The Shareholders’ Agreement – a critical piece of the puzzle

The Shareholders’ Agreement – a critical piece of the puzzle

Many businesses have multiple owners. While most businesses spend a lot of time planning structural and operational aspe...

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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