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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...

Self-taught filmmakers driving local industry

Self-taught filmmakers driving local industry

Ask a local about the film scene in Southwest Washington, and you’re likely to b...

Legal marijuana sales underway in Washington state

Legal marijuana sales underway in Washington state

A year and a half after voters legalized recreational marijuana in Washington st...

New apartment complex breaking ground in downtown Vancouver

New apartment complex breaking ground in downtown Vancouver

Portland-based DBG Properties LLC will break ground next week on a new $17.4 mil...

Southwest Washington’s Innovation Advantage

Southwest Washington’s Innovation Advantage

What enables Southwest Washington to attract innovation giants such as Hewlett P...

Clark College introduces new technical program

Clark College introduces new technical program

Clark College has introduced a new technical program while adjusting some existi...

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Self-taught filmmakers driving local industry

Self-taught filmmakers driving local industry

Ask a local about the film scene in Southwest Washington, and you’re likely to be met with a blank stare. We have a few movie theaters, and there are some places that make videos, but a real film industry? If we do have one, where is it?

Well, if we’re looking for a real film “industry,” we’re going to have to keep looking for a while. However, there are many more hobbyists making their own movie...

Education & Workforce Development

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 their budgets; non-essential or slow-to-return investments get nixed pretty quickly. During the Great Recession, this was the case not only in Southwest Washington, but throughout much of the nation, as investing in a company’s most valuable asset – their employees – fell victim to the reigning in of purse strings.

Wit...

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Teamwork & training driving growth at Premiere Property Group

Teamwork & training driving growth at Premiere Property Group

Four years ago, Steve Borwieck, owner of Premiere Property Group LLC, (PPG) decided to launch his own brokerage.

“When you know something you should teach it, because when you teach it you master it,” said Borwieck.

But when he approached his boss with the idea of teaching some classes to brokers, they “brushed him off.” So, he said, “I rocked back in my chair and thought ‘I can do this as well’...

From Holland to Vancouver: One intern’s experience

Paul OomMy name is Paul Ooms and I’m a journalism student from The Netherlands. For the last two months, I have been working as an editorial intern at the Vancouver Business Journal. Even though the Pacific Northwest is beautiful, it’s not the most logical place for a Dutch student to intern. However, I have a very special reason for choosing Southwest Washington. Next year, I will marry a rather wonderful girl, who happens to live in Battle Ground. This means that after graduating from school, I will live and work over here.

The last two months at the VBJ have given me new insight in the working environment of my new home country. In this column I write about the expectations I had before I came, and how things turned out even better than I had originally thought.

After sending out resumes to a few different local newspapers that I found through Google, the Vancouver Business Journal was the first to get back to me. This was a little scary for me, because “business journal” sounds very intimidating to someone who never liked the economics classes in college. But, desperate as I was, I was willing to go anywhere that would be close to my fiancée.

There were a few things I was a little anxious about. First, I had no idea what kind of people I’d get to work with. I didn’t know anything about this newspaper and thought the people working at such a publication must talk about taxes, unemployment and recession all day. Turns out, they were actually quite nice and pleasant co-workers.

Another thing I was afraid of was the business environment that I’d be working in – business people in particular. In my mind, to be a successful businessman, you have to give up being nice. Fortunately, I was wrong again. The business people I met were all great people that were very nice to me. At one point, John, Nick and I were invited to attend a business meeting inside a bar. For a 20-year-old intern, this wasn’t the best place to meet because I wasn’t allowed in. Instead of having me sit on the sidewalk outside, they moved the meeting to an alcohol-free space inside an office building across the street.

Finally, I thought a business journal could only report on boring stories. I’ll admit, some things went over my head, but there were many fascinating stories that I got to work on. The proposed plans for the baseball stadium, retail spotlights on great local businesses, a charming little community theatre and a film set in downtown Vancouver were among the interesting topics I came in touch with.

When I look back on the last two months, I think I have learned a lot. My expectations were exceeded and I had a great time. I’m glad the VBJ welcomed me and introduced me to my future field of work and the community that I will live in.

Oh, and the best part: I never had to get anyone a cup of coffee.

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A long-term win for all

A long-term win for all

Becoming involved with workforce development is an opportunity for businesses to contribute to the economic health of ou...

Outstanding employees are standing by

Outstanding employees are standing by

In today’s competitive marketplace every employer wants to hire outstanding employees. While there continues to be a hig...

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