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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...

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.

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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