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GVCC launches Small Business Advisory Council

GVCC launches Small Business Advisory Council

The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) has formed a Small Business Adv...

Available light industrial property scarce in Clark County

Available light industrial property scarce in Clark County

With all the vacant land in Clark County, you’d think businesses wanting to move...

Give More 24 results:  1,842 donations, $431,994 raised

Give More 24 results: 1,842 donations, $431,994 raised

Give More 24!, a 24-hour fundraising event organized by the Community Foundation...

WSU medical school initiative could benefit Clark County

WSU medical school initiative could benefit Clark County

Officials at Washington State University believe the time has come to pursue an ...

A debate of value: NW Packing and Port of Vancouver negotiations continue

A debate of value: NW Packing and Port of Vancouver negotiations continue

NW Packing, a part of Neil Jones Food Co., is troubled by their negotiations wit...

Manufacturers investing in the future

Manufacturers investing in the future

Invest in what you do. That is the mantra of many Southwest Washington manufactu...

Innovation & Manufacturing

Manufacturers investing in the future

Manufacturers investing in the future

Invest in what you do. That is the mantra of many Southwest Washington manufacturers this year, as they pour significant investments into new facilities, equipment and infrastructure.

Take ProTech Composites, for example. This carbon fiber manufacturer grew sales 57 percent last year and projects 30 percent growth this year. Jeff Olsen, ProTech Composites president, said that the company is on tr...

Real Estate & Development

Available light industrial property scarce in Clark County

Available light industrial property scarce in Clark County

With all the vacant land in Clark County, you’d think businesses wanting to move here would have no problem finding a location. It turns out that’s not the case.

According to industry experts, there is a shortage of ready-to-use sites for light industrial purposes, and a demand that isn’t being met.

“The problem we have is a lack of infrastructure on many properties that would be suitable for li...

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Columbia Hobby Distribution experiencing explosive growth

Columbia Hobby Distribution experiencing explosive growth

Who wouldn’t want to turn their hobby into a hefty paycheck? That is exactly what Stephen Tingwall, CEO at Columbia Hobby Distribution, did.

In 2004, Tingwall started selling hobby collection supplies on eBay. These supplies include storage boxes and display cases for collectibles such as coins, stamps, comics, trading cards and autographed baseballs or football helmets.

“The company started out...

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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Lurking dangers in purchase and sale agreements

Lurking dangers in purchase and sale agreements

Many who purchase real estate put faith in their broker to correctly complete “form” Purchase and Sale Agreements (PSA)....

An update on the Clark County office market

An update on the Clark County office market

As seemingly with most businesses and families, the commercial office market in Clark County has made it through the rec...

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