Links and Resources
AWB Partners and Affiliates
AWB Institute – The AWB Institute is the not-for profit affiliate of the Association of Washington Business. It focuses on an array of human resource and employment issues, including workforce development and education, workplace safety, environmental compliance and competitiveness.
WashACE – The official site of the Washington Alliance for a Competitive Economy, a coalition of business associations and chambers of commerce, promoting public policies that retain and create jobs and increase economic opportunity.
Washington Business Week - A week-long program offered five times each summer to high school students and educators K-12. Participants are introduced to basic economic and business concepts, environmental issues, critical thinking skills and the concept of teamwork. They are completely immersed in discussions, role playing exercises, lectures, computer simulations and work groups which present a fair and balanced picture of the private enterprise system.
Washington Research Council - Examines how public policy issues will affect business, government, and the community. Research is based on facts from reliable data sources and informed by economic analysis with an appreciation of the power of free markets.
Washington Roundtable - The Washington Roundtable is a nonprofit, public policy organization comprised of chief executives representing major private sector employers throughout Washington state.
Association and Chamber Directories
Washington State Chamber of Commerce Directory – A directory of Web sites for chambers of commerce throughout Washington state.
Washington State Associations Directory - A comprehensive list of associations throughout Washington state, with links to each site.
Worldwide Chambers of Commerce Directory- Chamberfind.com is dedicated to the promotion of chambers of commerce worldwide.
Emergency Preparedness and Health Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – The CDC, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting public health activities in the United States.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Swine Flu – Special site dedicated to the H1N1 or swine flu, managed by the CDC.
Emergency Management Division – A division of the Washington State Military Department. Includes special information for businesses in the event of a crisis. AWB is the official liaison between the employer community and the EMD.
Flu.gov – One stop access to the U.S. government’s H1N1, avian and pandemic flu information.
Washington State Department of Health – The state agency charged with working with its federal, state and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthier and safer.
Washington State Department of Health Swine Flu – Official DOH site dedicated to the H1N1 or swine flu virus.
Government Resources for Business
ChooseWashington - Using the Web site,
people can quickly identify optimal locations for their businesses by searching communities and available property,
creating market analysis reports, and identifying geographic advantages of doing business in Washington through
interactive online mapping.
Ready.Gov - Emergency preparedness guidance from the US Department of Homeland Security, lists and explains specific
threats and response. The Ready Campaign is designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to
emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.
Small Business Section - Department of Financial Institution ("DFI") - If you need to raise capital for your business
and you are contemplating a securities offering in the state of Washington, you should be aware that the Securities
Division of the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) regulates the offers and sales of securities. You can access
a wealth of information on raising capital from the Small Business Section of the Division's website. For more information, contact Cheryl Pearson at (360) 902 - 8762.
Small Business and Self-Employed One-Stop Resource - Get links to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Web site about starting and operating a business, employment taxes, tax law changes for business, business-related forms and publications, and online learning options.
U.S. Small Business Administration - Has information on everything from the SBA's loan program and how it works to
explanations of government contracting. Visitors can search for an SBA employee by name or get a list of current events.
The site also provides links to other government sites of interest to businesses.
Washington state Emergency Management Division: Business Portal - This portal is designed to be a one-stop destination that businesses of all sizes can access to find the most requested resources. Our goal is assist your business in achieving disaster resilience. We must begin with the premise that in Washington State, hazards such as earthquakes, winter storms, or even aging infrastructure can affect our communities and impact our economy.
Washington State Government and Business - Part of the Access Washington network, this resource guide helps
businesses find the information and services they need to conduct business in and with the state.
Washington Resources - A compilation of helpful links and contact information for Washington State inquiries.
Manufacturing and Workforce Links
Washington Manufacturing Service (WMS) - WMS operates as a nonprofit consulting company that provides fee for service consulting in business management, manufacturing process and technology to small and midsize manufacturing companies.
Workforcecollege.com - In a partnership with the AWB and Washington state Board for Community and Technical Colleges, workforcecollege.com offers Washington businesses an efficient and high-value source of employee training at 34 community and technical colleges across the state.