October 19, 2015
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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport seeks to attract small, local and minority/women-owned businesses to set up shop

The Port of Seattle is conducting an active outreach effort this fall as part of its commitment to providing opportunities for small, local or minority/women-owned food service and retail operators at Sea-Tac Airport. In a letter to business owners about the outreach effort, the port stated, “This region has a wonderfully diverse and thriving dining and shopping culture and the port would like to reflect this culture in the new airport dining and retail program.”

To achieve their goal, the port is implementing a number of outreach and educational efforts to better inform business owners of the upcoming opportunities at Sea-Tac. Working with AirProjects, a firm that specializes in planning and implementing airport food service and retail programs, the port is conducting outreach efforts to identify and meet with interested operators during the week of Oct. 26, 2015 to share information about the leasing process and operating a business at Sea-Tac.

Small, local, or minority/women-owned food service or retail operators in the central Puget Sound region that would like to request a meeting with AirProjects during the week of Oct. 26 can use this link to send an email by Wednesday, Oct. 21. Interested owners should email a contact name, business name, business address, contact phone number, and preferred meeting day. Requests made after Oct. 21 will be accommodated as their schedules allow.

AWB members that would like to receive periodic updates regarding leasing opportunities at Sea-Tac can join the email distribution list by registering at this link. The port’s leasing website is also a good resource for updated information as the leasing process proceeds.

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ProGauge Technologies, Inc., a manufacturing company based in Bakersfield, California, is bidding on a project that could lead to 30 new jobs, but only five are staying here in the United States. The rest will be created abroad.

It didn't have to be that way. ProGauge is one of countless manufacturers in the United States, large and small, losing out on foreign sales and international deals because of Congress' failure to stand up for American jobs. "It's pretty sad not to be able to keep the jobs here," said ProGauge president Don Nelson.

Earlier this year, Congress allowed the Export-Import Bank's charter to expire and has not yet acted to reauthorize it. The Ex-Im Bank has served for more than 80 years as the U.S. export credit agency, ensuring access to competitive export financing for manufacturers in the United States that private banks are unable to offer. Countries around the world have similar credit agencies, and without ours, it is harder for U.S.-based companies to sell their products, made by American workers, overseas.

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