November 9, 2015
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Succession Planning Fundamentals Dec. 10: How to transition ownership of your company

Learn how to develop a thoughtful process to address all issues surrounding the most important phase of your business life – successfully transitioning your ownership of your company – at the second succession planning workshop at 10 a.m. is on Thursday, Dec. 10 in Seattle.

Kristofer Gray, CFP® and Paul Hajek will examine many of the common challenges affecting business owners on the subject of succession planning and implementation. They will describe how to develop a thoughtful process to address all issues of transitioning ownership of your business and how to maximize the value of the business, minimize the tax burden of the transition, and help you create the desired legacy.

The goal of succession planning seminar is to help business owners identify, plan for, and achieve personal, business, and financial goals while transitioning out of their companies.

Registration is now open. This seminar was held earlier this year and was filled to capacity, so register today.

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Children Need Options

Parent Perspective: Making A Non-Political Case For Charter Schools

By Linda Sikora

I know there are funding issues and administration issues and legislative issues and union issues... all the "yeah buts" that people stake their positions on so vehemently. Here's my "yeah but" -- I wish we could channel that passion differently, I wish the "opposed" people could have the experience I had today... to see a child's eyes light up and watch her confidence emerge. It was one of those soft, seminal moments in my life. In that moment, I knew this child's life, her trajectory, could completely change. Sometimes, the biggest changes start small -- one child at a time, one school at a time. We can figure this out, people.

Please don't close these schools.

Click here to read the full blog post via the Washington State Charter School Association
Reauthorize Ex-Im Bank

Businesses Languishing Without Ex-Im Bank; Congress, Reauthorize It

By The Seattle Times editorial Board

Hilliard's Beer is gaining popularity in Sweden, where the Seattle-based brewery planned to expand sales this year. It has also received interest from distributors in Toronto and London.

Those opportunities are now on hold since Congress failed to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank last summer.

Elected leaders must end the ideological battle over Ex-Im and revive this vital tool for U.S. companies to grow exports overseas.

Hilliard's Beer is one of hundreds of exporters that used Ex-Im to secure loan guarantees and credit insurance for international sales. The shutdown has resulted in more than $9 billion worth of deals lost, said U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

A lot more is at stake -- last year the bank completed $27.4 billion in transactions and supported 164,000 U.S. jobs.

Click here to read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
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