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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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Washington Is Already a Climate Leader

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By the Washington Climate Collaborative

The Northwest remains an attractive location for job creation due to its low-cost and low-carbon electricity -- companies want to locate here and workers want to work here. On the eve of Governor Inslee's trip to Paris for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, it's an opportunity for him to tout his own state's carbon-reduction leadership.

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Click here to read the full blog post from the Washington Climate Collaborative
Bringing Back Charter Schools

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By the Editorial Board of The Columbian

Washington lawmakers should add another item to their long to-do list for next year -- bring charter schools into compliance with the state constitution.

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Lawmakers should be beholden to what is best for students -- and that means a well-managed charter school system.

Click here to read the full editorial in The Columbian
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