February 26, 2018
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Hear from apprenticeship advocate at AWB Institute Workforce Summit March 21 in Bellevue


From employment law, best practices, and ideas for how to successfully recruit, train and keep your workforce, the need for expertise and innovation is a daily reality for employers.

After positive feedback from last year's first-ever Workforce Summit, AWB Institute will again be bringing together innovative people, ideas and practices at a March 21 event at the Hilton Bellevue.

The keynote speaker for this year's event will be Matt Poischbeg, vice president and general manager at Sea-Lect Plastics in Everett. For a taste of the enthusiasm and insight he'll bring, check out his TEDx Talk.

Attendees will also learn about these timely topics:

  • Legal considerations for workplace practices
  • Innovation in education
  • Businesses engaging in innovative workforce programs
  • Debunking apprenticeships myths and the future of work-based learning models
  • Employee engagement and providing a great place to work

The event will end with a networking reception with entertainment and heavy appetizers.

Last year's summit looked at ways to debunk generational stereotypes in the workplace and offered practical tips on the latest workplace rules, best practices for the digital generation, how to recruit and retain the best talent, and much more.

Registration is now open for the 2018 Workforce Summit -- register today!



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Capital Gains Tax
All Manufacturers Need Relief


Manufacturing jobs key to all of our communities

By AWB President Kris Johnson

The health of Washington state's manufacturing sector is a bellwether for the strength of our overall economy, and a key driver of economic opportunity for families in every city and small town across the state.

The sector is vital to the state. Manufacturing jobs support families with livable wages and benefits and they grow the local economy and tax base to ensure funding for critical services.

Along with all that positive news, is the reality is the sector needs some support.

Since 2000, Washington has lost more than 50,000 manufacturing jobs, the majority of which are not in the aerospace sector.

The good news is lawmakers are currently considering bills that would reinstate the uniform B&O tax relief. It's a move our members support as one way to jumpstart job creation in every part of the state...

Read the full guest column in The Olympian
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