November 10, 2014
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Washington has four companies on Forbes' list of most valuable global brands

Washington is home to four of the top brands in the new Forbes list of the world's most valuable brands. Microsoft is No. 2 on the list at $63 billion, trailing only Apple. Amazon is No. 24, with a brand value of $21.4 billion. Starbucks is No. 61, with a brand value of $8.7 billion, and Boeing is No. 97, at $6 billion. The Forbes list is compiled based on price-to-earnings over the most recent three years in industries where branding is key.



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MOVING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION

State waves goodbye to R&D tax incentive

By Kris Johnson, AWB President

Beginning in January, Washington state will become one of just a handful of states in the country that doesn't offer private employers some kind of a tax incentive to promote research and development activities.

That's because a pair of tax incentives created back 1994 are set to expire at the end of this year, despite attempts during the last legislative session to extend them.

Click here for the full column in The Wenatchee World
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