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Monday, September 23

Policy Summit brings together AWB members and world-class speakers

Policy Summit brings together AWB members and world-class speakers
The 2013 AWB Policy Summit last week brought together small business owners, top national thinkers, state leaders and more for three days at Suncadia Resort during the state’s biggest business event of the year. The speakers included Gov. Jay Inslee, who highlighted the state’s high-tech and green businesses and reiterated his call for a transportation revenue package by the Apple Cup in November (TVW video). We also welcomed the cable TV team of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

Other highlights:

AWB board members voted unanimously to oppose Initiative 517, which would erode private property rights and create special rights for initiative signature gathers. The board also endorsed state Senate candidates Jan Angel, John Smith and Sharon Brown.

The 24th annual Policy Summit was the last for AWB President Don Brunell, who retires at the end of the year. It also marked the passing of the gavel from AWB Board Chair Doug Bayne to incoming Chair Mel Russell of Aldercreek Vineyards in Vancouver. Our thanks to all who attended and the sponsors who made it happen. A round-up of social media coverage, including Facebook posts, Instagram photos and tweets from the event, is available here.

2014 Redbook now available
Just how much does it cost to do business in Washington, and how do other states stack up? The 2014 Competitiveness Redbook, AWB’s annual listing of key business climate indicators, is now available. The books are $8 for members or $10 for non-members. Contact J-Anne Nepomuceno at 360.943.1600 to request copies.

How did your lawmaker vote? 2013 Legislative Review has the answers

The annual AWB Legislative Review is now available in print and online (pdf) with a full look back at this year’s long, contentious but ultimately productive legislative session. This special edition of Washington Business magazine will be arriving in your mailbox soon.

Transportation listening tour underway

Top legislative leaders began a series of listening sessions last week as they consider reforms and projects that can be part of a major transportation package. Businesses can help by sending employees who can talk about the impact of traffic congestion on their jobs and the need to maintain and expand our state’s infrastructure. At the AWB Policy Summit, Gov. Jay Inslee urged lawmakers to approve a plan before the Apple Cup. Those with questions about the transportation meetings can contact Mike Ennis, AWB’s government affairs director for transportation.

State expects to collect 7.6 percent more money over next two years than in previous budget cycle

The state will collect $33 billion over the next two years, 7.6 percent more than the last budget period, the state’s top revenue forecaster said Wednesday. The boost isn’t enough to fully fund education, lawmakers said, but the windfall could trigger a 1 percent cost-of-living raise for state workers, The Olympian reports (tiered paywall).

TV ad wars begin as GMO labeling debate heats up — join the No on 522 Coalition today

Television ads about Initiative 522 hit the air last week, raising the stakes in an important campaign. As the No On 522 campaign notes, passage of the initiative would drive up food prices and do nothing to increase food safety. Find out more about why AWB opposes the measure, and then join the coalition and donate to the No on 522 campaign today.

AWB collects top honors from state chamber group

AWB received a record five awards last week from the Association of State Chamber Professionals, including first-place honors for Highest Membership Growth in Numbers and Highest Market Share in Numbers. AWB also received second-place awards in the categories of Highest Retention Improvement in Dollars, Highest Retention Improvement in Numbers and Highest Non-Dues Growth in Dollars. The recognition follows two President’s Awards from the group in 2005 and 2011.


Brunell joins U.S. Chamber talk on health care reform
AWB President Don Brunell joined the heads of the Salt Lake City and Little Rock chambers of commerce today in Washington, D.C., for a panel discussion on implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The talk was part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Committee of 100” meeting.

Governor asks for input on new Results Washington online forum website
The office of Gov. Jay Inslee is continuing to ask for ideas and input from the public about the state’s recently announced Results Washington accountability initiative. A new moderated online forum asks for specific ideas to improve government efficiency and allows people to vote ideas up to higher prominence. This forum will be open until Oct. 3.

Tickets now on sale for Washington Business Week breakfast fundraiser at CenturyLink Field

Show your support for Washington Business Week by attending its first-ever fundraiser breakfast at 7 a.m. Oct. 23 in the Root Sports Lounge at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. KOMO-TV news anchor and business reporter Brad Goode will be master of ceremonies. Students and alumni will share stories of how Business Week helped them. Register online now for “Takin’ Care of Business: Breakfast Benefit for Washington Business Week”.

Consider donating to the Don Brunell scholarship and Washington Business Week

As you develop your corporate giving budgets for 2014, consider donating to the Don Brunell Scholarship Fund administered by AWB Institute, which supports higher education in business-related fields. Contact AWB Institute’s Mike Hudson for donation information. Another worthy recipient is Washington Business Week, which gives real-life entrepreneurial experience to more than 3,000 teens a year thanks to generous donors. Contributions to AWB Institute and Washington Business Week are tax deductible under IRS code.


CEO of Snap-on, Nicholas Pinchuk, to keynote 2013 Manufacturing Summit
Nicholas Pinchuk, the chairman and CEO of Snap-on Incorporated, has confirmed that he will keynote the 2013 AWB Manufacturing Summit on Oct. 25. Pinchuk is an enthusiastic speaker about the importance of manufacturing to the economy. The summit, sponsored by McGladrey, includes our ninth-annual Manufacturing Excellence Awards, sponsored by UPS. Sessions include:

  • “Developing Local Relationships That Build Your Workforce,” panel moderated by Gary Chandler, AWB vice president, government affairs.
  • “Manufacturing Challenges and Opportunities in Washington,” panel moderated Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers.
  • McGladrey 2013 Monitor Results, presented by Wendy Sancewich, CPA, CFE, National Manufacturing Team Director, McGladrey.
  • Manufacturing Excellence Awards Luncheon sponsored by The Boeing Company.

A limited number of rooms are available at Cedarbrook Lodge. Reserve by Sept. 30 to receive the AWB group rate of $179. Contact Anne Haller at 800.521.9325 for more information or to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

AWB Climate Committee to meet Tuesday, discuss work of legislative climate working group

The AWB Climate Committee will meet Sept. 24 to go over the latest work by the state’s Climate Legislative Executive Workgroup and its review of policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. AWB’s committee will discuss the role of AWB and its members in upcoming CLEW public hearings, as well as possible updates to the AWB Greenbook. The meeting is set for Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. at AWB. Call Connie Grande at 800.521.9325 for conference call sign-up. For information on the Climate Committee, contact Brandon Houskeeper.

Is your organization ready for Seattle’s new rules limiting criminal background checks?

Are you ready for Seattle’s new “ban the box” ordinance, limiting an employer’s ability to ask about an applicant’s criminal background? Kris Teft, AWB director of government affairs for employment law, and Greg Hendershott, a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, will answer your questions on this hot topic on Oct. 3 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the John Davis Conference Center at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, in Seattle. Cost is $40 for members, $65 for non-members. This program is pending recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Contact AWB’s Anne Haller at 360.943.1600 for more information.

Get help making sense of health care reform at AWB 2013 Health Care Forum, Nov. 6

Learn about the rapid changes coming with the Affordable Care Act at the AWB 2013 Health Care Forum Nov. 6 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. “Understanding & Implementing the Changes in Health Care” will feature John Goodman, president & CEO, National Center for Policy Analysis. Goodman, widely known as the father of health savings accounts, will have copies available of his new book, “Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis.”

Additional sessions to include:
  • Affordable Care Act Impact on Employers: What do employers need to be ready for and what’s next?
  • Opportunity for Employers: Can my company really reduce health care costs?
  • Transform Your Workforce. Strengthen Your Bottom Line: Panel of successful case studies in wellness programs

Registration opens this week. Group rate lodging is available for $179. Sponsorships are available now; contact Anne Haller.


“We’re less than two weeks away from an unprecedented time for our health care system, our economy, and our country as a whole. The implications are unknown and won’t be known for years to come.” ~ Jeff Roe, executive vice president for Premera Blue Cross of Washington, in an AWB Policy Summit forum, discussing the key Oct. 1 implementation date for much of the Affordable Care Act

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