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Monday, May 9

AWB to Host 15-city Small Business Outreach Tour

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business (AWB) is beginning a 15-city statewide small business listening tour Tuesday in Vancouver. The tour, which runs through June and touches every corner of the state, will help craft a 2017 state legislative agenda tailored to Washington’s small business operators.

Gary Chandler, AWB vice president, government affairs, will lead the meetings along with AWB government affairs staff.

"We promise to make this time valuable for each business owner to share their thoughts, challenges and insights,” Chandler said. “As the backbone of our economy, their voice is critical in creating meaningful legislation for Washington's small-business owners."

Each meeting will feature an open discussion among business owners to capture specific policy suggestions and concerns. AWB will furnish each attendee with a discussion guide prior to the meeting to help facilitate dialogue and make the most of the allotted time.

Members and non-members are welcome to join the meetings, but AWB asks that attendees RSVP to Jackie Riley at 360.943.1600 or to ensure ample space and supplies.

The meeting dates and locations are as follows:

  • Vancouver: May 10, 7:30-9 a.m.
    Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, 1101 Broadway Ste 100, Vancouver

  • Olympia: May 10, noon-1:30 p.m.
    Association of Washington Business, 1414 Cherry St. S.E., Olympia

  • Tacoma: May 11, 7-8:30 a.m.
    Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, 950 Pacific Ave. Ste 300, Tacoma

  • Pullman: May 12, 7-8:30 a.m.
    SEL Event Center, Tesla Room, 1825 Schweitzer Dr., Pullman

  • Mount Vernon: May 13, 7-8:30 a.m.
    Skagit Publishing, Community Meeting Room, 1215 Anderson Road, Mount Vernon

  • Spokane: June 16, 7-8:30 a.m.
    Greater Spokane Incorporated, 801 W. Riverside Ave. #100, Spokane

  • Colville: June 16, noon-1:30 p.m.
    Stephani's Oaks Street Grill, 157 N. Oak St., Colville

  • Tri-Cities: June 20, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd. Ste C, Kennewick

  • Yakima: June 21, noon-1:30 p.m.
    Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce, 10 N 9th St., Yakima

  • Wenatchee: June 22, 7:30-9 a.m.
    Town Toyota Center, Crunch Pak Room, 1300 Walla Walla Ave., Wenatchee

  • Ellensburg: June 22, noon-1:30 p.m.
    Rodeo City BBQ, Banquet Room, 204 N Main St., Ellensburg

  • Everett: June 23, 7:30-9 a.m.
    Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, 808 134th St. S.W. #101, Everett

  • Bellevue: June 23, noon-1:30 p.m.
    Puget Sound Energy – Summit Conference Room, 10885 NE 4th St., Bellevue

  • Grays Harbor: June 27, noon-1:30 p.m.
    Grays Harbor, Inc., 506 Duffy St. Aberdeen

  • Port Angeles: June 28, 7:30-9 a.m.
    Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St., Port Angeles

About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes nearly 8,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

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