October 23, 2017
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Oct. 24: Introduction to Private Equity Investing

If you are the owner of a manufacturing or a digital services company, and you are curious about the opportunity of either acquiring additional capital for the expansion of your business, or the sale of your business, this workshop will help you understand how to best approach the process of working with private equity groups to grow or transition your business. Case studies will be shared by expert panelists in the M&A profession that will educate and equip the small business owner to work more successfully with a private equity group.

If you are an investor concerned about the potential volatility of the stock market and you want to learn about alternative asset classes this workshop is for you. Kristofer Gray, CFP of Integrity Financial and a team of thought leaders will be facilitating an educational workshop to better understand the private equity landscape for both business owners and accredited investors alike. Those attending will learn about an asset class that has been a hallmark for pensions, endowments, and sovereign wealth funds, and how to access top quartile managers even inside their own 401(k) plan.

This event is open to both AWB members and non-members. Come join us for an evening discussion that you won’t want to miss! Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Registration is now open.

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Rail Keeps Our Economy Rolling

We must keep trains rolling safely and fairly

By Rep. Dick Muri, R-Steilacoom

As a state representative, I've spent quite a bit of time studying and learning about rail safety. It's a subject I take seriously. I live in the Town of Steilacoom, where trains are a way of life.

In fact, the Puget Sound coastline in my district is defined by the rail line. And, it's not just about moving freight. Amtrak will soon transport passengers at a very high speed through Lakewood and DuPont. Rail safety is a big deal for our communities.

In 2014, more than 119 million tons of freight traveled by rail over more than 3,000 miles of rail tracks across the state. This activity supports Washington businesses across a variety of important industries, from lumber to agriculture to oil.

Freight rail is also directly responsible for nearly 4,000 jobs and supports tens of thousands more throughout the state...

Read the full column in The News Tribune
Regulatory Overreach

Ecology's decision harming state's future

By Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen

The Washington Department of Ecology seems determined to oppose any industrial development in Cowlitz County. And the rest of the 19th Legislative District.

About three weeks ago, Ecology issued an opinion denying a water-quality permit sought by Millennium Bulk Terminals (MBT) to complete its coal export facility. Ecology bureaucrats claimed that the project would cause "significant and unavoidable harm" to nine environmental areas: global air quality, vehicle traffic, vessel traffic, rail capacity, rail safety, noise pollution, social and community resources, cultural resources and tribal access to traditional fishing locations near Bonneville Dam.

A few of these factors -- particularly "global air quality" -- are not described in any relevant federal or state law. Rationalizing the unprecedented opinion, Ecology Director Maia Bellon relied on some broad rhetorical strokes...

The Department of Ecology's focus on "global impacts" is a luxury paid for by limiting the prospects for the working people of Cowlitz County. Director Bellon and the other Department of Ecology bureaucrats need to return their focus from global ambitions to local concerns.

Read the full column in The Daily News
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