November 6, 2017
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SBA seeks nominations for Washington's Small Business Person of the Year

The U.S. Small Business Administration's Seattle office is seeking nominations for multi-generation family-owned companies, millennial- and veteran-owned businesses, entrepreneurs and exporters in Washington state that have gone above and beyond their responsibilities, shaped the community and driven the economy.

SBA Seattle District Director Kerrie Hurd said the awards are "an opportunity to recognize and honor small business owners and champions for their contributions.”

Preliminary nominations for the 2018 awards must be submitted by 3 p.m. Dec. 18. Final nominations must be submitted by noon on Jan. 9.

For more information on forms, criteria and guidelines, visit or contact Desiree Albrecht at 206-553-2664 or

The Puget Sound Business Journal has more on the awards and recent recipients.

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Manufacturing Week Tour

Manufacturing is huge in Washington. Let's celebrate -- and invest in it

By Kate Lampson and Kris Johnson

Manufacturing has a long history in Washington and it has a great story to tell: In Benton County, careers in manufacturing pay an average annual wage of $55,701, $50,575 in Walla Walla County and almost $41,000 in Franklin County. Not bad for jobs that often require no more than a trade certificate or a two-year degree. It also has a multiplier of three -- for every one job created in manufacturing, another three jobs are created elsewhere.

That's a good return on investment, but the sector faces some headwinds.

As manufacturing comes on a national resurgence, Washington's sector has lost about 48,000 jobs since 2000 -- the vast majority of which are non-aerospace jobs.

Clearly, more can be done to support good-paying manufacturing jobs here and across the state.

Read the full column in The Tri-City Herald
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