August 19, 2019
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Now more than ever, employee benefits matter

For many, health insurance premiums and deductibles are on the rise. AWB members now have access to a new suite of products through Colonial Life that can help mitigate costs and offer more peace of mind and financial well-being.

Take advantage of a comprehensive portfolio of voluntary coverage at very competitive rates including:

  • Group Accident – Helps offset unexpected medical expenses resulting from an accidental injury
  • Cancer Insurance – Helps cover cancer-related expenses not covered under medical insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance – Supplements medical coverage by providing a lump sum benefit to help you cover your costs
  • Whole Life Insurance – Provides long-term protection that can build cash value

Offering these benefits is easy as Colonial will provide your company with end-to-end enrollment support, benefit counseling sessions, customized educational materials, online administrative services, and easy billing and claims.

To learn more about these products, please contact Helen Siggins at helens@propointservices.com or at 206-397-4615, ext. 1.



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America Needs the Ex-Im Bank


Help state's diverse exporters keep making sales

By The (Everett) Herald Editorial Board

As a "good, and easy to win" trade war escalates with China, now would be a dumb time to take a useful tool away from Washington state's exporters of wine, seafood, software and -- oh, yes -- airliners and other advanced manufactured products.

Especially so, since that tool's full utility was restored only earlier this spring after being left hobbled for nearly four years.

That tool is the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

The Export-Import Bank, in operation for 85 years, helps businesses large and small by providing loans, insurance and other assistance that help promote exports by those businesses. That trade assistance helps those businesses secure sales that otherwise might not be facilitated by private-sector banks. While the federal government provides some funding for the bank's administration, its lending makes the bank self-supporting, and it actually is a money-maker for the nation, returning $5.2 billion to the U.S. Treasury during the last 10 years...

Read the full editorial in The Herald
Trade War Casualties


The Tariff Battle With China Threatens Washington's Well-Being

By Spencer Cohen

If left unchecked, the trade war between the U.S. and China has the potential for long-lasting damage to the Washington state economy. U.S. businesses have many legitimate grievances toward China, including intellectual property theft and industrial policies that seemingly disadvantage them in China. But the longer the dispute remains unresolved, the greater the risk to Washington's historically prosperous trade relationship with China. Trade wars, as a general rule, yield no true winners. The collateral damage -- in terms of lost overseas market share, aggravated supply chains, a reduction of cargo handled at our ports, reduced investment, and impacts to households in the form of higher costs -- can be pernicious.

Washington's close linkages with China make this region all the more vulnerable to an extended contraction of trade, impacting local businesses and communities across the state. For years, U.S.-China economic ties have helped mollify impulses for more aggressive agitation and flare-ups. A reduction in economic interdependence means less economic benefits are immediately at stake from a more strained relationship or even confrontation, a dangerous scenario for the world and Washington state's economic well-being.

Read the full editorial in Seattle Business Magazine