October 7, 2019
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Global Entrepreneurship Month offers dozens of workshops, events around Washington

Every day in every city and town throughout our state, nation and world, businesses and innovators are driving the global economy through entrepreneurial thoughts and actions.

Global Entrepreneurship Month (GEM) is an entire month dedicated to sparking ideas and innovations in young people, budding entrepreneurs, established professionals and entire communities. Leveraging the momentum from Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 18-22), a worldwide celebration in more than 130 countries, GEM recognizes and brings awareness to entrepreneurial activities happening in Washington state throughout the entire month of November.

The Washington State Department of Commerce is highlighting entrepreneurial activities, events and collaborations statewide through the StartUp Washington website: http://bit.ly/wa-gem. The interactive map and listing of events will be promoted statewide during beginning in October and extended through November.

If you have an entrepreneurial idea or activity planned for November, or want to join the GEM movement this year by creating an entrepreneurial event, send the website link connected to the event to Commerce’s Rural Services Manager Susan Joseph Nielsen at susan.nielsen@commerce.wa.gov. It will be added to the statewide GEM information listing on the StartUp Washington website and promoted statewide throughout October and November.

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A Win-Win for Washington Communities

Innovative mills help economy, environment at same time

By AWB President Kris Johnson and state Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz

Business, government, and residents share the same values. We place the highest premium on vibrant communities, healthy lands, and clean water.

With the right leadership and bold vision, we can create jobs and economic opportunity and preserve a healthy and clean environment. This clearly is apparent with the emergence of cross-laminated timber, which will play a key role in creating jobs in rural communities, providing building supplies to cities and towns, and reducing wildfire danger.

Read the full op-ed in the Spokane Journal of Business.
Let's call a timeout on rulemaking

Washington state's massive rulemaking is strangling businesses and must be reined in

By state Rep. Vicki Kraft, R-Vancouver

During the final three days of the 105-day legislative session in April, more than $2 billion in new and higher taxes were approved by majority Democrats. These included new and increased business and occupation taxes on more than 90,000 employers and certain banks, a graduated real estate excise tax on both residential and commercial sales, a higher tax on oil and ending the sales tax exemption for Oregonians and changing it into an annual remittance program.

Because Oregon is so close to Southwest Washington's 17th Legislative District, which I represent, I've been concerned about how these tax increases affect us locally, especially our smaller businesses operating on razor-thin margins...

Read the full column in The Reflector of Battle Ground.