October 14, 2019
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Global Entrepreneurship Month offers dozens of workshops, events around Washington

State officials are celebrating entrepreneurs through several events this November.

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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It's time to celebrate the amazing things Washington makes

By AWB President Kris Johnson

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We're famous for many of them -- airplanes, apples, software, wheat and more. The state's iconic manufacturers established the foundation that our recent economic expansion is built upon.

But there are many medium and small manufacturers that fewer people know about. The fishing rod manufacturer in Woodland. The music stand manufacturer in Yakima. The boat builder in Colville. And the manufacturing company in Richland that makes surgical tools to help heal patients around the world.

Read the full op ed in the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.
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An Interview with Debbie Sterling, GoldieBlox CEO

By Christine Varela, partner, DH

Last week, I attended the Association of Washington Business's (AWB) annual Policy Summit. AWB, Washington's largest and oldest statewide business association, brings together members from businesses across Washington every year to help them gain insights on trade policy, small business leadership, entrepreneurship and engage in high-level, statewide policy discussion.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to host an interview with Debbie Sterling, successful businesswoman, entrepreneur and founder and CEO of GoldieBlox.

Read the full blog post here.