June 29, 2020
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AWB announces new webinar series focused on business management resources

AWB brings you top professional insights to help your business thrive. The AWB Business Tool Kit webinar series provides a foundation of business management tools and resources that is ideal for small businesses and new business owners or managers. Our speakers will walk you through specific management topics and common pitfalls for startups and small businesses alike.

If you’re just starting out, or you need a refresher on what’s new, this series is the perfect place to start. AWB webinars provide you quality business know-how at a great value. Each webinar is presented by a subject-matter expert who is considered a leader in his or her industry.

The series will begin August 13 and run once a month through December. All webinars run 10 – 11 a.m.

Topics include:

  • August 13: Cyber-security and what you need to know
  • September 10: Federal affairs forecast - how federal policy could impact your company
  • October 8: Diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • November 12: Employee engagement and workplace culture for today’s workforce
  • December 10: Anti-harassment and labor relations

This series is offered in an online webinar format. Sharpen your business acumen from the convenience of your home, office or on the go!

Each webinar is $30 for AWB members and $40 for non-members. Bundle and save $25 by registering for the whole series by August 12: $125 for AWB members and $175 for non-members.

Register now!

For assistance with registration, or other questions, please contact our events coordinator Jacob Sodeman at jacobs@awb.org or 360.943.1600.

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Invest in Early Childhood Education

Fixing child-care shortage and Washington's economic recovery go hand in hand

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

As Washington gets back to business, many job-seeking parents of young children face a frustrating double bind. Even if they do find employment that will help them provide for their family, the short supply of quality, affordable child care makes it impossible for them to take the job.

Nearly half -- 47% -- of unemployed parents cited lack of child care as a barrier to re-employment in a May survey, according to a state Child Care Collaborative Task Force child-care industry assessment. Since March, more than 1,100 licensed child-care providers have at least temporarily closed, exacerbating a shortage flagged by state lawmakers long before COVID-19...

Even before this spring's upheaval, nearly half of Washington parents reported difficulty finding and keeping affordable child care. Twenty-seven percent reported leaving a job, school or training because of a lack of consistent, affordable care, according to a Department of Commerce report.

This is not just a problem for working families; it is a drain on the state's economy. Commerce estimates that employee turnover and missed work due to child-care issues create an annual $2.08 billion drag on the state economy. That number triples when figuring in opportunity costs.

Addressing Washington's child-care shortage will not be easy, especially during the tough economic times ahead. But quality, affordable child care is a linchpin to the state's economic recovery. More must be done to ensure this essential sector does not fail.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
Foreign Workers Support Our Economy

Big Tech isn't the only loser in Trump's visa freeze

By Tae Kim

On Monday, Trump signed an executive order that freezes access to a number of work visas through year-end, including the H-1B visa for highly-skilled foreigners, which is primarily given to workers in the technology industry. The issuance of new green cards will also stay halted until the end of the year. The administration said the order would free up jobs for unemployed Americans, adding it would block about 500,000 people from entering the country this year.

The move sparked an avalanche of criticism from technology companies. They said the measures will hurt their ability to recruit talent and have deeper negative ramifications for the economy.

An Amazon.com Inc. spokesperson called the order "shortsighted," adding it prevents "high skilled professionals from entering the country and contributing to America's economic recovery, [putting] American's global competitiveness at risk."

A Facebook Inc. representative said Trump is using the pandemic as justification for "limiting" immigration, which will make "our country's recovery even more difficult."

And Microsoft Corp. President Brad Smith said on social media, "Now is not the time to cut our nation off from the world's talent or create uncertainty and anxiety."

Read the full column in The Seattle Times