July 27, 2020
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Final week: Washington Excellence Awards and Manufacturing Excellence Awards close Friday

This is your last week! Add a prestigious AWB Washington Excellence Award or Manufacturing Excellence Award to your trophy shelf. AWB would like to tell the many stories of Washington employers making a positive difference in their communities and our world, and you could be one of these stories. It starts with this simple online form. The deadline to enter is this Friday, July 31.

Click here to read about all the Washington Excellence Award and Manufacturing Excellence Award categories, including new categories for 2020. Employers are encouraged to enter self-nominations. There are even some categories open to non-members because we believe that, as the state’s chamber of commerce and manufacturing association, we represent all businesses in our state and want to recognize and promote the kind of excellence in business that creates prosperity for all.

Entries and nominations are all submitted online. Nominated companies are then invited to submit supporting documentation and all entries are peer-reviewed by member companies with expertise in the related award categories.

Nominated companies: get your supporting documentation in! We want to be able to provide the best snapshot possible for our judging committee and we cannot consider your nomination without your supporting information. It can be as simple as submitting a letter or promotional content you already have if you think it describes your work in the award category.

Manufacturing Excellence Award winner announcements will be released during AWB's Manufacturing Week in early October. Washington Excellence Award winners will be announced during our annual Evening of Excellence gala. Details on both events will be announced later in the fall. Watch the 2019 awards gala highlight video here.

Don’t wait! Get your entry or nomination in before Friday, July 31.

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Stay Safe Washington
Prepare for Post-Pandemic Life

When the mills close, what's next?

By Mac Alexander Macdonald

What do communities do when their chief sources of income evaporate?

"Re-galvanize and reinvent," says Marc Abshire, executive director of the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce. But what can we do as citizens to contribute to making this a place where industry wants to locate? What will people in the future want to purchase or acquire, and then how do we attract those companies, while nurturing the businesses we currently have? Complacency is not an option, and neither is hope alone.

For a company to partner with an area, it needs a ready and ample workforce. Are people being trained for the skills needed? Will enough housing be available? Will company executives and workers feel comfortable having their medical needs met? Will all employees feel comfortable having their kids educated in the local schools?

Robert Duvall's second famous line in the movie "Apocalypse Now" was, "Someday this war is going to end." Someday this pandemic will be over, so we need to prepare now. Communities like mine need to lay aside rivalries and attract passengers to their future train. It has been well quoted: When the time for action arrives, the time for preparation has passed.

Read the full guest column in The Seattle Times