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June 15, 2018
Alaffia recognized for the successful intersection of business, fair trade and social good
Alaffia’s husband and wife founders, and the company’s entire workforce in Washington state and in West Africa, had a remarkable week....
June 11, 2018
Iconic maritime industry facing workforce shortage, uncertain future
Washington's working waterfronts are a major source of the state's economic power. Even as the state's export and import business is bo...
May 2, 2018
National Small Business Week celebrates risk-takers, job creators
The U.S. Small Business Administration National Small Business Week began April 29 and ends May 5. The week is especially meaningful because...
March 21, 2018
Growing the good
The world’s largest retailer now carries Alaffia, a line of fair-trade skin and body care products made from ingredients sourced from one of the...
February 14, 2018
Washington Manufacturing: A love story
Washington's manufacturing love affair goes back to shortly after Washington officially became a state. The manufacturing base's roots began with t...
February 1, 2018
Governor's top policy advisers discuss carbon tax, rural economy at Lobby Lunch (w/video)
Despite the short, 60-day legislative session, the governor has some lofty policy goals.Three of his top staff, Charles Knutson, senior policy advi...
January 23, 2018
Manufacturing B&O tax relief back on the table
Manufacturing is the backbone of Washington state's economy. But, it could use some support. A pair of lawmakers have introduc...
December 6, 2017
AWB's D.C. Fly-in brings Washington employers' perspective to Congress
Three years ago, AWB expanded its role in federal affairs by traveling to Washington, D.C., to share the voice of employers with the state’s 12 m...
November 1, 2017
Legislative leaders hint that manufacturing tax relief could be reinstated
Bipartisan, bicameral agreement was reached on reinstating tax relief for the state's vital manufacturing sector at AWB's Rural Jobs Summit held Oc...
October 27, 2017
Rural Washington gets its day
Two hundred and fifty people, nearly two dozen lawmakers from both parties and 13 panels made up the full day AWB's statewide Rural Jobs Summit Oct...
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