Monthly Archives: March 2015

AWB statement on proposed Senate budget

AWB LogoKris Johnson, president of the Association of Washington Business, issued the following statement Tuesday regarding the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus’ proposed 2015-17 state operating budget:

“No budget is perfect, but this proposal is an encouraging step for Washington families and employers. It prioritizes education spending, both for K-12 students and college and university students, and it manages to do so without raising taxes on families or employers.

“By avoiding tax increases, Senate leaders have demonstrated they understand that Washington’s economy is still fragile and that many parts of the state are still struggling to emerge from years of recession. In 37 of 39 counties, Washington’s unemployment rate remains higher than the national average. They also proved that it’s possible for the state to live within its means, something that voters have made clear they want.

“We recognize this budget is very different from the one that House leaders proposed, but we are hopeful that lawmakers in the Senate will quickly approve it so legislators in both chambers can begin the hard work of finding a bipartisan compromise that works for all Washingtonians.”

About the Association of Washington Business

Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 8,300 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit www.awb.org.

Bellevue College VP Dr. Gayle Colston Barge named one of the nation’s top 25 Women in Higher Ed

Dr. Gayle Colston Barge, Bellevue College Vice President for Institutional Advancement, has been named one of the nation’s Top 25 Women in Higher Education by Diverse Issues in Higher Education in their annual special issue for Women’s History Month. Barge is recognized as an expert on African-American women and work-life balance.  This fall she will present… Continue Reading

MSTRKRFT and Swollen Members Added to the World Ski & Snowboard Festival Music Lineup

Plus New Events: The Monster Energy In The Beginning Party At The Bearfoot Bistro, The Whistler Comedy Showdown and Girls Gettin’ It Done Movie Night  WHISTLER, BC – March 27, 2015 – Even more music has been added to the Outdoor Concert Series and Kokanee Freeride Club Series lineup at the World Ski & Snowboard… Continue Reading

AWB statement on proposed Senate budget

Kris Johnson, president of the Association of Washington Business, issued the following statement Tuesday regarding the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus’ proposed 2015-17 state operating budget: “No budget is perfect, but this proposal is an encouraging step for Washington families and employers. It prioritizes education spending, both for K-12 students and college and university students, and… Continue Reading

Bellevue College VP Dr. Gayle Colston Barge named one of the nation’s top 25 Women in Higher Ed

Dr. Gayle Colston Barge, Bellevue College Vice President for Institutional Advancement, has been named one of the nation’s Top 25 Women in Higher Education by Diverse Issues in Higher Education in their annual special issue for Women’s History Month. Barge is recognized as an expert on African-American women and work-life balance.  This fall she will present… Continue Reading

MSTRKRFT and Swollen Members Added to the World Ski & Snowboard Festival Music Lineup

Plus New Events: The Monster Energy In The Beginning Party At The Bearfoot Bistro, The Whistler Comedy Showdown and Girls Gettin’ It Done Movie Night  WHISTLER, BC – March 27, 2015 – Even more music has been added to the Outdoor Concert Series and Kokanee Freeride Club Series lineup at the World Ski & Snowboard… Continue Reading

Really, “Close” the Sale? Eh, no Sparky. It’s “Earn” the Sale.

By Jeffrey Gitomer It never ceases to amaze me how many people still ask me, “What’s the best way to close a sale?” Other than cold calling and finding the pain, this is one of the biggest misconceptions in sales. It’s not a technique. It’s not a manipulation. It’s not something that you wait until… Continue Reading

Really, “Close” the Sale? Eh, no Sparky. It’s “Earn” the Sale.

By Jeffrey Gitomer It never ceases to amaze me how many people still ask me, “What’s the best way to close a sale?” Other than cold calling and finding the pain, this is one of the biggest misconceptions in sales. It’s not a technique. It’s not a manipulation. It’s not something that you wait until… Continue Reading

AWB statement on proposed House budget

Kris Johnson, president of the Association of Washington Business, issued the following statement Monday in response to the proposed 2015-17 state operating budget heard by members of the House Appropriations Committee. “Although this budget makes some important investments in education and social services, it is disappointing for Washington employers, particularly small-business owners, because it proposes… Continue Reading

16,000 Jobs Lost Under House Bill 1355

Washington state could lose more than $7 billion in economic output and 16,000 jobs should House Bill 1355 become law, according to testimony given today by Patrick Connor, Washington state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, America’s largest and leading small-business association. Connor presented the findings from a report conducted exclusively on HB… Continue Reading