Bellevue City Councilmember John Stokes Announces Re-Election Campaign

John Stokes Bellevue City Council

Bellevue City Council member John Stokes has announced he will run for re-election to the Bellevue City Council.   The former Bellevue Parks and Community Services Board Member, award-winning education advocate, and retired attorney kicks off his re-election with the support of Mayor Claudia Balducci, Council members Lynne Robinson and John Chelminiak and State Senator Cyrus […]

AWB Statement on Benefits of Aerospace in Washington

The Association of Washington Business, Washington state’s largest business organization representing small, medium and large employers, issued the following statement from AWB President Kris Johnson regarding the Legislature’s attempt, through yesterday’s introduction of House Bill 2147, to erode the state’s competitiveness by reducing successful incentives for aerospace companies: “Washington state is an aerospace hub for […]

Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci to Run Against Incumbent Jane Hague for King County Council

Bellevue Mayor and King County Council Candidate Claudia Balducci

Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci, a Sound Transit Board member and former director of the King County Jails, has announced that she will run for the King County Council.  She will seek the District 6 seat currently held by 20-year incumbent Jane Hague. As reported on February 10, 2015 by Rob Butcher of Kirkland Views, Hague […]

AWB: Time for Washington Law Makers to Act on Transportation

Kris Johnson, president of the Association of Washington Business, appealed to lawmakers in the state Senate to lend their support to a transportation funding proposal announced today in Olympia. “It is past time to make critical investments in our state’s roads, bridges and highways. Transportation infrastructure is critical not only to our quality of life, […]

AWB to host 2015 Legislative Summit

Hundreds of business leaders will gather Jan. 27 at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia for the Association of Washington Business’ annual Legislative Summit and evening reception. Attendees will hear the latest updates on a host of issues affecting the economy, including minimum wage, transportation, taxation and environmental proposals. The day’s agenda begins at 8:45 […]

I-1372, Gathers Signatures To Protect & Strengthen Medical Cannabis

Initiative Measure No. 1372 filed January 6, 2015, will protect and strengthen the medical cannabis law, RCW 69.51A, by offering compassion, clarity and consistency through the following changes: Bringing Washington state law into compliance with stated federal policy Allowing business owners to obtain licenses for producing, processing or dispensing cannabis in a commercial manner. Using […]

AWB to Governor Inslee: Keep Focus on Economy

Now is the time to build on the success of Washington’s slowly improving economy by making smart investments that will result in expanded opportunity for everyone, according to Kris Johnson, president of the Association of Washington Business. Imposing a costly new cap-and-trade tax on some of the state’s best employers, raising the state’s highest-in-the-nation minimum […]

Letter to the Editor: Destination Sales Tax, modification

On July 1, 2008, the destination sales tax went into effect.  The destination sales tax was set up so, if a retailer (seller) sold something (purchaser), and the item(s) was to be delivered to the purchaser in a different city or county, the retailer would charge the sales tax applicable to the delivered city/county and […]

SBA Awards Grants to Resource Partners to Sustain Entrepreneurship Training for Transitioning Service Members

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has entered into a cooperative agreement with America’s Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, and the Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) to provide a combined $1.12 million of funding to sustain and expand the resource partners’ participation in SBA’s Boots to Business program. The program provides training to transitioning […]

Volunteers from Bellevue’s Stantec Clean Up Cheasty Greenspace, Local Daycare as Part of Company-Wide Community Service Day

Stantec Woodinville Community Day

Volunteers from Bellevue design firm Stantec spent hours Monday sprucing up the Woodinville Children’s Center and Seattle’s Cheasty Greenspace  as part of Stantec in the Community Day, a company-wide day of service. The day saw nearly 5,500 Stantec employees around the world giving back to their communities. “This day of volunteering not only supports our […]