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WE NEVER FORGET THAT OUR BIGGEST MEMBERS STARTED OUT AS SMALL BUSINESSES

KRIS JOHNSON, AWB PRESIDENT

Kris Johnson, President | Wendy Sancewich, Board Chair

NOW MORE THAN EVER, OUR STATE — AND OUR NATION — NEEDS CONVENERS.

People and organizations capable of uniting diverse groups and finding solutions to our shared challenges. One year into the process of executing AWB’s new Strategic Plan, it’s gratifying to see how Washington employers are doing exactly that.

2,000 MILES. 15 CITIES. 1 PURPOSE.

We Convened Employers to Listen and Learn.

From Port Angeles to Pullman and Colville to Bellevue, the Association of Washington Business’ Government Affairs team traveled the state to meet with small-business owners in a 15-stop Small Business Outreach Tour.

WE CHAMPIONED ACTION FOR ECONOMIC PROSPERITY.

As the state’s manufacturing association, we celebrated Washington manufacturers by joining in the national Manufacturing Day. Manufacturers from across the state opened their doors to show off the diversity of Washington’s manufacturing economy.

MEMBER-FOCUSED, MEMBER DRIVEN

From election-year debates to webinars and seminars, AWB's 2016 content was driven by members and for members.

ENHANCING OUR ADVANTAGES

Policy Summit, 2016 Elections, D.C. Fly-In and Grassroots Alliance.

Meeting with Washington’s congressional delegation and key national partners is an effective way for business leaders to champion federal policies that encourage economic growth and meet the needs of Washington’s trade- and tech-dependent economy.

vibrant communities, THRIVING EMPLOYERS

See how Washington employers are improving lives, strengthening communities and seeking excellence over the bottom line.

grow here

AWB amplified its Grow Here public awareness campaign in 2016 by including television advertising for the first time. The multi-media effort also featured radio, online, newspaper and outdoor advertising. No matter which medium, the message was the same: Washington employers care about their employees and their community, and they are acting to protect and preserve the environment.

CHAMBER OF THE YEAR

AWB became the first statewide chamber of commerce ever to be named Chamber of the Year. The judges also took note of the new AWB Strategic Plan, our long history of advocacy work in the state Legislature and engagement with thousands of members throughout the state.

AWB HEALTHCHOICE EMPLOYEES BENEFITS TRUST

“We added the My Future 401(k) plan to our benefits package and I am thrilled with it. The plan is affordable for both Rose Point and our employees.”

Rick Wilson, operations manager, Rose Point Navigation Systems
Clockwise beginning top left - Leen Kawas, founder of M3 Biotechnology, accepts the Entrepreneur of the Year award; Jim Kerr, president and CEO of D.A. Davidson, accepts the Achieve Award; The education panel at Manufacturing Summit; Banfield Pet Hospital received the Leading Environmental Practices award; The Evening of Excellence awards
Energy Northwest, Employer of the Year

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