Posts Tagged ‘Association of Washington Business’
Grunge music is dead. Manufacturing is not.
Despite this week’s report that U.S. manufacturing shrank in June for the first time in three years, manufacturing is not dead.
According to the Association of Washington Business (AWB), manufacturers in Washington State have an annual economic impact of $132.2 billion, export $52.4 billion in goods each year, and support 258,000 other jobs in the manufacturing export industry.
Numbers like that aren’t symptoms of a dying industry.
Today we hosted The Future of Health Care: Health and Wellness @ Work for Your Business’ Bottom Line. The topic of health and wellness at work is important to all businesses – especially as health care costs rise and health care reform starts to be implemented.
Our four panelists – Donna Steward of Association of Washington Business; Dr. Kyle Dosch of Washington Dental Service; Mark Patrick of Moloney + O’Neill Benefits, LLC; and Elisabeth Buchman of Group Health Cooperative – all spoke to the ways health care reform is changing the way businesses provide or don’t provide benefits, and how businesses can create a “culture of health” in the workplace.
We are back from Olympia, and back from the winter storm.
Despite Olympia getting a record snowfall (more than 14 inches!), more than 60 members of our delegation traveled to Olympia to meet with our regional representatives from the 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 9th legislative districts, plus Governor Christine Gregoire. All of our regional representatives met with us or with members in our delegation.
So, sending the kids off to summer camp?
High school students from across the state were at Gonzaga University last week for a certain summer camp. But this camp didn’t have soccer balls or canoe rides.
Instead, it had stethoscopes, public speaking courses and real-life business scenarios.