New WCCE Board Member

DruGarson minWCCE is please to announce the addition of Dru Garson to the board of directors.  Dru  is the CEO for Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. (GGHI), a regional Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council located in Aberdeen, WA and oversees business recruitment and marketing efforts, downtown revitalization, business retention and expansion, and workforce development initiatives.

Before starting with GGHI in 2014, Dru was a Development Specialist for the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development in Juneau, Alaska from 2003 - 2014. As a Development Specialist, he helped establish a statewide Business Retention and Expansion program and also managed cultural tourism and visitor industry product development economic development projects. Prior to this position, he also served as the Executive Director of the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, where he directed and implemented regional marketing programs and promotions.

Dru currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, Columbia-Pacific Economic Development District, Grays Harbor Lodging Tax Advisory Committee and is a member of the Aberdeen Lions Club. Dru has an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from Alfred University and a Master of Science in Resource Recreation and Tourism from the University of Idaho.

Grassroots Alliance looking for Chamber Advocates

Time for all Chambers to joinawbga in the AWB Local Chamber Grassroots Alliance partnership.

As part of AWB's collaborative efforts, chamber partners are being asked to provide the names of three local advocate chamber members that can speak before the Legislature, media or other audiences on key issues identified. AWB would also like your help in identifying a few business leaders within your chamber that have strong relationships with state lawmakers - a key contact when critical issues need their attention.

To sign up your Advocate, please download and fill out the form below and email to

Grassroots Advocate Sign-up form

Conference Registration is Now Open


The Lake Chelan Chamber and Campbell's Lake Chelan Resort will be host to the 2016 Washington Chamber Executives Statewide Leaders' Conference. 

Conference Registration is now open to ensure your early bird rate and hotel accomodations. Don't miss out on being a part of the Washington Chamber professional community from around the state who will congregate in beautiful Lake Chelan to hear, share and experience the latest in the Chamber Leadership profession.

A special thank you to our presenting sponsor AWB and to our conference chair and host, Lake Chelan Chamber Executive Director Mike Steele.

To register for the conference, click on the following:  Online Registration Form

Why should you attend this year's conference?


Chamber Update

WCCE Career Bulletin

Post your Chamber Executive and Professional Staff job openings with WCCE.

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Resource Library

Depositphotos 16363919 s 2015Your WCCE membership grants you access to hundreds of documents, presentations, and forms that have been used by your Washington colleagues to run their chambers. In order to access the library, you must login with your WCCE member registration. 

You can click on the following to login in and access the library: WCCE Resource Library

AWB D.C. Fly-in

Washington DCBe a part of the conversation.  Be a part of the solution.  AWB D.C. Fly-In, Dec. 5-7, 2016. 

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Monday Morning Minute Surveys

Monday Morning Minute Survey
WCCE is conducting a survey every Monday morning to receive feedback on various issues affecting the Chamber and its CEO's!  The results to all surveys are available in the Resource Library. So far, the surveys have included:

Membership payment methods
Tourism and the Chamber
Board of Directors
Bank Card processing
Membership Orientations
The Chamber's Social Media Involvement
Chamber Publications Priorities

WCCE Salary & Benefit Survey

The updating of the annual WCCE Salary and Benefit survey has concluded with the largest participation rate in recent history.  The annual survey of Washington State Chamber Executives was structured to determine comparable salaries and benefits for like size and structured Chambers. 

For all WCCE Chamber Executives members  and for those participating in the survey, there will not be charged for a comparison request during the upcoming year. 

To request a comparision, click on the following:  Salary & Benefit Survey Comparision Request


Are you ready for the mature workforce?

agingWashington Retail Association is working on a grant project funded by the Safety and Health Investment Projects, through the WA Department of Labor & Industries. This project will help coach employers and employees on how to work smarter and reduce the potential for employee injuries, focusing on the fastest trending group of workers, the mature employee who is quickly heading into the retail workforce.

At WRA, we are providing tools through webinars, videos, and other literature to help employers and employees implement methods to reduce injuries for this group, which will also benefit all ages of workers and the company as well. It is happening now.

Are you ready for the mature workforce? For more information, check out this amazing pamphlet: Mature Workforce Or contact Rick Means at Washington Retail Association at or 360.200.6454

Upcoming Events

W.A.C.E. Annual Conference

LAX Marriott

Los Angeles, California

Feb. 1-3, 2017

Registration Information

2016 WCCE Annual Conference

Campbell's Lake Chelan Waterfront Resort

Lake Chelan, WA

Nov. 9-11, 2016

Online Registration

US Chamber Winter Institute

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

January 4-8, 2017

Registration Open Aug. 2016

AWB D.C. Fly-In

Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill

Los Angeles, California

Dec. 5 - 7, 2016

More Information

Building Your Best Chamber Team

Auburn, WA

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Information to follow

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