Governor's Summit on Career Connected Learning - May 31st

GovSummit ProfileWashington State is initiating a series of efforts to both improve and support the business climate across the state.  1st up is the recognition of the complex series of issues of employment, finding qualified new employees,  and the growing impact of retirement  As a result of this wide spread issue, the Governor has requested a direct discussion with business to explore solutions through the Governor's Summit on Career Connected Learning on May 31st.

This first invitation is not for a meeting in Olympia or Seattle, but in 28 locations all around the state.  Business does not always get an invitation like this, so it will be wise for us to take advantage of the opportunity to have our voices - both urban and rural be heard and acted on.  Check out the event location map and get your business members registered for your regional location.

To access additional information about the Governor's Summit, click on the following links:

Career Connected Learning Pathways to Great Jobs 2020
Governor's Summit Flyer
Summit Regional Site Map and Contacts
Governor's Summit Chamber Newsletter Article

Excise Tax Advisory

The Dept. of Revenue is undergoing and advisory task force to clarify "what is" and "what is not" dedctible from Washington's B&O tax.  The following is the Excise Tax Advisory bullentin on this issue, click here.

Chamber's with questions about this issue are encourage to submit them to WCCE to solict the Advisory Task Force response.

Collectible Promotional Cards

anacortesAnacortes Chamber is committed to being a one-of-a-kind destination for their guests, and Chamber CEO Stephanie Hamilton and her staff have found a number of unique ways to thank everyone who comes to enjoy their island.

One of the ways they have chosen to express their gratitude is with a collection of 4x4 full color glossy UV coasted cards printed on heavy card stock paper. The Anacortes Chamber started developing these special collectible cards in spring of 2016, and has been giving them out by the stack full since June.  The series features art, photography, and interesting facts about Anacortes. You'll find these promotional cards available all over town in many of the shops and boutiques.

Congratulations to the Anacortes Chamber for finding new ways to say welcome to their island guests and sending them home with a little reminder as to why they'll want to come back and visit this beautiful part of Washington again!

Statewide Tourism Marketing

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The Washington Tourism Allinace (WTA) is looking for the support of a statewide tourism marketing program!

The WTA has advised that Washington would no longer be the only state in the nation without a tourism marketing program with support and passage of legislation now being considered by the 2017 Washington Legislature. The bipartisan sponsored legislation would create an industry-led Tourism Marketing Authority and provide performance-based industry funding mechanisms without additional taxes.

To access their advocacy kit, go to

2017 WCCE Conference SAVE THE DATE

The WCCE Annual Statewide Chamber Leader's Conference is scheduled for Sept. 27 - 29, 2017 in Moses Lake, WA.  Be sure and mark your calendars for this opportunity to learn, share, network and enjoy the gathering of your colleagues from around the state!

Chamber Career

List your Chamber job openings with WCCE to reach some 200 + Chambers across the state of Washington.  For WCCE members, there is no charge for this service.

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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

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 will begin 4-1-17.   The annual survey of Washington State Chamber Executives is 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.

Participation in the survey will ensure that the information provided to all who request, to be a great value.  Be sure and check your email client in April to secure the link to the online survey. 


WA Retailers releases Free App

Safe Me Logo Web600 1The Washington Retail Association is offering a free web-based and smartphone app to help employers get first-time and young employees off to a safe start in the working world.

The SafeMe app - on the web and available for Apple and Android phones - covers safety tips for a variety of occupations where teens and young workers often find jobs including retail and restaurants.  

SafeMe users can earn basic safety training certificates to augment required safety training from employers. The certificates demonstrate that an entry-level or young worker has a sound understanding of the potential hazards in the workplaces and how to avoid them. The lessons and videos demonstrate everything from safe use of ladders to proper lifting techniques.

The app is available courtesy of a grant from Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ Safety and Health Investment Projects. It is aimed particularly at workers aged 16 to 20 who often sustain workplace injuries due to lack of understanding, experience and preparation.

Safer employees help themselves and their employers by reducing injuries and workers’ compensation claims. In Washington State, employers and employees contribute toward paying premiums for injury insurance. As injuries drop, so do insurance costs.

For more information, contact Rick Means, Safety Advisor for the Washington Retail Association, at 360-943-9198, Ext. 18 or

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