Washington 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:
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.
Anacortes 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!
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 http://www.watourismalliance.com/tourismworks
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!
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Your 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