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WIN Articles for July 18, 2018

WRA Joins Forces With Employment Security by Renée Sunde, President/CEO Over the past months, WRA has joined forces with our partners at Washington State Employment Security along with our workforce partners around the state to discuss the opportunities and challenges...

WIN Articles for July 5, 2018

“Pax Futura” demonstrates future retail construction Mark Johnson, WRA’s Senior VP of Government Affairs, got a glimpse at the future of retail construction on a recent tour as a member of the state Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on...

WIN Articles for June 13, 2018

Washington retail around the state By Renee Sunde, President/CEO This week was the start of a four-day road trip across parts of Eastern Washington. My goal for this outreach has been pretty simple: to connect with our local retail partners in communities around the...

WIN Articles for June 6, 2018

                                  Retail’s evolution in physical retail By Renee Sunde, President/CEO This year’s ICSC RECON was big – not a surprise with all that...

WIN Aritcles for May 30, 2018

State Senator proposes a head tax credit for distressed counties By Mark Johnson, Senior VP of Government Affairs In answer to Seattle’s business head tax, state Senator Steve O’Ban (R-Tacoma) has proposed a bill to extend a business head tax credit to...

WIN Articles for May 23, 2018

Conference focuses on how retail must change By Renée Sunde, President/CEO   Overbuilding, recession, e-commerce, the experience economy and of course the ever-changing consumer are all factors that have come together to demand change in the retail industry. These...

WIN Articles for May 16, 2018

WRA hires Rusty George to lead Association rebrand By Renée Sunde, President/CEO After a very successful RFP process the association has selected Rusty George Creative as our branding and design partners for the evolution of the Washington Retail Association brand....

WIN Articles for May 2, 2018

Legislative Law Review is on its way By Renée Sunde, President/CEO  Washington Retail Association has emailed its comprehensive annual legislative Law Review to members this week. This report captures in detail the outcomes of the scores of bills that were introduced...

WIN Articles for April 25, 2018

Small Business – the backbone of our economy By Renée Sunde, President/CEO Did you know that 98.6 percent of retailers are small businesses with 50 employees or less? With Small Biz Week fast approaching April 29 – May 5, I am reminded of the important...

WIN Articles for April 18, 2018

Proposed “head tax” another reminder of the need for WRA’s Seattle business coalition By Renée Sunde, President/CEO In 2017, WRA established and began growing a coalition of Seattle businesses known as the Retail Industry Coalition of Seattle (RICS)....

Schools budget proposal includes capital gains tax

An 8 percent capital gains tax has been proposed in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s 2019-21 state budget request. Washington Retail Association has opposed other capital gains tax proposals in the past because they would penalize small...

WRA meets regarding paid family leave rules

Chief Operating Officer Tammie Hetrick met again this week with the Paid Family Leave Advisory Committee to help shape rules for the upcoming new statewide benefit. The current rulemaking process is important in determining how the program will be administered for...

WRA comments on proposed overtime rules changes

Chief Operating Officer Tammie Hetrick testified this week to Labor & Industries about its plan to change rules by which workers qualify for overtime pay. Hetrick asked L&I to slow down and see the results of similar outreach being done by the federal...

National earthquake drill is next week

The annual Great Washington Shakeout earthquake drill will occur next week Thursday, October 18. Participation by companies and individuals can vary from a simple “drop, cover and hold on” exercise to testing related preparedness and planning. Companies...

Spokane woos Seattle businesses

“Hacking Washington” is the City of Spokane’s new advertising program to woo business from Seattle to the other end of the state. According to reports, Spokane is billing itself as an ideal branch office location with lower costs and much shorter...

Safety tip of the week

Know lifting rules to prevent back injuries There are many things that affect your back including keeping it healthy. Poor physical fitness, lack of flexibility, stress, poor posture, lack of rest, and participating in certain recreational activities can all have...

Remember to vote this year, it really matters

By Jim Szymanski, Director of Communications Washington Retail Association joins the U.S. Chamber of Commerce this year in urging everyone to vote in the November 6 elections. The retail industry depends upon elected officials who have developed a sense for business...

WRA attends small business fair

By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Public Policy Washington Retail Association highlighted its free SAFEME app and other services before 330 people who attended the annual IRS Small Business Fair last weekend at Renton Technical College. Mark Johnson, Senior VP...
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