WPC's Center for Small Business focuses on improving Washington's small business climate by working closely with business owners and policymakers. The Center provides accurate information and analysis on the state's regulatory climate, tax structure, health insurance systems, and more.
Tri-Cities – Washington Policy Center, in conjunction with Tri-Cities Area Chamber of Commerce, TRIDEC, Tri-Cities Homebuilders Association, and the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business, will be holding a regional Small Business Forum in Richland on Thursday, October 30. A bipartisan panel of legislators will discuss health care reform ideas for the upcoming 2009 legislative session. In addition, business owners and employees will join policymakers and analysts to discuss several other important issues impacting small businesses.
Spokane – Washington Policy Center, in conjunction with Greater Spokane, Inc., and the Spokane Journal of Business, will be holding a regional Small Business Forum in Spokane on Wednesday, October 29. Business owners and employees will join policymakers and analysts to discuss several important issues impacting small businesses.
What: 2008 Regional Small Business Forum and breakfast
When: Wednesday, October 29, 7:30-9am
Where: Spokane Red Lion Hotel at the Park (303 W North River Dr)
Washington Policy Center is co-sponsored the event with Women of Washington.
Stephen Moore, a member of the The Wall Street Journal editorial board and senior economics writer, spoke about the current economic situation and what the future may hold.
Carl Gipson, Director, Center for Small Business & Andrew Chamberlain, principal at Chamberlain Economics, L.L.C., October, 2008
In 2001, the state legislature created the Washington State Tax Structure Committee, also known as the Gates Commission, headed by William H. Gates, Sr. The mandate given to the Commission by the state legislature was to conduct “a systematic analysis of Washington’s existing tax structure and provide recommendations for alternatives to improve the tax system.”
Carl Gipson, Director, Center for Small Business, October, 2008
Taxes play an integral part in commerce—businesses and consumers take into account the cost of taxation along with the other costs of any business or commercial transaction when determining their action. But taxes, and the way they are collected, also play a huge role when business owners decide where and how to set up a business.