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By Michael Peck
Posted on: August 12, 2015
“For what’s it’s worth,” the 1967 Buffalo Springfield song as lyrical, close-up socio-economic observation, still resonates. Last week, The New York Times reported that none other than Harvard’s business professors flew out to study Gravity CEO Dan Price, of Seattle, Washington after he unilaterally capped his seven figure remuneration and raised the annual “minimum wage” for all of his employees to $70,000 each.In “Love letters to the Gravity Boss (video)” and “A Company Copes with Backlash Against the Raise that Roared,” New York Times reporters, Erica Berenstein & Jessey Dearing, and... read more
By Taylor Walsh
Posted on: July 28, 2015
The summer of 2015 could be a turning point for making integrative health services the preferred healthcare choice for patients under their employer’s healthcare benefit. This is good news for companies looking for ways to reduce their health care costs as well as provide proven wellness approaches such as therapeutic massage, acupuncture and other ‘complementary’ modalities. Important forces are in play that will push insurance carriers and employers to take a serious look at this emerging class of care.For instance, in Minnesota, the Penny George Institute for Health & Healing (part of... read more
By Graham Willard
Posted on: July 13, 2015
The Community Wealth Building Network of Metro Denver released a report entitled “An Introduction to Financing for Cooperatives, Social Enterprises and Small Businesses.” Despite its Denver, Colorado origins, sustainable business organizations across the nation should take note.ASBC member Jason Wiener was one of the lead authors of the report, which discusses the ways businesses, foundations, and developers are acquiring funding to foster economic opportunity within low-income communities. There is general agreement that creating a business friendly environment in these communities requires... read more
By Steve Klass
Posted on: June 29, 2015
When was the last time you went to a national park? If you’re like a great many Americans, it probably hasn’t been too long. In Utah, our iconic Delicate Arch stands in the heart of a national park. Other national parks and monuments protect our shared heritage and contain irreplaceable treasures sculpted by forces beyond our comprehension, which nourish our spirits and those of millions of visitors.Much of this is due to the Antiquities Act, which that has provided economic and personal benefits to millions of Americans for over 100 years. Passed by a Republican Congress, the Antiquities Act... read more
By Connie Evans
Posted on: June 24, 2015
As the still fragile U.S. economy cranks out new jobs, with concerns that a jolt from a world event or higher interest rates could spark a slowdown, much of the public and private sectors have ignored the potential of the nation's smallest businesses to help fuel economic growth.These microbusinesses, enterprises with five or fewer employees, comprise more than 92 percent of U.S. businesses, annually generate $4.8 trillion, and contribute to the employment of more than 41 million people. Yet public policymakers and corporate strategies barely take notice, rarely implementing policies and... read more
By Alan Lewis
Posted on: June 3, 2015
When I asked Congressman Mike Pompeo’s office for a meeting to discuss the “DARK ACT”, the phone went silent. After a few moments, a voice sternly replied, “We don’t know anything about a dark act, but we would be happy to discuss the Safe and Affordable Food Act.”It’s actually the same legislation - “DARK Act” stands for Deny Americans the Right to Know. Whatever you call it, this legislation would prevent states from enacting laws that require labeling of foods made from genetically engineered ingredients. Proponents include the companies that sell the seeds, services and pesticides... read more
By Sarah Severn
Posted on: May 19, 2015
In October 2014, 100 companies joined together and launched the Washington Climate Declaration, a state level version of the national Climate Declaration created by CERES. Since launching, that number has increased to 185 signatories, including several business associations including ASBC, who believe that taking action on climate just makes good business sense.Collectively, we are known as Washington Business for Climate Action. Our leadership team is made up of business people from across Washington State and our mission is to engage Washington businesses by providing opportunities for... read more
By Richard Eidlin David Levine
Posted on: April 27, 2015
It’s gospel among American politicians and business leaders: innovation is key to the success of individual companies and entire industries. And yet, many of these same people contend that to optimize innovation, government needs to stay out of the way.  We disagree and believe there are many opportunities for business and government to work together. Government has played a pivotal role in spurring innovation throughout American history. Think of the national train system in the 1880s, in which federal authorities mediated among a small group of monopolies to establish a standard gauge for... read more
By Michael Green
Posted on: April 16, 2015
March 31, 2015 marked an important deadline on the road to the Paris climate talks this coming December. Nations present at last year’s climate negotiations agreed to release their intended nationally determined commitment (INDC) by this deadline. These INDC's or pledges are to create transparent landscapes and provide more time for countries to continue developing the framework for a comprehensive global climate treaty by the end of 2015. Thanks to the Obama administration, the United States was one of the few countries that met this deadline.The administration’s announcement followed the... read more
By Jake Kornack
Posted on: April 8, 2015
Given the seemingly stagnant nature of American politics, the bickering between the left and the right in Congress, and the increasing gap between the rich and the poor, it is easy to lose faith in our political system and use pessimism as our guiding light. Some six months ago, I found myself disenchanted by a political system that seemed incapable of producing high-paying, meaningful jobs; an economy that incessantly demanded higher levels of pollution and mindless consumption; and the growing economic and social pressures on the average American family.Then, on November 12th, 2014 I... read more