About Us

Whenever the Legislature meets, businesses feel the effects. From higher taxes to regulation, legislation can come fast and hit your business hard. You need to know what’s out there and you need to know how to make your voice heard in Olympia.

That is why the Association of Washington Business created WashingtonBusinessVotes.com. On this Web site, you will find information on legislation of interest to the business community, details on how it will impact you, and how to contact legislators. WashingtonBusinessVotes.com helps create a politically informed and empowered business community.

Formed in 1904, AWB is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 7,350 members representing 650,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association.

While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10.  

As an organization, AWB has built a solid record of success in the legislative and regulatory arenas. Recent achievements include regulatory reform, tax incentives and reductions that help attract — and retain — business investment in Washington state, and policy changes that encourage state agencies to become more efficient and customer-friendly.

A large and diverse array of AWB members serve on the issue councils, committees and task force groups that guide the association and set its policy goals. Over the years, the AWB membership has become one of the most effective and respected grassroots forces in the state. When the governor, Legislature, and state seek the input of business on policy matters, they turn to AWB.