Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 8,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association, and is one of two chambers in the country accredited with distinction by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
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.