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How to strengthen a nonprofit’s internal controls

In small organizations, internal controls are often sacrificed for the sake of delivering quality services. This is especially true for cost-conscious, small nonprofit organizations. However, ignoring internal controls is very risky and should never be completely abandoned regardless of how small an organization.

Wineman’s Toast | La Toscana rescue coming to fruition

Our La Toscana Vineyard rescue program went well over the summer months. Since writing about my effort to recruit some amateur winemakers to revive the half-acre vineyard near Dryden, a few of us have done well in bringing it back to life while teaching each other what we know and learning through doing.

Employee cell phone use for work could mean overtime

Employers in today’s modern world face a variety of legal issues relating to the use of smartphones and other mobile devices in the workplace whether the employer provides the mobile device or the employee is using her own device to perform work for the employer.

Rural issues coming into focus

It’s a familiar story. Young people grow up in a small town, graduate from high school, go away to college and never come back, at least not to stay.

Small business means big impact

Small businesses may seem small, but they have an enormous impact in local communities as well as the U.S. economy. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, creating two out of every three new jobs each year.

Washington meal breaks: A win for employers

On June 29, 2017, the Washington Supreme Court issued its decision in Brady v AutoZone Stores, Inc on how Washington’s meal breaks regulation should be applied.
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Wineman’s Toast | La Toscana needs some TLC

(Update: Since first posted online in June, four individuals have so far responded to this call for help and have agreed to work together to prune, spray, retrain and harvest this year's La Toscana vines. Our hopes are to make this a learning vineyard where we can all share knowledge and have some grapes to make wine with in the end. — R.S.)

Is a SIMPLE IRA right for your business?

Do you want a simple retirement plan? A plan you can implement easily as an independent contractor or small business owner, without a lot of paperwork? A SIMPLE IRA may be the answer.

How the family and medical leave law will work

On July 5, Gov. Inslee signed into law (SSB 5975) a historic paid family and medical leave insurance program to provide employees with a portion of their wages when they need to be away from work to care for a new baby or a sick family member.

Leaders must have a vision for others to follow

As a business advisor for the last 13 years, the topic of leadership has emerged as a common thread. We all know we need to lead, but almost all of us fall short of our own expectations.

AWB’s rebranding reflects larger role

A lot has changed since the Association of Washington Business (AWB) was founded 113 years ago. Innovation has sparked new industries, many of them unimaginable even a generation ago, changing the way we live and work and drawing millions of new residents to our state.