Leadership Team 2017-2018
“When Washington State Employment Security Department Regional Economist Asja Suljic comes to talk to our group, the room is consistently filled with ISM-Columbia Basin members and guests ready to listen. It is not likely that there is a more qualified speaker in the local area to discuss the regional economy with us and for that reason, Ms. Suljic has been an annual speaker for ISM-CB. If you’re Interested in unemployment rates, effects of minimum wage increases, population demographics, and many more economic factors, bring your questions and join us.” –Cory Miller
Economic Report Card, Ajsa Suljic
Join us on Tuesday February 13, our annual Regional Economic Report Card. This is one of our most popular meetings of the year.
As the regional labor economist covering Southeastern
Washington, Ajsa provides labor market information and analysis
to local economic planners, administrators, businesses and
residents. Currently serving as local labor market and economic
expert on multiple organizations.
Due to the large attendance for this meeting, it will be held at the County Gentlemen in their large Event Center. To coordinate this large meeting, a buffet dinner will be offered with no host bar drinks available for ordering.
This year your ISM-CB Board voted to support our members by covering a portion of the cost for the buffet dinner and room rental and thus reduce the dinner fee for ISM-CB members. This is our way of saying “Thank You” for being a member of the ISM-Columbia Basin Chapter.
Questions: Please send any questions to
Scott Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual membership dues invoices are "in the mail". Dues are due and payable for 2018. We hope that will renew your membership and continue to accrue the value of having local educational programs and networking with other members. Payment can be made by check or by using a credit card via the Paypal link on our membership web page. If you have questions about dues or payment, contact Naila Prieto Membership Director, or Kyle Root, Treasurer
We communicate with suppliers and contractors on a regular basis. Training [and auditors] have taught us to communicate in writing in order to build a contemporaneous record in the contract file. That’s important! However, when written communication is vague, unclear or ambiguous; the net effect may be adverse.
Unfortunately most of us developed writing skills in school where complex prose, building suspense and long paragraphs were praised. Likewise we have generally been exposed to legal documents from a lawyer’s perspective – with circumspect, over-qualified and long run-on sentences which sound official – but can only be deciphered after lawyers spend hours wrangling in front of a judge. And that is a problem. We are not writing for the Hugo award, we are not writing letters to our Grandmothers nor are we writing legal briefs.
In my opinion, written communication with contractors has to be different. Fortunately, there are some simple changes we can make in our writing style to be more direct, understandable and effective.
In our discussion at the NCMA meeting on March 8, we’ll talk about pitfalls in contract communication and suggest ways to improve the effectiveness and value of your contract correspondence.
Here is a great example of our tax-dollars at work - providing very helpful advice from the government.
Here is an older article of mine on the same subject
Here is an example of practical application:
Find more of my opinions and articles at www.mltweb.com
Keeping Up With Current Business Developments?
There are a number of business trends that I think will affect our professional futures. Either from a personal-career 'opportunity' or a business-process impact - these are trends are worth understanding. As managers, we should be adapting business processes; as professionals, we should be preparing for inevitable career changes. Here are a few terms I think we should all be familiar with:
These trends, along with regulatory changes, expansion of world markets, social networking growth and generation turnover make a compelling case for comprehensive review of business processes and our future in the workplace.
Unemployment Tax Rates Released
A Heads up note for our members from our February speaker, Ajsa Suljic
81 percent of employers will have the same tax rate or lower
OLYMPIA – The Employment Security Department has issued 2018 tax rate notices to employers and updated our website with all the new information. https://www.esd.wa.gov/employer-taxes/determining-your-tax-rates
Tax rates in all 40 rate classes remained the same as in 2017, ranging from 0.10 to 5.7 percent (not counting delinquency taxes). About 81 percent of employers will move into a lower rate class or stay the same in 2018.
• 25 percent of Washington employers will have a lower tax
rate in 2018, 56 percent will remain the same, and 19 percent
will move to a higher rate class.
Employers will pay unemployment taxes on the first $47,300 of each employee’s earnings in 2018. For an employee earning $47,300 or more, the total tax for the year will range from $61 (employers in rate class 1) to $2,706 (rate class 40).
815 N Kellogg St., Ste D, Kennewick, WA 99363
ISM-CB Education Exchange
- building a
Share educational opportunities and the benefits of an expanded professional network with your colleagues.
Seminar: Introduction to Public Procurement
05/23/2018 - 05/25/2018 ; 8:00 AM -5:00 PM
American Society for Quality : www.asq614.org/
The Institute For Internal Auditors, Mid-Columbia Chapter
National Contract Management
Institute For Management
WSU Tri-Cities Professional Education https://tricities.wsu.edu/cepd/leadership-academy/
Emerging Tri-Cities http://www.emergingtricities.com/
ISM-CB professional network exchange is our way of encouraging communication and discussion among our members. Sharing information, expertise and experience are just some of the many benefits of membership. Networking with other members is a great way to build a professional support team.
Who Are we?
ISM-Columbia Basin is the regional affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management a not-for-profit educational organization of over 40,000 Purchasing Agents, Buyers and Supply Chain Professionals. www.ism.ws Local membership represents companies from Moses Lake to Walla Walla including food processing, government contractors, educational institutions, utilities and manufacturing. New members and business professionals are always welcome at ISM-CB events. Visit the ISM-CB web site at: www.ismcb.org
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