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  • ISM-CB Program February 13
    Regional economic Impact
  • Annual ISM membership dues are due now. Help us continue hosting local programs like this one by renewing your ISM-CB membership.
“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
Regional 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.

Our returning speaker is Ajsa Suljic, Regional Labor Economist, WA State Employment Security Department who will provide us information on the State of the Labor Market in the Kennewick Metro Area (Benton and Franklin Counties). See the PowerPoint from last year’s presentation here .

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.
Here is the latest Benton County profile prepared by Ajsa & Franklin County

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.

  •  When: Tuesday February 13, 2018
  •  Where: County Gentleman Restaurant, 9921 W Clearwater Ave., Kennewick
  •  Time: Buffet starts at 5:30 pm Program starts about 6:15 to 6:30 pm.
  •  Menu: Buffet Dinner- Marinated Tri Tip w/Demi Glaze, Herb Crusted Chicken, and sides.
  •  Cost: $20 for members $25 for non-members
  •  RSVP early – A head count has to be provided to County Gentleman no later than ??????????
  •  You may pre-pay using a credit card via the PayPal link on the ISM-CB website
    or RSVP to RSVP@ismcb.org and pay cash or check at the door.

Questions: Please send any questions to Scott Williams admin@ismcb.org
Either way, we need to know if you are going to attend as early as possible.

Membership Renewal

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

Contract Communication

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.

Read more….

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:

Read more from Taylor at: www.mltweb.com  / Articles / Toolbox

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:

  • Legal Technologist- a growing career in the legal profession
  • Forensic Auditing  - a growth industry in the accounting business sector
  • Electronic Discovery - a powerful and expensive legal tool
  • Big Data - rapidly multiplying connectivity, data sharing and analysis web
  • Data Density - exponential growth of data elements and sources due to IoT
  • IoT - explosion in technology expansion leading to ginormous data sets with much higher data densities  
  • Blockchain Encryption - secure communication enabling technology

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.


Find more of my opinions and articles  at www.mltweb.comarticles   /  Toolbox

New 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.
• The average tax rate will decrease from an estimated 1.21 percent in 2017 to an estimated 1.10 percent in 2018. The average total tax paid per employee will decline by $15 to $215 per year.
• About 41 percent of all taxable employers are in rate class 1, taxed at 0.10 percent. Ninety percent of employers in rate class 1 have five or fewer employees.
• The experience rated portion of the 2018 unemployment tax (paid by rate classes 2 and higher) will be based on benefit payouts from July 2013 through June 2017.
• Unemployment tax collections are estimated to decrease from $1.06 billion in 2017 to about $952 million in 2018.

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).

Ajsa Suljic
Regional Labor Economist
Washington State Employment Security Department
Workforce Information and Technology Services

815 N Kellogg St., Ste D, Kennewick, WA 99363

Email: Asuljic@esd.wa.gov ; phone: 509-734-5928; website: www.esd.wa.gov 

ISM-CB Education Exchange - building a professional network.
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
Location: 808 W Spokane Falls Blvd,  Spokane, WA 99201
Instructor: Christine O. Weber, CPPB,C.P.M.
Hosted By: Washington State Chapter of NIGP
registration information

American Society for Quality :  www.asq614.org/

Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
Washington PTAC - February Government Contracting Opportunities, News, & Events
Ashley Coronado  PTAC Government Contracting Assistance Specialist
Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Kennewick

The Institute For Internal Auditors, Mid-Columbia Chapter

National Contract Management Association (NCMA)
 NCMA web site: http://ncmacolumbiabasin.com/index.html

Institute For Management Accountants
 IMA web site: http://ima.labworks.org/

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.

ISM-CB Education Opportunity Calendar 2017-2018
BOD Planning calendar - send program suggestions to President@ismcb.org

June 13, 2017

ISM-CB Annual Business and BOD & Planning Meeting

July 25, 2017

ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting
Contact Cory Miller
5:30 p.m., Round Table, Richland

Aug. 22, 2017 ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting
Contact Cory Miller
5:30 p.m., Round Table, Richland

September 12, 2017

ISM-CB Program: Professional Networking
Mike Taylor , Naila Prieto, Procurement Supply Specialist
5:30 Applebee’s, Kennewick

September 19, 2017

ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting, all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,

October 10, 2017

SM-CB Program; Fraud Identification and what to look for in an accounting system
Speaker, Bill Craven CHPRC Cost/Price Analyst
ISM-CB Champion: Cory Miller
5:30 p.m. Applebee’s, Kennewick

October 15-18, 2017

Pacific Northwest Purchasing Conference -
hosted by  ISM Western Washington
Seattle, WA

October 24

ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting, all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,

November 14

ISM-CB Program; Suspect/Counterfeit items, identification and issues
Speaker, Rick Warriner,
ISM-CB Champion: Kyle Root
5:30 p.m. Applebee’s, Kennewick

November 21

ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting, all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,

December 12

Program cancelled

December 19

ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting, all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,

January 9, 2018

International Sourcing Panel Discussion
Speaker(s): Scott Williams, Brian Hersch and Nick Cino from Lamb Weston Trade Compliance.
5:30 p.m. Applebee’s, Kennewick
ISM-CB Champion: Brian Hersch
January 16, 2018 ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting, all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,
February 13, 2018 Regional Economic Impact
Speaker Asja Suljic, Washington State Employment Security Department Regional Economist
5:30 p.m. CG Public House, 9221 W Clearwater, Kennewick
ISM-CB Champion: Scott Williams
February 20, 2018 ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting,  all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,
March 13, 2018

ISM-CB Program; Attracting and Retaining Suppliers
Emily Estes-Cross (City of Kennewick)
ISM-CB Champion: Dustin Wittman

5:30 p.m. Applebee’s, Kennewick

March 20, 2018 ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting,  all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,
April (tbd) ISM-CB Program; ISM-CB networking social Location tbd
ISM-CB Champion:: tbd
April 17, 2018 ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting,  all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,
May 9, 2018
& repeat
May 10
Plan Tour; Preferred Freezer Services
ISM-CB Champion: Brian Hersch
Tour participation limited to 15 each day 
May 15, 2018 ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting,  all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,
June (tbd ISM-CB Business & BOD Planning Meeting
All members invited & welcome

Location: tbd  Cory Miller,
Who Are we?

Contact ISM-CB:  ISM-CB President / ISM-CB Membership Director/ISM-CB Information  / Web Site

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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