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Sunnyside among 24 communities to be visited by Washington Policy Center

In an effort to improve the climate for small businesses, the Washington Policy Center is stopping in 24 communities statewide, sharing 24 ideas.

Among the communities the center is visiting are Sunnyside and Prosser.

"Small businesses are the backbone of Washington's economy," shared Carl Gipson, director of the Washington Policy Center.

His organization is committed to helping small businesses, and the tour, he shared, is a way in which conversations can begin.

Currently the state has the second highest small business failure rate in the nation. The Washington Policy Center wishes to remedy that, according to Gipson.

He and Eastern Washington Office Director Chris Cargill will be presenting the center's newest publication Lead the Way: Small Business and the Road to Recovery, while on tour.

The publication was suggested by small business owners across Washington state, and recommends innovative ideas to reform workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, health insurance, state tax codes and more.

The Washington Policy Center will be at Sunnyside's Snipes Mountain Restaurant and Microbrewery Thursday, June 10, at noon. The Prosser stop will be at the Barn Restaurant Tuesday, June 1, at noon.

The public is invited to attend the meetings free of charge.

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