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Washington Policy Center starts statewide small business tour

Lead the Way coverThe Washington Policy Center has started its own small business improvement campaign, with a 24-stop barnstorming tour this year, meeting with people to address business reform.

The center, based in Seattle and with an Eastern Washington office in Spokane, dubs this campaign "Lead the Way: Small Business and the Road to Recovery." The WPC (at is a conservative education and research group.

Along with the visits to small business owners, the center will advocate for 24 ideas it considers essential to business reform

They range from market-determined Net "neutrality" to reforms in L&I plans and health insurance. The center has the full Lead the Way report on its site.

To see the itinerary, go to the extended jump.

The center's Web site lists the following scheduled stops:

Ellensburg, pending

Ephrata, May 5, Ephrata Chamber building

Grand Coulee, April 29, Location TBA

Kennewick, Feb. 25 Location TBA

Lake Chelan/Manson, May 7, Location TBA

Moses Lake - Oct. 22, Moses Lake Event Center

Newport, April 15, Owens Food and Grocery

Omak, Oct. 20, Koala St. Grill

Othello, pending

Pasco July 12, Pasco Red Lion

Prosser, June 1, Barn Restaurant

Pullman, pending

Republic, June 17, Tamarak Restaurant

Ritzville, May 13, Caseula’s Restaurant

Spokane, pending

Spokane Valley, pending

Sunnyside, June 10, 12:00pm., Snipes Mt. Brewery

Walla Walla, pending

Wenatchee, April 14, Highlander Grill

West Richland, July 7, Sandberg Events Center

Yakima, Oct. 11, Yakima Red Lion

Tom Sowa
Tom Sowa covers technology, retail and economic development and writes the Office Hours blog.