Entrepreneurs have the ability to identify new opportunities, as well as the commitment required to pursue them.

They create success by identifying leverage points where a modest investment can produce a big reward.



The Washington Business Alliance is a statewide business organization that’s forward-leaning and issue-focused. Our mission is to help solve our state's most critical issues. By working collaboratively, we catalyze business leadership, bipartisan problem-solving, and data-driven strategies to get results for the people of Washington.

PLAN Washington is our guiding playbook. Its goals challenge Washington to become a top 5 state by the year 2025. Through PLAN Washington we:

  • Compile the latest data, research, and recommendations into an annual PLAN
  • Communicate thoughtful ideas for making our state great
  • Charter focused initiatives to create statewide impact

In 2016 we will focus on advancing two critical issues in the PLAN: Low Carbon Prosperity, and Career & Technical Education.




The core of our membership is business, but through PLAN Washington we invite aligned individuals and partner organizations to join. All membership types receive event discounts and are eligible to be listed on the website. Business members are invited to join committees and projects and are considered members of the Washington Business Alliance.

Other benefits include: frequent communications on solutions to our state's most critical issues, invitations to participate in government affairs activities, broad exposure to business, NGOs and government, and opportunities for leadership roles in shaping PLAN Washington. The Business Alliance does not offer an association health plan or other member services that directly compete with chambers of commerce.

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We seek input from our members and partners as we develop the annual updates to the six areas of PLAN Washington. Beyond the PLAN, the staff's active work focuses around initiative programs that accelerate the PLAN Washington goals. Our premier membership level is the Innovator's Circle. We coordinate with these members very closely to integrate their perspectives into our initiatives. We provide research, communications, advocacy, and event services that deliver value to their organizations and Washingtonians as a whole.  
Extensive information on each of our initiatives is available under the Initiatives tab. In 2016 and beyond, our primary work is centered around these initiatives. Please contact us for available opportunities.


Event sponsorships can help raise the profile of your business or organization. Please contact us for available opportunities.
WaBA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization, which means your support is tax-deductible.


Howard Behar

David Giuliani

Committee Working Group


The Washington Business Alliance was founded in 2010 by David Giuliani, the co-inventor and CEO of the Sonicare & Clarisonic companies, and former Starbucks President Howard Behar. Frustrated by divisiveness and uneven progress in state politics, they imagined the results that could be achieved if we brought the best business methods and entrepreneurial thinking to the work of government. Committees of volunteer business executives began organizing to explore how best to influence the state in this direction. Modeled after the successful Oregon Business Plan from our neighbor to the south, the Business Alliance launched PLAN Washington in early 2014 at K&L Gates in Seattle.

At the Business Alliance:

  • We promote civility and bipartisan problem-solving.
  • We believe business can be a force for good.
  • We want a government that works.
  • We care about the success of the whole state.

Our values: understand, collaborate, innovate, activate, achieve.

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