The International Business Brokers Association® (IBBA®) is a trade association of business brokers providing education, conferences, professional designations and networking opportunities.Formed in 1983, IBBA is the largest non-profit association specifically formed to meet the needs of people and firms engaged in various aspects of business brokerage, and mergers and acquisitions.Today, the IBBA has more than 1,500 members in all parts of the world.The IBBA strives to create a professional relationship with successful business transaction advisors (i.e. CPA’s, bankers, attorneys, and other related associations), to increase the image and value of the IBBA to its members and to be a leader in the exchange of business referrals.
The Thurston County Chamber has a long history of commitment to Thurston County businesses and the community at large. Established in 1873, we are the oldest and one of the most influential of all chambers in Washington State.
Throughout history, the Thurston County Chamber has:
- maintained the Olympia Area as the seat of government for the state
- taken on local, state, and national issues, including maintaing the name of Mt. Rainier
- regional transportation improvements, and creating a Port District
- been instrumental in the creation of numerous community organizations, including:
- Capital Lakefair
- Thurston Economic Development Council
- Visitor and Convention Bureau
Our mission is to build community prosperity through a unified voice to support free enterprise. With this mission in mind, the Chamber has worked diligently to improve economic expansion, new jobs, higher incomes, and a solid, well-proportioned tax base.
Leadership Thurston County (LTC) is a community driven, experience based leadership development program. Each year’s class consists of a maximum of 35 participants who come from private businesses, public agencies, non-profit organizations, and as interested community members. Typically, participants collectively are involved with more than a hundred different organizations. LTC runs from September through June and includes an opening and closing retreat, monthly daylong sessions called Challenge Days, and individual and group projects that are completed outside of class time. The curriculum is carefully designed to reflect the interrelationships of issues and to develop knowledge of community leadership. The monthly challenge days are planned by the Board of Regents Curriculum Committee, graduates of the previous year’s class and the program coordinator. They focus on a different topic each month and include education, business and economic development, government, health and human services, art and culture, law and justice, and the environment. Topics are explored through speakers, discussion groups, field visits and homework. Participants gain insight into how community decisions are made, who makes them and what alters and influences these decisions.