Executive's Small Business Awards
Join us for the sixth annual King County Executive's Small Business Awards, as we recognize the achievements and accomplishments of small businesses throughout King County.
Over 200 small business owners, entrepreneurs, and supporters of small business from across the County are expected to attend and show their support for this year's finalists and winners. The event this year will celebrate and honor the success of small business with a continental breakfast, finalist displays, and recognition of this year's winners.
- Be located in King County
- Have 50 or fewer employees
- Be a for-profit business in operation for at least 3 years
- All past winners and 2015 finalists are ineligible for nomination
- A business may self-nominate or be nominated by a chamber of commerce, a city, or a business organization
- A business may be nominated in more than one category, but will need to complete a separate nomination form for each entry
- All businesses are eligible for nomination, except for 2015 finalists and past award winners
Nomination for 2016 King County Executive's Small Business Awards is open through August 30, 2016. Nominees must complete and submit the nomination using the online form. Click here to download the SAMPLE form.
To be eligible for consideration, a business must:
Click here to nominate a business
Small Business of the
Year: The U.S. Census
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported
there were 71,070 non-farm firms
with employees in King County
during 2010, and 95% of these had
50 or fewer employees.
- Minority Small Business of the Year: The U.S. Census Bureau's 2007 Survey of Business Owners showed that minority-owned businesses accounted for 21.3% of all non-farm U.S. businesses. King County’s percentage
- Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year: The U.S. Census Bureau's 2007 Survey of Business Owners showed that women-owned businesses accounted for 28.7% of all non-farm U.S. businesses. King County
- Exporting Small Business of the Year: Economies grow through trade, by exporting their products and services globally. This brings in income which allows wages to rise and the tax base for critical public
- Green/Sustainable Small Business of the Year: King County is a hotbed of innovation in the field of sustainability and has a rich history of environmental stewardship. This award recognizes the small business
- Workforce Small Business of the Year: A skilled workforce is vital to the growth of businesses and our economy. This award recognizes the small business with outstanding practices in hiring, retaining, and developing
- Rural Small Business of the Year: The rural economy is an important link to the urban area and provides opportunities for residents to both live and work in the rural area.