Executive's Small Business Awards
- Small Business of the Year
- Minority Small Business of the Year
- Woman Small Business of the Year
- Exporting Small Business of the Year
- Green/Sustainable Small Business of the year
- Workforce Development Small Business of the Year
- Rural Small Business of the Year
NominationsNominations are typically made from May through July. Nominess are narrowed down to three finalists in each category. To qualify, businesses must have 50 employees or less and been in business for at least three years.
Shop past award winners
Small Business of the Year
- Keeney's Office Supply | Redmond - WINNER
- Magnum Print Solutions | Seattle
- POP! Gourmet Popcorn Company LLC | Kent
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. The challenges to operating a small business are infinite and often daunting, but the collective contributions of small businesses are vital to the diversity and growth of the county's economy.
On behalf of all small businesses throughout the county, this award is given to the small business that best exemplifies the tenacity, perspicacity, and audacity it takes to successfully operate a small business.
Minority Small Business of the Year
- TokuSaku Consulting | Seattle - WINNER
- Greater China USA | Bellevue
- Magellan Architects | Redmond
The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2007 Survey of Business Owners (the latest data available) reported that minority-owned businesses accounted for 21.3% of all non-farm US businesses. King County’s percentage of minority-owned businesses was more than 13%. This award recognizes the small business that has attained outstanding business achievement and exemplifies the significant contributions made by minority-owned businesses in King County.
Woman Small Business of the Year
- Equinox Business Law Group PLLC | Bellevue - WINNER
- Artitudes Design Inc. | Issaquah
- LPD Engineering, PLLC | Seattle
The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2007 Survey of Business Owners (the latest data available) reported that women owned businesses accounted for 28.7% of all non-farm US businesses. King County had the 14th highest percentage among all counties for women-owned businesses at 29%. This award recognizes the small business that has attained outstanding business achievement and exemplifies the significant contributions made by women-owned businesses in King County.
Exporting Small Business of the Year
- Pacific Valley Foods | Bellevue - WINNER
- Measurement Technology Northwest | Seattle
- Oppenheimer Camera Products | Seattle
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 infrastructure and services to grow. Consistent with the President's National Export Initiative to double our nation's exports in five years, this award recognizes the small business that has achieved significant increased international sales through existing and/or new international markets.
Green/Sustainable Small Business of the Year
- Green Canopy Homes| Seattle - WINNER
- EWC Group Inc. | Tukwila
- Full Circle Enviromental, Inc. | Seattle
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 that has achieved excellence in the creation and implementation of sustainable business practices. Practices include waste and recycling programs, water stewardship, energy management, efficiency in the built environment, or any other significant effort designed to limit the way a business impacts our local environment.
Workforce Development Small Business of the Year
- DRY Soda | Seattle - WINNER
- Golden Steer Restaurant | Kent
- Ron Wright and Associates | Seattle
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 the skills of its workers. Practices include on-the-job training or support for ongoing skill development; partnerships with other businesses, education institutions, community organizations or government agencies; internships, mentorships or other practices that allow young people to learn about and gain skills in the business/industry; or other practices that demonstrate effective and innovative hiring, retention and training.
Rural Small Business of the Year- Growing Things Farm | Carnation - WINNER
- Canter-Berry Farms | Auburn
- Fox Hollow Family Farm| Issaquah
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. The King County Strategic Plan supports rural economic development that maintains the character of the rural area. This award recognizes the small business that has achieved excellence in one of the traditional rural industry clusters - agriculture, forestry, equine, home-based, or other.