Nominate small businesses for King County honor

May 21, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. May 21, 2011

King County Executive Dow Constantine, alongside corporate and nonprofit partners, launched a program to honor small businesses.

The partners include the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, as well as chambers of commerce and cities throughout the county.

“I am proud of the entrepreneurial spirit in our region, and these awards are our way of recognizing worthy small businesses that are doing great things,” Constantine said in a release. “I thank our event sponsors and partners for working collaboratively to make the upcoming inaugural awards a success.”

The partners in the inaugural Executive’s Small Business Awards include Microsoft Corporation, KeyBank, enterpriseSeattle, the Workforce Development Council of Seattle – King County, and the Small Business Partners for Prosperity.

The nomination categories include:

  • 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

The initial awards ceremony is scheduled for October. Organizers intend for the awards program to become a yearly event.

“Small businesses are a key economic engine that will drive forward our region and our state,” Brad Smith, general counsel and senior vice president for Microsoft Legal and Corporate Affairs, said in a release. “Eighty percent of future job creation is predicted to come from small businesses. We are committed to their success and delighted to support these awards.”

Submit nominations to chambers of commerce, cities, and business organizations through July 1. In order to qualify, businesses must be in King County, have 50 employees or fewer, and have been in business for at least three years.

Organizers plan to announce finalists Sept. 15. The awards ceremony is Oct. 12 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

“Small businesses face unique workforce challenges,” Marléna Sessions, Workforce Development Council CEO, said in a release. “We’re proud to support small employers who find innovative ways to hire, train and retain high-quality employees.”

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