County Small Business Award finalists include Issaquah entrepreneurs
August 30, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 30, 2011
The finalists for the inaugural King County Executive’s Small Business Awards include Issaquah enterprises, TransNET Inc. and Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in.
King County Executive Dow Constantine — along sponsors Microsoft, KeyBank, enterpriseSeattle, Small Business Partners for Prosperity and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County — named 21 finalists in seven categories Monday.
TransNET Inc., a logistics provider, is nominated in the Exporting Small Business of the Year category. The award recognizes a small business for achieving “significant increased international sales” in the global marketplace.
The iconic Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in is up for Minority Small Business of the Year. The honor highlights a minority-owned business for attaining “outstanding business achievement” and exemplifying the contributions made by minority-owned businesses in King County.
Officials expect more than 250 people to attend the awards ceremony at 7:15 a.m. Oct. 12 at the Meydenabauer Center in Bellevue.
“My priority is to build prosperity and get people back to work, and small businesses will lead the way as they create the majority of new jobs in our economy,” Constantine said in a statement. “I am pleased to honor small businesses by recognizing the best of them, and celebrating the entrepreneurs who are achieving excellence and putting people back to work.”
Organizers received more than 125 nominations from 30 award partners — chambers of commerce, cities and business organizations across the county.
The nomination is the latest honor for Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in.
José Enciso Sr., longtime proprietor, received dual awards in May, including Business Person of the Year, at the Issaquah Community Awards Luncheon. The city also inducted Enciso into the Issaquah Hall of Fame, the community’s highest honor.