Issaquah Chamber of Commerce honors business innovators

February 22, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 12:45 p.m. Feb. 22, 2012

The most innovative businesses in Issaquah manufacture composite fasteners for airliners, educate and enrich autistic children, and rely on a tiny-but-talented staff to create slick productions.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce announced the Innovation in Issaquah honorees — Marketing Masters, Lakeside Center for Autism and Impact Studio Pro — Wednesday.

The carbon-neutral community zHome also received a nod as the most innovative public-private partnership. The city spearheaded the 10-unit townhouse development.

Marketing Masters creates fasteners for Boeing and Airbus planes at a small facility behind Burger King in the Issaquah business district.

Lakeside Center for Autism uses technology, such as the Microsoft Kinect, to educate autistic children.

Impact Studio Pro, established at a home office in the Issaquah Highlands, is a video production company.

Leaders from the chamber and City Hall recognized the entrepreneurs’ accomplishments through the Innovation in Issaquah contest, a showcase for local businesses offering unique services. Honorees demonstrate innovation in product development, services, systems or strategies.

Organizers considered more than 30 nominees for the honors.

The chamber announced the 2012 honorees before a crowd of business and government leaders during a luncheon at Holiday Inn – Issaquah.

Organizers launched the Innovation in Issaquah contest last year. The initial honorees included Democracy Live, Restorix Health, Applied Precision and the nonprofit Eastside Baby Corner.

Before the chamber and city announced the 2012 honorees, outgoing chamber President Kristi Tripple said the contest presented a chance for Issaquah leaders to focus on accomplishments rather than economic doom and gloom.

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