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Congratulations to the winners & finalists of the 2018 King County Executive's Small Business Awards!

Small Business of the Year

Minority Small Business of the Year

Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

Exporting Small Business of the Year

Green/Sustainable Small Business of the Year

Workforce Small Business of the Year

Rural Small Business of the Year


Award Categories


  • Small Business of the Year: The U.S. Census Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there were 71,070 non-farm firms
  • 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.
  • 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%
  • Exporting Small Business of the Year: Economies grow through trade, by exporting their products and services globally.
  • 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.
  • Workforce Small Business of the Year: A skilled workforce is vital to the growth of businesses and our economy.
  • 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.
FAQs for Nominations

Q: What is the due date for submitting a nomination?

A: Nominations must be received by August 13, 2018.

Q: Can I submit a nomination for a company that was a finalist in last year’s program?

A: All 2017 finalists and past winners and are ineligible for nomination.

Q: Can I self-nominate my company for an award category?

A: Yes. A business may self-nominate or be nominated by a chamber of commerce, a city, or a business organization.

Q: Can a business submit a nomination in more than one category?

A: Yes. A business may be nominated in more than one category; however, you will need to complete a separate nomination form for each entry.

Q: Is a non-profit entity eligible for nomination?

A: No. All nominees must be a for-profit business in operation for at least 3 years.

Q: Does a business need to be located in King County to be nominated?

A: Yes. A business must be located in King County to be eligible for nomination.

Q: My business has more than 100 employees. Is my business eligible for nomination?

A: No. A business must have 50 or fewer employees to be eligible for nomination.

2017 Winners

2016 Winners

2015 Winners

2014 Winners

2013 Winners

2012 Winners

2011 Winners

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Award Partners

African Chamber   
Auburn Area Chamber Chinese Chamber Bellevue Chamber Bellevue Downtown Association City of Auburn City of Bellevue City of Burien City of Issaquah City of Kenmore City of Kent City of Kirkland City of Redmond City of Renton City of Sammamish City of Seattle City of Snoqualmie City of Tukwila Clean Tech Alliance Covington Chamber City Of Seatac City Of Shoreline Eastern European-American Chamber of Commerce British American Chamber of Commerce Washington Technology CarnationChamber2 Life Science WA
Duvall Chamber Enumclaw Chamber Export Finance Assistance Center FederalWayChamber3 Filipino Chamber Greater Seattle Business Association Issaquah Chamber Kirkland Chamber Maple Valley Black Diamond Chamber Mercer Island Chamber New Castle Chamber One Redmond Renton Chamber Sammamish Chamber City Of Carnation Vashon Chamber Woodinville Chamber Aerospace Future Alliance mba_logo Snoqualmie Valley Chamber WBBA South Lake Union Chamber Seattle Southside Chamber
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