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Join us for the ninth annual King County Executive's Small Business Awards, as we recognize the achievements and accomplishments of small businesses throughout King County.

More than 200 small business owners, entrepreneurs, and supporters of small business from across the region are expected to attend and show their support for this year's finalists and winners. The event this year will celebrate and honor the success of small business with a continental breakfast, finalist displays, and recognition of this year's winners.

Nominations for the 2018 King County Executive's Small Business Awards are now CLOSED! Check the website in early September for an announcement of this year's award finalists.


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 July 31, 2019.

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

A: All 2018 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.

2018 Winners

2017 Winners

2016 Winners

2015 Winners

2014 Winners

2013 Winners

2012 Winners

2011 Winners

Award Partners

African Chamber   
Algona  Auburn Area Chamber Chinese Chamber Bellevue Chamber Bellevue Downtown Association City of Auburn City of Bellevue Beaux_Arts_Village City of Burien Black_DiamondCity of Issaquah
City of Kenmore City of Kent Kent Chamber City of Kirkland  Mercer_Island Milton New_Castle Normandy_Park    North_Bend PacificCity of Redmond City of Renton City of Sammamish City of Seattle City of Snoqualmie CityofTukwila 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  Woodinville
Duvall Chamber Bothell Clyde_Hill Covington Des_Moines
Duvall
 CityofEnumclaw_logo2 Enumclaw Chamber Export Finance Assistance Center  Federal_Way

 FederalWayChamber3 Town of Hunts Point  Filipino Chamber Greater Seattle Business Association Issaquah Chamber Kirkland Chamber  Lake_Forest_Park Maple_Valley  Maple Valley Black Diamond Chamber  Medina Mercer Island Chamber New Castle Chamber One Redmond Renton Chamber  Skykomish 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 Yarrow_Point

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