April 18, 2016
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AWB accepting nominations for state's most innovative employers



Washington’s most extraordinary employers have new ways to be recognized for their achievements this year.

AWB has completely revamped its slate of awards and is now accepting nominations for excellence in six categories:

  • Washington Achieve Award - Recognizing a business who has excelled in creating, implementing or supporting a high-caliber education and/or workforce development system aligned with closing the employment gap.

  • Washington Connect Award - Recognizing a business whose products and/or services have positively impacted the way in which Washington employers and communities are connected to each other and the world.

  • Leading Environmental Practices - Recognizing a business that has put a priority on environmental improvement, education or outreach to their business sector and/or community.

  • Washington Advance Award - Recognizing a business who has had a significant impact in their sector, contributing to the advancement of their community and/or statewide economy.

  • Entrepreneur of the year – Given to an entrepreneur whose business is less than five years old and has made a significant impact in their industry.

  • Employer of the Year - Recognizing an employer who has implemented innovative job retention, creation, benefits, and/or compensation plans that fosters a thriving work environment.

AWB is rolling out the red carpet and inviting the recipients to a brand new gala awards ceremony Nov. 30 at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. The Evening of Excellence will be a black-tie event in one of the state’s finest venues – a fitting location to recognize the state’s most innovative employers. Join us for a member appreciation reception with networking, live music, food and beverages, along with a full awards program. Learn more here.

We’re also accepting applications in four categories for the Manufacturing Excellence Award:

  • Green Manufacturing Award - Given to a business that has maximized energy efficiency levels, gone above and beyond regulatory requirements, minimized waste from the production process and reduced its carbon footprint.

  • Operational Excellence Award - Recognizing a company that has a distinctive manufacturing process, including continuous improvement, innovations, lean and six sigma and/or application of high technology.

  • Innovation Award - Recognizing a company that has maintained a competitive advantage by utilizing innovation while remaining responsive to market demands.

  • Manufacturer of the Year Award - This premier award recognizes a company that has a commitment to business excellence, has found creative solutions to challenges that raise or enhance the industry standard, as well as involvement in state and/or local public policy issues that affect manufacturers.

We’re opening up award nominations and applications year-round, with a June 30 deadline for this year’s honors. More information and an award application is online here.



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