November 20, 2017
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One week left until AWB's black-tie Evening of Excellence awards in Seattle

Last year's inaugural Evening of Excellence was a stylish, memorable event. This year's soiree promises to be equally enjoyable. From the red-carpet entrance to the surprise announcements of each winner, the Evening of Excellence is AWB's way to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of Washington's many great employers.

This year's Evening of Excellence will be held Nov. 29 in Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. All 18 finalists, three for each of the six awards, will be recognized at the event and winners, who do not know they won, will be announced in Oscars fashion.

The finalists for this year's awards are:

  • Employer of the Year: Recognizing an employer that has implemented innovative job retention, creation, benefits, and/or compensation plans that fosters a thriving work environment. Finalists: Bellmont Cabinet Company, Rite in the Rain and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Given to an entrepreneur whose business is less than 5 years old and has made a significant impact in their industry. Finalists: Aslan Brewing, C2S Technologies and Schilling Cider
  • 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. Finalists: Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC), Greater Spokane Incorporated and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • 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. Finalists: Alaffia, Expedia, Inc. and Frontier Communications
  • Leading Environmental Practices Award: Recognizing a business that has put a priority on environmental improvement, education or outreach to their business sector and/or community. Finalists: Earth Friendly Products, Honeywell International Inc. and Nucor Steel Seattle, Inc.
  • 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. Finalists: A&R Solar, Western Institutional Review Board and WGU Washington

And remember that award nominations are open year-round, so it's never too late (or too early) to nominate your company or a business you admire for AWB's awards. The deadline to apply for a 2018 Evening of Excellence award is June 30.

Online registration for the event is now open. For more information, contact Kelli Schueler at 360.943.1600.

Read about the 2016 award winners here.

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