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Mark your calendars for Evening of Excellence on Nov. 20



Join us to honor our 2019 award winners!

AWB’s annual Evening of Excellence is where we honor member companies that demonstrate excellence and best practices in a variety of fields. Please save the date, Nov. 20, to join us in honoring business leaders across the state for the work they have done to support the Association of Washington Business in becoming the catalytic leader and unifying voice for prosperity throughout Washington state.

This event is ideal for the AWB members, partners and friends who enjoy a good party! (Including live jazz from the Walking Hat Trio.) This is also a great opportunity for you to connect with the “best of the best” in business and manufacturing in Washington state.

Additionally, our Oscar-style elegant evening at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall on Nov. 20 is the perfect stage to announce and recognize AWB’s annual award winners, given by categories that are inspired by AWB's mission and vision. They are:

  • Washington Achieve Award – Recognizing a business that 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 with products and/or services that 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 its business sector and/or community
  • Washington Advance Award – Recognizing a business that has had a significant impact in its sector, contributing to the advancement of its 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 its industry
  • Employer of the Year – Recognizing an employer that has implemented innovative job retention, creation, benefits, and/or compensation plans that foster a thriving work environment

The Manufacturing Excellence Awards are given in these categories:

  • 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.

Buy your tickets online here or contact Jacob Sodeman at JacobS@awb.org for more information.



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