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Tuesday, November 21

MEDIA ADVISORY: AWB to Honor Employers for Innovation, Community Involvement and Environmental Stewardship Nov. 29

Annual Evening of Excellence awards to feature 18 award nominees that will yield six award winners in categories that align with AWB’s strategic Mission and Vision

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business will announce the six recipients of its second-annual Evening of Excellence awards at a black-tie, red-carpet event Nov. 29 in Seattle.

Eighteen companies of all sizes and from diverse industries across the state were selected by business leaders for top awards in six categories that correspond to AWB’s Mission and Vision statements. The winners will be announced in “Oscars-style” at the event.

Evening of Excellence takes place Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the awards program begins at 7 p.m.

Media wishing to attend the event for newsgathering purposes, should contact AWB Communications Manager Bobbi Cussins at 360.943.1600 to RSVP.

The awards and nominees include:

Achieve: 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.

  • Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC), Seattle
  • Greater Spokane Incorporated, Spokane
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland

Connect: 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.

  • Alaffia, Tumwater
  • Expedia, Bellevue
  • Frontier Communications, Everett

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

  • Earth Friendly Products, Lacey
  • Honeywell International, Inc., Redmond
  • Nucor Steel Seattle, Inc., Seattle

Advance: Recognizing a business that has had a significant cause-oriented impact in its sector and/or community and contributed to the advancement of the economy.

  • A&R Solar, Seattle
  • Western Institutional Review Board, Puyallup
  • WGU Washington, Kent

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.

  • Aslan Brewing, Bellingham
  • C2S Technologies, Bellevue
  • Schilling Cider, Auburn

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.

  • Bellmont Cabinet Company, Sumner
  • Rite in the Rain, Tacoma
  • Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Pullman

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