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

Over 200 small business owners, entrepreneurs, and supporters of small business from across the County 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 2016 King County Executive's Small Business Awards are now CLOSED! Check the website in September for an announcement of this year's award finalists.

To be eligible for consideration, a business must:

  • Be located in King County
  • Have 50 or fewer employees
  • Be a for-profit business in operation for at least 3 years
  • All past winners and 2015 finalists are ineligible for nomination


  1. A business may self-nominate or be nominated by a chamber of commerce, a city, or a business organization
  2. A business may be nominated in more than one category, but will need to complete a separate nomination form for each entry
  3. All businesses are eligible for nomination, except for 2015 finalists and past award winners

Nominations are now CLOSED!

2016 Awards Event

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016
7:15 - 7:50 am Continental Breakfast/ Networking
7:50 - 9:00am Awards Event
Meydenbauer Convention Center in Bellevue
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Registration for the 2016 Awards Event is now open!


Award Categories

  • Small Business of the Year: The U.S. Census Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there were 71,070 non-farm firms with employees in King County during 2010, and 95% of these had 50 or fewer employees.
  • 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. businesses. King County’s percentage
  • 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% of all non-farm U.S. businesses.  King County
  • Exporting Small Business of the Year: Economies grow through trade, by exporting their products and services globally. This brings in income which allows wages to rise and the tax base for critical public
  • 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. This award recognizes the small business
  • Workforce Small Business of the Year: A skilled workforce is vital to the growth of businesses and our economy. This award recognizes the small business with outstanding practices in hiring, retaining, and developing
  • 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.

2015 Awards Event Video

Supporting Sponsors

Award Partners

African Chamber
Auburn Area Chamber Chinese Chamber Bellevue Chamber Bellevue Downtown Association City of Auburn City of Bellevue City of Burien City of Issaquah City of Kenmore City of Kent City of Kirkland City of Redmond City of Renton City of Sammamish City of Seattle City of Snoqualmie City of Tukwila 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
Duvall Chamber Enumclaw Chamber Export Finance Assistance Center Federal Way Chamber Filipino Chamber Greater Seattle Business Association Issaquah Chamber Kirkland Chamber Maple Valley Black Diamond Chamber Mercer Island Chamber New Castle Chamber One Redmond Renton Chamber Sammamish Chamber City Of Carnation Southwest KingCounty Chamber Vashon Chamber Woodinville Chamber Aerospace Future Alliance mba_logo Snoqualmie Valley Chamber WBBA
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