Thank you to all sponsors & attendees of the 2017 Business Awards Gala & Investor Dinner – a sold out event!  See everyone next year.



222 Marketplace LLC, 2017 New Business of the Year



NorthAmericaTalk, Inc, 2017 Small Business of the Year


Capital Lakefair, 2017 Non-profit of the Year


Olympia Federal Savings, 2017 Corporate Employer of the Year

Since 1986, the annual Business Recognition Awards event has honored local businesses and non-profit organizations recognizing the significant role that they play in creating a healthy and diverse economy throughout Thurston County. We’ll also be providing an update on the Regional Alliance Economic Development Strategic Plan, and requesting support of the Alliance’s initiatives. There are four Award categories for nominations: New Business, Small Business, Large Business and Non-Profit of the Year.

Join us for this inspiring event to celebrate local business success.

May 19, 2017
Cocktails: 5:30 p.m. – Program/Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
Olympia County & Golf Club – 3636 Country Club Rd NW
Olympia, WA 98502



2017 Awards Finalist

New Business of the Year

Broth Bar by Salt

Fire & Time

222 Marketplace LLC

Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar

The Mouse Trap

Blind Pig Spirits

Small Business of the Year

PCI Pest Control

NorthAmericaTalk, Inc

Zoe Juice Bar

Non-Profit of the Year

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington

Capital Lakefair

Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council

Corporate Employer of the Year

Ziemek Dental Laboratory, Inc

Atlas Dental Group

Olympia Federal Savings


Nominations are now closed. 

Criteria for each of the Categories are below.

New Business:

  1. Entered into business in Thurston County within the last 3 years
  2. Demonstrates diversification in the overall business climate by the introduction of a new product/service or by employing a different set of individuals that may not have been previously employed.
  3. Can represent a redeveloped business model or innovation in their business practices that has allowed them to remain or become more competitive
  4. Should demonstrate a commitment to leadership within the community in support of a portion of, or the larger Thurston community

Small Business

  1. Includes businesses with 49 employees or less
  2. Demonstrates commitment to customer service, product development, and has positively impacted the economic vitality of Thurston county
  3. Demonstrates innovation within their market niche or an ability to adapt to change in their marketplace, locally or regionally
  4. Demonstrates a record of commitment to the Thurston county community through leadership, support of a local community based organization, or giving of financial resources
  5. Allows for consideration of franchise business when individually owned. Individual branches are not considered but would be as a whole entity.

Large Business

  1. Employs more than 50 individuals and reaches a market beyond Thurston county
  2. Employment and/or business operations have an identified multiplying impact upon greater Thurston County economy
  3. Company should have a demonstrated history of supporting local community activities and programs
  4. As a result of their operations, Thurston county has achieved a level of prominence and economic strength
  5. Headquarters do not need to be physically located in Thurston county, however, the company must have significant employment and operations within the county

Non-profit Organization

  1. Demonstrate stability by being in operation for 5 years or more
  2. Provides services that are not fulfilled by basic government or for-profit business
  3. Proven record of fulfilling their mandate and demonstrated record of positive impact upon the community
  4. As a result of organization’s mission and actions, individuals served have gone on to make a strong contribution to the fabric of Thurston county

Congratulations to all our past Nominees and Recipients