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The Annual GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards honor businesses, nonprofits, and community leaders who demonstrate excellence, community service and

success in their business or profession.

Click video to meet the finalists and recipients.

 

HONOREES

Cone & Steiner General

Business of the Year

Symetra

Corporate Leader of the Year

COMCAST NBCUniversal and Diem Ly

Champion for Small
Business Recovery

Veritas Electric

New Business of the Year

Monserrat Padilla

Community Leader of the Year

Seattle Storm

Voice for Social Justice

Laura Clise, Intentionalist

Business Leader of the Year

U.T.O.P.I.A.

Nonprofit of the Year

Mona Smith

Board Chair's Award

NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

Olmste(a)d

Greggory & Alison Holcomb,
Jesse Elliott and Lisa Tomlinson owners

​www.olmsteadseattle.com

 

Enjoli Izidor Design

Enjoli Izidor, owner

www.enjoliizidor.com

 

Perfect Pronouns

Sam I’Am, owner

perfectpronouns.com/pages/about-us

Scruff to Fluff

Artese Hawkins, owner

scrufftofluffkirkland.com

 

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

Board and Vellum

Jeffrey Pelletier, owner

www.boardandvellum.com

 

Olympic Hot Tub

Don Riling, Owner

www.olympichottub.com

BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

Jaebadiah Gardner

Onpoint Real Estate Services, LLC, Owner

www.onpoint-properties.com

Donna Moodie

Marjorie Restaurant, owner

www.marjorierestaurant.com/

 

NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

Rainbow Center

Troy Christensen- Executive Director

www.rainbowcntr.org/

 

COMMUNITY LEADER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

J. Manny Santiago

Washington LGBTQ Commission,

Executive Director

manny.santiago@gov.wa.gov

 

Alicia Crank

Chief Development Officer, AtWork!

aliciac@atworkwa.org

FINALISTS

Congratulations to all the Business and Humanitarian Awards Finalists

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SPONSORS

Title Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor

Event Sponsors

Award Sponsor

GSBA is Washington State's LGBTQ & Allied Chamber of Commerce   -   (206) 363-9188   -   office@theGSBA.org

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SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION

Thursday, February 18, 2021

 

4:30 PM - Virtual Reception         5:00 PM - Program

During these tumultuous and often dark times, the one thing that has remained constant, is the strength and resiliency of our community. Throughout 2020, these leaders pivoted to continue to serve our community during a global pandemic and financial crisis, stood up against systemic racial injustice, and served as an example to us all of what it looks like when businesses "walk the walk." Join GSBA in honoring 2020's business leaders and champions of justice during the virtual 40th Annual GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards: Forward Vision.

 

Your registration will directly benefit small business recovery through the GSBA Ready for Business Fund.

We are delighted to have Q13 Morning News Anchor Travis Mayfield as our emcee at this year's event. 

Travis supports many community groups and nonprofits including GSBA, The Healing Center and Providence’s "Safe Crossing" program.

Travis, his husband and their kids live in Seattle. He enjoys travel, theatre, wine and a good book.

Community Member: $0

  • Receive the link to attend the main event

  • Invitation to join the general pre-show social hour


Small Business Shopper: $25

  • $25 tax-deductible donation to the Ready for Business Fund

  • Receive the link to attend the main event

  • Invitation to join the general pre-show social hour


Small Business Customer: $50

  • $50 tax-deductible donation to the Ready for Business Fund

  • Receive the link to attend the main event

  • Invitation to join general pre-show social hour

Small Business Patron: $250

  • $250 tax-deductible donation to the Ready for Business Fund

  • Receive the link to attend the main event

  • Virtual room for you and nine guests for the pre-show virtual reception

  • Mention and thank you during the program and on the GSBA website as a Ready for Business Fund Champion


Small Business Investor: $500

  • $500 tax-deductible donation to the Ready for Business Fund

  • Receive the link to attend the main event 

  • Virtual room for you and nine guests for the pre-show social hour

  • Mention and thank you during the program and on the GSBA website as a Ready for Business Fund Champion


Small Business Champion: $1000

  • $1000 investment in a Ready for Business Microgrant to support small business recovery

  • Receive the link to attend the main event

  • Virtual room for you and nine guests for the pre-show social hour

  • Mention and thank you during the program and on the GSBA website as a Ready for Business Fund Champion

READY FOR BUSINESS FUND CHAMPIONS

​​Thank you to the following individuals for supporting GSBA's Ready for Business Fund.

  • Jason Bergevin

  • Alicia Crank, Atwork!

  • Atwork!

  • Jeff Pelletier, Board and Vellum

  • Christopher Pasco, Board and Vellum

  • Rainbow Center Tacoma

  • Louise Chernin

  • Ilona Lohrey

  • Intentionalist

  • Puget Sound Energy

Small businesses are the heart and soul of our economy, the backbone of our communities, and they are facing a severe crisis. By making a donation to the Ready for Business Fund, you are directly empowering small business owners and strengthening your community. Consider registering for this event as a Small Business Patron, Small Business Investor, or Small Business Champion, and your name will be included as a supporter.

Find out more about the GSBA Ready for Business Fund.

CATERING FOR YOUR VIEWING PARTY

Even though we can't celebrate together in-person this year, GSBA has partnered with GSBA Member Gourmondo to offer delicious catering packages to enjoy as you watch the 40th Annual Business & Humanitarian Awards, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the GSBA Ready for Business Fund.

Gourmondo's specialty boxes are designed specifically to enhance virtual events at home, with each box coming with an entree item, hand-crafted appetizers, a crisp salad, and dessert. Guests can choose from the Mesquite Salmon, Coriander Beef, Berbere Chicken, or Ancient Grain dinner boxes. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are available. Ordering is quick and easy, and don't forget to use the coupon code GSBA218 to place your order and give back to the Ready for Business Fund.