Annual Business Awards
Annual Business Awards
Congratulations! 2017 SLU Award Winners
SLU Restaurant of the Year: Lunchbox Laboratory
SLU Retailer of the Year: Goodwill SLU
SLU Nonprofit of the Year: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
SLU Small Business of the Year: The Barking Lounge
SLU New Business of the Year: Ba Bar
SLU Good Neighbor of the Year: Fred Hutch
SLU Changemaker of the Year: Sarah Worley, Connect@Amazon
2016 SLU Awards Winners
SLU Restaurant of the Year: Portage Bay Cafe
SLU Retailer of the Year: Shine
SLU Nonprofit of the Year: Fred Hutch
SLU Small Business of the Year: Kenmore Air
SLU New Business of the Year: Facebook
SLU Good Neighbor of the Year: PEMCO
SLU Changemaker of the Year: Seattle Police Department Officer, Sam Cook
Past Annual Award Winners
CHANGE MAKER OF THE YEAR (Formerly Volunteer of the Year) An individual who donates time, talent or money to non-work related endeavors that expressly support the spirit and growth of the South Lake Union neighborhood.
2015: Patty Turnberg, Immanuel Community Services
2014: Dena Lee, Resident, SLU Art Walk
2013: John Carrico, Excellence Health & Fitness
2012: Noelle Smithhart, Vulcan
2011: Tay McCutchan, Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle
2010: Dan McGrady, Vulcan
2009: Lloyd Douglas, Cascade Neighorhood
2008: Betsy Davis, Center for Wooden Boats
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (less than 50 employees) A business that demonstrates an excellent reputation, is a leader in their respective field and is involved in South Lake Union community programs, activities or services.
2015: Nollie's Cafe
2014: Caffe Torino
2013: Athletic Awards
2010: Tutta Bella
2009: City Hardware
2008: Realtime Productions
RETAILER OF THE YEAR:.Awarded to a retailer in our neighborhood that shows excellence in one or more of the following – exemplary service, exceptional products, substantial growth and community involvement.
2014: Whole Foods - SLU
2012: Seattle Goodwill
2011: Nollie's Café
2010: Flying Fish
2009: Portage Bay Café
2008: Whole Foods
NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR. Offers outstanding benefit and contributions to the community, providing a much-needed service with measurable outcome of results.
2010: Morningside Academy
2009: Cascade People’s Center
2008: Center for Wooden Boats
NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (**New Category in 2015) Recognizing an outstanding business that is new to the South Lake Union neighborhood (within the calendar year) which demonstrates a commitment to community support and growth.
2015: Flow Fitness
RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR (**New Category in 2015) Awarded to a restaurant in our neighborhood that shows excellence in one or more of the following – exemplary service, exceptional food, substantial growth and community involvement.
2015: Row House Cafe
GOOD NEIGHBOR OF THE YEAR (Formerly Large Business of the Year) A business that demonstrates an excellent reputation, is a leader in their field and is involved in South Lake Union community programs, activities or services.
2015: Not Awarded
2013: Fred Hutch
2010: CB Richard Ellis
2009: Seattle BioMed
2008: Vulcan Real Estate
RETIRED CATEGORY -
EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABILITY Goes to an organization that provides products or services that promote the sustainability of our greatest resources – people and planet – while promoting the sustainability of the South Lake Union neighborhood.
2013: Sellen Construction
2010: As You Like It Catering
2008: Goods for the Planet
The Annual SLU Business & Community Awards were established in 2008 to recognize individuals, organizations and companies that contribute in a meaningful way to the improvement and success of our community.
How are winners selected?
Each year a committee organized by the SLU Chamber nominates 10 business in each of seven categories. Nominees do not have to be involved with the SLU Chamber. They are chosen based on demonstration of participation in, support of, or good works in/for the community. This can take the form of community events, fundraisers, donations to local causes, advocacy on community issues, community improvement projects, etc. These works must demonstrate that the organization is committed to helping South Lake Union succeed as a community. Organizations that have won in the previous two years cannot be nominated. If you'd like to participate in the Nomination Committee or recommend an organization to be nominated, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominees are then put out for public vote. Voting is open for several weeks and anyone can vote; however, same day duplicate votes will not be counted. Once voting has closed the top three vote getters in each category become the Finalists. Each finalist is highlighted at the event where WINNERS ARE ANNOUNCED LIVE!