• Annual Business Awards


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  • The Details The Details

    Register Today! A Portion of Proceeds to Benefit FareStart.

    Presented by Kaiser Permanente

    • When: Thursday, February 21, 2019
    • Time: 4:30 - 7 PM
    • Location: 415 Westlake

    **Special Guest** ANGELA DUNLEAVY-STOWELL, FareStart CEO

    Angela was co-founder and CEO of Ethan Stowell Restaurants for 11 years where she oversaw 16 restaurants. 

    While many people know her for her business accomplishments, Angela has been supporting and leading nonprofit efforts for many years. She sits on the board of the United Way of King County and co-chaired its $40 million 2017-2018 annual fundraising campaign. In 2012, Angela co-founded Eat Run Hope, a 5K and culinary event that benefitted the Fetal Health Foundation. She has also volunteered and raised money for numerous organizations such as Amara, Russell Wilson’s WhyNotYou Foundation, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Pike Place Foundation and other local charities and schools.

    In 2013, Angela was named one of Puget Sound Business Journal's "40 Under 40". She's also part of their "40 Under 40" Hall of Fame. She and Ethan Stowell received the 2016 Richard Melman Innovator of the Year Award. She has been honored as one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” and was named one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Seattle” by Seattle Met Magazine.

    We are honored to have her join us this year to celebrate SLU businesses and organizations that make our community great.


    Join us at 415 Westlake for our Annual SLU Business & Community Awards Celebration! We will have beer, wine, appetizers and light bites provided by FareStart & Maslow's by FareStart.

    Congratulations to our finalists! Winners will be announced live!

    SLU Restaurant of the Year: Revel, Serious Pie & Biscuit & Tacos Chukis

    SLU Nonprofit of the Year: Bellwether Housing, Mary's Place & WestSide Baby

    SLU Small Business of the Year: Downtown Dog Lounge, Glazer's Camera & Verde & Co.

    New to SLU Business of the Year: Flatstick Pub, Shake Shack & Wild Ginger

    SLU Good Neighbor of the Year: Amazon, Bartell Drugs & UW Medicine


    • Half Table Sponsor: 4 registrations, 4 drink tickets, company name on a reserved table and listed in program
    • Full Table Sponsor: 8 registrations, 8 drink tickets, company name on a reserved table and listed in program
    • Table Swag Sponsor: Full table benefits + logo on all event materials and opportunity to place one marketing item or swag at each seat (approx. 100 guests)
    • Booth Sponsor: Table Swag benefits + display booth at event
    • Premium Sponsor: Booth benefits + opportunity to present one of the awards on podium
    • Presenting Sponsor: Premium benefits + logo on front of podium and "presented by" recognition on all event materials ***NO LONGER AVAILABLE***

    Become a Sponsor Today!

    *Pricing available at checkout*


    Member: $60

    Non-Member: $75 

    *Ticket includes one drink and light bites*

    Register Today!


    Presenting Sponsor


    Premium Sponsors 

    Venue Sponsor

    Food Sponsors


    Bar Sponsor


    Table Swag Sponsor


    Full Table Sponsor

    Half Table Sponsor

    Compass Housing Alliance

    DCI Engineers

    Flatstick Pub

    Fred Hutch

    Immanuel Community Services

    Jack's BBQ

    Residence Inn Downtown/Convention Center


    Scheer, Holt, Woods & Scisciani LLP

    Vulcan, Inc.

    TheWestin Seattle

    UW Medicine South Lake Union

    WestSide Baby

    Woodland Park Zoo

    Photography Sponsor

    Become a Sponsor Today!


  • Past Annual Award Winners

    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.

    2017: The Barking Lounge

    2016: Kenmore Air

    2015: Nollie's Cafe

    2014: Caffe Torino

    2013: Athletic Awards

    2012: Spinghill Suites Downtown/South Lake Union

    2011: Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle

    2010: Tutta Bella

    2009: City Hardware

    2008: Realtime Productions

    NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR. Offers outstanding benefit and contributions to the community, providing a much-needed service with measurable outcome of results.

    2017: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

    2016: Fred Hutch

    2015: Immanuel Community Services

    2014: Seattle Children's Research Institute

    2013: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

    2012: SightLife

    2011: PacMed

    2010: Morningside Academy

    2009: Cascade People’s Center

    2008: Center for Wooden Boats

    NEW TO SLU 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.

    2017: Ba Bar

    2016: Facebook

    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.

    2017: Lunchbox Laboratory

    2016: Portage Bay Cafe

    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.

    2017: Fred Hutch

    2016: PEMCO

    2015: Not Awarded

    2014: Amazon

    2013: Fred Hutch

    2012: REI

    2011: PEMCO

    2010: CB Richard Ellis

    2009: Seattle BioMed

    2008: Vulcan Real Estate




    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.

    2017: Goodwill SLU

    2016: Shine

    2015: REI

    2014: Whole Foods - SLU

    2013: Shine

    2012: Seattle Goodwill

    2011: Nollie's Café

    2010: Flying Fish

    2009: Portage Bay Café

    2008: Whole Foods

    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.

    2017: Sarah Worley, Amazon

    2016: Officer Sam Cook, Seattle Police Department

    2015: Patty Turnberg, Immanuel Community Services

    2014: Dena Lee, Resident, SLU Art Walk 

    2013: John Carrico, Excellence Health & Fitness

    ‚Äč2012: 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


    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.

    2014: Zipcar

    2013: Sellen Construction

    2012: CleanScapes

    2011: Aspira

    2010: As You Like It Catering

    2009:  REI

    2008: Goods for the Planet

  • How are winners selected?

    Each year a committee organized by the SLU Chamber nominates six business in five 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:  director@sluchamber.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 and are featured at the event where WINNERS ARE ANNOUNCED LIVE!