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Seven Area Businesses and Organizations Take Home AGORA Awards

2016 AGORA _WebImageCongratulations to this year’s AGORA Winners and Finalists! Seven local businesses and organizations took home AGORA Awards yesterday at The Davenport Grand Hotel for demonstrating business excellence in our community. We are so proud to have such a great turnout of really great businesses and organizations – and impressed with the amount of people who got “gussied up” for this 1930s-themed event. We’ll be posting photos soon on our Facebook page!


The AGORA Awards have been a staple of Spokane’s business community for the past 31 years. It’s the region’s premier business awards ceremony that celebrates and recognizes business excellence.

AGORA Award nominees are judged by a panel of 16 judges – volunteers chosen from the regional business and nonprofit community. Thank you for all of your time and commitment, judges! You were an incredible group of people to work with this year! Judging criteria includes growth, marketing strategy, employee environment, customer service, response to adversity, strategic planning, creativity and contribution to the regional economy.

AGORA Award finalists and winners in each category were:

Small Business
Indaba Coffee
Jason Swain & Associates LLC
Kendall Yards Farmers Market
Tinderbox Consulting
Winner: Jason Swain & Associates LLC

Medium Business
Ben and Jerry’s
C & H Foreign Auto
Spokane Gymnastics
Vorphal Wing Securities
Winner: C & H Foreign Auto

Large Business
Family Home Care
Winner: Itron

Small Nonprofit
Communities in Schools of Spokane County
Create Your Statement
Rivers Wish Animal Sanctuary
Winner: Create Your Statement

Large Nonprofit
Northwest Christian Schools
Partners With Families & Children: Spokane
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Winner: Shriners Hospitals for Children

All nominees were eligible for the Community Service and Entrepreneurial Spirit awards. The winners for those awards were:

Community Service Award
Winner: Indaba Coffee

Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
Winner: Zerorez Spokane

Title Sponsor: Bank of America

Category Sponsors: Asuris Northwest Health, Garco Construction, Magnuson Hotels, and Northwest Farm Credit Services

Media Sponsor: Journal of Business

In-kind Sponsors: LCD Exposition Services, Little Fish ProductionsSpokane Civic Theatre, and Referee Photo.

Post Event Advertising Sponsor: Accountemps, a Robert Half Company and OfficeTeam, a Robert Half Company.

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