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32nd AGORA Awards celebrate excellence of seven businesses and organizations

Seven local businesses and organizations took home AGORA Awards this afternoon at the Spokane Convention Center, recognizing their business excellence in our community.

Each year, AGORA Award nominees are judged by a panel of 16 judges – volunteers chosen from the regional business and nonprofit community. We’d like to thank all of our judges for your time and commitment! 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 our regional economy.

Small Business:
Edward Jones – Ty Barbery
Tinderbox Consulting
Little Fish Productions
Brickyard Barbershop
Winner: Edward Jones – Ty Barbery

Medium Business:
SouthCare Animal Medical Center
Spokane Gymnastics
Origin Forensics
Valbridge Property Advisors
Winner: Spokane Gymnastics

Large Business:
Spokane Convention Center
Vandervert Construction
No-Li Brewhouse
Community Colleges of Spokane
Winner: Spokane Convention Center

Small Nonprofit:
AgForestry Leadership
Women & Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen
Project Six19
Winner: Women & Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen

Large Nonprofit:
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest
Lilac Bloomsday Association
CHAS Health
Winner: Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest

All nominees were eligible for the Community Service and Entrepreneurial Spirit awards. Winners for these awards were:

Community Service Award
Winner: Lilac Bloomsday Association

Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
Winner: No-Li Brewhouse

Congratulations to the businesses who made it to the semi-finals earlier this year.

This year’s AGORA Judges include volunteers and representation from Bank of America (head judge), Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care (head judge), Mountain Dog Sign Co. (head judge), Robert Half Finance & Accounting (head judge), YMCA of the Inland Northwest, DataPro Solutions Inc., BECU, Inland Empire Paper Co., HUB International Northwest, BDO USA LLP, Spokane Symphony, Eastern State Hospital, GeoEngineers Inc., Bernardo-Wills Architects PC, Asuris Northwest Health, Merrill Lynch, Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, Tate Technology Inc., and Spokane Gymnastics.

2017 AGORA Award Sponsors include:

Title Sponsor: Bank of America

Category Sponsors: Asuris Northwest Health, and Magnuson Hotels

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

In-kind Stage Sponsor: LCD Exposition Services

Media Sponsor: Spokane Journal of Business

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