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Spokane’s Magner Sanborn wins best small West Coast agency in Ad Age awards

Spokane ad agency Magner Sanborn was named best small agency in the West Coast in a competition arranged by media publication Ad Age.

The award was presented to company principals at a recent event in Minneapolis.

Ad Age gives out a gold and silver award for small, medium and large agencies in four U.S. regions. Small agencies are those with fewer than 150 workers.

Magner Sanborn won the gold for the West Coast region, which includes California and Oregon. The silver winner was an ad agency from San Francisco, said Dennis Magner, one of the company’s founders.

“For us, this validates what we’ve done here, and says that small is great,” he said.

“So often the larger conglomerates get the attention, but the awards recognize that great work is done in smaller agencies,” he said.

Magner Sanborn, launched in 2003 and with offices in downtown Spokane, has 40 workers. Its clients include Amtrak, Thomas Hammer Coffee, Yoke's Fresh Markets, Netflix and others.

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