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Numerica is among the 2014 Agora Award winners announced by GSI

Five Spokane companies and two nonprofit organizations were winners Wednesday of the 2014 Agora Awards, chosen by a panel to recognize business excellence.

 They were:

  • U-District Physical Therapy (small business)
  • Asuris Northwest Health (medium business)
  • Numerica Credit Union (large business)
  • Blessings Under the Bridge (small nonprofit)
  • Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations (large nonprofit)
  • Quality Inn Downtown (community service award)
  • Lee & Hayes (entrepreneurial spirit)

 The awards were presented Wednesday by Greater Spokane Incorporated.

GSI has GenPrime for Thursday, the Agora Awards next week

Two Greater Spokane Incorporated deals coming in the next week. To make reservations, go to the GSI events page.

Tomorrow (May 29)is the next GSI sponsored Executive Breakfast. It will feature Buck Somes and Darby McLean of Spokane company GenPrime.

It starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Spokane Club downtown.

GenPrime develops testing services to detect microbes and potentially harmful or illegal substances. It has also developed kits used by first-responders dealing with possible toxic materials.

The second event is the June 4 Agora Awards presentation. Here are this year's nominees. The awards are annually presented to recognize local business achievement. The event runs from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Small Business
Design Source, Inc.
Quality Inn - Downtown 4th Ave.
Red and Associates LLC.
U-District Physical Therapy

Medium Business
Asuris Northwest Health
Incyte Diagnostics
Lee & Hayes
USKH, Inc. (Soon to be Stantec)

Large Business
Coffman Engineers, Inc.
Numerica Credit Union
Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories, LLC (PAML)
Wagstaff, Inc.

Small Nonprofit
Blessings Under the Bridge
Spring of Hope International
The First Tee of the Inland Northwest

Large Nonprofit
Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest
The Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations

Seven firms or nonprofits win Agora Awards

Seven Spokane area firms or groups were winners in the annual Agora Awards completion, honoring business excellence.

In a Wednesday morning event hosted by Greater Spokane Inc., the winners in several categories were:
  • Large nonprofit: Greater Spokane County Meals On Wheels.
  • Small nonprofit: Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council.
  • Small business: Angus Meats.
  • Medium business: Dutch Bros. Coffee.
  • Large business: Baker Construction and Development.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit: Maid Naturally.
  • Community Service Award: Action Moving Services

This was the 27th year awards were presented.

GSI announces 2012’s Agora Awards nominess

The annual Greater Spokane Inc.-sponsored Agora Awards will be announced May 30. Here are the nominees in the five categories:  For additional information on the awards, the GSI link has it.    

Small nonprofit

  • Christ Kitchen
  • Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council (GSSAC)
  • Inland Northwest Community Foundation
Large nonprofit
  • Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children – Spokane
  • Spokane Guilds’ School & Neuromuscular Center
Small business
  • Angus Meats, Inc.
  • Maid Naturally, LLC
  • Modern Construction & Consulting Services, LLC
  • Zipline Interactive
Medium business
  • Action Moving Services
  • Crown West Realty, LLC
  • Dutch Bros. Coffee
  • State Bank Northwest
Large business
  • Baker Construction & Development, Inc.
  • Haskins Steel Co., Inc.
  • InCyte Pathology
  • Inland Empire Distribution Systems, Inc.

This year’s Spokane Catalyst Award nominees are…

The nominees for the coming Catalyst Awards, a yearly tech-company designation managed by Greater Spokane Inc., have been announced. The Catalyst Awards will be presented Oct. 5 at the Riverpont Campus South Facility.

The awards event begin around 4 p.m. Tickets cost $26 for general admission and $10 for students until Sept. 30.  Also, you will see the company Jigsaw listed below. That's not the clothing shop downtown. That's the former Post Falls company that was acquired by, and relocated to the old Itronix building in Spokane Valley.
Jigsaw offers collected databases of company employees and contact information.
Company of the year
Purcell Systems, Inc.  
Clean/Green company of the year
Demand Energy Networks
Sun People Dry Goods Co.  
Organization of the year
EWU School of Computing and Engineering Sciences
Gonzaga University Smart Antenna and Radio Laboratory 
Spokane Public Market  
Clean/Green organization of the Year
Applied Sciences Laboratory WSU
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Sustainable Resources INW  
Mentor of the year
Yvonne Luman
Rhosetta Rhodes
Thomas C. Simpson
Ken Grunzweig Innovator of the Year
Senator Lisa Brown
Paul Buller
Jon Eliassen  
Emerging Innovator of the Year
Nick Brown
Josh Neblett and Sarah Neblett
Kirt Runolfson

Agora Award winners to be announced on Wednesday

Can this really be the 26th year for the annual Agora Awards?  That long, really? 

This year's winners will be announced Wednesday by Greater Spokane Inc. in a ceremony starting at 7 a.m. at the Davenport Hotel.

Agora Awards are annual recognitions of business excellence in the Spokane area. The categories this year for “business rock stars” are in small business, medium business, large business, small nonprofit, large nonprofit.

Anyone can register for the awards at Individual tickets are $30 and $40.

To see the awards online Wednesday morning, go to and look in the Business category. We'll be publishing them shortly after being announced.

Agora Award finalists announced

The nominees for the 2011 AGORA Awards were announced Tuesday by  Greater Spokane Incorporated. Winners will be announced June 1 at The Davenport Hotel from 7:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. ?Attendees can register at  The awards recognize area businesses for excellence.

Nominees by category are: 

Small business

  • Clark's Tire & Automotive
  • Craftsmen Construction, Inc.
  • Desautel Hege Communications

Medium business

  • GeoEngineers, Inc.
  • Horizon Hospice
  • Travel Leaders
  • Youthful Horizons Therapy

Large business

  • Graham Construction & Management, Inc.
  • Northwest Farm Credit Services
  • Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories (PAML)
  • Spokane Industries, Inc.

Nonprofit, small 

  • Inland Northwest Community Foundation
  • Spokane Lilac Festival Association
  • Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery

Nonprofit, large

  • Second Harvest
  • The Salvation Army of Spokane
  • Volunteers of America

Here’s a hint that puts you one simple step from a $5 coffee card in our trivia challenge

For those stumped (or annoyed) at yesterday’s Trivia Challenge, I say: keep trying. Let’s give you a hint.

The organization that launched the Catalyst Awards is TechNet.

Answer one more of the other three questions correctly, and you’ve earned a $5 coffee card. How hard is that?

We posted the quiz yesterday on this blog; it was our way of saluting the awards, which are handed out more or less annually. The winners were posted yesterday, also.

Now for a bit of caviling. The original purpose of the Catalysts was to call attention to tech companies and tech leaders in the community. Does it look like it’s strayed off target, now allowing non-tech firms or groups to earn the prize?

In a word, yeah.

When that drift occurs, why have them, since the community has other awards for business, such as the Agora Awards? End of screed, now back to our regular programming…

To come in with a winning entry for the coffee card, simply post an answer below or e-mail with the subject “Catalyst.”


2010 Agora Award winners announced

Seven area organizations on Wednesday were given Agora Awards during an annual ceremony hosted by Greater Spokane Incorporated. Winners were:

  • Small Nonprofit: Spokane Humane Society
  • Large Nonprofit: YMCA of the Inland Northwest
  • Large Business: Advantage IQ
  • Small Business: Catered for You
  • Medium Business: Nystrom Olson Collins, Inc. 
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit Award: Stewart and Associates.
  • C. Michael Archer Community Service Award: Moss Adams accounting firm.

The awards recognize  business and community excellence. Independent judges consider company growth, employee environment and other factors. FOR JUDGES’ comments on the winners, go to the next page below:

Agora Award finalists announced

A clinic, a cellar, and a caterer are among the finalists for the 2010 Agora Awards announced today by Greater Spokane Incorporated.

For small non-profits, the finalists are Christ Clinic, Spokane Humane Society, and Tincan.

Among the large non-profits, Catholic Charities of Spokane, The Salvation Army of Spokane, and YMCA of the Inland Northwest are the remaining contestants.

Caffe Paradiso, Catered for You Inc., Design Source Inc. and Stewart & Associates PS are the finalists for the small business award.

In the medium business category, the finalists are Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, Coffman Engineers Inc., DeVries Business Services and Nystrom Olson Collins Inc.

And the large business group contains Advantage IQ Inc., CH2M Hill Inc., Inland Empire Distribution Systems Inc., and Moss Adams LLP.

The winners will be announced at a June 2 breakfast. 

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