BUSINESS AWARDS SHOWCASE
AWARD CATEGORIES AND DECRIPTIONS
Agribusiness of The Year
The Agribusiness of the Year Award recognizes a person, business or organization that has been instrumental to the success and excellence of agriculture in Walla Walla Valley, either as a farmer or in an agriculturally related field.
Business of The Year
This Business of the Year Award recognizes a company in business (existing for more than 3 years) that shares a commitment to professional excellence, business growth, resilience, and provides an important resource for our community.
Duane Wollmuth Catalyst Award
The Duane Wollmuth Catalyst Award recognizes an individual, business or organization that collaborates and motivates to make BIG things happen in the Walla Walla Valley and contribute to it's future sustainability and quality of life.
Non-Profit Organization of the Year
The Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award recognizes successful and impactful philanthropic efforts that bring significant benefit to the Walla Walla Valley and/or its residents.
The nominated organization must be an active 501(c)3, (c)4 or (c)6 organization located and operating in the Walla Walla Valley Area.
Start-Up Business of the Year
The Start-Up Business of the Year Award recognizes a start-up company (existing for 3 years or less) that has successfully created a business plan, obtained financing, and opened its doors. Every start-up has its own journey to success, and nominees of this award show a path of growth, resiliency, strong business practices, and job creation.
Business Leader of the Year
The Business Leader of the Year Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates a history of vision, service, and leadership for the betterment of the Walla Walla Valley.
Future Business Leader of The Year
Awarded to a high school senior who displays leadership qualities every day- qualities like honesty, integrity, dependability, respectfulness, and compassion. This student succeeds in academics as well as community service and serves as a role model to their peers.
Student must be a senior during the 2023-2024 school year and attending a Walla Walla Valley High School or homeschool.
$mart Business Partner of the Year
The $mart Business Partner award recognizes businesses and organizations who practice outstanding commitment to sustainable business practices.
$mart Business Partners meet Sustainable Living Center's criteria to protect, preserve and improve the environment. Nominees for this award will be chosen by the Sustainable Living Center from a group of Walla Walla Valley Businesses and Organizations, who have qualified through their participation in the $mart Business Partners Program.