Thurston Economic Development Council announces 2015 business recognition award winners

Business awards season continued Thursday when the Thurston Economic Development Council recognized four businesses with 2015 awards.

The following won awards, and Thurston EDC Executive Director Michael Cade shared his thoughts about each:

New business of the year: Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes. Cade praised the business-savvy owner for closely tracking the cost of every ingredient, ensuring there’s a “return on investment to the business and employees.”

Small business of the year: Dirty Dave’s Pizza Parlor. Cade said he is impressed with the number of nonprofits the business supports and how it retains its longtime employees.

Corporate employer of the year: Alaffia. The Tumwater-area manufacturer of skin-care products, which imports its key ingredients from West Africa, operates in Thurston County, but it has a global effect, Cade said.

Nonprofit organization of the year: Family Education and Support Services. The volume of individuals they have helped “really struck my heart,” Cade said.

Thursday’s event was the 30th anniversary of the business recognition awards. About 20 past winners attended the luncheon, Cade said. The former Olympia Brewery was recognized in the first year of the awards, he said.

Thurston EDC board members and prior winners select the award winners, Cade said.

On Wednesday, the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce announced its green business award winners. Radiance won distinction for its green business practices in the medium-size business category. The small business award went to Salish Sea Organic Liqueurs, a startup distillery in Hawks Prairie. The large business award went to Olympia Federal Savings. The relatively new government award went to the city of Olympia.