SEATTLE, April 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Nominations are now open for the Heart of Seattle Awards™ to honor the best local, sustainable merchants in Seattle. The Awards will use a unique selection process: all nominees must take the rigorous Quick Impact Assessment produced by the non-profit organization B Lab, creator of the sustainability-minded B Corporation certification. Winners will be selected by public vote from a group of finalists in several categories. The awards are produced by Chinook Book and sponsored by Alaska Airlines and The Stranger.
"We think this is one of the most meaningful awards ever created for local business," says Aaron Richey, Vice President at Chinook Book. "Businesses must first take a test of their social and environmental performance, and the leading performers will be subject to a public vote. Whoever wins unquestionably represents the heart and soul of our community."
Nominations can be made at heartofseattleawards.com. Businesses can nominate themselves and must take the B Corporation Quick Impact Assessment in order to complete the nomination. The assessment requires some detailed knowledge of the business' practices. "How does your business stack up against others with respect to your employee, community and environmental impact?" says Stephanie Ryan with B Lab. "The 20 minutes you spend taking our assessment will provide you with valuable information to run your business." Completed nominations are due by August 1st and are open to businesses with stores, products or services used by Seattleites.
Finalists will be selected by August 15th in the following categories:
- Food & Drink Establishments of all kinds
- Neighborhood Specialty Retailers
- Businesses Providing Amazing Experiences
- Providers of Awesome Services
- Makers of cool, sustainable items
Finalists will be selected based on a combination of enthusiastic nominations and their Quick Impact Assessment score. A public vote sponsored by The Stranger will take place in late summer, and winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony in January 2017.
"We're excited to support this awards program to honor some of Seattle's best businesses, which both help make Seattle such a special place and help encourage people to come visit the Emerald City," says Mark Bocchi from Alaska Airlines.
Visit heartofseattleawards.com for complete details.
SOURCE Chinook Book