Best In B2B 2019
Best Employment Agency
Gold: Provisional Recruiting + Staffing
Since 1994, Provisional has been the Inland Northwest’s leader in specialized recruiting and staffing services, employing more than 15,000 contract workers and placing more than 8,000 direct-hire professionals with area companies. Provisional uses a consultative approach to provide customized solutions, which includes temporary, contract-to-hire, and direct-hire placements.
Silver: Aspen Personnel
Best Local Business Woman
GOLD: Betsy Cowles
The Cowles Company is a diversified family-owned company. Betsy Cowles oversees the real estate, broadcast and insurance divisions, including television stations in Washington and Montana and retail development River Park Square. She is past chair of Greater Spokane Incorporated and the WSU Board of Regents.
SILVER: Bonnie Quinn
BRONZE: Nadine Burgess
Best Sign Company
Gold: Signs For Success
Since 2001, John and Vanessa Bogensberger have left their mark all over Spokane. From the Spokane Transit Authority fleet wraps to the famous carousel banners downtown, Signs for Success is the go-to sign maker for many local business owners, as well as businesses large and small all over the nation.
Silver: Mountain Dog Sign Company
Bronze: Baldwin Sign Company
Best High-Tech Firm
Gold: Itron, Inc.
In 1977, Itron was founded by a small group of innovative engineers intent on finding more efficient ways to read meters in Hauser Lake, Idaho. Itron has been a technology leader in the energy and water markets ever since and works to help their customers create a more resourceful world using big ideas and continuous innovation.
Bronze: Gravity Jack
Best Engineering Firm
Gold: DCI Engineers
Mark D’Amato and Guy Conversano founded DCI in 1988, beginning the adventure out of one of their basements. From the start, they were committed to creating the kind of environment that would enable employees to thrive and make clients want to come back. DCI is based in Seattle, with offices in Spokane, Portland, San Diego, Austin, Irvine, San Francisco, Anchorage and Los Angeles. They are licensed in all 50 states and most Canadian provinces.
Silver: Coffman Engineers
Best Commercial Architectural Firm
Gold: HDG Architecture
Hurtado | Hissong Architecture [HDG] is a multi-faceted architecture and design studio with experience in a variety of project types such as commercial, multi and single family residential, mixed-use, hospitality and restaurant design. Their team’s diverse set of skills can create and materialize every aspect of a project from start to finish; architecture, interior design, branding and graphic design are all in-house assets, affording them the level of control required for their pursuit of an integrated, cohesive and appealing design solution.
Bronze: ALSC Architects
Best Commercial Photographer
GOLD: Roslund | MacKenzie
Tony Roslund and Barry MacKenzie are a traveling team of architecture and design photographers with experience in commercial and residential projects throughout North America. The duo are Platinum Corporate Allied Partners of the American Institute of Architects, and nationally recognized members of the Association of Independent Architectural Photographers.
SILVER: Diane Maehl Photography
BRONZE: WorkStory Photography
Best Commercial Construction Company
Gold: Baker Construction & Development, Inc.
Baker Construction & Development is licensed in 12 states and British Columbia, Canada. They are one of the premier construction and development companies in the western United States and are committed to providing each client with superior service and construction. Clients include the Federal Government and Fortune 500 companies including Starbucks, Rite Aid, Walgreens, CENEX, US Bank and AutoZone and marque clients like Goodwill Industries, Washington.
Silver: Walker Construction
Bronze: Bouten Construction
Best Advertising Agency
The team at QUINN is composed of advertising, marketing and media professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds. Their principals have worked on global brands and national advertising campaigns, but they have intimate and thorough understanding of the intricacies of local marketing in the Northwest. Their team has won national awards for television and print creative, but they love to create effective search results ads, social media posts, and product/price print ads.
Silver: Hanna Advertising
Best Public Relations Agency
For nearly 20 years DH has blended advertising, public relations, research and design. They’ve built a team of people who work across disciplines: advertising, PR, public affairs, brand strategy, and research, which helps them connect the dots in ways others can’t. Which means more effective marketing programs, big ideas grounded in smart strategy, and powerful ideas communicated in simple ways.
Silver: Switch Up
Best Web Design Business
Gold: Well Dressed Walrus
Founded in 2010, Well Dressed Walrus has been building websites and a strategic online presence for dozens and dozens of small businesses and organizations dating back to 1998. Their core team members have more than 25 years of combined experience, and love keeping up with the fast pace of the web solutions industry.
Bronze: Tran Creative
Best Printing Company
Gold: Plese Printing & Marketing
Plese Printing & Marketing is a state-of the-art, full service, commercial printing company specializing in design services, sheet-fed full color printing, spot color printing, high speed digital black and white copying, high speed digital color copying, binding/finishing and complete in-house direct mail marketing. Owner Kim Plese has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and commercial printing with valued clients in Washington, Idaho, Alaska, and California.
Silver: Mojo Print Solutions
Bronze: Garland Printing
Best Copiers and Printers
GOLD: Digital Imaging Solutions
Digital Imaging Solutions has been serving Spokane and the Northwest since 1998. They are an exclusive Sharp dealer that sells and maintains office equipment in the Northwest and specialize in copiers, printers and faxes. They take great pride in our customer service and fast response time
SILVER: QBSI Xerox
BRONZE: Kelley Imaging
Best Coffee Services
Gold: Indaba Coffee
Since founding Indaba Coffee in 2009 with just an espresso machine and a couple of grinders, owner Bobby Enslow has been recognized with an AGORA Award for Community Service, Bronze Best of the City Award for Coffee Roasters, and voted one of Spokane’s Best Baristas. A self-described “Social Coffee Company,” Indaba is all about community.
Silver: Tom Sawyer Country Coffee
Gold: Appleway Florist & Greenhouse
Established and family owned since 1952, let Appleway Florist and Greenhouses specializes in fresh flower bouquets, basket gardens, custom silks and sympathy arrangements. Appleway has more than 30,000 square feet of greenhouses growing many varieties of hanging baskets and bedding plants.
Silver: Liberty Park Florist & Greenhouse
Bronze: Sunset Florist
Best Gift Basket/Gift Services Business
Gold: Simply Northwest
Simply Northwest was founded in May of 1989 as a home-based gift basket service with the purpose of helping companies acknowledge and show appreciation for their employees and clients for a variety of occasions. The business grew quickly and soon required a warehouse space for storage and assembly. As demand rose from non-corporate clientele, they opened a gift boutique in 1994 at the current location. Simply Northwest also offers printed and etched promotional items for your business or event; convention and event execution services; and in-home décor consultations.
Silver: Adorable Gift Baskets
Bronze: Ritter’s Garden & Gift
Best Accounting Firm
Gold: Moss Adams, LLP
A leader in assurance, tax, consulting, risk management, transaction and private client services, Moss Adams has a staff of more than 2,500 that includes more than 290 partners. They focus on serving public, private, and not-for-profit enterprises across the nation through specialized industry and service teams.
Silver: Fruci & Associates
Bronze: Anastasi Moore & Martin
Best Collection Agency
GOLD: Valley Empire Collections
From humble beginnings in 1976 with only a shoebox full of accounts to collect, Valley Empire Collection has been assigned more than 1.2 million listings to date to become the “Inland Northwest’s foremost Bill Collector.”
SILVER: Bonded Adjustment
BRONZE: Automated Accounts, Inc.
Best Business Law Firm or Lawyer
Gold: Winston & Cashatt Lawyers
Winston & Cashatt’s history began more than 50 years ago with the founding of two separate law firms in Spokane. Patrick Winston and Leo Cashatt respectively developed firms dedicated to the highest level of legal practice. In 1971, the two firms merged. Many of their clients have been with Winston & Cashatt for more than 40 years. As a full service law firm, they represent businesses and individuals who reflect the diversity of the Northwest, from the local entrepreneur to the large multi-national corporation.
Silver: Foster & Pepper
Bronze: Etter, McMahan, Lamberson, Van Wert & Oreskovich, PC
Best Credit Card Processing
Gold: First Interstate Bank
First Interstate Bank, formerly INB, offers the technology and a dedicated team to help you accept all forms of payment including traditional debit and credit cards, EMV chip cards, tap cards, and mobile wallets in your store, as well as safe and secure payments via your business website and your mobile device (to accept debit or credit card payments).
Silver: Washington Trust Bank Merchant Services
Bronze: Electronic Transfer, Inc.
Best Business Banking
Gold: Washington Trust Bank
Inland Northwest Bank was founded in 1989 by a group of local business people who were unhappy with the fact that Spokane headquartered banks were getting gobbled up by big out-of-state banks. They felt strongly that being headquartered here enables a bank to be more responsive to the needs of the local community. While they offer a full complement of competitively priced personal loans, the large majority of their loans have historically been to small and medium sized businesses.
Silver: First Interstate Bank
Bronze: Banner Bank
Best Credit Union
Gold: Spokane Teachers Credit Union
Founded in 1934, STCU is one of the largest and most successful financial institutions in the Inland Northwest. As a member-owned financial cooperative, they focus on local business owners who share their desire to sustain a strong economy and to give back to the community.
Silver: Numerica Credit Union
Best Commercial Realty Company
Gold: NAI Black
Founded in 1958 as James S. Black & Company, NAI Black has more than five-decades of commercial real estate leadership in our area. Under the direction of CEO David R. Black since 1984, NAI Black delivers cutting-edge services of the highest quality to its customers and serves a wide spectrum of real estate needs. NAI Black serves clients in Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, and Montana. Their affiliation with NAI Global allows them to reach beyond the local market and provide services to clients on a regional, national, and global basis.
Silver: Kiemle & Hagood Company
Bronze: Cantu Commercial
Best Business Insurance Firm
GOLD: Alliant Insurance
Founded in 1947, their roots run deep. Their dedication to providing superior customer service and risk management solutions to both businesses and individuals has not changed. It’s this foundation, built on trust, and our dedicated staff that allows us to always be forward thinking in our approach to your insurance, benefits, financial, and life needs. Moloney + O’Neill is part of Alliant Insurance Services, the nation’s largest specialty insurance brokerage firm with a history dating back to 1925.
SILVER: Moloney + O’Neill
BRONZE: Blasingame Insurance
Best Office Supply Business
Gold: Kershaw’s, Inc.
Kershaw’s is big enough to get you the right product at the right price, yet small enough to be flexible to the way you do business. Founded in Spokane in 1900, Kershaw’s has been providing products and services to the Spokane business community ever since. There have been many changes throughout the last 100 years, but their commitment to service has remained steadfast.
Silver: Office Depot
Bronze: Complete Office
Best Office Furniture
Gold: Contract Design Associates
Founded by Bruce and Jill Butterworth in 1980, Contract Design Associates (CDA) is a leading office furniture dealership in the Northwest. In 1984, CDA became an authorized Herman Miller dealer servicing Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho and Western Montana. One satisfied customer aptly describes CDA as “Progressive thinking professionals with innovative design ideas that help their meet their clients needs through timeless designs.”
Silver: Davis Office Furniture
Bronze: Kershaw’s, Inc.
Best Office Design Company
Gold: Contract Resources Group
Whether you are equipping a multi-story major headquarters office building, establishing a medical center, setting up an entrepreneurial enterprise or just need to add to an existing facility, the Contract Resource Group team tailors to your individual project. They assist in all phases of your interiors projects, from the initial analysis, through planning and design, budget development, order entry, project management, delivery/installation, and ongoing facility maintenance.
Silver: HDG Architecture
Best Office Building
Gold: Paulsen Center
From the private, underground parking garage, to the prestigious penthouse at the top of the building, the floors of The Paulsen Center offer unique amenities that make doing business there easy. Professions offered in the building include a bank, attorneys, financial advisors, insurance providers, a dentist, a massage therapist, personal trainers, an eye doctor and state-of-the-art tech companies.
Silver: Rock Pointe Corporate Center – Unico Properties, LLC
Bronze: Cutter Tower
Best Office Park
Gold: Spokane Business & Industrial Park
The Park is the region’s largest employment center with more than 120 resident companies employing more than 4,500 people. More than 4.5 million square feet of both dock-high and grade-level buildings rank The Park as one of the largest business and industrial complexes in the county.
Silver: Pinecroft Business Park
Bronze: Playfair Commerce Park
Best Restaurant for a Business Lunch
Gold: The Onion/Area 51 Taphouse
Established in 1978, the Onion is the grand dean of gourmet burgers and casual family dining in Spokane. With the addition of Area 51 Taphouse (with, yes, 51 different beers—and some hard ciders, too), you may never want to leave. From gourmet burgers and sandwiches to pizza, salads and their namesake beer-battered onion rings, The Onion Taphouse & Grill pays attention to details and creates the bulk of their menu from scratch.
Silver: Clinkerdagger – Restaurants Unlimited, Inc.
Bronze: Max at Mirabeau
Best Catering Business
GOLD: Fery’s Catering
Fery Haghighi has been a restaurateur and pastry chef in Spokane since 1980. Her first business, Au Croissant, which introduced the first croissants and espresso drinks to Spokane, was a huge success. Fery added a sit down dinner menu to her restaurant and was named one of the top 10 restaurants in Spokane. Eventually, she decided to use her creativity in a catering and take-out venue. Some of the largest caterings in the area are done by Fery and her staff, as well as some of the most intimate gatherings.
BRONZE: Red Rock
Best Event Facility
Gold: Spokane Convention Center
The Spokane Convention Center campus includes the First Interstate Bank Performing Arts Center and the Spokane Convention Center, attached to two major hotels. Built specifically to host events, the Spokane Convention Center is the region’s premier choice for conventions, consumer shows, banquets, meetings and social events. With the completion of the 2015 expansion, the Spokane Convention Center has more than 650,000 square feet of user-friendly spac, including a 120,000 square feet exhibit hall.
Silver: Beacon Hill Catering & Events
Bronze: Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill
Best Place to Host a Company Party
Gold: Northern Quest Resort and Casino
NQC is well known as the place to go for gambling and great food. With everything it has to offer, including more than 22,000 sf of flexible meeting space, 16,000 of which is dedicated conference rooms, NQC is also the perfect place for your next company event or party. The state-of-the-art conference facilities are unmatched in the Spokane region—with their unrivaled meeting provisions, and right outside the conference room door, your event shares a roof with the most energetic, luxurious and popular venue in town.
Silver: Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill
Bronze: Nectar Catering & Events
Also, these winners:
Best Place for a Team Retreat
GOLD: Laser Quest
SILVER: Pinot’s Palette
BRONZE: Commellini Estate
Best Manufacturing Company
BRONZE: Berg Premier Camp Solutions
Best Promotional Products Provider
GOLD: Brand it Promotional Products
SILVER: Mojo Print Solutions
BRONZE: NBS Promos
Best Trade Show Displays
GOLD: LCD Exposition Services
SILVER: Zome Design LLC
BRONZE: Signs For Success
Best Business Security System Providers
GOLD: Allied Fire & Security
SILVER: Certified Security
BRONZE: Total Security
Best Computer Repair Business
GOLD: Friendly Computers
SILVER: Spokane Valley PC Repair
BRONZE: Friend of a Friend Computers
Best IT Company
BRONZE: PreEminent Corporation
Best Business Startup (One Year Or Less)
GOLD: Amy’s Donuts
SILVER: Creative Fix
BRONZE: Hello Sugar,
Best Local Business Man
Gold: Gerry Dicker
Silver: Walt Worthy
Bronze: Dave Black
Best Networking Events
SILVER: Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce
BRONZE: Spokane Society of Young Professionals
Best Places to Work, Medium Sized
SILVER: Stay Alfred
BRONZE: Whitworth University
Best Places to Work, Large Sized
GOLD: Rockwood Clinic
SILVER: Gonzaga University BRONZE: Eastern Washington University
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