GSI announces 32nd annual AGORA awardees - CCS and NoLi Brewhouse honored

Thursday, June 8, 2017

(SPOKANE, Wash.) – Greater Spokane Incorporated honored seven area businesses and organizations this afternoon at the 32nd Annual AGORA Awards at the Spokane Convention Center. These businesses were selected by a group of judges that carefully considered growth, marketing strategy, employee environment, customer service, response to adversity, strategic planning, creativity and contribution to our regional economy.
Finalists and winners in each category were:
Small Business:
Edward Jones – Ty Barbery
Tinderbox Consulting
Little Fish Productions
Brickyard Barbershop
Winner: Edward Jones – Ty Barbery
Medium Business:
SouthCare Animal Medical Center
Spokane Gymnastics
Origin Forensics
Valbridge Property Advisors
Winner: Spokane Gymnastics
Large Business:
Spokane Convention Center
Vandervert Construction
No-Li Brewhouse
Community Colleges of Spokane
Winner: Spokane Convention Center
Small Nonprofit:
AgForestry Leadership
Women & Children's Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen
Project Six19
Winner: Women & Children's Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen

Large Nonprofit:
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest
Lilac Bloomsday Association
CHAS Health
Winner: Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest
In addition, all nominees were eligible for the Community Service and Entrepreneurial Spirit awards. Winners for these awards were:
Community Service Award
Winner: Lilac Bloomsday Association
Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
Winner: No-Li Brewhouse
Sponsors for the 2017 AGORA Awards include:
Title Sponsor: Bank of America
Category Sponsors: Asuris Northwest Health, and Magnuson Hotels
Post Event Advertising Sponsors: Robert Half Accountemps and OfficeTeam
In-kind Stage Sponsor: LCD Exposition Services
Media Sponsor: Spokane Journal of Business
About the AGORA Awards
The AGORA Awards have been a staple of Spokane’s business community for the past three decades and recognize business excellence throughout the region. Nominees are solicited by Greater Spokane Incorporated and asked to complete a questionnaire, providing information about their business for the judging process. Volunteer judges from various businesses determined semi-finalists based on the questionnaire. The judges then determine the finalists and conduct formal interviews to determine the AGORA Award winners.
About Greater Spokane Incorporated Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) is the Spokane region's next-generation business development organization. GSI works to create something greater for the community by connecting businesses to valuable relationships and resources, driving initiatives to improve our region, and advocating for business with a unified voice. GSI is funded through a combination of private and public investment, including 1,200 private-sector members; Spokane County; Washington State Department of Commerce; and the cities of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney, Deer Park, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake, Millwood and Newport, and the Kalispel Tribe of Indians. For more information visit or contact us at 509-624-1393 or 1-800-SPOKANE. For more information about moving or expanding your business in the Spokane region, visit