Mayor to keynote Westside Awards; nomination deadline extended

March 17, 2014 at 8:35 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 9 Comments

Two updates on the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s upcoming Westside Awards breakfast (7:30 am April 3rd at Salty’s [WSB sponsor], tickets available now).

First, the keynote speaker has just been announced by Chamber CEO Lynn Dennis.

It’s Mayor Ed Murray, shown in a WSB photo from his Hiawatha appearance last week announcing the parks-funding proposal; he will be back on this side of the bay for the occasion.

Second, the nomination deadline has been extended through tomorrow, and Dennis says it’s important that you know EVERYONE is welcome to send in a nomination, Chamber member or not – “So often we do not get the chance to tell people how much we appreciate them and their involvement in the community,” she points out. “This is the opportunity to do just that.” Here again are the categories:

Westside Business of the Year – This nominee has been in business at least 3 years and demonstrated business excellence and success.

Westside Emerging Business – This nominee business has been in operations for less than 3 years but is meeting the challenges of a growing business through leadership.

Westside Not-For-Profit of the Year – This nominee non-profit is making our community a better place to live while contributing to community benefit through their mission.

Westsider of the Year – This nominee is making a lasting impact on our community and the lives of others or is an up-coming community role model.

West Seattle Chamber membership is NOT required for either nominators or nominees. Just go here to nominate a business or person tonight or tomorrow.


  1. I wonder if the Chamber might consider some type of posthumous award for Michael Hoffman? I’m sure his family would be touched by the acknowledgement. Especially when the next several weeks/months are going to be more difficult for them. From the numerous comments made after his death, he was very well regarded and did a lot of behind-the-scenes work for the W.S. community.

    Comment by KenK — 8:45 pm March 17, 2014 #

  2. Ken … fwiw, I nominated him for Westsider of the Year. Good point that there could also be some kind of special mention.

    Comment by WSB — 9:32 pm March 17, 2014 #

  3. I thought it would be nice to acknowledge Michael in some manner as well. He did so much for West Seattle, its citizens, other small businesses, and non-profits.



    Comment by miws — 10:44 pm March 17, 2014 #

  4. Darn it. Tried to make my nominations, but it’s showing the survey as being closed. :-(



    Comment by miws — 10:49 pm March 17, 2014 #

  5. Mike – I had trouble getting back in with Chrome and with Safari on the phone. But Safari on the desktop worked. If you have a second browser, give it a try.

    Comment by WSB — 10:50 pm March 17, 2014 #

  6. I have Firefox as a secondary. I’ll give that a shot.


    Thanks, Tracy.



    Comment by miws — 11:25 pm March 17, 2014 #

  7. Okay, it worked in Firefox.


    Only thing is, I was only able to submit to one category. It didn’t appear there was any way to submit for more than one. Didn’t get to nominate Michael for the “Individual” category.




    Comment by miws — 11:53 pm March 17, 2014 #

  8. Thanks to those who have already submitted nominations!! We apologize for any browser issues and thanks Tracy for the suggestions. We will consider all nominations and you can just mention if you’d like the committee to consider an entry in more than one category.

    Also – tickets are available and this event is a great way hear directly from your Mayor while meeting other members of your business community!

    Comment by NancyW — 1:15 pm March 18, 2014 #

  9. Thanks Nancy!


    I was just able to access the Survey via my usual Chrome Browser, and vote for Michael Hoffman.



    Comment by miws — 2:18 pm March 18, 2014 #

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