(WSB photo of TomboyX founders Dunaway and Gonzalez, at 2013 launch)
Five years after West Seattleites Fran Dunaway and Naomi Gonzalez launched apparel-and-more company TomboyX, they’ve just won a big honor – King County Small Business of the Year. From the announcement of the awards presented by County Executive Dow Constantine at a ceremony in Bellevue today:
Hundreds of nominations were narrowed down to 28 finalists in seven categories, representing 24 of the 39 cities in King County as well as unincorporated areas. Judges from several chambers of commerce around the region selected the winners using criteria like customer service, community involvement, and business model innovation.
The winners are:
Small Business of the Year: TomboyX, Seattle
Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year: Concord Engineering, Seattle
Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year: Triangle Associates, Seattle
Exporting Small Business of the Year: Pier2 Marketing, Seattle
Green/Sustainable Small Business of the Year: Green Cleaning Seattle – Otium-Maid Services, Seattle
Workforce Development Small Business of the Year: Cognission Corporation/Sponge School, Kirkland
Rural Small Business of the Year: Reber Ranch, Kent
To be eligible for the Executive’s Small Business Awards, nominees must be located in King County, have been in business for at least three years, and have 50 employees or less.
TomboyX is headquartered just across the Duwamish, between SODO and Georgetown.