Secretary of State Reed to honor businesses that prioritize community service

Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed today launched a new recognition program called “Corporations for Communities,” which puts a spotlight on standout businesses that make community a priority.

Starting this week, the public can go to the agency’s Web site and nominate any Washington business that demonstrates a commitment to giving and a drive to improve local or regional social conditions — such as helping employees go green, hosting volunteer events, or organizing clothing drives.

Twice a year, Reed will select one business that embodies his “giving back” charge and honor its employees at a special ceremony. The year’s two winners will receive National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Awards, which recognize civic involvement around the country.

“Corporations for Communities” is part of Reed’s third-term mission to encourage civic engagement and community involvement. Earlier in the year, Reed launched a “Find Your One Thing” initiative that challenges individuals to think of small ways to give back.

Anyone is able to nominate businesses for this honor. Any sized for-profit corporation, Limited Liability Corporation (LLC), or Limited Partnership is eligible for this award. The nominee must be registered with the Secretary of State’s Office and be in compliance with state and federal laws. One person can nominate multiple businesses for this award.

The nomination process opens Aug. 3 and will close Sept. 15. To fill put a nomination form online go to . The fall winner will be announced in mid-October, and the next round of nominations will start again in February.

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