Each year, Seattle Business magazine honors family businesses in Washington state that set the standard for excellence and success. Family-owned and family-operated businesses are unique.
Seattle businessman Joshua Green did a lot of things right when he built his fortune during the Gold Rush era. The shipping fleet he created was the precursor to the Washington State Ferries system. The insurance company he started became Safeco Corporation.
Heritage/Legacy award // Ensuring multiple generations of family leadership
Growth // Fostering a steady rise in new business
Transition // Identifying and embracing new opportunities
Innovation // Strategically employing new methods to achieve positive change
Business of the Year, Large Firms // More than 200 employees in Washington state
Business of the Year, Medium Firms // 50 to 200 employees in Washington state
Business of the Year, Small Firms // Fewer than 50 employees in Washington state
When you get right down to it, a family business will always be a mom-and-pop operation.