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Registration is NOW OPEN:


MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

The Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center Ballroom

Tickets are $125 per guest and $1,000 for a table.


Business Leader of the Year
William G. "Bill" Robertson
President & CEO
MultiCare Health System

Small Business Leader of the Year
Dale Maris
Maris Family Farms

Non Profit Leaders of the Year
Maureen Fife
Habitat for Humanity, Tacoma/Pierce County
Helen McGovern-Pilant
Executive Director
Emergency Food Network

Lifetime Achievement
Joanne Bamford & Calvin D. Bamford, Jr
Globe Machine
Bamford Foundation

Graphic for Business Leadership Awards 2018 including Sponsors


The Milgard School of Business at the University of Washington Tacoma and The Tacoma News Tribune are proud to present the 17th Annual Business Leadership Awards program recognizing outstanding business leaders in the South Sound Region. A panel of judges composed of Milgard School of Business faculty, The News Tribune, and Advisory Board members will select winners from the South Puget Sound in the following categories:

Business Leader of the Year

For businesses with 50 or more employees

Small Business Leader of the Year

For businesses with fewer than 50 employees

Nonprofit Business Leader of the Year

For nonprofit businesses

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

2018 sponsor submissions are due before March 23, 2018:

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Questions? Contact Trish Zander at