Facebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston EDCSince 1985, the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) has honored local businesses and celebrated the role they play in supporting the economic health of our region.On May 30, 2019, The Thurston EDC held its annual Gala and Business Recognition Awards at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club. Over 200 people attended the event and helped celebrate the following five winners:Agricultural Business of the Year: OlyKrautNew Business of the Year: Freshii West OlympiaLarge Business of the Year: SCJ AllianceNon-Profit of the Year: The Bridge Music ProjectSmall Business of the Year: Gabi’s Olympic Cards and ComicsAbout the Thurston Economic Development Council and Center for Business & InnovationThe Thurston Economic Development Council has been supporting a strong economy in Thurston County since 1982 with a mission to create a dynamic and sustainable economy that supports the values of the people who live and work in Thurston County. At the foundation of the work we do are three main principles: recruit, retain, and expand.We work to maintain the health of local businesses by offering technical assistance, and providing advocacy on their behalf. We present market opportunities to Thurston County employers, providing support for them to expand their operations. We actively attract investment and employment opportunities into our region through outreach, promotion and trade missions.