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IMPACT Pitch Mission Award Winners: One Year After Win

One year after winning IMPACT Pitch Mission Awards, we hear from three winners to learn how winning mission awards helped their businesses flourish.

Community of Color Award: Boon Boona Coffee

“We are working to live up to our mission-award and give back to our community. We host musicians, artists, poetry readings and such to engage with our community. We are also intentional with the Pop-ups we have and those we collaborate to provide opportunities for those that would not as likely have one (marginalized groups). Our approach to sourcing coffee (global) has only improved and our responsibility to our community (local) in Renton and beyond is very important. We are grateful to the award we are busy making the most of the honor.”

Read Boon Boona’s full blog story here.

Veteran Owned Award: CavnessHR

“For cavnessHR winning the 2018 Business Impact NW Impact Pitch Veteran Mission Award was an incredible plus for us. This award helped to put us on the map so to speak as a company that has the potential to provide value to others.”

Read cavnessHR’s full blog story here.

Women Owned Award: Positive Spin Pole Dance Fitness

“As a woman business owner in my early 20s, I came up against a lot of doubt and resistance from people in the business world who didn’t think I’d be successful. Winning best woman owned business confirmed internally and legitimized externally what I knew deep down- that Positive Spin has a huge impact on our community. This award opened doors that have allowed us to make an increasingly larger difference for our students, staff, and the community around us.”

Read Positive Spin’s full blog story here.

Full Roster of 2018 Mission Award Winners:

  • $2,000 Women Owned Award: Positive Spin Pole Dance Fitness – Alyssa Taubin
  • $2,000 Community of Color Award: Boon Boona Coffee – Efrem Fesaha
  • $2,000 Veteran Owned Award: Cavness HR – Jason Cavness
  • $2,000 LGBTQ+ Owned Award: Dorothy’s Piano Bar – John Lehrack
  • $2,000 Immigrant or Refugee Owned Award: Mikki Co. – Minnie Yuan, Karin Soyama & Kathy Tuan

For information about the 4th annual live IMPACT Pitch competition, presented by Harborstone Credit Union happening Thursday, September 19th, visit

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