For many small businesses in the South Sound, hometown pride runs deep. That might be why so many businesses are so enthusiastic when it comes to supporting local charity fundraisers and backing nearby volunteer activities.

If you know about one of these community champions, Secretary of State Kim Wyman wants to hear about it. Through the annual Corporations for Communities program, Wyman will present the Medallion Award of the National Association of Secretaries of State to up to five select businesses nominated by the public.

“We have so many Washington companies that give back in great and admirable ways,” Wyman said in a statement. “Corporations for Communities offers a terrific opportunity for people to help us recognize these companies that contribute to local causes. I encourage Washingtonians to make a nomination this summer.”

Eligible nominees for this year’s awards include for-profit corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships of any size that perform extraordinary charitable acts in the communities they serve. Nominees need to be registered with the Office of the Secretary of State and must be in compliance with state and federal laws.

Nominations can be submitted by mail using forms on the Secretary of State’s website or via an online form by Aug. 31. For more information about Corporations for Communities, contact the program coordinator Patrick Reed at (360) 725-0358 or