Do you know a business that gives back to its community? Washington’s Office of the Secretary of State wants to hear from you.

Each year, Secretary of State Kim Wyman presents the National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion award to a small group of businesses nominated by the public in the Corporations for Communities award program. The NASS Medallion is the highest national honor awarded by the association, given to businesses that dedicate themselves to helping their communities.

Previous nominations have encompassed charitable activities like paid time for employee volunteer work, sponsoring and organizing fundraisers, matching of employee giving efforts, direct cash and in-kind donations, and building a community of giving within their organizations. Last year, two South Sound companies — U.S. Martial Arts Center, Inc., in Olympia and Sleep Train (now Mattress Firm) in Kent — were honored.

 “We are lucky to have many Washington companies that are committed to giving back in various ways,” Wyman said. “Corporations for Communities offers a chance for people to help recognize these companies that contribute to local causes, and I encourage people to make a nomination this summer.”

 Nominations for this year’s award open July 17. August 31 is the nomination deadline. Nomination forms can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at