SOURCE: HomeStreet Bank

April 09, 2007 12:00 ET

HomeStreet Bank Announces 'Small Business Spotlight Awards'

SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 9, 2007 -- HomeStreet Bank today announced the second annual HomeStreet Bank Small Business Spotlight Awards, offered in conjunction with KOMO 1000 News-Radio (KOMO) in Seattle and KFXX 1080 in Portland. The program recognizes six small businesses in the Puget Sound and Portland regions that demonstrate significant community involvement and are a great place to work.

The program is open to any for-profit business with fewer than 100 employees located in the greater Puget Sound area between Marysville and Olympia or the Greater Portland/Vancouver area.

The six award recipients will be invited to a special evening of baseball in a luxury suite at Safeco Field on July 26, 2007, when the Seattle Mariners play the Oakland Athletics. Winners will meet Mariners' broadcaster Dave Niehaus and receive a plaque commemorating the evening. Each business will also be profiled on a KOMO "Small Business Spotlight" segment and recognized on the KOMO and HomeStreet Bank web sites.

"The HomeStreet Bank Small Business Spotlight Awards recognize small businesses that go the extra mile to contribute to their community," said Joan Enticknap, president of HomeStreet Bank. "We are happy to be able to publicly honor these business owners as shining examples of great employers and community leaders."

Businesses may nominate themselves for an award or be nominated by others in their communities. Nomination forms must include a description of the business' involvement in their community and ways in which they are a great place to work, such as through education benefits or providing a family-friendly work culture.

Nomination forms are available beginning April 16, 2007 at HomeStreet Bank branches and online at www.homestreet.com/spotlight. Completed forms may be submitted at HomeStreet Bank branches or by mail. Nominations must be received by June 22, 2007 to qualify.

Family- and employee-owned HomeStreet Bank is one of the largest privately owned banks in the Northwest and Hawaii. With assets of over $2.4 billion and a network of 30 branches, HomeStreet offers a full range of financial services including business banking and lending, consumer banking, mortgage lending, residential construction financing, income property financing, and insurance services. Each year, HomeStreet contributes at least two percent of its pre-tax profits to organizations in its communities. For more information, visit online at www.homestreet.com.

For more information about the HomeStreet Bank Small Business Spotlight Awards, contact spotlight@homestreet.com. For a list of branch locations, go to www.homestreet.com.

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