Mike’s Community Cup named ‘Independent We Stand Small Business of the Year’



Mike’s Community Cup, a coffee shop located at 16260 Military Road South in SeaTac, was named recipient of 2014 Independent We Stand Small Business of the Year Award.

In the state home to Starbucks, the independently-owned local shop not only gives customers their daily dose of caffeine but continues overcoming challenges, like a decline in traffic and revenue, to make an impact by helping people in the community.

“This has been a whirlwind of a day, as I have had some time to contemplate what this award means to us,” Mike said on a Facebook post. “We have always tried to look at people, and causes in the SeaTac community.Where we might be able to make a difference in someone life. Whether it be schools,homeless veterans, children in need of school supplies, sport teams in the community or ill children.

“Now all these people have come to help us, become the Independent We Stand, Small Business of the year. Not sure if everyone knows how many business were nominated for this award but over 300 small business across the nation, were, nominated to end up #1 totally was overwhelming.

“So my final thoughts, we never could have dreamed this was possible, our customers and community rallied behind us to make this small Coffee Shop, the winner over 300 small business’s across the U.S.A. An you have made a GREAT BIG difference in my life, Thank You, Mike and teamx”

Mike’s Community Cup took a large hit in sales recently due to construction on the road outside of the shop. Instead of closing their doors, they used low-cost platforms like Instagram and Facebook to promote their business in part due to lack of funds for a website. They have a positive outlook for 2015.

“The excitement and community support across the country was unmatched during this year’s nomination and voting phases,” said Bill Brunelle, co-founder of Independent We Stand. “Mike’s Community Cup operates with a main goal of serving those in the community from giving local highschoolers a place to do homework to donating their tips to fund toys for the local hospital.”

“I am thrilled to receive the title of Independent Small Business of the Year as it will help us continue to make an impact on our SeaTac family,” said Mike Condon, owner of the seven-year-old coffee shop. “The money and website prize will help get us back on our feet so we can give even more back to the community.”

Mike’s Community Cup will receive prizes with a combined value of more than $10,000, including:

  • $5,000 grand prize
  • $1,000 STIHL equipment certificate. STIHL products are sold exclusively through local dealers, and support more than 8,000 STIHL dealers in communities nationwide.
  • “Small Business Web Starter Package” from independent web design firm Launch Interactive that includes custom website layout design and programming with a location page with Google map integration and web traffic reporting
  • Three day/two night stay at an independent resort hotel in Virginia Beach, Va., that includes a tour of the STIHL Inc. headquarters and dinner with the Independent We Stand team
  • Plaque to display at winner’s business
  • Public relations and social media recognition

The ten submissions that received the highest number of public votes were deemed finalist submissions. The winner of “The Indie” was chosen by a panel of contest judges.

The top semi-finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

  • A. Dodson’s, a retail gift shop in Suffolk, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Afterwords Books, a bookstore in Edwardsville, Ill.
  • Artsy Fartsy Art Gallery, an art gallery in Carson City, Nev.
  • Califon Book Shop, a bookstore in Califon, N.J.
  • Copperhead Lodge, a mountain cabin resort and lodge in Blairsville, Ga.
  • D’Arcy’s grocery store in Westfield, Ill..
  • Grolier Poetry Book Shop, a poetry book shop in Cambridge, Mass.
  • Lead In The Window, a stained glass art studio in Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Prairie View Farm Market, a garden center and farm market in Hampshire, Ill.

The quarterfinalists who were not selected for the Grand Prize will each receive an Independent We Stand Premium Membership.

To learn more visit: www.IndieBizAward.com or http://independentwestand.org/.

To learn more about Mike’s, visit https://www.facebook.com/mikescommunitycup or call (206) 420-1176.

About Independent We Stand
Independent We Stand is a movement of independent business owners across the country to inform their communities about the importance of “Buying Local” and how these efforts bolster their local economy. This movement supports all local and national causes committed to boosting local economic development projects. The Independent We Stand movement is co-sponsored by STIHL Inc. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.


4 Responses to “Mike’s Community Cup named ‘Independent We Stand Small Business of the Year’”
  1. Michael T Kovacs says:

    Congratulations Mike!

  2. Pam F. says:

    Glad our city has Mike’s Community Cup. (I wish it was in my end of town. though.) 🙂

    The world needs more small businesses. Keep up the good work, Mike!

  3. Earl Gipson says:

    Congratulations Mike. Made my day.

  4. Kathie Brave says:

    Congratulations Mike. You so deserve this award.