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Nominations sought for Mayor’s Small Business Awards

By Staff | Jul 22, 2010

“Business owners embody the resilience and resourcefulness of Maui County’s people, and these awards are an important way to highlight their commitment to excellence,” said Mayor Charmaine Tavares.

WAILUKU — The county Office of Economic Development announced that nominations for the 2010 Mayor’s Small Business Awards program are now being accepted.

This year’s program includes five award categories: Small Business of the Year (ten or fewer employees), Small Business of the Year (11-50 employees), Young Small Business Person of the Year (under age 40), Lifetime Achievement Award for any individual doing business in Maui County for more than 20 years, and the Nonprofit Angel Award for businesses with 50 or fewer employees that have significantly contributed to supporting non-profits.

“Local businesses create jobs and stimulate our economy, and each year I look forward to recognizing some of our county’s most innovative and successful examples of the entrepreneurial spirit through these awards,” said Mayor Charmaine Tavares.

The winner in each category will receive a Haunani Mine koa-framed commemorative award, stylish window decal, certificate and listing in all award-related press releases.

Finalists and winners will be announced at the “Got Choice… Think Local” awards dinner on Oct. 22 at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa.

Nomination forms are available by calling or visiting the Maui County Business Resource Center (MCBRC) at Maui Mall across from IHOP (call 873-8247), all Central Pacific Bank locations on Maui and online at www.mauicounty.gov/mcbrc.

Completed nomination forms, along with two supporting letters of recommendation, must be received at the MCBRC no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17. The mailing address for MCBRC is 70 Kaahumanu Avenue, Unit B-9, Kahului, HI 96732.

The Mayor’s Small Business Awards originated in 2004 as a way to recognize outstanding small businesses in Maui County.

For more information, call Maui County Small Business Advocate Anna Ribucan at 873-8247.