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SBA Small Business Award Nominations Open for 2013

Hawaii – SBA has opened the nominations for the prestigious SBA Small Business Awards for 2013.  The SBA honors continue to be one of the most competitive, comprehensive and visible awards presented to small businesses in the state.   With a record of recognizing excellence in small business for more than 25 years, past SBA winners have included outstanding small companies such as Bale Sandwich and Bakery, Hoaloha Na Eha dba Old Lahaina Luau, Baldridge & Associates Structural Engineering, Akimeka, Wilson Homecare and Pictures Plus.

“SBA’s Annual Awards continues to generate interest and excitement in Hawaii with inspirational stories of innovation, creativity and teamwork and the many positive, proactive measures that small business owners and entrepreneurs are taking to sustain and grow their businesses, creating jobs and better communities,” said Jane Sawyer, SBA District Director.

The 2013 SBA Small Business Award categories include:
·         SBA’s Small Business Person of the Year
·         Entrepreneurial Success Award
·         Family-Owned Business of the Year
·         Small Business Exporter
·         Young Entrepreneur of the Year
·         Minority Small Business Champion Advocacy Award
·         Women in Business Champion Advocacy Award
·         Veteran Small Business Champion Advocacy Award
·         Financial Services Champion Advocacy Award
·         Home-Based Business Champion Advocacy Award

Any individual or organization may submit a nomination for an SBA Small Business Award.  The required nomination forms with detailed information for each of the 10 award categories can be downloaded from the web at the Hawaii Small Business Development Center Network site, Completed forms should be submitted to the SBA District Office at 500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 1-306, by Friday, November 16, 2012.  For more information, call SBA at 808-541-2990.