Mayorâ€™s Small Business Awards Finalists Announced
The list of Finalists for the Mayorâ€™s Small Business Awards has been released. This yearâ€™s event, â€œ1930s to 2009, Looking Back â€“ Moving Forward,â€ celebrates the era that many of Mauiâ€™s time-honored mom-and-pop businesses got their start.
Nominees in the small business category with 11-50 employees include: The Dunes at Maui Lani, David Gleason; Island Honda, Anne Oishi; Maui Brewing Co., Garrett Marrero; Pacific Defense Solutions, LLC, Wes Freiwald; and The Maui Closet Company, Debbie Finkiewicz. Winners will be announced at a dinner on Friday October 23 at the Wailea Beach Marriott.
Back by popular demand this year are emcees and TV personalities Guy Hagi and Kim Gennaula; keynote speaker will be Jade Moon. 1930s-style entertainment will be provided by Kelly Covington.
Dinner cost is $50 per person; no-host bar. Dinner reservations and special room rates are available by contacting the Maui County Business Resource Center at 873-8247.
The winner in each of the six categories will receive a beautiful Haunani Mine koa-framed commemorative award, window decal and certificate of recognition.
The finalists for Young Business Person are: Andrew Crawford, Bevinco Maui, Danoucha Starkweather, Danoosha Designs, Frank â€œPalaniâ€ Alexander II, Alexanders Kitchens and Baths LLC Garrett Marrero, Maui Brewing Co.
Leo Kaniela Caires, Maui Energy Co.
There are also awards being issued for Life Time Achievement, Non-Profit Angel Award, and Small business with 10 or fewer employees.
(Posted by Wendy Osher)