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SBA Small Business Award Nominations Open for 2013

October 9, 2012, 4:20 PM HST
* Updated October 9, 4:31 PM
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Jane Sawyer, Honolulu District Director of the US Small Business Administration. Photo courtesy of Hawaii News Now.

By Sonia Isotov

The US Small business Administration (SBA) has opened the nominations for the annual SBA Small Business Awards for 2013 which will close on November 16, 2013.

The SBA honors continue to be one of the most competitive, comprehensive and visible awards presented to small businesses in the state and country. 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, the Honolulu District Director for the SBA, in a written statement.

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
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Any individual or organization may submit a nomination for an SBA Small Business Award.

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The required nomination forms with detailed information for each of the ten award categories can be downloaded from the web at the Hawaii Small Business Development Center Network site, http://www.hisbdc.com.

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.

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