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SBA Awards & Editor’s Choice Awards
May 3 @ 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Join us at the 32 Annual SBA Awards & Editor’s Choice Awards pau hana celebration as we honor top businesses, lenders, entrepreneurs and advocates in Hawai’i’s largest Small Business Awards program.
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Registration opens
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Awards Program
4:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Pau Hana reception, Small Business Expo, music and celebration
SBA HAWAI‘I’S SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS:
STATE OF HAWAI‘I
- Small Business Person of the Year – Alvin Bongolan, and Rolf Klein, Hawaii Energy Systems, LLC
- Entrepreneurial Success of the Year – Ross R. Scott, and Anna M. Scott, Sunshine Helicopters, Inc.
- SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Kristal Muhich, Kauai Juice Co LLC
- SBA Family-Owned Business of the Year – Craig Yoshikawa, and Max Yoshikawa, McKinley Car Wash
- Small Business Exporter of the Year – Ken Hirata, Hawaiian Shochu Company
- Small Business Advocate for Business & Industry – Mary Begier, Mary Begier Realty
- Small Business Advocate for Women in Business – Leslie Wilkins, Maui Economic Development Board, Inc.
- Small Business Advocate for Veteran Small Business – Noela Napoleon, Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership
- Small Business Advocate for Minority Small Business – Melanie Martin, Civil Rights Coordinator, State of Hawaii Dept. of Transportation
- Small Business Advocate for Innovation – Tarik Sultan and Omar Sultan, Sultan Ventures, XLR8HI, XLR8UH
- Small Business Advocate for Media & Journalism – Jay Fidell, ThinkTech Hawaii
- Makana Ho‘okō no Ke Ola SBA Special Award for Lifetime Legacy – Naomi Masuno, Bank of Hawaii
- Small Business Person of the Year – Tracy L.J. Lawson, Lawson & Associates, Inc.
- SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Zak Barry, Matthew Hong, and Luke Unterman, Banan LLC
- SBA Family-Owned Business of the Year – Dr. Mark Chun, Dr. Mitchell Chun, and Dr. Norman Chun, Kamaaina Dental Associates dba Dr. K B Chun and Sons
- Small Business Advocate for Business & Industry – Kiran Polk, Kapolei Chamber of Commerce
COUNTY OF MAUI
- Small Business Person of the Year – Angela “Angie” Leone, Maui Leones, LLC dba Coconut Condos
- SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Ray Michaels, Maui Plumbing Inc.
COUNTY OF KAUA‘I
- Small Business Person of the Year – Robert “Bob” C. French, Lealani Corporation dba Brennecke’s Beach Broiler & Brennecke’s Beachside Deli
- SBA Family-Owned Business of the Year – Edward M. Kawamura, M. Kawamura Farm Enterprises, Inc.
COUNTY OF HAWAI‘I
- Small Business Person of the Year – Delwin Bothof, Volcano Vineyards, LLC
- SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Alfred R. Pacheco III, A P Construction LLC
- SBA Family-Owned Business of the Year – Michael Nakashima, Rannikks Auto Specialists, Inc.
- Small Business Advocate for Financial Services – Jacob Burrill, Jacob Burrill, CPA
- Small Business Advocate for Innovation – Jim Wyban, Hawaii Island Business Plan Competition (Hiplan)
- Small Business Advocate for Business & Industry – Miles Yoshioka, Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce
EDITOR’S CHOICE AWARDS
- Long-term Success – Juno Chung, Koa Pancake House
- Green Business – Scott Cooney, Pono Home
- Innovative Business – Isar Mostafanezhad, Nalu Scientific
- Women-owned Business – Meli James, and Brittany Heyd, Mana Up
- Best New Business – Jaron Blosser, Cody Christopher, and Travis Morrin, Fork and Salad
Introducing our inaugural cohort into the
HAWAI‘I SMALL BUSINESS HALL OF FAME
- Thanh Lam, La Tour Bakehouse
- Kent & Lori Untermann, Pictures Plus
- Tim Moore, Mike Moore, and Robert Aguiar, Old Lahaina Luau