Small business award nominations due Feb. 11

Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 Mayor’s Small Business Awards, the county Office of Economic Development announced Tuesday.

The business recognition program for small businesses with 50 or fewer employees is being held in partnership with the Maui Chamber of Commerce. Nominees also must have had a state general excise tax license for no fewer than two years.

The program is designed to recognize businesses that demonstrate leadership in a changing economic environment, create a quality work environment for their employees, exhibit the aloha spirit and exemplary customer service, develop partnerships with other sectors of the community and demonstrate other exceptional qualities or traits.

This year’s event includes six award categories:

* Exceptional Small Business of the Year (10 or fewer employees).

* Exceptional Small Business of the Year (11 to 25 employees).

* Exceptional Small Business of the Year (26 to 50 employees).

* Outstanding Non-Profit Business (50 or fewer employees).

* Young Small Business Person of the Year (under age 40 as of Feb. 21).

* Lifetime Achievement Award for any individual doing business in Maui County for more than 20 years.

All finalists and winners will be honored at an awards dinner on Feb. 21 at the Waikapu Ballroom of the King Kamehameha Golf Club. Winners will receive a Mayor’s Small Business Award Winner decal, a certificate from Mayor Alan Arakawa and the Maui Chamber of Commerce and a plaque.

“Small businesses are the true job generators, and they risk a great deal to open their doors, create jobs, grow and stimulate our economy,” said Arakawa. “Maui County is fortunate to have many successful small businesses whose owners are known for their entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and ingenuity.”

Nominations should include the nomination and nomination criteria forms, two typed letters of recommendation and a 5-by-7-inch photograph of the nominee. Photos may be in hard copy or digital formats.

All items must be received at the Maui County Business Resource Center in the Maui Mall by noon Feb. 11. Nominations cannot be accepted from individuals nominating themselves, County of Maui employees or Maui Chamber of Commerce employees or employee family business nominations.

Nomination forms are available at the Maui County Business Resource Center at the Maui Mall and the Maui Chamber of Commerce and American Savings Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank and First Hawaiian Bank branches. The form also is available online at

For more information, contact the Maui County Business Resource Center at 873-8247. For details on sponsorships or to purchase tickets for the banquet, call the Maui Chamber of Commerce at 244-0081.