Thirty compete for business honors

Thirty nominees are competing this year for six Mayor’s Small Business Awards, which will be announced at a gathering from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the King Kamehameha Golf Club.

Mayor Alan Arakawa will be giving out “Outstanding Business of the Year” awards for businesses with up to 10 employees, 11 to 25 employees and 26 to 50 employees; an award for a “Non-Profit Business of the Year” with 50 or fewer employees, a “Young Business Person of the Year” award for business persons under 40 years of age, and a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for a business person with 20 or more years in business.

“Small business is the number one economic engine in Maui County, and this is an exceptional group of small businesses,” said Arakawa. “All of them are worthy of the awards. These businesses have weathered a severe recession and have stayed agile enough to still be successful.”

The 2013 awards event to be held in the Waikapu Ballroom is co-sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce.

The awards dinner is sponsored by Bank of Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank and First Hawaiian Bank as Bronze Sponsors and VIP Foodservice as a Supporting Sponsor.

Tickets for the event are $60. Reservations may be made by calling the Maui Chamber of Commerce at 244-0081 or by sending an email to