Chamber seeking small-business nominees

The Maui News

The Maui Chamber of Commerce currently is accepting nominations for the annual Mayor’s Small Business Awards in 2019.

All nominees and winners will be honored at an awards dinner on Sept. 26 at the Waikapu Ballroom of the King Kamehameha Golf Club.

The awards recognize outstanding businesses in the community that have 100 or fewer employees and have had a Hawaii general excise tax license for no fewer than two years. Other criteria include demonstrating business leadership in a changing economic environment, creating a quality work environment for their employees, exhibiting the aloha spirit and exemplary customer service, developing partnerships with other sectors of the community and demonstrating other exceptional qualities or traits.

This year’s event includes six categories:

• Exceptional small business of the year (10 or fewer employees).

• Exceptional small business of the year (11 to 39 employees).

• Exceptional small business of the year (40 to 100 employees).

• Outstanding nonprofit business (100 or fewer employees).

• Young small-business person of the year (under age 40 as of Sept. 26).

• Lifetime achievement award (for any individual doing business in Maui County for more than 20 years with up to 100 employees).

Completed nomination packets must be received by email at eventsmgr@mauichamber.com on or before noon Sept. 4 or dropped off at the Maui Chamber of Commerce, 95 Mahalani St., 22-A, Wailuku.

Only entries received on or before the deadline will be considered. Submittals must include the nomination form, nomination criteria narrative form, one typewritten letter of recommendation from another source, and a high-resolution (minimum 300 dpi) digital photograph of the nominee. No employer or self-nominations will be accepted.

Nomination forms are online at www.mauichamber.com. Paper copies may be picked up at the Maui Chamber of Commerce, American Savings Bank, Central Pacific Bank, First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaii National Bank, Hawaii State Federal Credit Union and HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union branches.

For more information about nominations, available sponsorships or event ticket purchases, contact the chamber at 244-0081 or eventsmgr@mauichamber.com.