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Nominees for business awards are announced

Chamber awards dinner is Sept. 26

The Maui News

The nominees for the Mayor’s Small Business Awards were released this week.

Finalists will be honored at an awards dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Waikapu Ballroom of the King Kamehameha Golf Club. Winners also will be announced.

The nominees are:

• Exceptional Small Business of the Year (10 or fewer employees). Maui Leones LLC, dba Coconut Condos, Angela Leone; Maui Upcountry Jams & Jellies, Jan Yokoyama; Maui Surfer Girls Inc., Dustin Tester; Giannotto’s Pizza, David Giannotto.

• Exceptional Small Business of the Year (11 to 39 employees). Pacific Millworks, Daniel Ellis.

• Outstanding Non-Profit Business (100 or fewer employees). South Maui Learning Ohana Inc., Gene Zarro; Malama Maui Nui, Gabrielle Schuerger.

• Young Small Business Person of the Year (under age 40 as of Sept. 26). Douglas Miller, Elite Island Construction; Cody Clark, Climbing HI; William “David” Naylor, Maui Recovery Services LLC; Chelsea Hindley, Da Warehouse Imports & Liquidation; Justin Yanagida, Yanagida Strength & Fitness LLC; Jessica Pickering, Maui Diving – Scuba & Snorkel Center; Sheldon and Janice Simeon, Simeon Restaurants LLC; Rufina Kaauwai, Rosebuds Creations; Austin (Ola) Shaw, We Are More; Amanda Furgiuele, Body in Balance/The Pole Room.

• Lifetime Achievement Award (for any individual doing business in Maui County for more than 20 years). John Vuich, MEV LLC, dba Malama Environmental; James M. Hashi and Richard Hashi (deceased), Hashi Auto Supply & Service Co. Ltd.; Sherri Reeve, SReeve Designs Inc.

Tickets are available to the public at $69 and can be purchased by visiting www.MauiChamber.com or by calling the Maui Chamber of Commerce at 244-0081 by today. After today, the price of tickets increases to $79.

“Small businesses continue to serve as the backbone of our economy,” said Mayor Michael Victorino. “They are the risk-takers, the dreamers, the job creators and opportunity-makers. We may call them small, but their impacts are undeniably big. Maui County is very fortunate to have a number of successful small businesses that have helped bring innovation, strength and growth to our economy.”