This year’s event includes five award categories:
- Small Business of the Year (10 or fewer employees)
- Small Business of the Year (11 to 50 employees)
- Young Small Business Person of the Year (under age 40)
- Lifetime Achievement Award (for any individual doing business in Maui County for more than 20 years).
In addition, there is a Non-Profit Angel Award category for businesses with 50 or fewer employees that have significantly contributed to the support of nonprofits.
Mayor Charmaine Tavares
“Local businesses create jobs and stimulate our economy, and each year I look forward to recognizing some of our county’s most innovative and successful examples of the entrepreneurial spirit through these awards,” said Mayor Charmaine Tavares. “Business owners embody the resilience and resourcefulness of Maui County’s people, and these awards are an important way to highlight their commitment to excellence.”
The winner in each category will receive a Haunani Mine koa-framed commemorative award and stylish window decal, along with a certificate and a listing in all award-related press releases. Finalists and winners will be announced at the “Got Choice? Think Local” awards dinner on Oct. 22 at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa.
Nomination forms are available by calling 873-8247 or visiting the Maui County Business Resource Center (MCBRC), located at Maui Mall across from IHOP, and at all Central Pacific Bank locations on Maui. The form is also available online at www.mauicounty.gov/mcbrc.
Completed nomination forms, along with two supporting letters of recommendation, must be received at the MCBRC no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, September 17. Mail forms and letters to MCBRC, 70 Ka‘ahumanu Ave., Unit B-9, Kahului, HI 96732.
The Mayor’s Small Business Awards originated in 2004 as a way to recognize outstanding small businesses in Maui County.