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SBA Announces Small Biz Awardees for 2005

The SBA Small Business Person of the Year Award honors the owners/operators of a small business that has demonstrated increased revenues and job creation as well as staying power, positive response to adversity, innovation in products or services and community involvement. Selected awardees — Statewide winners: Dennis Matsui, Modesto Revilla Jr. and Robert R. Acasio, Aloha Machine & Welding, Ltd. (Hilo) Island of Hawaii — Rodney Inaba, Kamuela Kayak (Hawi) …Read More

Gov. Lingle a Guest at the Small Business Awards Lunch

This article originally appeared on Hawaii Tribune Herald’s website, and can be found here: http://archive.lingle.hawaii.gov/govgallery/news/stories/2005/hi-tribune%20guest.pdf/ By Tribune Healrd Aloha Machine & Welding, Ltd., is a story of success that was spun from sugar. The firm’s three owners worked at Hilo Coast Processing Co. when the sugar industry was in the throes of demise on the Big island in 1993. When the end was near at Hilo Coast, however, these three …Read More

Kauaians win SBA national award

In the first year that the Small Business Administration has given out awards for family-owned businesses, a Hawaii business has won the top honor in the nation in this category. Walter “Kamika” Smith is the third generation of his family to run Smith’s Motor Boat Services. The business, founded in 1946, operates Kauai’s popular Wailua River cruises. It employs 140 people, 15 percent direct descendants of the founder. He will …Read More

SBA Honors Nation’s Best Small Businesses During National Small Business Week

Small Business Person of the Year winners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam will converge on Washington, D.C. in late April to mark the annual celebration of National Small Business Week during SBA Expo ’05. One of them will be selected as National Small Business Person of the Year. The announcement will take place at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s SBA Expo ’05 held April 26-28, 2005 at the Hilton …Read More