SBA Announces National Small Business Week

Hawaii Announces Statewide Celebration Schedule
Release Date: 
Friday, March 11, 2016
Release Number: 
HDO 16-04
Advisory Date: 
Friday, March 11, 2016
Advisory Number: 
HDO 16-04
Jane Sawyer, (808) 541-2990 x212

Honolulu, HI Every year since 1963, SBA takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of small businesses on their communities and their contribution to the economy through National Small Business Week. As part of this annual recognition, SBA celebrates the outstanding small business owners and others from across the nation with the prestigious SBA Small Business Awards honoring the entrepreneurs and advocates who fuel free enterprise, job creation and prosperity. This year, the President has proclaimed that 2016 National Small Business Week will be held from May 1-7.  This year’s theme will be “Dream Big, Start Small.”

The Hawaii District Office will present the 2016 SBA Small Business Awards for Hawaii to a slate of  33 award recipients who represent the high performing small business owners, exporters, family owned small businesses, young entrepreneurs and advocates for key market segments. The accomplishments of individuals who have achieved success in business in an enterprise that started as a small entity that has, with SBA assistance, grown into a large business will also be recognized with the Entrepreneurial Success Awards for 2016.

The 29th Annual Small Business Awards presentation will take place on Friday, May 6th, 2016, at the Pomaikai Ballrooms at the Dole Cannery in Honolulu. Leading up to Small Business Week, SBA will honor the County and State winners on their respective islands in several events hosted by the local Chambers of Commerce. Scheduled to date, SBA Small Business Awards presentations will be held on Kauai on April 21st, in Hilo on April 27, and on Maui on April 29. 

The Hawaii SBA Small Business Award winners were selected this year by committee of 14 qualified judges who review and evaluate the written nominations for candidates in six specific categories that have been submitted to SBA for consideration. Judges are vetted by the SBA District Office for their acumen and experience in working with small businesses in finance, marketing, international trade, economics and management as well as their familiarity with the  SBA mission, programs and services. Based on the independent scoring of committee members, the winners are selected from a highly competitive field of nominees.

Nationally, SBA’s Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet will start the week in Washington, D.C., where she present awards to the top small business owners from every state and U.S. territory. National Small Business Week will continue with small business events in Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix, and finish up in California with visits to San Jose and Oakland.

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