Nominate a local business for the Annette Pau‘ole-Ahakuelo Honorary Award, part of the Maui County 2014 Mayor’s Small Business awards
County of Maui News Release
The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) and The Maui Chamber of Commerce announce the annual 2014 Mayor’s Small Business Awards. Nomination forms are available at the Kuha`o Business Center in Kaunakakai and several Maui locations.
A new award is available this year to Molokai residents only. The Annette Pau‘ole-Ahakuelo Honorary Award is a one-time honorary award for a Molokai small business that demonstrates the spirit of entrepreneurship. As director of the Kuha`o Business Center for many years, Pauole-Ahakuelo helped improve the economy on Molokai before she passed away in December of 2012.
The nomination form is also available online at www.mauicounty.gov/MCBRC and at www.mauichamber.com, as well as via Facebook on the OED and Maui Chamber of Commerce Facebook pages. The deadline for nominations is noon on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
“Small businesses are the true job generators, and owners risk a great deal to open their doors, create jobs, grow and stimulate our economy,” Mayor Alan Arakawa said. “Maui County is fortunate to have many successful small businesses that are known for their entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and ingenuity. I look forward to honoring them through this awards program.”
The Mayor’s Small Business Awards honor outstanding small businesses in our community. To be eligible, businesses must have 100 or fewer employees and a Hawaii General Excise Tax license for no fewer than two years. Criteria include business leadership in a changing economic environment, a quality work environment for employees, the Aloha Spirit and exemplary customer service, partnerships with other sectors of the community, and other exceptional qualities or traits.
This year’s event includes six award categories and one honorary award:
· Exceptional Small Business of the Year (10 or fewer employees)
· Exceptional Small Business of the Year (11 to 35 employees)
· Exceptional Small Business of the Year (36 to 100 employees)
· Outstanding Non-Profit Business (100 or fewer employees)
· Young Small Business Person of the Year (under age 40 as of Feb.26, 2014)
· Lifetime Achievement Award (for any individual doing business in Maui County for more than 20 years with the same for-profit company)
· The Annette Pau‘ole-Ahakuelo Honorary Award (for a Molokai business).
All nominees and winners will be showcased in the media and honored at an awards dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Waikapu Ballroom of the King Kamehameha Golf Club.
“Maui’s small businesses are at the heart of our community,” said Maui Chamber of Commerce President Pamela Tumpap. “We look forward to giving them well-deserved credit and honoring their tremendous accomplishments and investment in our community.”
Teena Rasmussen, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, said, “We are asking for active participation by our community to nominate deserving small businesses for these awards.”
For more information about nominations, contact the Maui County Business Resource Center at 873-8247 or the Maui Chamber of Commerce at 244-0081.