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Outstanding small businesses honored

Each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration honors the most outstanding small firms in Hawaii to recognize their achievements and highlight the importance of small companies to a vibrant local economy.

The Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce on Monday recognized the Hawaii County small business winners during a luncheon at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. This year’s awards were sponsored by First Hawaiian Bank.

The following were honored:

• State of Hawaii Small Business Advocate for Business and Industry: Mary Begier (Mary Begier Realty).

• County of Hawaii Small Business Person of the Year: Delwin Bothof (Volcano Winery).

• SBA Family Owned Small Business of the Year: Michael Nakashima (Rannikks Auto Specialists Inc.).

• County of Hawaii SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Alfred R. Pacheco III (AP Construction LLC).

• County of Hawaii Small Business Advocate for Financial Services: Jacob Burrill (Jacob Burrill CPA).

• County of Hawaii Small Business Advocate for Innovation: Jim Wyban (Hawaii Island Business Plan Competition, or HIPlan).

• County of Hawaii Small Business Advocate for Business and Industry: Miles Yoshioka (Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce).
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald

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