SBA Announces Hawaii’s 2018 Top Small Business Winners

National Small Business Week 2018

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Hawaii’s winners of their various awards as the week of April 29 to May 5 has been designated National Small Business Week.

From the SBA’s Press Release:

SBA Announces Hawaii’s 2018 Top Small Business Winners

Celebrate National Small Business Week- April 29 to May 5, 2018

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Reginald Perry
Reginald Perry – Hawaii’s Small Business Person of the Year

Reginald “Regi” Perry, managing member of Barbers Point Aviation Services, LLC, was named the 2018 Small Business Person of the Year for the State of Hawaii by the U.S. Small Business Administration Hawaii District Office.   Perry will represent the State of Hawaii at the celebration of National Small Business Week in Washington, D.C. from April 29 to 30 before returning to the islands to attend the local honors.

The 31st Annual Statewide SBA Awards will be presented to an impressive roster of top performing, entrepreneurial, savvy small business owners, exporters, contractors and small business advocates at a ceremony and luncheon May 4, 2018, at the Hawaii Prince Hotel in Waikiki.

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Short Takes on Hawaii News, Events and Announcements

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa’s Town Meeting

Public Meeting with Congresswoman Hanabusa
U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa held a town meeting yesterday (May 9) at McKinley High School in Honolulu where she answered mostly partisan questions regarding issues effecting Hawaii and the nation. During the Q & A Rep. Hanabusa addressed a number of issues including federal budgeting items for the military, social services, rail and more. She also touched upon the Hawaii marine preserve, Hawaiian governance, sanctuary cities, education and the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Approximately 60 people attended the meeting.

Photo: Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa poses for pictures with two of her supporters.

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Honolulu International Airport Renamed The Daniel K.  Inouye International Airport

Take Off The Honolulu International Airport has recently undergone a name change. The airport is now called the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. The State of Hawaii airport website for the airport has changed to reflect the new name, as well as the signage on the premises. The airport will retain the PHNL and HNL airline codes.

Daniel K. Inouye was Hawaii’s longtime Senator serving in Washington DC from 1963 to 2012. While naming the airport is an honor for the Senator, it certainly does not say “Hawaii” as the old name, Honolulu International Airport.

Photo: Airliner taking off from airport’s reef runway.

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The Hawaii Republican Party will be holding its annual convention this weekend, May 12 and 13 on the island of Kauai at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort. New state officers are to be elected and party rules updated.

Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson may run for President of the United States. At this early stage nothing can be discounted, though it would seem that Hollywood Celebrities such as Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan, Clint Eastwood, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sonny Bono turned their celebrity status and name recognition into political success. It certainly takes a lot of money and name recognition to be elected. Hawaii connection for Mr. Johnson? He lived in Hawaii when he was a teenager.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) in Hawaii is having two “resource day” events on May 11 and 17. The May 11 event will be at the Ewa Beach Location of American Savings Bank. The one on May 17 will be at the Kaimuki Branch of The Bank of Hawaii. More details and registration at this link: SBA – Hawaii.

Hawaiian Airlines is having another one of their monthly ticket sales for inter-island flights for as low as $68 each way (depending on distance to destination). The deadline for reservations is tomorrow, May 11. The price for inter-island tickets have certainly rose in recent years when most flights sell for nearly $100 each way.

Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday, May 14. Don’t forget to honor your Mom with gifts and love. For unique gift suggestions visit this link: A Greener Daily Life. While it may be too late for some gifts, just remember that it is for “Mom” and that every day is “Mother’s Day”.






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SBA Honors Hawaii Entrepreneurs as
2017 National Small Business Persons of the Year

Entrepreneurs from Kentucky, California and Virginia also recognized by SBA as runners-up

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of National Small Business Week, Linda McMahon, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, today recognized this year’s Small Business Person(s) of the Year and other national award winners at a ceremony and reception at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.

“It is my extreme pleasure to announce that husband-and-wife business partners Garrett and Melanie Marrero of Maui Brewing Company are this year’s national Small Business Persons of the Year,” McMahon said. “Their innovative spirit, with assistance from the SBA and its lending and partners, created a thriving business and hundreds of jobs for their community.”

Maui Brewing Company, headquartered in Kihei, Hawaii, started in 2005 as a small seven-barrel brewpub with the help of SBA financing. Today, it is the largest craft beer producer in Hawaii.

“Garrett and Melanie have shown impressive growth, expanding in size, sales and scope of their business,” McMahon said. “By 2007, increasing demand led them to open a second location in Lahaina with a 25-barrel capacity, giving them the ability to provide brewery tours and making it a tourist destination as well. By 2013, they were producing more than 19,000 barrels of beer a year, boosting revenues to more than $10 million. They have since expanded with a new 18,000 square-foot restaurant that opened in Oahu last year, and new brewpubs and eateries are scheduled to open later this year. By the end of 2018, Maui Brewing Company will employ a workforce of 700.”

McMahon also recognized National Small Business Person of the Year runners-up from Kentucky, California and Virginia, as well as winners from each of America’s states and territories.

“All of our winners have built very successful businesses through their hard work, innovative ideas and dedication to their employees and communities,” McMahon said.

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Small Business Roundtable on April 23

Hawaii Exporters Moving Forward

PRESS RELEASE Release Number: 15-13 – Do you think you are ready to grow your business through exporting? Do you dream about going to international markets? Do you sell food, vitamins, information technology, agricultural products or other value added products and services?

This roundtable event will introduce you to experts and tools that can move your company in the right direction. Find out about financing, business planning, foreign trade zones, free business counseling, copyrights, trademarks and selecting which legal entity (e.g. LLC, Corporation) is right for your business.

Along with local lenders, participating agencies include:

  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  • Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (MCBL)
  • Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)
  • Business Action Center
  • U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)
  • State of Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture

Small Business Roundtable – Hawaii Exporters Moving Forward

Ewa Beach Community Based Development Organization

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 9:00am-11:30am

1001 Kamokila Boulevard, Suite #133

Kapolei, HI  96707

Contact Mary Dale at (808) 541-2990 x211, email, or visit and click on the Events Calendar for more information.

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