Small Business Hawaii, Hawaii’s most outspoken advocacy organization of Hawaii’s small businesses, has announced its small business awards for 2005.

Selections were made by SBH members and directors and presented at the SBH’s 30th Annual Business Conference at the Ala Moana Hotel,
January 11, 2006, during the luncheon program attended by more than 200 people.

They include:

*SBH Small Business Person of the Year

Tom Jones, Gyotaku Japanese Restaurant

“SBH Tom Jones Centered”

”’Tom Jones, Small Business Person of the Year, with Bill Green, who received the award last year. Photo by Melvin Ah Ching.”’

*Small Business Success Stories

Albert “Spike” Denis, Safeguard Services,
Inc; Geno Godinet, Access Lifts of Hawaii; and Tina & Dennis McLaughlin, CARE Hawaii, Inc.

*Outstanding Business Reporting

Derrick DePledge, The Honolulu Advertiser

*The SBH-George Mason Business Editorial Award

Andrew Walden, Hawaii Free Press (Big Island)

*Outstanding Business Publication – 2005

”’The Companies We Keep”’ by Bob Sigall, Author

*Small Business Boosters

Arla & Walt Harvey, East O’ahu Realty

*Jean Fukuda SBH Civic Leadership

Robert Thomas, Pacific Legal Foundation

*Outstanding Young Entrepreneur-2005

Tiffany Tanaka, We Sell Things 4 You.com

*SBH Education Leadership-2005

Laura Brown, education researcher and reporter for Hawaii Reporter and Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Inc.

“SBH Laura Brown Centered”

”’Laura Brown accepting her SBH Education Leadership Award from Sam Slom. Photo by Melvin Ah Ching.”’

*SBH Outstanding Public Servant-2005

Lillian Koller, Hawaii State Department of Human Services

*Lawmaker of the Year

City Councilmember Charles Djou, District 4, Waikiki-Hawaii Kai

”’Reach Sam Slom, executive director and president of Small Business Hawaii and state Senator for the 8th Senatorial district, via email at”’ mailto:sbh@lava.net

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