2010 Smallbiz Success Awards
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Market City Shopping Center: What began as a vegetable patch in 1948, now serves more than 135,000 customers in the Kaimuki area. Since 1993, Market City’s foundation has donated more than $40,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors.
Kam Kasuals: Dorothy and Michael Aach have grown Kam Kasuals so that you can now find their shoes and accessories in Walmart, Longs and ABC stores. And they’ve donated footwear to organizations like Habitat for Humanity and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Hawaiian Chip Co.: Makes and sells delicious food products like sweet potato and taro chips, and BBQ sauce. Rachel Ray and CNBC have showcased the products on national TV, and the chips are reputed to be a favorite of President Obama’s family.
Hawaiian Island Shine: Makers of quality car and boat care products that are sold nationally and globally. Among the retailers selling the products are Pricesmart, Amazon and Orchard Supply Hardware.
The Audio Visual Company: Established in 1970, AVCO installs and maintains AV solutions, such as video conferencing equipment, for clients in many fields, including education, health care, government, finance and the military.
PBR Hawaii & Associates: PBR provides professional services in land planning, environmental studies, land-use entitlements, landscape architecture, and graphic design. Its knowledge of local conditions helps it produce projects and places that are functional, sustainable and cost effective – and have aesthetic value.
Cinnamon’s Restaurant: Three families over two generations have served local favorites at this popular Kailua eatery for 25 years. It is well known for classics such as cinnamon rolls, French toast and loco moco.
Valley Isle Fencing: Producing and installing chain-link fencing and ornamental iron work on Maui since 1992. Their commit-ment to deliver good service has won them contracts with Maui County and the state.
Hawaii Air Ambulance: This company saves the lives of Neighbor Islanders. The innovation of stationing medical teams in Kona, Hilo and Waimea, and on Maui and Kauai, plus having a fleet of medically dedicated aircraft staffed 24/7, are life-saving steps for Hawaii’s rural areas.
Hawaii First, Inc.: One of the state’s top residential real estate management firms. It handles financial management, long-term budget planning and administrative support for more than 150 projects statewide.
The Parker Group: The project manage- ment and systems engineering firm provides services to military contractors. Owner Valerie Parker has built it from a one-woman startup in 1998 to a 12-employee company grossing more than $2 million.
Best New Business
808 Bounce: Founded in 2007, 808 Bounce specializes in inflatable bouncy-house and slide rentals on Oahu. It also owns and runs the Indoor Fun Centers at Windward Mall and Pearlridge Center.
Cirque Polynesia: This acrobatic show opened in June to critical acclaim and soon moved to a bigger venue at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali, despite a statewide tourism downturn.
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