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SBA 2007 Awards to honor Kaua‘i’s Sharron Weber

The 20th Annual SBA Awards Luncheon is set for April 27.

Sharron Weber, owner of Tire Warehouse and an active community volunteer, was chosen as the Small Business Person for Kaua‘i in 2007. The U. S. Small Business Administration will celebrate National Small Business Week with the presentation of the 2007 SBA Annual Small Business Awards April 27. Each year, SBA honors outstanding small business owners, entrepreneurs and advocates who best illustrate the important contributions of small business to the local economy and to quality of life. Twenty five awards will be presented to the champions of small business from across the state at the 20th Annual SBA Awards Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki on April 27. Besides Weber, Thomas Middleton, owner of Pacific Lawn and Landscape will be recognized as SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Kaua‘i.

The 2007 Small Business Person of the Year will be presented to Malcolm Koga, chairman, and Glenn Nohara, CEO, of Koga Engineering and Construction in Honolulu. Recognized as a local leader in the construction field, Koga Engineering survived the economic setbacks of the 90s to be a thriving and profitable business with annual revenues of almost $24 million.

Top small business owners were also selected by SBA Hawai‘i District Advisory Board to represent each of the counties. Russell Ruderman of Island Natural Market and Island Naturals Pahoa, a fast growing health food grocer founded in 1998 in Hilo, was named Small Business Person of the Year for Hawai‘i County. In Maui, James Kartes of Paradise Television Network, took the title in recognition of his successful visitor channel broadcast business and associated ventures. Weber, was selected for Kaua‘i. Electrical contractor Stephanie Biven of West Coast Construction, a fast growing, 8 (a) certified, woman owned business, won the title for the City and County of Honolulu.

Young Brothers and Hawaiian Tug & Barge

receive safety/management certifications

Young Brothers, Limited and Hawaiian Tug & Barge announced the companies earned International Safety Management Code Certification and International Organization for Standardization 9001:2000 Certification for its marine division.

“Both of these certifications add strong value to our company and contribute to making our services more efficient and safer,” said Bruce McEwen, Young Brothers vice president of administration, in a press release. “Both certifications also add to our existing Responsible Carrier Program Certification from the American Waterways Operators.”

The ISM and ISO 9001:2000 standards were awarded after a thorough audit of YB/HTB’s offices and vessels in February. The audit took three days and included assessments of all safety and quality-related processes, systems and procedures by the American Bureau of Shipping Quality Evaluations, Inc.

The ISM Code is the international management code for the safe operation of ships and pollution prevention, as adopted by the International Maritime Organization. The ISO Code is the code for quality management standards for business, government and industry. ISO is a network of international standard institutes from more than 140 countries working in partnership with international organizations, governments, industries, businesses and consumer representatives.

Young Brothers, Limited provides inter-island cargo service throughout the State of Hawai‘i with ports in Honolulu, Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, Nawiliwili, Hilo and Kawaihae. Hawaiian Tug & Barge provides contract towing service, ship assists, barge charters and related marine services throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Visit Young Brothers at

Central Pacific Bank launches remote

deposit service for business customers

Central Pacific Bank is introducing Remote Deposit Central, a new service that simplifies the process for qualified businesses to deposit checks from a remote location, such as an office or home. Central Pacific Bank is the only Hawai‘i-based bank to offer this service so far. “We are really excited about Remote Deposit Central because it makes it so much easier for businesses to deposit checks, ultimately saving them time and money,” said Blenn Fujimoto, Central Pacific Bank vice chairman-Hawai‘i Market, in a press release. “It’s also part of Central Pacific Bank’s ongoing effort to bring innovation to our customers.”

The process is relatively simple and allows businesses to deposit its funds without having to make a trip to the bank. Businesses use a specialized, high-speed scanner to convert paper checks into images with a scan rate of up to 50 checks per minute. The check images are then securely and instantly delivered via the Internet to Central Pacific Bank for processing and posting. Deposits can be made any time from any location; all that’s needed is a Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP-enabled personal computer, a check scanner that can be provided by Central Pacific Bank and high-speed Internet access.

Businesses no longer need to fill out deposit forms and endorse the back of each check. In addition, detailed reports are available, including a list of remote deposits and a printout of check images. There is a one-time setup fee and service fees vary depending on the number of accounts and number of checks processed. For more information, contact Central Pacific Bank at 544-0500.


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