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Small businesses stand tall at 50th Business Week Awards

by: Rey Andres

VBS SUMMER FUN: Close to 80 children from three ethnic churches in Fullerton attended this year’s five-day Vacation Bible School conducted by the Cornerstone Christian Fellowship of Orange County some them shown here at t the traditional dousing portion prior to the closing event. The same VBS format will be brought to Mexico when CCF team, led by churchworkers Gigi and Orange Andres, treks to Mexico on a mission later this month conduct the summer activity.

VBS SUMMER FUN: Close to 80 children from three ethnic churches in Fullerton attended this year’s five-day Vacation Bible School conducted by the Cornerstone Christian Fellowship of Orange County some them shown here at t the traditional dousing portion prior to the closing event. The same VBS format will be brought to Mexico when CCF team, led by churchworkers Gigi and Orange Andres, treks to Mexico on a mission later this month conduct the summer activity.

California’s top small entrepreneurs who didn’t give up on the economy and persevered and are now reaping the fruits of their unwavering tenacity will be honored at the 50th Annual Small Business Week Awards at the Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel on August 7.

These honorees, America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners,  are anything because of their “critical contributions to the economy by working everyday to grow small business, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.”

This year marks the 50th anniversary of National Small Business Week which President John F. Kennedy started through a Presidential Proclamation in 1963 to recognize the important role that small business owners play in the economy and the communities.

President Barack Obama has continued America’s tradition of honoring the spirit and success of American small business owners by proclaiming June 17 – 21 to be 2013’s National Small Business Week.

Small businesses which create two out of three new private sector jobs and where half of all working American own or work for has been “the backbone of the economy whose  success is critical to growing the economy and increasing the nation’s global competitiveness.”

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Orange County and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce spearhead this year’s event in Orange County by bestowing honors to the honorees which include Small Business Person of the Year – Connie Lightcap, President & CEO, JC Supply & Manufacturing; Small Business Person of the Year (Finalist) – Martha Daniel, President & CEO, Information Management Resources, Inc.; Small Business Person of the Year (Finalist) – Rupen James Akoubian, President, NAPA – Orange County Auto Parts; Small Business Person of the Year (Finalist) – Colleen M. Howes, President, SABP Reprographics; Small Business Persons of the Year (Finalist) – Kevin Mahaffy & Eric Schmidt, CEO and COO, EXQUADRUM; Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year – Eric Miller, President, Odic Environmental & Energy; Region IX Financial Services Champion of the Year – Joan K. Earhart, Senior Executive Vice President, Pacific Mercantile Bank; Region IX Women in Business Champion of the Year – Hope Suhr, Owner, Hope’s Chest Co.; and Financial Services Champion – Jennifer Eltinge, Vice President/Regional Sales Manager, Comerica Bank.

FACCOC’s “Go Green” Event to be held in Irwindale

The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County’s  Annual Green, Conserve and Health Expo will be held on September 4 outside of Orange County where it has been customarily held since five years ago when Fil Am  business leader Atty. Linda Sarno adopted the idea as one of her advocacies.

The format will still be the same, i.e., to recognize the extra mile efforts of individuals and firms in pursuing green and health consciousness through products and services in an effort to preserve the environment and provide a venue for various green products and services.

The fifth edition of the  of one of the Chamber’s signature event will be held on September 4 at Southern California Edison Energy Education Center in Irwindale where the Emerald Awards for Best Green Company (City or Entity), Best Green Product or Service and Best Conservation Program will be conferred to the recipients.

Dozens of green advocates had already been recognized in the past for their effort at promoting “green and health consciousness.”

The Green event will also bring under one roof more 60 exhibitors whose environmental-friendly products and services the public just might need in the effort to conserve the environment.

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