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LSC-SBDC seeking nominations for 23rd Annual Small Business awards

The Lone Star College System Small Business Development Center Advisory Council is now seeking nominations for the 23rd Annual Small Business of the Year awards.

The LSC-SBDC Advisory Council will recognize successful small businesses that make an impact in the local community and on the economy.

Small business owners will be selected on the basis of leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, business growth and success, and contribution to the community.  Three finalists will be selected from each of the five college service areas and ultimately one winner from each college area.

All 15 finalists will be recognized at the 23rd Annual Small Business of the Year awards banquet on Nov. 19.

“The SBDC is excited about the 23rd year of this remarkable event where we are able to recognize some of the area’s exceptional businesses for what they do,” said Tammie Jeffers, chairperson of the nomination committee of the council.

“The SBDC is delighted that we are able to carry on with this great tradition and to help spotlight successful small businesses in this very special way,” said Sal Mira, executive director of the LSC-SBDC.

Guidelines and nomination forms are available by visiting http://www.lonestar.edu/sbdc/. Applications are due Aug. 3.

Jill and Pat Boullion are owners of Boullion Graphics, winners of the LSC-SBDC “Business of the Year” award for the LSC-CyFair service region in 2007.

"Our selection as Small Business of the Year has not only been great recognition of our firm's longevity and community outreach, it has been a great marketing tool for us,” said Jill Boullion. “Many of our clients are large, multi-national firms and having the credibility conveyed by winning this prestigious award has strengthened our relationships in the marketplace."

Mira said business owners and community members alike are encouraged to submit the names of those they know in the LSCS service area that they feel would be deserving of this “Business of the Year” recognition.

The LSC-SBDC works with existing companies to help them get started, grow and compete in today's global economy. SBDC services are available for companies in every phase of the business life cycle, helping entrepreneurs make sound decisions and succeed. For more information about the SBDC visit http://www.lonestar.edu/sbdc/

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Center, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. LSCS recently acquired a 1.2 million square foot facility in northwest Harris County to serve multiple purposes, including a new university center, an instructional satellite campus, a Corporate College conference and training facility, and system administration and support space. With more than 51,000 students in credit classes last fall, LSCS is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and third largest community college system in Texas. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.