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LSCS-SBDC seeking nominations for annual awards

(June 24, 2010) – The Lone Star College System Small Business Development Center Advisory Council is now seeking nominations from the community for the 24th Annual Small Business of the Year awards.

The LSCS-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 will be named.

All 15 finalists will be recognized at the 24rd Annual Small Business of the Year awards banquet on Nov. 18.  Nominations may be made by individuals, businesses and organizations.
“This recognition of exceptional small businesses is always a remarkable event,” said Sal Mira, executive director of the LSC-SBDC. “It gives our community the opportunity to spotlight small businesses that as we know are the engine of our economy.”

Guidelines and nomination forms are available by visiting http://sbdc.LoneStar.edu/. Nominations for this year’s awards are due to the SBDC by Aug. 2.

Mira said business owners and community members alike are encouraged to submit the names of those they know in the LSCS service area they feel would be deserving of this “Business of the Year” recognition. Organizations such as chambers of commerce may also nominate businesses, he said.

The LSC-SBDC works with entrepreneurs and 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 them to make sound decisions and succeed. For more information about the SBDC visit http://sbdc.LoneStar.edu/

With more than 62,000 students in credit classes in spring 2010, and a total enrollment of nearly 85,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the second largest and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. LSCS consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.