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LSCS-SBDC seeking nominations for 25th Annual Small Business Awards

HOUSTON (June 20, 2011) – The Lone Star College System Small Business Development Center Advisory Council is now seeking nominations from the community for the 25th  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. This marks the 25th year that the SBDC has recognized small businesses in the Lone Star College service area.

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 25th Annual Small Business of the Year awards banquet on Thursday, Nov. 17.  Nominations may be made by individuals, businesses and organizations.

“The SBDC Advisory Council is always proud to participate in a program that recognizes our small business owners,” said Glea Ramey, chairman of this year’s nomination committee and partner with Karlins & Ramey, LLC. “It’s great that we are able to spotlight these successful small business owners who, as we know, help fuel the engine of our local 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. 1.

Ramey 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 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://sbdc.LoneStar.edu/

With more than 69,000 students in credit classes for spring 2011, and a total enrollment of more than 85,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which 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.