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LSCS-SBDC seeking nominations for Small Business Awards

HOUSTON (June 14, 2012) – The Lone Star College System Small Business Development Center Advisory Council is now seeking nominations from the community for the 26th Annual Small Business of the Year awards.

Members of the LSCS-SBDC Advisory Council will recognize successful small businesses that make an impact in the local community and on the economy. Last year, the SBDC marked its silver anniversary – the 25th year – of recognizing small businesses in the Lone Star College 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 six college service areas and ultimately one winner from each college area will be named.

All 18 finalists will be recognized at the 26th Annual Small Business of the Year awards banquet Thursday, Nov. 15.  Nominations may be made by individuals, businesses and organizations.

“The SBDC is proud to be able to honor our small-business owners as part of the annual awards,” said Sal Mira, executive director of the LSCS-SBDC. “We know these successful small-business owners are what drive and support our local economy.”

Guidelines and nomination forms are available by visiting sbdc.LoneStar.edu/. Nominations for this year’s awards are due to the SBDC by Aug. 1.

Andy Dill, president of the Community Chamber of Commerce of East Montgomery County and chairman of the SBDC Nominations Committee of the SBDC Advisory Council, said anyone is able to submit the names of those in the LSCS service area they feel would be deserving of this “Business of the Year” recognition. Organizations such as chambers of commerce are also encouraged to nominate businesses, he said.

The LSCS-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 sbdc.LoneStar.edu/

With 75,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, 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 six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.