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The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to once again partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration, North Island Credit Union and The Daily Transcript to recognize the accomplishments of small businesses at the 2005 San Diego Small Business Awards Luncheon, featuring the North Island Credit Union "Excellence in the Work Environment" award.

"The accomplishments of San Diego-based small businesses bring economic prosperity to our region, making small businesses an integral part of our business community" said Bill Holman, vice president of corporate relations for the chamber. "It is truly rewarding for the Chamber to participate in this process of recognizing and honoring the small business elite for their creativity, efforts and contributions to the region."

The luncheon will take place Thursday, May 19 at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina, 333 W. Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego.

This year the luncheon will feature the Business Exchange networking mixer where companies come together and make new contacts in an organized, fast-paced format. In less than two hours, each company at the Business Exchange will make quality business contacts with 75 to 100 companies.

A special feature of the luncheon this year will be a presentation by the keynote speaker: The Honorable Hector V. Barreto, Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Hector Barreto, administrator of U.S. Small Business Adminstration

Both the San Diego chapter of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce will present annual awards recognizing outstanding achievement by local small businesses.

SBA awards are outlined separately throughout this supplement. The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce awards to be presented are:

North Island Credit Union 'Excellence in the Work Environment' Award

Criteria:

* Based on human resources initiative or overall human resources program.

* How employees are enabled and/or encouraged to contribute effectively.

* Achievement of the organization's objectives.

* Contribution to financial success.

'Emerging Business of the Year' Award

Criteria:

* Substantiated history as an established business confirmed by revenue growth and profitability or demonstrated staying power through adversity.

* Must be a San Diego County-based business.

* Outline community involvement.

* Provide success stories and testimonials.

'Arts, Business and Culture' Award

Criteria:

* Extraordinary personal and professional dedication to the arts community.

'Most Innovative Product or Marketing' Award

Criteria:

* Innovation in technology, invention, product, service or marketing.

* Considered creative and found its success in the marketplace.

* Acknowledgement by peers or media for innovation.

* Provide success stories and testimonials.

'Customer Service' Award

Criteria:

* Educated sales and services representatives who are approachable, available and willing to help.

* High quality service from beginning to end -- the amount and quality of assistance given to customers.

* Responsiveness and follow through once a problem has been identified -- dealing with situations of adversity from customers.

* Provide success stories and testimonials.

'Recognition for Outstanding Community Involvement' Award

Criteria:

* Reaching beyond the day-to-day operations demands of running a business.

* Active involvement in bettering the San Diego region.

* A commitment to philanthropic endeavor.

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