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Today, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce partners with the U.S. Small Business Administration and ESET to celebrate the accomplishments of small and micro businesses at the 2010 Small Business Awards Luncheon & Business Exchange. This year’s event will feature keynote speaker Jim Hammersley, deputy assistant administrator of the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, U.S. Small Business Administration.

Award winners will be announced live at the luncheon.

“We are extremely proud of all our applicants and small business members,” said Chamber President and CEO Ruben Barrales. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of San Diego’s economy, contributing innovation and new services to our community.”

The Small Business Awards Luncheon will be preceded by the Business Exchange, a fast-paced, interactive networking event where businesses can meet with potential prospects, exchange ideas with colleagues, and share their latest products and services.

“The Business Exchange is a great way to maximize visibility within the business community,” said Doug Holman, chamber vice president of membership. “In today’s economy, events such as these serve to stretch marketing dollars as far as they will go.”

Both the Chamber and the San Diego District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration will present awards for outstanding achievement. SBA awards are outlined separately throughout this supplement.

The 2010 Small Business Awards Luncheon & Business Exchange takes place today, with the Business Exchange from 9 to 11 a.m. and the Awards Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Individual tickets for the Small Business Awards Luncheon are $75, $549 for a table of eight and $699 for a VIP Patron Table of eight (includes a tabletop exhibit in the Business Exchange). The Business Exchange is $250 for a tabletop exhibit, and includes two tickets to the luncheon.

The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce will present awards for the following categories:

Outstanding Emerging Business of the Year awards

Criteria:

* 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.

Most Innovative Marketing Campaign/Concept awards

Criteria:

* Creative concept, including relevance to the target audience.

* Execution of solutions to marketing and communications challenges.

Excellence in Customer Service awards

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.

Most Innovative Product or Service awards

Criteria:

* Innovation in technology, invention, product or service.

* Considered creative and found its success in the marketplace.

* Acknowledgement by peers or media for innovation.

Environmental Action awards

Criteria:

* Eligible candidates will have taken actions to improve or protect the environment.

o Examples include, but are not limited to the following: recycling program/initiatives, fuel conservation or alternatives, energy conservation practices, environmentally friendly products, environmental awareness/education, water conservation measures, solar/wind power, etc.

* Effort and actions result in a significant and measurable environmental benefit.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Title Sponsor: ESET

Corporate Sponsors: AT&T, Barney & Barney, Blue of California, Cox Communications, Town & Country Resort and Convention Center and Union Bank of California

Business Exchange Presenting Sponsor: Chevron

Media Sponsor: The Daily Transcript

Communications Sponsor: Nuffer, Smith, Tucker Inc.

For more information, visit the Chamber website at sdchamber.org.

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