UH Hilo educator wins prestigious small business award

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Date: Monday, April 8, 2002
Contact: Dr. Youngki Hahn, (808) 933-8809

For Immediate Release

Dr. Youngki Hahn, professor of economics and director of international affairs at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo, has been named a 2002 recipient of the Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The SBA awards recognize small business owners and advocates for their achievements and contributions in a variety of categories, including Small Business Person of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Small Business Exporter, and Home Based Business Advocate. The Minority Small Business Advocate recognizes excellence and achievement in promoting minority small business interests.

Hahn was instrumental in developing the ways and means for micro minority businesses to become established as a founder and first director of the Center for Business and Economic Development (CBED). He has conducted extensive studies on a variety of subjects, including Energy Conservation Programs for Small Business in Hawai`i, Kaua`i and Maui County (1986-89), Establishing Enterprise Zones in Hawai`i County (1987), and Aquaculture Industry Development for Hawai`i: A Feasibility Study (1993).

Hahn has also been actively engaged in assisting Big Island Korean ginger- root farmers in their marketing and financial endeavors since 1990, as both a mentor and advisor. For the past 15 years, he has served as a consultant and provided assistance to contractors, developers, farmers and retailers statewide.

"This award is a tremendous honor, which is bigger than any one person," Hahn said. "Promoting small business is a team effort involving many individuals, and I am pleased to share this honor with all the people who took part in these initiatives. I am especially pleased because it brings well-deserved recognition to UH Hilo, which made it possible for me to undertake the activities which resulted in this award."

Hahn will be honored for his achievement during two recognition events

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