The Small Business Administration (SBA) Oct. 10 announced ABC Hawaii Chapter member Kaleo Nawahine, president of Performance Systems, Inc., as the National Minority Small Business Person of the Year. Nawahine is certified in the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program.   

With offices in Idaho, Hawaii and Washington, some of Performance Systems, Inc., major contracts include projects at the Boise airport and construction of the West Boise Waste Water Treatment Plant. The company currently has 23 projects under contract in Hawaii alone and additional projects in four other states.  

Nawahine was chosen from a group of 10 regional winners representing Massachusetts, New York, West Virginia, Florida, Michigan, Louisiana, Missouri, California and Montana. The award was announced during the National 8(a) Training, Business Matchmaking and Awards event in Washington, D.C. The 8(a) Business Development Program helps small businesses and entrepreneurs grow and succeed.  

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