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Small Businesses Urged to Show Off Their Excellence

If you’re a small-business owner who also happens to use technology in innovative ways, you might want to consider nominating yourself for the third annual Small Business Excellence Award program.

The payoff? , Just a mere $30,000 in Dell products and services, lifetime membership with the National Federation of Independent Business and a trip to Texas to meet with Dell Inc. executives.

There is no cost to enter the contest, but to be eligible, submissions must be received by Feb. 24 and all small-business owners entering the contest must employ no more than 100 workers.

The awards program is a national contest that also recognizes nine finalists with Dell Latitude notebooks and a one-year membership with the NFIB. Judging criteria include a section ranking how well an entrant can demonstrate a significant change and/or competitive advantage that has been developed as a result of using technology in an innovative way.

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Winners will be announced in June.

To learn more, go to www.dell.com/ceaward.

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Fresh Face:

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year for Rhode Island and the New England area has landed in San Diego.

Jeff Jordan, the president of Rescue Social Change, announced this month that he has moved his budding business to America’s Finest City because the region’s large and diverse population is ideal for his kind of work.

Rescue Social Change is a marketing company that works exclusively with organizations that promote positive behavior changes, such as anti-tobacco coalitions. Jordan, 21, started the company in 2001 when he was only 17 years old, under the name Rescue Productions. Last year, he changed the name to Rescue Social Change.

The company’s headquarters are on Broadway in Downtown San Diego. A satellite East Coast office in Maryland is expected to open this summer.

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From The Feds:

Small businesses currently required to fill out lengthy, time-consuming annual reports about certain toxic substances they handle, such as those common to auto repair shops, may catch a break soon.

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a shorter reporting format for those businesses that possess the most dangerous toxins but have no release into the environment and those businesses possessing less dangerous toxins that release fewer than 5,000 pounds per year.

While many environmental organizations object to allowing a less-detailed record of toxic handling, the National Federation of Independent Business is in favor of the proposal because current reporting rules make no allowances for small businesses with fewer management resources than big-business competitors.

“This EPA proposal will create an important incentive for facilities to reduce and, if possible, eliminate pollution,” said Andrew Langer, manager of regulatory policy for the NFIB. “Through recycling or making technological improvements, they will be able to dramatically reduce their administrative reporting costs by being eligible to use the shorter forms.”

A public comment period on the proposal ended Jan. 13. Those comments are being reviewed by the agency. To learn more, visit www.epa.gov/tri.


Send small-business news to Jessica Long at jlong@sdbj.com. She can also be reached at (858) 277-6359, Ext. 3114.

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