Derek Kurisu, Executive Vice President of Mountain Apple Brand of KTA Superstores is the 2010 winner of the US Small Business Administration's Minority Small Business Champion. This is awarded to those individuals who have selflessly provided assistance and support to minority entrepreneurs and business owners.
Each year, SBA honors outstanding small business owners, entrepreneurs and advocates who demonstrate the qualities, skills and performance to place them as leaders in their industry. Nominees for SBA Awards are evaluated on job creation, growth in annual revenue, innovation, staying power, response to adversity and contributions to their community. Derek will be recognized at the 23rd Annual Statewide SBA Small Business Awards Luncheon on April 30, 2010 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.