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Saipan Chamber of Commerce announces nominees for 2019 Small Business of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year awards

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(Saipan Chamber of Commerce) — The 2019 Small Business of the Year nominees include Caravan of Foods, Island Training Solutions, and Naked Fish Bar & Grill.

The criteria for small business of the year included the following: (1) Less than 25 employees or less than $1 million in gross revenue; and (2) must have a business license and operating on Saipan for at least one year. Nominees were chosen by the chamber membership.

• With a glimpse of the Middle East, Caravans Restaurant brings to life a true wholesome experience on delicious style of Palestinian cuisine. Inspired by authentic flavor combinations, their menu offers a fresh and fast casual take on a traditional shared dining experience. Caravans’ recipes are memories from the owner, Salam Younis’s, father’s kitchen, and he commits to serving simple, honest and flavorful food that is good for you. They are happy to share this experience from Jerusalem to Saipan.

• Island Training Solutions is a full-service professional training and consulting group that provides compliance and development training to numerous businesses, government agencies and non-profits and has supported workforce development and re-entry programs for PSS, OVR and CNMI Women’s Association. ITS is also a service provider for Latte Training Academy, providing global and national certifications in Hospitality and Business from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute and National Bookkeepers Association respectively certifying over 800 CNMI residents in various professional concentrations. ITS provides back the to community through support of various clarities, non-profits and causes exceeding $5000 in 2019.

• Naked Fish Bar & Grill is a locally owned & operated restaurant established in 2004. They focus on sourcing and highlighting local goods and talent to create a fresh and modern bar and grill filled with Marianas favorites, such as savory seafood, artisanal starters & sharables, local island tunes, wines & spirits, and taps with local craft beer made right here on Saipan. Naked Fish is passionate about its small business mantra, “What we do for our community matters!” by creating jobs for others to pursue their craft, making contributions of time & resources whenever possible, and encouraging innovation & entrepreneurism among our people.

Nonprofit

Nominees for 2019 Nonprofit of the Year include 500 Sails, the American Red Cross- Northern Marianas Chamber, the Salvation Army, and the Tan Siu Lin Foundation.

The criteria for nonprofit of the year included the following: (1)Must have local or federal 501(c) documentation; (2) have been operating on Saipan for at least one year; and services render to the Saipan residents. Nominees were chosen by the chamber membership.

• 500 Sails is a CNMI tax-exempt non-profit and federally recognized 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the revival, promotion and support of traditional canoe culture in the CNMI as a strategy to bring about positive and permanent changes in lifestyles to improve health outcomes, strengthen cultural identity and lead to a more competitive and successful local workforce for the tourism industry. As a direct result of their programs, thousands of local youth have new awareness and pride in our community’s indigenous maritime heritage; hundreds have learned to swim; hundreds have experienced riding on an indigenous sailing canoe; and there are now opportunities for anyone interested to learn to swim, to sail, to build and to own their own canoe.

Since opening its doors in the CNMI in 1978, the American Red Cross has worked to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and generosity of donors. In 2019, the ARC continued this tradition by guiding residents through recovery from Super Typhoon Yutu, preparing for near miss storms, and offering care for residents struck by flooding and fire loss. As a trusted member of the community, ARC has driven recovery for decades.

• The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

• Since 1985, the Tan Family, headed by Tan Holdings founder and chairman, Dr. Tan Siu Lin, has been very active in philanthropic work for the community both in the CNMI and Guam and in 2002, Dr. Tan formed the Tan Siu Lin Foundation to further promote the culture of giving back. Tan Siu Lin Foundation and its generous partners are committed to leading and supporting various programs, be it about health, education, sports, arts and culture, environment, tourism, and other initiatives that benefit our community and its residents. Giving back and making a difference in the community and people’s lives will help ensure that the island paradise we call home will always be a better place to live in.

The winners will be announced at the annual Business Person of the Year Gala slated for Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at the Regency Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Saipan from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Seats to event are limited and available for advance purchase only for $100 per person. Tickets include a formal sit-down dinner, networking, and a night celebrating the movers and shakers of our community. To order tickets, please RSVP online at https://www.saipanchamber.com/our-events/, email Noelani at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 234-7150, or visit the chamber office on the 3rd floor of the Marianas Business Plaza, Suite #315.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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