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SBA taking nominees for annual awards

The Nevada District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration seeks nominations for its signature statewide 2015 Small Business Awards.

The SBA will recognize honorees in several categories at an event on May 21 at the Gold Coast, sponsored by Vegas PBS.

“In the midst of a slow recovery from extremely challenging times, inspiring success stories emerge within the small business community,” said Bob Holguin, SBA’s Nevada District director. “It is our privilege to honor those who have risen from the ashes to ensure the great state of Nevada and our local communities continue to prosper.”

Categories include Nevada Small Business Person of the Year, Nevada Small Business Exporter of the Year, Nevada Minority Owned Business of the Year, Nevada Veteran Owned Business of the Year and Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, among others.

Individuals may not be nominated for more than one SBW 2015 award category. Those who have received a small-business award in the past five years are ineligible.

“Our surviving and thriving small businesses deserve public recognition,” Holguin said. “Fellow business owners, bankers, chambers of commerce and other community organizations are encouraged to nominate individuals deserving of these awards.”

A faxable, one-page nomination contact form and eligibility guidelines are available on Nevada SBA’s website, http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3133/news/352541 or via e-mail to christina.stace@sba.gov. Nominations should be faxed to 202-481-0785. The deadline for submitting nominations is Nov. 3.

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Delivery service debuts

The app Postmates launched Sept. 30 and let residents and visitors in Las Vegas to order in from any store or restaurant for delivery in less than an hour.

Postmates unlocks the inventory of a city by connecting customers with a dedicated fleet of couriers to deliver anything in under an hour. Postmates is doing more than 20,000 deliveries a week in 16 markets across the United States and lets customers get any item — from takeout and groceries to retail items and even prescriptions — delivered 24-7. The initial delivery zone covers downtown, the Strip, west Las Vegas, Summerlin, the university district and Chinatown.

The app, available for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating system, lets users browse an inventory of thousands of restaurants and stores in their city, add items instantly, watch their “Postmate” (either a driver or bike messenger) moving on the map, and track their order status in real time.

Deliveries start at $5 and users pay for everything within the app — including tip — so no cash is necessary.

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Inspirada opens parks

The city of Henderson and builders of Inspirada hosted a grand opening celebration for Potenza and Capriola Parks as part of Super Inspirada Day on Oct. 4.

The celebration, which took place at Capriola Park, 2155 Via Firenze, and Potenza Park, 2355 Via Firenze, included a ceremonial ribbon cutting, soccer and skating demonstrations, bounce houses, refreshments, and pet adoptions sponsored by the Henderson Animal Care and Control Facility and the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Potenza Park sits on five acres and includes lighted basketball courts, picnic ramadas, playground, shade structures, skate area, open turf area, and restrooms. The 12-acre Capriola Park features lighted multiuse fields, lighted tennis and basketball courts, picnic ramada, playground, dog park, splash pad, shade structures, open turf area and restrooms. The parks were developed by Inspirada Builders LLC, and constructed by Martin Harris through the city’s developer turnkey park program. Under the program, a developer builds a neighborhood park in accordance with city guidelines and standards and then dedicates the completed park to the city for public use. The city will maintain the parks.

“We have a goal in Henderson to provide a park within a half-mile of every residence,” Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen said. “We are now closer to that goal for this neighborhood thanks to the public/private partnership with the developer.”

Potenza and Capriola Parks will be open 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. For additional information, visit cityofhenderson.com.

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Charity golf Oct. 22

The Las Vegas Hospitality Association is holding its 28th annual charity golf tournament scholarship fundraiser Oct. 22 at Revere Golf Club, Lexington Course, 2600 Hampton Road in Henderson.

Check-in is 10 a.m.; the event will follow at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. All the money raised will go towards the association’s 10 scholarship programs. The association awards 36 yearly scholarships and has funded four endowments.

Attendees will be able to buy additional mulligans and raffle tickets. Fees are $225 for an individual golfer and $800 for foursomes.

To register, visit www.golfdigestplanner.com/26620-lvhacharitygolftournament2014/.

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