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1985    Founded the Disabled Businesspersons Association (DBA).
1988    Irving Diener Award -- Blinded Veterans Association, Washington, DC
1988    Linnie Howard Spirit Award -- Disabled American Veterans &
          Department of Veterans Affairs, Winter Sports Clinic, Grand Junction, CO.
1990    Disabled Athlete Of The Year -- San Diego Hall of Champions Museum.
1990-91 U.S. National Disabled Alpine Ski Champion (B-1 Total Blind Division) and
          ranked as the fastest total blind Alpine skier in the world.
1991    National U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Veteran Small Business
          Advocate Of The Year, Washington, DC.
1991    California's Outstanding Veteran and Small Business Award -- by former
          California Governor Pete Wilson.
1992    Independence Award for Entrepreneurship -- The San Diego Access Center.
1992    Presidential Point Of Light Award -- by former President George Bush,
          Washington, DC.
1992    Featured in the A&E Network's National CityVideo Award Winner for the
          EMMY nominated documentary "Local Heroes: Challenged America."
1992    Featured in the television film documentary "Travis Tritt: A Celebration."
1994    National Disabled Veteran Of The Year -- Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
1994    Who's Who In San Diego Business -- San Diego Business Journal.
1995    Eagle Spirit Award in Entrepreneurship -- Sharp Healthcare Foundation,
          San Diego, CA
1995    Inc Magazine's Entrepreneur Of The Year, -- by Inc Magazine, Ernst & Young,
          Merrill Lynch.
1995    Presidential Appointee to “The White House Conference On Small Business,”
          by former President Bill Clinton.
1995    Switzer Scholar - National Rehabilitation Association, Washington, DC.
1995    David Schnair Volunteer Service Award -- Blinded Veterans Association,
          Washington, DC.
1995    National Samaritan Award -- by Acton Institute, Grand Rapids, MI, and featured
          in their publication "Guide To Effective Compassion" as founder of one of the
          100 most effective and compassionate charity's in the nation.
1995    San Diego Access Award -- by Accessible San Diego.
1996    Inc Magazine's “Positive Performance Award” -- by Inc Magazine and MCI.
1996    National Spokesperson for the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay To Atlanta -- by
          the Coca Cola Corporation, Atlanta, GA.
1998    Brian Robertson Award -- by Adaptive Sports Association, Durango, CO.
1998    Golden SEED Award for Entrepreneurship -- by SEED Institute, Orange County, CA.
2001    U.S. Congressional Black Caucus Veteran Braintrust Award -- Washington, DC.
2003    Transpacific Yacht Race, Team CHALLENGED AMERICA, skipper -- the first team
          of sailors with significant disabilities to race in the 98-year history of the Transpac
          race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, Hawaii. Finished fourth in division.
2003    Channel 10 (KGTV-ABC) Leadership Award -- San Diego, CA.
2003    California “Community Catalyst Award” -- by California Community Catalysts.
2004     U.S. Sailing Association's "National Year-Round Program of the Year," Challenged
2005     U.S. Sailing Association's "National Outstanding Inclusion Sailing Program,”
           Challenged America.
2005     Transpacific Yacht Race, Team CHALLENGED AMERICA, skipper, finishing fourth
            In division.
2005     Bank of America "Neighborhood Excellence Initiative" Award, San Diego, CA.
2005     Recognition as the "National Disabled Veterans Business Resource Center" by the
           Congressionally-chartered Veterans Small Business Development Corporation (under
           Public Law 106-50), Washington, DC.
2006     U.S. Sailing Association's (life achievement) “Gay S. Lynn Memorial Trophy” for
           Advancing the sport of sailing for individuals with disabilities -- Newport, RI.
2008     National Sponsor and originator of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA's) 1st
           “National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic" (in San Diego) for recently injured
           Veterans, with the DBA's Challenged America program providing the sailing venue
2009      National Sponsor, National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic.
2009     “Presidents Award,” Hadley School for the Blind, Chicago, IL. - for promoting the self-
           Employment of individuals with sight-loss worldwide.
2010       National Sponsor, National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic.
2010    Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's appointment to the State of California
           Rehabilitation Council.
2011    American Broadcasting Association "Telly Award", produced by the Port of San Diego
          on Challenged America and the Summer Sports Clinic for recently injured veterans.
2011    Spotlighted on the August 24, 2011, NBC TODAY Show ("Leonard's Look") broadcast.
2011    National Sponsor, National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic.


State Rehabilitation Council, California - council member
OpSail (Operation Sail Inc), New York, NY. - trustee
"200 Year Celebration of the War of 1812" -- organizing committee member
San Diego Port Tenants Association -- member.
San Diego Vision Council - Member
Port of San Diego Accessibility Advisory Committee -- emeritus member
SBDC (Small Business Development Center), San Diego, Advisory Board Member
Accion San Diego, micro-lender -- co-founder, former board member.
Veterans Medical Research Foundation -- former board member
Hadley School for the Blind -- advisor
San Diego State University/Interwork Institute - guest lecturer
Entrepreneur Of The Year Institute -- member.
American Entrepreneurs for Economic Growth -- member.
Principal, NB Industries -- a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB)
Certified Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) for NB Industries
Elite/SDVOB Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business association - member
Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) -- life member; former national district director.
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) -- life member.
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) -- life member
American Legion -- member
Paralyzed Veterans Association, Cal-Diego PVA -- member
San Diego Blind Recreation Center - member.
Taking Control. Of Your Diabetes -- faculty member, lecturer.
Diabetes Exercise Sports Association -- member.
Seeing Eye Graduate Society -- founding member
Special Kids in Business: youth entrepreneur and mentor program -- mentor/founder. ..
CHALLENGED AMERICA -- co-founder and director (www.ChallengedAmerica.org)
Inclusive Fitness Coalition -- member
Southern California Marine Association -- member
Cortez Racing Association -- member.
PHRF Southern California - member
PHRF San Diego - member
Transpacific Yacht Club -- member.

Urban Miyares, President
Disabled Businesspersons Association (DBA)
San Diego State University - Interwork Institute
3590 Camino del Rio North
San Diego, California 92108-1716
Office: (619) 594-8805 - DBA
Office: (619) 523-9318 - Challenged America Program
Fax:    (619) 594-0991
Email: Urban@DisabledBusiness.com or Port@ChallengedAmerica.org
Web: www.DisabledBusiness.com or www.ChallengedAmerica.org

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