SELECTED BUSINESS, SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURIAL AND PERSONAL
HONORS/RECOGNITION SINCE 1985:
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,
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,
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,
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,”
2005 Transpacific Yacht Race, Team CHALLENGED AMERICA, skipper, finishing fourth
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
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.
CURRENT SELECTED AFFILIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
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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