The Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Tuesday announced the award of six grants designed to strengthen local small businesses through training programs. The grants will be used as seed money to develop innovative education and training curricula in economic sectors identified by Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, the county workforce investment boards, employer organizations, industry and trade associations, and labor organizations. $125,000  was awarded each to the Retail Merchants of Hawaii and the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association; Japan Hawaii Travel Association will receive $112.500-; $117,502 will help Hawaii Island Workforce and Economic Development Ohana, Inc.; Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers will get $70,886 and $94,000 will be awarded to the Service Corps of Retired Executives Association.