Sen. Rod Tam and Rep. Lei Ahu Isa will be the speakers at the Jan. 25 luncheon meeting of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association. Tam is chair of the Senate Economic Development and Technology Committee; Ahu Isa is chair of the House Economic Development and Business Concerns Committee. Plaza Club, Pioneer Plaza, 900 Fort Street Mall. Registration, 11:30 a.m.; business meeting starts at noon. Advance reservations: $25 members; $35 nonmembers; $20 students. To register: Gail Caveney, 262-7329.
The Honolulu Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors will present Kent Lupton, a Spokane, Wash.-based agent with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., to discuss developing a business from a traditional life sales business into a comprehensive financial planning practice. Friday 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Ala Moana Hotel, Garden Lanai. Followed by luncheon with guest speaker Pam Chambers. Topic: networking tips. Cost: $25 members; $40 nonmembers. Information, reservations: 394-3451.
"Master Planning the Statewide Harbor System," will be the topic of the weekly luncheon meeting of the Engineers and Architects of Hawaii. Speaker: Tom Fujikawa, harbors administrator, state department of transportation, on planning for improvements to harbors in preparation for the expansion of Hawaiis cruise market. Friday. Richards Street YWCA, Room 205. Noon to 1 p.m. Cost: $7.50 members; $8.50 nonmembers. Includes lunch. For information, Sam Gillie, 543-4739.
David McClain, dean of the College of Business Administration at UH-Manoa, will speak at the monthly Hawaii Economic Association lunch meeting Thursday on "Transforming Hawaiis Economy, from Abroad and Within." 11:45 a.m. registration. Plaza Club, Pioneer Plaza, 900 Fort Street Mall. Reservation deadline: noon Jan. 24. Cost: $20 members; $25 nonmembers. Information/registration: Daniel Nahoopii, 537-2686.
Hawaii Technology Trade Association mixer "Plugged In" Thursday, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Ocean Club at Restaurant Row. RSVP to the association at 547-5835.
"Silicon Valley in Downtown Honolulu" will be the topic of a Jan. 25 meeting of the Hawaii Society of Corporate Planners. Speaker: Philip J. Bossert, vice president, The Ohana Foundation. Bossert will discuss the background and direction of the Ohana Foundation, a more than $40 million Silicon Valley offshoot that develops and distributes interactive multimedia technologies for educational institutions around the world. He also will discuss several keys he has identified that will enable Hawaii to become part of the global economy. 11:30 sign-in to 1:30. Hawaii Prince Hotel, Mauna Kea Ballroom. Early registration by Jan. 19: $25 for members; $30 for guests. After Jan. 19: $30 members; $35 guests. No telephone reservations. Information: Roberta Cullen, 537-2356.
"Are you Ready for the New Economy," first in a three-part 21st Century Entrepreneur Seminar series sponsored by the Wayne Brown Institute, City Bank, Ernst & Young, Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, and Hawaii Strategic Development Corp. Designed for existing or aspiring entrepreneurs and others associated with investing, educating or promoting start-up companies. Completion of the New Venture Profile at www.venturecapital.org, is required to evaluate the level of venture readiness, strengths and weaknesses.
The first seminar, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Maui Research & Technology Centers Remote Learning Center Jan. 23; 1-5 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Orchid at Mauna Lani on the Big Island; and 8 a.m. to noon at Pacific Tower, 900 Richards Street, Honolulu.
Cost: $50; $35 for members of Hawaii Technology Trade Association and Hawaii Venture Capital Association. To register: www.venturecapital.org.
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