JEFF HOKE, director of Mall of America outside Minneapolis, will be the keynote speaker at the RETAIL MERCHANTS OF HAWAI'I annual conference, "The Great Retail Adventure," scheduled 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Concurrent morning seminars will deal with merchandising and the changing marketplace. The annual Ho'okela Awards will recognize excellence and outstanding retail performance. Information: 592-4200.
DOUG SMOYER, president of Retail Strategies, will discuss trends in Hawai'i's retail industry in a breakfast forum scheduled Thursday by the local chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. The forum, "Winners, Losers and What Lies Ahead," will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at The Pacific Club. Non-members welcome. RSVP by tomorrow. Information: 845-4994.
"Sit. Stay. Rollover," a free discussion of retirement plan options and analysis, will be offered by the Edward Jones investment firm, noon to 1 p.m. (also Saturday), at 1360 S. Beretania St., Suite 304. Reservations: 543-6034.
It's the last day to register for Tuesday's meeting of the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF WOMEN ACCOUNTANTS, Honolulu chapter: noon to 1 p.m., The Plaza Club, Pioneer Plaza Building. Norma Wong, private consultant specializing in strategic planning, will speak at the meeting. RSVP: Katherine Lococo, 949-2958.
"Is Technology Managing You, or Are You Managing Technology?" will be the topic of a speech by Alan Lam, president of Q. Communications, at the dinner meeting of the local chapter of the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ADMINISTRATION PROFESSIONALS: 5:30 p.m. registration, Radisson Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel. Fee. RSVP: Dorinda Dunlap, 944-1129.
Lambert Onuma, chairman and founder of Pihana Pacific, will discuss raising $236 million in venture capital for his Honolulu Internet data center at a luncheon speech to the HAWAI'I VENTURE CAPITAL ASSOCIATION. 11:30 a.m. registration at The Plaza Club, at Pioneer Plaza. Fee; nonmembers and students welcome. Call: Gail Caveney, 262-7329.
"Tax Basics for Sole Proprietorships," a workshop focused on federal tax repercussions, will be offered 8 a.m. to noon at the Business Information and Counseling Center, 1111 Bishop St., Suite 204. An instructor from the Internal Revenue Service will discuss standard tax forms, deductible business expenses and home office deductions. Sponsored by the Hawai'i Small Business Development Center. Fee. Registration: 522-8131, Ext. 221.
The Honolulu Business Network offers networking opportunities for small-business owners and professionals from 12:01 to 1:15 p.m. Thursdays at Sansei Restaurant, Restaurant Town. Call: Emy Yamauchi-Wong, 591-4940.
How venture capitalists and entrepreneurs are approaching the new venture economy will be the focus at the next in the series of PACIFIC BUSINESS FORUMS "power network" breakfasts. "Why Venture Capitalists Are Using Tough New Tactics for Negotiating Term Sheets and How You Can Level the Playing Field" will be discussed by David J. Blumberg, managing partner of Blumberg Capital of San Francisco, and Bill Richardson, general partner of HMS Hawai'i Partners. 7 to 9 a.m. at The Plaza Club, Pioneer Plaza. Fee; tickets available at the door. Information: 536-8911.