Republican gubernatorial candidate Linda Lingle will outline ways her administration would work to improve tourism and economic growth between Greater China and Hawai'i in a luncheon speech today to the HAWAI'I CHINESE TOURISM ASSOCIATION, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Hawai'i Prince Hotel Waikiki, Mauna Kea Ballroom. Fee; non-members welcome. Tickets available at door. Information: 523-1837.
Developer Jeffrey R. Stone, who as principal of Ko Olina Co. took over the stalled project to turn it into an active family resort, will be the speaker Wednesday at the first luncheon meeting of the new WEST O'AHU ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION. The group, formed to bring economic growth to West O'ahu, will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the JW Marriott 'Ihilani Resort and Spa at Ko Olina, Lurline Room. Fee; nonmembers welcome. RSVP by noon today: Rumi Yamashiro, 371-8774. Tickets available at the door.
The MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER OF HONOLULU will offer free weekly orientation sessions to minority business owners and entrepreneurs, with advice on startup, marketing plans, loans, employee handbooks and access to capital, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Suite 2506 of the Executive Center, 1088 Bishop St. Reservations: 521-6221.
Contractors and federal contracting officials interested in learning contracting skills are invited to a national education seminar sponsored by the NATIONAL CONTRACT MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION (NCMA), 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Pearl Country Club. The seminar, sponsored by the NCMA Aloha Chapter, will be conducted by Pamela Torres, a U.S. Army Pacific procurement analyst. Fee; nonmembers welcome. Continuing education credit available. Information: 523-2931.
A combination computer skills seminar and social mixer is on tap for the next gathering of the ALOHA SOCIETY ASSOCIATION OF EXECUTIVES, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Dave & Busters, second-floor meeting room, Ward Entertainment Center. Bob Hayes, senior instructor with the Computer Training Academy, will lead the seminar, followed by a networking mixer, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the rooftop Sunset Bar. Fee. RSVP by today: Cynthia Hayakawa, 395-6254.
The HONOLULU BUSINESS NETWORK for small-business owners and professionals meets from 12:01 to 1:15 p.m. Thursdays at Sansei Seafood Restaurant, Restaurant Row. Call: Tracy Nakashima, 525-6028.
Business meetings of general interest are listed in the "Coming Events" column each Monday. Submit notices at least two weeks in advance. By fax: 525-6763. By mail: Coming Events, Business Section, The Honolulu Advertiser, P.O. Box 3110, Honolulu, HI 96802.