Small business briefs
Small-business seminars offered
The Hawai'i Small Business Development Center Network and the Small Business Resources Center are sponsoring two seminars for small business owners: "Feng Shui for Your Small Business" and "All You Wanted to Know About Travel, Meals and Entertainment Expenses."
The feng shui workshop, with presenter Clarence Lau, will be from 1 to 4 p.m. today. The seminar on tax deductions will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. tomorrow. The presenter will be Mona Tom.
Both workshops will be in Suite A of Chinatown Gateway Plaza, 1041 Nu'uanu Ave. For advance registration with a discount, call 522-8131; tickets also are available at the door.
Micro-enterprise class continues
The "Micro-Enterprise Training" class, sponsored by the Honolulu Community Action Program, began yesterday and continues today and tomorrow, 9 a.m. to noon, at the HCAP main office on the second floor at 1109 Maunakea St.
Topics include business startup, loans, taxes and marketing. Call: 521-4531.
Program focuses on computer use
A free Computer Boot Camp is offered from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to all small-business owners interested in using computer technology to improve and expand business operations and management.
The program is sponsored by the Small Business Resource Center, in partnership with the Small Business Administration, the city Office of Economic Development, Hawai'i Small Business Development Center Network, Hawai'i Women's Business Center, and SCORE.
The program is open to all clients of the center who have attended a center orientation, offered 9 a.m. Tuesdays and 2 p.m. Thursdays at 1041-A Nu'uanu Ave. Call 522-8130.
Fast-food idea? Research is key
Think you have a sure winner for a new fast-food concept one that doesn't add fat to your diet?
Given the epidemic of obesity in the United States, your entrepreneurial timing is excellent.
Your first step should be researching the low-fat, fast-food products that exist now. You should be aware of the potential competition before sinking money into developing your idea. Two good places to start are the International Franchise Association (www.franchise.org) and the National Restaurant Association (www.restaurant.org).