Through Dec. 22, offices of the Edward Jones financial firm will serve as drop-off points for new, unwrapped toys for this year's U.S. Marine Corps' TOYS FOR TOTS program. For locations: www.EdwardJones.com.
Hawai'i's "Superferries" a system of 340-foot interisland passenger and automotive ferries, expected to link the islands by late 2006 will be the subject of an address tomorrow to the Rotary Club of Honolulu. Speaking will be John Garibaldi, chief executive officer of the firm. The luncheon meeting is scheduled noon to 1 p.m. at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel's Monarch Room. Fee. Call: Debbie Jenkins, 922-5526.
The last in a series of state REAL ESTATE COMMISSION "self-help" real estate license renewal workshops intended to help licensees, especially brokerage firms, with the renewal process and application submittal will be held today in Honolulu: 9 to 11 a.m. in the Queen Lili'uokalani Conference Room on the first floor of the King Kalakaua Building (Old Post Office), 335 Merchant St.. Information: 586-2645.
A free seminar on "Managing Retirement Income" will be offered at 2 p.m. tomorrow by the Edward Jones financial firm in their offices in Suite 106A of Keolu Shopping Center, Enchanted Lake. Reservations: 263-4784.
The MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER OF HONOLULU offers free, weekly orientation sessions to minority business owners and prospective entrepreneurs. The sessions, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays in in Suite 2506 of the Executive Center at 1088 Bishop St., offer advice on business startups, marketing plans, loans, employee handbooks and access to capital. Free. Reservations: 521-6221.
A free "COMPUTER BOOT CAMP" is offered 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to small-business owners who want to use 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 center clients who attend a center orientation, offered 9 a.m. Tuesdays and 2 p.m. Thursdays at 1041 Nu'uanu Ave., Suite A. Appointments: 522-8130.
Robert D. Retherford, a senior fellow and coordinator of population and health studies at the East-West Center, will be last in a series of the 2004 Distinguished Speakers program, sponsored by the local chapter of the WORLD FUTURE SOCIETY. The group provides a forum to discuss changes likely to take place over the next 15 to 20 years and the options they present. The meeting is will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Plaza Club, Pioneer Plaza. Retherford will speak on demographics of the Asia/Pacific region. Fee; nonmembers/public welcome. Reservations required: Frances Mossman, 225-3548.
The Hawai'i Kai chapter of Business Network International, a networking organization specializing in business referrals among members, will meet 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Hawaii Kai Retirement Community, 428 Kawaihae St. Public welcome. Information: www.bni.com. Reservations: Natalie Iwasa, 395-3233.
"KEEPING THE HOLIDAYS A HOLIDAY: Festive Foods and Family Traditions," will be outlined Thursday by cookbook author and former Advertiser food writer Joan Namkoong. She will speak to the last in the series of "BUNGEE BOOST! WOMEN CHALLENGING LIMITS," women-empowerment luncheon gatherings sponsored by the YWCA of O'ahu. The luncheon is from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Laniakea (formerly Richards Street) YWCA. Free for YWCA members; fee for others; box lunch available. Reservations recommended: 538-7061, ext. 0; walk-ins welcome
Business Network International, a networking organization specializing in business referrals among members, will host a holiday mixer, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch and Crab restaurant on Nimitz Highway. Nonmembers welcome. Fee. Reservations/information: Joann Seery, 235-1262.
ALA MOANA TOASTMASTERS no-host luncheon meetings, with opportunities to improve public- and impromptu-speaking abilities, noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, Yum Yum Tree restaurant, Ward Centre. Guests welcome. 330-5439.
THE BREAKFAST CLUB, a networking organization for small-business owners and professionals, meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at Sizzler Restaurant, Pearlridge. 456-0222.
The HONOLULU BUSINESS NETWORK, a networking organization for small-business owners and professionals, meets 12:01 to 1:15 p.m. Thursdays at Sansei Seafood Restaurant, Restaurant Row. Information: Tracy Nakashima, 525-6028.
A workshop for entrepreneurs will be held 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, sponsored in part by the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. A panel of community experts will help analyze business plans existing or prospective identifying strengths and weaknesses. The gathering is also sponsored by the Wayne Brown Institute, and hosted by the Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel law firm, in their offices in Suite 1800 at 1099 Alakea St. Fee. Reservations: www.venturecapital.org or 737-1904.
An APPLE MacINTOSH OS X OPERATING SYSTEM LECTURE, demonstration and question-and-answer session for "PC-switchers," new and experienced Mac users, and those who want to sharpen MacIntosh skills is held noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays, MacMouse ClubHouse, 627 South St., Kaka'ako. Free; no reservations. 921-8294 or info@MacMouse.com.
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