Posted on: Monday, March 6, 2006
How to take advantage of export trade opportunities in Hawai'i's "New Pacific Rim" — Australia and Canada — without "losing your shirt" will be the focus of the FIFTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL TRADE FORUM on Wednesday, presented by the Hawai'i Women's Business Center and the U.S. Small Business Administration. The four-hour workshop will feature experts from the presenting organizations and the state Department of Agriculture, Australian Trade Commission, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, and Hawai'i National Bank; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Foreign Trade Zone No. 9, 521 Ala Moana, Pier 2. Fee. 526-1001.
The HONG KONG BUSINESS ASSOCIATION OF HAWAI'I will hold its 11th annual officers and directors installation banquet, starting with 5:30 p.m. cocktails on Friday at the Sheraton Waikiki hotel, Molokai Ballroom. Business attire required. Fee. Registration: Donna Tso, 282-1686.
An economic development specialist from the U.S. Small Business Administration will provide information on opportunities offered by SBA programs and services for small-business owners and entrepreneurs, today at the state's Business Action Center. The event, "SBA TALK STORY AT THE BUSINESS ACTION CENTER," is scheduled 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 1130 N. Nimitz Highway, Suite A-220. 541-2983.
Leo Chan, director of wireless business development at Hawaiian Telcom, will speak on "Fixed-Wireless Convergence" tomorrow at the next in a series of free brown-bag lunch seminars, sponsored by the University of Phoenix, Honolulu campus. The discussion is scheduled noon-1 p.m. in the Topa Financial Center, 745 Fort St., Rooms 101 and 102. Free. 536-2686, ext. 35108.
"BUSINESS STRUCTURE: CHOOSING AN ORGANIZATIONAL ENTITY," workshop sponsored by Hawai'i Women's Business Center, on which organization type best suits the individual small-business owner, will be offered 10:30 a.m.-noon tomorrow at the Small Business Resource Center, 1041 Nu'uanu Ave. Fee. Registration: 526-1001.
The AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION'S Na Kilohana O Wahine chapter dinner meeting is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. cocktails Wednesday at the Japanese Cultural Center. Speaker: Derek Calibre, a professional "intuitive," on "Acknowledging and Developing Your Psychic Self." Fee. Reservations by 10 a.m. today: Donna, 923-2448, ext. 127.
How to mobilize your business with hand-held devices such as PDAs will be the focus of the Thursday meeting of the ASSOCIATION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONALS, scheduled 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Hale Koa Hotel. Speaker: Everett Kaneshige, president and chief executive of Pocket Real Estate, was named one of the state's Top 50 Leaders in Technology in 2003. Fee. Reservations deadline: today. Nonmembers, students and walk-ins welcome (picture identification suggested). Information: www.aitphawaii.org. Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two local chapters of the AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION meet Thursday:
Honolulu Advertiser fashion columnist Paula Rath will speak to the March dinner meeting of the group's Punahele Chapter. The meeting is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. (networking) Thursday at Buffet 100 restaurant, Ward Warehouse. Fee. Information: Haunani Abdul, 780-6828 (3-8 p.m.).
The Ulupono Chapter will meet 6 p.m. Thursday at the Poha'i Nani Good Samaritan Residence, 45-090 Namoku St., second-floor club room, Kane'ohe. Speakers: Financial Freedom representatives, on reverse mortgages. Dinner reservations optional. 235-8994.
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