BizzBuzz for Sunday — July 13, 2003

County to sponsor ship job fair HVCB, China Air Sharp increase in SBA-backed loans First Hawaiian Foundation funds Anahola job project


County to sponsor ship job fair

The County of Kauai is sponsoring a Norwegian Cruise Lines job fair. The event is to be held on Wednesday, July 23 at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue.

The NCL America Career Fair is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Job seekers are encouraged to apply for a variety of positions with the cruise line including positions as entry level crew members, managers, food and beverage workers, medical service staffers and entertainers. Those attending the fair are advised to bring a resum be prepared for a brief interview.

The event is being coordinated by the State of Hawaii’s WorkWise! Kauai’s One-Stop Job Center in Lihue.

Norwegian Cruise Lines has two ships joining its Hawaii cruise service next year, the Pride of America and the Pride of Aloha, both able to carry in excess of 2,000 passengers.

For additional information, contact Maria Medua at the County’s Office of Economic Development, at 241-6390 or Tracy Hirano at WorkWise! at 274-3060 or visit NCL America’s website at www.ncl.com.


HVCB, China Air

Representatives of the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau are working with officials of China Airlines to support a nonstop flight between Taipei and Honolulu scheduled to begin Thursday, July 17, and run twice a week on a three-month trail basis. HVCB officials will help by encouraging increased travel to the state from Taiwan.


Sharp increase in SBA-backed loans

WASHINGTON — The number of small businesses receiving loans backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration in the first three quarters of fiscal year 2003 is up by almost 36 percent over the same date a year ago, with sharp increases in loans to minorities, women and veterans.

Based on statements made by the borrowers, the loans made so far in fiscal year 2003 have financed the creation or retention of more than 411,000 jobs.

“These sustained increases in SBA loan-making this year shows our commitment to meeting the unique financing needs of American small businesses and validates our approach to make that assistance more readily available to them said SBA Administrator Hector V. Barreto. “It proves that our outreach efforts have been highly effective, and it shows how these loans are working to build the economy through job creation.”


First Hawaiian Foundation funds Anahola job project

Anahola — The Anahola Hawaiian Homes Association (AHHA) has been awarded a grant of $10,000 from First Hawaiian Foundation, the charitable arm of First Hawaiian Bank, to support its Technology Center Project.

“The AHHA very much appreciates the support given us by the First Hawaiian Foundation. These funds will be invested into the Anahola Technology Center scheduled to provide 12 full time jobs this year, right here in our community,” said AHHA President Amanda Kaleiohi. “We are so pleased that the First Hawaiian Foundation came to our community to share the excitement and the potential of creating local jobs for local people.”

AHHA is a non-profit association dedicated to improving the quality of life in the community of Anahola. It is a membership organization consisting of individuals and families in the Anahola area. The opening of the first Technology Center of its kind, occurred in April, with full-time job placement completed by the end of June.

Employees will be trained in document digitization technology and will complete task orders from the Department of Defense to digitize documents such as vehicle maintenance manuals, flight manuals and the like.

First Hawaiian Foundation is the charitable arm of First Hawaiian Bank. During 2002, the foundation and bank contributed $2.2 million to more than 300 non-profit organizations. The foundation funds educational opportunities, access to health care, services for children and youth, human services needs.

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