Local Industry News & Notes for Sunday, June 1, 2008

• Chamber to host top state officials

• Rotary seeking ‘green’ nominations

• HMSA HealthPass honored

• Workshops aim to boost small-business success

• KEO offering assistance


Chamber to host top state officials

The Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce will host two of the state’s top officials this month.

A lunch with Gov. Linda Lingle is set for June 17, followed by the chamber’s quarterly membership meeting on June 26 featuring keynote speaker Marsha Wienert, the state’s tourism liaison.

Leading up to the quarterly meeting, a Business After Hours event will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Wailpouli Beach Resort & Spa’s Tahitian Lanai on June 10.

For more information on attending the events as well as costs, visit www.kauaichamber.org or call 245-7363.


Rotary seeking ‘green’ nominations

The Rotary Club of Kapa‘a is seeking nominations for its second annual 2008 Kauai Green Business Initiative Awards program through June 23.

This annual program honors local businesses that have gone beyond environmental compliance to adopt and exemplify best “green” practices over the past year.

Honorees should have a track record in the areas of efficiently using raw materials and supplies; managing waste, shipping and handling responsibly; and saving water and energy. Entrants must show that their initiatives benefit the environment as well as the company’s economic performance and long-term success.

Categories include: hotel, retailer, activity, builder, home business, grower, technology, energy, nonprofit, restaurant, publishing and real estate. Consideration is given to businesses in other categories if they meet the criteria.

Last year’s winners included Otsuka’s, Sheraton Kauai, Hawaiian Mahogany Co., Unlimited Construction, Aloha We Deliver, Kayak Kaua‘i, Permaculture Kauai, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Blossoming Lotus and Malama Kaua‘i.

Entry forms are available online at www.kapaa.rotary-site.org

E-mail completed forms to Rodney@dakauai.com or fax them to 332-5988. For more information, call Rodney Pascua at 482-0980.


HMSA HealthPass honored

The Hawaii Medical Service Association’s HealthPass program in May received the national HealthMedia Fusion Award for Best Overall Integration Strategy.

The program was recognized for improving member health and reducing medical costs.

HealthPass features a health-risk assessment, screenings, interactions with health professionals, risk-based referrals to clinical intervention programs, and assistance accessing community-based programs for smoking cessation, disease management, health and safety, and health education.

More than 25,000 HMSA members participate annually in the program that began in 1990.


Workshops aim to boost small-business success

The Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center Network on Kaua‘i will host workshops for small businesses interested in enhancing their success. The classes are once a month from June through October, with the first being 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 19.

The free, two-hour workshop on the Kaua‘i Community College campus includes a briefing on the economic outlook for the state and Kaua‘i, business planning, marketing, growth opportunities and financial resources.

Also monthly from June through October, the center will present workshops on how to start a business on Kaua‘i, on the KCC campus. The first is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 5.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops online at www.hawaii-sbdc.org

For future dates, visit the Web site or call 241-3148.


KEO offering assistance

Kauai Economic Opportunity is offering assistance to low-income families who are vulnerable to rising energy prices.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP, is available to households with a combined income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level, or $35,625 for a family of four.

Applications are available at the KEO office, 2804 Wehe Road, Lihu‘e, or at outreach sites from June 2 to 30.

For more information about LIHEAP requirements, call 245-4077, ext. 225.

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