News and Events for Monday, March 12, 2012

Small-business owners at Capitol this week • Managing nonprofit volunteers workshop

Small-business owners at Capitol this week

This year’s National Federation of Independent Businesses/Hawai‘i Small Business Legislative Reception will take place at the state Capitol on Wednesday. The annual legislative reception provides an opportunity for mom-and-pop enterprises to speak out.

The reception is, in part, to remind lawmakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses, but have different difficulties in remaining solvent, according to a news release.  Small businesses employ the majority of Hawai‘i’s workers and generate almost all new jobs.

“There’s also a big difference in the collective message we send to lawmakers,” NFIB/Hawai‘i state director Melissa Pavlicek said in the release. “Every special interest group arrives at the Capitol to plead its case for more government funds, except small business, which pleads its case to be left alone in order to create jobs.”

The reception, from  5 to 6:30 p.m. in conference room 224 at the state Capitol in Honolulu,  is open to all small business representatives, regardless of NFIB membership. The event is free, but reservations are required. Email Lilly Ho at or call 808-447-1840.

 Managing nonprofit volunteers workshop

 The Kaua‘i Planning and Action Alliance is offering a half-day, interactive workshop for Kaua‘i nonprofits on developing and managing nonprofit volunteers from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on March 20 at the Kaua‘i Humane Society in Puhi.  

The program, according to a news release, will feature guest speakers representing three of Kaua‘i’s nonprofit organizations thare are successful in attracting and utilizing volunteers effectively:  Katie Cassel of the Koke‘e Resource Conservation Program, Shannon Blizzard of the Kaua‘i Humane Society and Jennifer Waipa of the Kaua‘i National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

“When funding is tight, having a team of capable volunteers to call on is more critical than ever,” KPAA president and CEO Diane Zachary said in the release.  “Volunteers can be valuable assets for organizations. It’s important to find ways to prepare them for their role and make the gift of their time a rewarding experience.”

Participants will learn practical tips and hear lessons learned to ensure organizations give and get the best from their volunteers.   

The workshop will cover recruitment, screening, selection, orientation, supervision, staff relations and management. Advance registration is $20 for KPAA members and $30 for non-members. Sign-in begins at 12:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, call KPAA at 632-2005 or email


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