News and Events for Monday, May 28, 2012

Chamber hosts Governor’s Luncheon

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce will hold its 14th annual Governor Luncheon Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort & Beach Club. Governor Neil Abercrombie will be giving his legislative update.

Tickets range from $38 to $58 for individuals or $380 for a table. To register call 245-7363 or visit www.kauaichamber.org.

Tech start-up opportunity

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The ARK Challenge Accelerator For Tech Startups is offering a chance to attend a 14-week New Tech Accelerator.

The ARK Challenge is a mentorship-driven business accelerator program for technology startups. It is open to startups worldwide through an online application at arkchallenge.org through June 17.

Kaua‘i entrepreneurs can use this opportunity to establish a business on the island, but must relocate to Northwest Arkansas for the 14-week boot camp this fall. After finishing the program, the founders can go anywhere they want, according to Jeannette Balleza, Director of The ARK Challenge.

Up to 15 selected companies will receive more than $18,000 each in seed funding, promotion, networking with advisors and potential funders, and community-based and national mentors during the entrepreneurial boot camp from Aug. 6 through Nov. 9.

Each of the selected companies will benefit from services of Innovate Arkansas, a state-supported program that encourages technology-based innovations and job creation in Arkansas. Two of the selected startups will be eligible for an additional $150,000 in funding.

The Ark Challenge is one of 20 national projects selected by the Department of Commerce Jobs and Acceleration Challenge to advance regional competitiveness. It is a member of The Global Accelerator Network.

For more information, visit arkchallenge.org or facebook.com/arkchallenge.

Ideas Exchange panel discussion

HONOLULU — The International Council of Shopping Centers will conduct a Hawai‘i Idea Exchange June 14, 8:30 a.m. at the Kahala Hotel and Resort in Honolulu.

The event features a panel discussion regarding some new and future developments in Hawai‘i, including the supply and demand of projects, capital markets, and ways to be creative with a ground lease.

Additionally, other discussions will focus on the future of shopping, the effects of e-commerce, omnipresent channeling, the future of the percentage rent component and radius clauses, retailers’ margins and the importance of customer service.

These panels will discuss some of their new and future developments in Hawai‘i, including The Future of Shopping panel, the effects of e-commerce, omnipresent channeling, the future of the percentage rent component and radius clauses, retailers’ margins and the importance of customer service.

This keynote presentation will focus on trends and opportunities for the Asian visitor. Presenters include Anthony Buono, executive managing director of San Diego-based CBRE and David Charles, managing director of Duty Free Shops Hawai‘i in Honolulu.

They will discuss designer selection, methods of managing and expanding inventory, retail trends projected in 2013 and future expansion plans.

General session panel discussion topics include Landlords Shaping of New Retail in Hawai‘i.

It will focus on demand of projects, capital markets and ways to be creative with a ground lease.

Other sessions include Public-Private Partnerships for TOD Success. It explores the ways transit affects development, and the evolving roles government and private sector.

Another session will focus on Food Stratification: Going Back to Our Roots? It focuses on dramatic changes in food from retail to table.

The fee is $435 for non-members.

Register online at www.icsc.org.

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