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Charles Djou, Councilmember from the 4th District (Waikiki-Hawaii Kai), is the first monthly Small Business Hawaii Sunrise Networking speaker of 2004.

Djou, who will speak on “What’s Going on in Your City & County?” on Thursday, Jan. 29, at Macy’s Pineapple Room in Ala Moana Shopping Center from 7 to 8:30 am, is the recipient of the 2003 Lawmaker of the Year award for Small Business Hawaii.

Djou, elected to the City Council in 2002 after two terms in the state House of Representatives, is a staunch foe of increased taxes and government spending. He most recently led the successful effort to block the Mayor’s planned 60 percent increase in the motor vehicle registration fee and is a vocal opponent of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) scheme. Unbfortunately, the council later voted, without Djou’s support, to raise the tax after all by 60 percent to cover raises for police officers.

Small Business Hawaii President and Executive Director Sam Slom says the Sunrise Forums help Small Business Hawaii members become better informed about their government and community. They also have the opportunity to do more business with one another. He says the emphasis is on networking and information.

The public is welcome — advance paid reservations required. Cost is $20 for SBH members and their guests (in advance); $30 for non-members or at the door, if space is available. A complete buffet breakfast, program and networking are all included and there is free parking.

To reserve a seat, call Small Business Hawaii at 396-1724.

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