BY SAM SLOM – Enjoy the drop in Hawaii gasoline prices while you can – down nearly 50¢ during the past two weeks. All of a sudden, $4 gas looks like a bargain.

Today, the Hawaii Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) hosted a small business event. Speakers were tax and labor attorneys Nelson Befitel, Ron Heller, John Knorek, Barbara Krieg, as well as Patrick Parsons of Hawaii Business magazine.

Last chance to join us at  tomorrow’s SBH Sunrise Networking Breakfast in the Pineapple Room, Macy’s, Ala Moana Center, 7 – 8:30 am. In addition to networking and marketing for your business, our special business speaker is, Bob Sigall, Best Selling Author (“The Companies We Keep”) and marketing expert (Creative-1). He’ll discuss, “Marketing Your Business in Challenging Times.” Call Darlyn at SBH 396-1724 for reservations.

Also tomorrow, the Hawaii Venture Capital Association and Think Tech Hawaii, will co-host a luncheon panel that will analyze the recent 2011 legislative session and what it means to tech and Hawaii’s “New Day” initiatives. Panel members include: Andrew Aoki, Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Abercrombie; yours truly; Professor Neal Milner and Civil Beat’s Chad Blair. The luncheon will be from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Plaza Club, 20th floor. You can still reserve with Jay Fidell of Think Tech Hawaii at 780-9254

Thursday is really busy! Everyone is holding their breath for the meeting of the The State Council on Revenues. If the Council has very bad news, there will be a special legislative session; if not “too bad,” probably not.

Yesterday, the State Reapportionment Council met to discuss deadlines and goals for redistricting our two congressional districts, 51 House seats and 25 Senate seats. Questions remain as to how the population will be counted (Military? Military dependents? Felons? Aliens?). However, the Commission is stalled because the Governor still hasn’t signed the “emergency” appropriation (HB 838) of $ 664,430 in state General Funds allowing employees to be hired and equipment and software to be purchased.

This Friday is “Sew Lei for Memorial Day” for our fallen heroes… Join the Waikiki Community Center in sewing flower leis in our auditorium at 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Jeff & Barbara are accepting loose flowers and donated leis that day from 8- 10:30 a.m. Made leis must be 22″ no larger – no smaller.

Please call Waikiki Community Center 923-1802 and let them know if you’re bringing flowers and if you’ll be sewing lei’s. Please bring your own lei needle. Free Parking

Don’t miss Malia Zimmerman of Hawaii Reporter.com, daily (M-F) on the Rick Hamada Show, KHVH radio on 830 AM at 7:20 am. She will report the news behind the news for you. Starting Monday, you can hear Malia at 6:20 am.

Vacancies in office space continue at a high level on Oahu.

The City Council is prepared to raise your real property rates; especially for owner-occupied residences.

Can you believe that June is approaching?

Enjoy and celebrate Memorial Day and be sure to thank a member of our Armed Forces for all of their contributions and their families for all of their sacrifices.

Save the date: Friday, September 16, the Small Business Hawaii Entrepreneurial Education Foundation will hold its annual small business awards banquet at the Waialae Country Club. More details to follow shortly.

What? Not receiving your copy? Send PR, additional requests and email address to SBH@lava.net or call Darlyn at 396-1724.

Let SBH help you with YOUR business. Just starting a business?   Call me personally for help at 396-1724 or email: SBH@lava.net. Smart Business Hawaii Means Business and we’re here to help you..

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