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BY SAM SLOM – Shawn Dohmen TOMORROW. Hawaii retail discount idCard creator and marketing specialist Shawn Dohmen will speak at the monthly SBH SUNRISE Networking Breakfast this Thursday, July 25, from 7-8:30 a.m. at the Alan Wong Pineapple Room at Macy’s in Ala Moana Center. His topic: “Persistence.” Marketing tips too. Networking, full breakfast buffet and business updates. All participants will have an opportunity to introduce themselves. Come say Aloha toDarlyn who is moving to Oregon. Info and reservations, call SBH at 396-1724. Join us!



Island Club Opening. The Island Club & Spa holds its grand opening tonight in the Ko’olani Condominium on Queen Street (across from Ala Moana Center).


Espero Throws Cap In the Ring. State Senator Will Espero, (D-Ewa Beach), announced his candidacy for the 1st Congressional District race on Sunday. Espero, Chair of the Senate’s Public Safety Committee and a DR Horton employee, joins Honolulu City Councilmember Stanley Chang already in the race. City Councilmember Ikaika Anderson and State Rep. K. Mark Takai also are likely candidates. They are all Democrats. No Republican has as yet stepped forward to replace Colleen Hanabusa, who is challenging Brian Schatzfor the U.S. Senate seat.


Special Session. There will be a State Legislative Special Session in early August, but it won’t be about same sex marriage. The Senate will hold a hearing on Honolulu District Court nominee James Ashford on Friday, September 2. The full Senate will meet August 5 and 6 to advise and consent to the nomination. Public input is welcome.


S&P Lauds Hawaii. In a news release titled “Hawaii Moves to Tame Its OPEB Liability,” Standard and Poor’s Rating Service acknowledged the State of Hawaii’s actions to shore up its financial position in the wake of a stronger revenue outlook. Standard & Poor’s also claimed that Hawaii’s actions will strengthen the state’s fiscal position in both the near and longer term.


Secrecy at UH. Stirling Morita, president of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Keoki Kerr of Hawaii News Now and Malia Zimmerman of Hawaii Reporter, filed complaints with the State Office of Information Practices (OIP), after the UH Board of Regents went behind closed doors to discuss nine items including the future of outgoing president MRC Greenwood. Journalists and members of the public who attended say the meeting was in violation of HRS 92, the state’s “sunshine law.” The Regents met behind closed doors in executive session as they usually do to discuss matters related to UH President MRC Greenwood’s new contract at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Their decisions cost the taxpayers millions of dollars. Regents must now justify their actions.


Lassner Tapped by UH. The University of Hawai’i Board of Regents will vote on whether to hire Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer David Lassner as the Interim President at a special board meeting on July 30.  If approved, Lassner will step into the office effective September 1, 2013. The appointment will continue until a permanent president is selected.


Lassner has worked in successively more responsible technical, management and executive capacities for the university since 1977. As Interim President, Lassner will earn an annual salary of $325,008, the same salary paid to Interim President David McClain when he was appointed in 2004. McClain served until 2009.


Rusty a Hit! Last Friday, the Hawaii Republican Assembly, headed by Tito Montes, hosted national talk show host Rusty Humphries before a sold out Waialae Country Club. Smart Business Hawaii was a cosponsor. Humphries, who donated his time and talent to this kick off HIRA event, had the audience cheering, shouting and enjoying this Clear Channel prankster.


WalMart Helps Hawaii Non-Profits. The Walmart Foundation’s Hawaii State Giving Council awarded $126,000 to three Hawaii non-profits: Family Promise of Hawaii($25,000), Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice ($65,000), and Junior Achievement of Hawaii($36,000).


The deadline for other Hawaii non-profits to apply for the final cycle of the 2013 Hawaii State Giving Council is August 9, 2013. Minimum grant amounts are $25,000.


Submit applications through the Walmart Foundation Hawaii State Giving Program’s online grant application. Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. See


Detroit – MoTown Goes Bankrupt. Detroit was once one of America’s most beautiful cities, the city most identified with America’s auto industry, and the city with the highest per capita personal income in the U.S. That was 50 years ago.


However, last week, Detroit became the largest American city to declare bankruptcy. What a shame. The city is $20 billion in debt. It was lavish union pension and retirement debts that pushed Detroit over the cliff. Can it happen to other cities? Yes. Could it happen to Hawaii? Yes. We must change our fiscal path and philosophy.


“If I had a son…” Last year, before the George Zimmerman trial, President Barack Obama made his famous speech, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon….” A new quote making the rounds on the Internet with the President’s picture: “If I had a city, it would be Detroit.”


If I Had a Wiener NYC Mayoral candidate and former disgraced Congressman Anthony Wiener is at it again. He called a press conference yesterday to admit and apologize for yet another cyber sex episode. He didn’t say he was dropping out of the Mayoral race. In fact, some Democrat strategists are already looking to a 2016 Democrat Dream Ticket including Weiner and Eric Holder, Obama’s attorney general. For anyone who believes in civil liberties, the Wiener-Holder ticket is a nightmare.


Here’s Geraldo. Geraldo Rivera, FOX-TV’s liberal star, is the latest in on cyber streakers. What’s with that? At least Geraldo had a towel on. What is with these older men who must show more than their ego to the public? Maybe we need a federal grant to study it all and create yet a new addiction.


Sewer Pipe Removal. Waikiki business and driver alert.Starting Monday, July 29, sewer diversion removal and restoration work will take place on Kuhio Avenue and Nāmāhana Street. Traffic control will be set up between Keoniana Street and `Olohana Street. There will be one lane open on Kuhio Avenue in both directions at all times. Work will be performed on weekdays between the hours of 8:30am and 3:30pm.


Convoy of Hope. This Saturday, July 27, the Hawaii Convoy of Hope is planning two events beginning at 10 a.m.: One at Aloha Stadium and the other at Kapolei Fairgounds. They will provide groceries, community services, lunch, prayer, health services, haircuts,live entertainment, family portraits, workforce development and a kids zone to those in need.


JDRF Announces Directors. JDRF Hawaii (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) has electedEric Hannum, President of InVision Imaging, as the new President of its Board of Directors for the 2013-2014 term, andJohn Ferguson, HR Consultant with Altres, as its President-Elect.


SBH Business All Stars. The Small Business Hawaii Entrepreneurial Education Foundation will host its annual SBH Business All Stars Awards Banquet on Friday, September 20, at the Waialae Country Club from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Several business people will receive awards, there will be a sumptuous buffet, fun, entertainment, a silent auction and good networking. Sponsorships available (contact Malia Zimmerman at 306-3161) or to make reservations, contact SBH at 396-1724. Auction donations appreciated and welcome.


2013 awardees:


The SBH Lex Brodie Business Person of the Year” (2013) is John Carpenter of Island Slipper Company. John will be honored for his many years of business success, management style and keeping alive an iconic family business that he successfully expanded.


“The SBH Jean Fukuda Civic Leadership Award” goes to Vicky Cayetano of United Laundry Services for her role as successful businesswoman, civic leader and cultural advocate.


“SBH George Mason Outstanding Business Reporting awardee is Steve Petranik, editor of Hawaii Business Magazine. Petranik has written about, mentored and sponsored many small business individuals and events in Hawaii.


“SBH Business Boosters” are Ryan Ozawa and Bert Lum of Byte Marks Café. Both Ryan and Bert are techie experts who give their time and knowledge to the community and are regularly speak up for business and entrepreneurs in public, on radio and on television.


“SBH Young Entrepreneur of the Year,” 12-year old (that’s right, 12!) Skylar Soares, who, despite serious medical challenges, chose through Make A Wish Foundation, and the help of students at Hawaii Pacific University and Maryknoll School, to start her own successful sun-protection Hawaii hat business, “HI Sky.”


“SBH 2013 Business All-Stars Singled out for outstanding business contributions during the year are: Signe Godfrey, Olsten Personnel Services; Clark Hatch, Clark Hatch Fitness Center and Mark Storfer, Hilo Hattie.


Also receiving awards are “SBH Educator of the Year” John Sosa, Principal of Kaiser High School and “SBH Lifetime Business Achievement Award” John Henry Felix of HMAA.


SBH Welcomes Young Professionals. Smart Business Hawaii (SBH) is welcoming Young Entrepreneurs. The SBH YOUNG PROFESSIONALS is now up and running. Annual dues are only $75 for those under 30 years. Contact me directly (, go online ( or call 396-1724.


Hawaii, Hawaii’s first electronic daily newspaper launched in 2002, has all the breaking news and unlike other publications in town, is still free. Award winning Hawaii Reporter and Malia Zimmerman report daily (M-F) on theRick Hamada Show heard on KHVH radio on 830 AM at 7:05 am. Malia will share the news behind the news.


Tune in to Panos Prevedouros. SBH Director and UH Engineering Professor Dr. Panos Prevedouros is a weekly guest on Rick Hamada’s morning radio show every Tuesday from 7:05 a.m. to 8 am. Tune in!


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