Small Business Hawaii’s Mid Year Conference

One of the organizations that I am active in is Small Business Hawaii. The 30 year old business advocacy organization will be holding its 2nd annual Mid-Year conference this coming Thursday, June 22 at the Ilikai hotel. Here is their press release announcement:

The second annual Small Business Hawaii (SBH) Mid-Year Business Conference, “The 2006 Legislative Impact on Small Business-and Opportunities in the 2006 Elections” will be held this Thursday, June 22 at the Ilikai Hotel in Waikiki, Pacific Ballroom, 9 am to 1:30 pm. Rick Hamada of KHVH radio will be the program M.C.

The conference will include a review of the past legislative session-including the gas cap, taxes and labor issues- by top state officials who deal with business and tax issues, and State Senators Colleen Hanabusa and Sam Slom.

Conference speakers will include Melissa Pavlichek of NFIB and the Western States Petroleum Association, Barnaby Robinson gasoline retailer and state administration leaders, Nelson Befitel, Department of Labor & Industrial Relations; Kurt Kawafuchi, Director, department of Taxation, and Mark Recktenwald, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. These most important agencies dealing with your business will talk with you!

Restauranteur Bill Tobin, of Tiki’s Grill & Bar Waikiki, will discuss “Hawaii’s Restaurant Industry; Challenges and Opportunities.”

Between 11 am and noon, candidates for federal, state and county office, were invited to make brief statements and distribuite campaign material. 20 candidates have confirmed. Malia Zimmerman of HawaiiReporter will moderate.

At noon, the keynote speech is by state Attorney General Mark Bennett.

For reservations, questions or more information, call Darlyn Evangelista, SBH, at 396-1724 or

Cost is $40 for SBH members and their guests (in advance); $50 for non-members, and at the door, if space is available. Fill out the reservation form below and send it in to SBH with your payment today. (Email: Reservations made in order received. No tickets mailed – pick up at registration desk June 22. Your guests are welcome at member price. Refunds until June 20.

Advanced Paid Reservations Required by June 19 Complete Business Forum, Luncheon and $3 Validated Parking (Ilikai Hotel Parking Garage).

The reservation form is online at SBH’s website:

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