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January 20, 2004




Small businesses in the construction and visitor industries are the focus of the second “Keeping Hawaii in Business” workshop on Wednesday, January 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall.

            The workshop is free.  Pre-registration is available online at or by calling 540-5456;  registration will also be taken at the event.

            “We want to prepare our business community as much as possible for the tremendous growth anticipated in the construction industry and our visitor sector,” said Mayor Jeremy Harris.

            Lucien Wong, regional vice president of Actus Lend Lease, LLC, noted, “This event is a great opportunity for businesses to review their needs and receive specialized training.”  Actus was recently awarded a $1.7 billion, 50-year contract to develop Army housing on O’ahu.

            The workshop is a “one stop center” for small business owners to meet with government agencies and private business counselors and to learn about industry regulations and compliance.  Employers and managers will receive convenient access to permitting and licensing agencies from the City’s Environmental Services and Parks & Recreation departments, and the Liquor Commission; the State departments of Labor, Health and Taxation, Occupational Industrial Safety and Health, Workman’s Compensation, Unemployment and the Civil Rights Commission; and the Federal Small Business Administration and Internal Revenue Service.

            Title 8(a) counselors will also be available to assist minority, women-owned, veteran or disadvantaged businesses obtain Small Business Administration designations, as well as help qualified employers to apply for subsidized employee training.

            The workshop is sponsored by the City’s O’ahu Workforce Investment Board, in partnership with the State of Hawai’i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.






Tuesday, January 20, 2004

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