May, 2016

Ask the Expert: Raising Employee Engagement

Q: My employees usually just go through the motions on the job. Do you have any Hawaii-specific advice to getting them more engaged in their work?   A: Organizations worldwide are desperately trying to achieve “engagement.” Why? Because companies where employees are engaged provide superior customer service and enjoy greater profitability. Engaged employees take pride Read the full article…

May, 2016

Talk Story: Vance Roley

Roley has been dean at Manoa’s business college since 2005 and, this year, he was named Salesperson of the Year by the Honolulu chapter of Sales and Marketing Executives. Hawaii Business publisher Bobby Senaha asks about the importance of sales, his proudest accomplishments, lessons learned and about how Millennials are transforming the college’s teaching style. Read the full article…

May, 2016

What you missed at the 2016 Small Business Awards Luncheon

Small Businesses in Hawaii, this ‘woo-hoo’ is for you

Pomaikai Ballrooms at Dole Cannery was a packed house for the 29th Small Business Awards Luncheon Friday, May 6th.  Put on by the Small Business Administration and Hawaii Business Magazine every year, the event never disappoints. This year was no exception. Small business owners representing all counties and industries of Hawaii filled the ballroom along Read the full article…

May, 2016

Back to the Hill

Hawaii companies will return to Washington in June to show that the Aloha State’s economy is more than just tourism and the military.

If you want to make a splash, sometimes you have to cross the ocean. The challenges faced by the Hawaiian Chip Co. – such as isolation and limited options to increase revenue – are faced by many local family-run businesses, says owner and GM Jimmy Chan. “We don’t have the resources to overcome a lot of Read the full article…

May, 2016

Worth Considering: Building with Shipping Containers

They offer affordable, indestructible options. Let’s look at some out-of-the box thinking.

Last November, the Hale Mauliola Housing Navigation Service Center opened on Sand Island. It made national news for creating homeless shelters from retrofitted shipping containers. Some people were appalled, others applauded the frugality and portability of the design. In Nevada, 45 shipping containers are employed for more amusing purposes at Las Vegas’ Downtown Container Park, Read the full article…

May, 2016

C-Suite CIO: First strategists, then technologists

Photos by Kurt Stevens Dozens of techies and executives were up at the break of dawn on Wednesday at Dole Cannery’s Pomaikai Ballrooms for Zippy’s Portuguese Sausage omelet sandwiches, pastries and special C-Suite Series event: “The New Role of the CIO: Transitioning from Chief Information Officer to Chief Innovation Officer.” With the average turnover rate Read the full article…