Ask SmallBiz: Succeed in a slow economy

Kevin Kaji

Q. What types of businesses historically have done well in a slow-growth economy, and what kind of tips can you provide that will improve my chances for success if I want to start a business this year? A. Historically, businesses that relied more on consumer necessity purchasing rather than on discretionary spending have weathered a Read the full article…

April 2009 , Small Business
April, 2009

Still Standing

Lance Tominaga

When Jelly’s first opened in June 1983, comic books were 60 cents, Atari ruled the home videogame market, and the music industry still spun vinyl records. A quarter-century later, comics are $2.99 and up, Nintendo, Xbox and PlayStation rule the videogame market, and a key part of Jelly’s revenues is the renewed popularity of … Read the full article…

April 2009 , Small Business
April, 2009

The Pitch: Taking the Work Out of Play

Dennis Hollier

Company: Venati Games Production Manager: David Nolte Website: www.noltegames.com The Pitch We are Venati Games, half a dozen veterans from the game, film and comic book industry with experience at companies like Hasbro, Lucasfilm and Marvel comics. Our motto is: “We take the work out of play.” 

For the past year, we’ve been working on Read the full article…

April 2009 , Small Business
April, 2009

Franchising Lessons

Alice Keesing

Three years ago, Chris and Sara Lufrano turned their search for healthy fare into the Aloha Salads store in Kailua. With salads like Ono Island Ahi and Aloha Passion, their idea quickly proved itself. 

But as they expanded into new stores in Kahala, Ward and, just recently, Kapolei, the Lufranos realized their business and personal Read the full article…

April 2009 , Small Business
April, 2009