January, 2017

Nonprofit Corner: CSI, But Not the TV Version

No, it’s not that “CSI.” “Folks are always mixing us up with the TV show,” chuckles Shin (“Sheen”) Domen, 49, executive director of CSI Inc., a financial management nonprofit that seeks to provide Comfort, Security and Independence to elderly or disabled people. CSI was founded in 1987 – first as a for-profit, then in 1988 Read the full article…

January, 2017

Local-Kine Biz: Transmitting Aloha Over the Phone

When Max Tsai and Matt Cooley were college roommates at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in the ‘90s, both were “unimpressed” with the customer call center service they received from companies. “Whether you have to call your utility company or cell phone company, you have to go through a call center,” explains Tsai, 49, president and Read the full article…

January, 2017

Ask the Expert: Improving Employees’ Wellness

Q: I want my employees to be healthier in the New Year, but ours is a small business. How can I help without breaking the bank? A: Empowering employees to become healthier doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive. All five of the childcare centers we operate on Oahu recently became Blue Zones Project Approved Read the full article…

January, 2017

BOSS Data – January 2017

Hawaii Business magazine is proud to publish the 2017 edition of the Business Outlook & Sentiment Survey (BOSS), which shares data from 404 of local business leaders speaking out on topics such as: Optimism Spending Sunny Forecast Debt vs. No Debt Ige vs. Abercrombie Revenues …and others Special thanks to our data partner QMark Research. Read the full article…

January, 2017

Smart Path to Success

“Oh, no!” was Reuben Chong’s street name – as in “Oh, no! Here he comes!” For a decade, the homeless ex-convict prowled Honolulu’s Chinatown in search of money to support his drug habit. Who could imagine that this 34-year-old, street-smart thug would eventually find his footing at Leeward Community College, where he graduated as a Read the full article…

January, 2017

The Careerist: Are We Never Ever Getting Back Together?

Q: I’m a freelance graphic arts designer who is completely baffled. One of my best clients has gone radio silent, ghosting me without even so much as a “I’m just not that into you.” I’ve done all the standard stuff – follow-up calls and emails – and nada. They’ve always loved my work, paid me Read the full article…