Our Chapter began an exciting year with an exciting visit from Mayor Mufi Hannemann. Throughout his years of public service, Mayor Hannemann has been a strong advocate for economic development in general and for small business in particular. He has launched a creative array of community-based development programs, starting with Chinatown and moving on to Kalihi. The Mayor wants to involve SCORE in these initiatives. At our January meeting, he and the new Director of the Office of Economic Development, Ann Chung, engaged in a lively discussion with SCORE counselors and clients. We look forward to a productive collaboration with the City.
In February, SCORE counselors were inspired by Wally “Famous” Amos. Wally has managed both great success and great challenges by focusing on his mission and his values. His mission is to foster literacy and reading, work that he leads both nationally and here in Hawaii. Wally Amos is truly an inspiration to us all as he has been actively involved in philanthropic work in addition to being a successful serial entrepreneur. We all wish him the very best with his newest business venture, Chip & Cookie. Wally shared his positive perspective – and bags of delicious cookies – over lunch. We all left sweetened and engergized.
We were honored to have Representative Kirk Caldwell, sponsored by Wes Lem as our speaker. Kirk Caldwell is the elected State Reprentative (House of Representatives) representing District 24 (Manoa, Moilili, Punahou, and University and has served in that role since January of 2003.
Kirk is an ardent SMALL BUSINESS advocate and spoke about his views of Small Business in Honolulu, challenges, futures, what we all need to do to improve the business climate for start-ups and small business entrepreneurs. Kirk allowed time after his talk for Q&A which gave all the counselors a great opportunity to learn what is on the agenda and what goes on in the “Big Square Building”. The conversation was lively and enjoyed by all, mahalo to Representative Kirk and Vice Chair Wes.
This was an excellent opportunity for Representative Caldwell to meet ALL of the SCORE volunteers and to learn more about SCORE and to pursue paertnering opportunities where appropriate.
Ms. Vicki Cayetano, owner, President and CEO of United Laundry
Services, was our guest speaker for the month and was also inducted as Honorary Member of SCORE.
She gave a very motivational speech, insight into the Laundry Industry, the struggles and issues she managed during the growth of the industry and how technology has changed the way we do business. She also volunteered to schedule a meeting with the Chamber of Commerce to establish a stronger working relationship between our two organizations. All in all this was great meeting and a great presentation by our newest member.
Ms. Ann Park & Gaylene Anderson from the University of Office of Technology Transfer & Economic Development gave great insight to what the UH is doing with Patents and Licensing programs. There is a good possibility that SCORE will be able to develop a strategic alliance with the program. Further development pending on this item.
We had a great lunch at the Empress Garden in Chinatown and enjoyed fellowship with each other. Jean briefed us on the upcoming trip to the Philippines. Jean will be meeting, along with the rest of the delegation traveling with business interests as well as the President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Traveling with Jean will be Keith Ogata, District Director for SCORE, Western Region, Bob Robinson, SCORE Treasurer, Virgil Adonis and Dennis Bunda.
We will receive a full report during our September monthly meeting. Be advised the meeting for August will be canceled, as the delegation will be returning that week from their trip and the strategic planning session for 2007-2008 will be held at the “Robinson Hale”.
We thank Mrs. Robinson for her gracious hospitality and allowing us to meet in her home.