In Brief | Business 1-30-13


Charities receive funds from dealerships

Subaru Hawaii’s recent “Share the Love” event raised $30,000 for a group of five charities: $8,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii, $8,000 for Hawaii Wildlife Fund, $8,000 for Oahu SPCA, $3,000 for SPCA Maui and $3,000 for Hawaii Island Humane Society.

The business organization donated $250 for every new vehicle sold by Subaru Hawaii dealers from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31.

Two-day business workshop planned

The U.S. Small Business Administration Hawaii, MBDA Business Center and state Department of Transportation DBE Program will hold a free two-day business development series in Hilo for small businesses from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 12 and 13 at the Imiloa Astronomy Center.

The event will cover registering to do business with the federal government, business certifications, marketing, responding to a request for proposal, completing a business plan, how to be a successful subcontractor and financing government projects.

Attendees should represent businesses that meet SBA’s size standards, be present on both days and be able to make decisions on financial and contractual obligations.

Register at sbadotmbch.eventbrite.com, call 956-0850 or email info@honolulumbdacenter.com.

Inn honored by member website

Holualoa Inn has been selected as a “Top 10 Inn for Finding Zen” by BedandBreakfast.com. The inn is also a member of BedandBreakfast.com’s Diamond Collection, a group of professionally inspected and guest-reviewed luxury inns.

BedandBreakfast.com is a comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties around the world, with more than 13,000 properties worldwide representing nearly 80,000 rooms.

Each November, Bedand-Breakfast.com names 30 overall top inns based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews from the past year. Starting in December 2011, the bed-and-breakfast leader decided to recognize more of the world’s best inns in special categories.

Located in Kona coffee country, Holualoa Inn is a historic coffee estate situated on 30 acres overlooking the Kona Coast.

Gear joins solar company staff

Mel Gear has joined the staff at Hawaiian Solar & Plumbing, Inc. Gear’s primary focus will be large-scale commercial projects.

For 13 years, Gear held the position of chief international engineer for Solahart in Perth, Australia. His primary tasks were system design and engineering project management of commercial solar water heaters for hotels, large apartments and government facilities in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, India, South Africa and Europe.

Educated in England, Gear holds two master’s degrees in engineering and physics and was a senior research fellow at Exeter University in England.