Tuesday, May 4, 1999

Hawaii chamber
to showcase products
for small businesses

By Russ Lynch


Hawaii's small business will get a chance to see an exhibition of products and services that can help them, tomorrow at the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii's seventh annual "Small Business on the Move" show at the Neal Blaisdell Center exhibition hall.

The show, running from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., is free but there is a $25-a-head luncheon, also at the Blaisdell, featuring Forbes magazine technology columnist Joseph R. Garber. The chamber said seating is limited but there are still a few spots available.

Garber, author of popular novels including "Rascal Money" and "Vertical Run," will discuss how economies like those of Singapore, New Zealand and Ireland have made themselves magnets for investment in high technology. But those who can't make it to the lunch still can check out several hundred exhibits to help them get ahead, according to show organizers.

Jeff Bloom, chairman of the chamber's Small Business Council, said sponsors of the show are mostly large corporations coming out to help small business and their support is "evidence of growing unity in Hawaii's business community."

Sponsors are American Savings Bank, GTE Wireless, Island Business magazine and Oceanic Cable. Mike Rossell, the show's producer through his Production Hawaii Inc., said exhibitors range from moving companies to a mailing service, health and medical organizations, and services providing landscaping or gardening or security.

To book for the luncheon call Lynna Bautista at the chamber at 545-4329. For more information on the trade show call Production Hawaii at 532-7300.

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