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Tech firms to learn how to win federal funds

The state High Technology Development Corp. will host a one-and-a-half-day conference in Waikiki on how to apply for federal funds from the Small Business Innovation Research program, which awards more than $1.5 billion each year to small companies nationwide.

The eighth biennial Hawaii Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Research Conference will take place Nov. 18-19 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Some 45 Hawaii companies have received nearly $35 million from the program, according to HTDC.

Registration is $75 and includes the workshops, one-on-one meetings with SBIR managers, panel discussions, speaker presentations, lunch and a no-host networking reception. Discounts are available for neighbor island attendees. For more information, visit or call 539-3841.

PREL plans satellite broadcasts

The Honolulu-based nonprofit Pacific Resources for Education and Learning will broadcast educational programming to Asia by satellite, targeting homes, schools, health centers and communities.

PREL has formed a strategic partnership, PRELSat, with Mabuhay Philippines Satellite Corp. and Hawaii-Pacific Teleport, which will provide customized learning packages. Those who want the services need a satellite and a television. The goal of the partnership is to provide flexible, affordable programming.

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Computer repair firm expands

Honolulu computer repair company SuperGeeks is opening a service center at the Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange and has started offering 24-hour technical support on Maui.

The company, founded in 1998, charges $125 an hour for on-site repairs. It plans to open a service center in Kahului, Maui, by February.


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