Business Briefs


POSTED: Monday, November 10, 2008


ING DIRECT events mark opening

ING DIRECT Cafe, an online direct bank that recently debuted at 1958 Kalakaua Ave., is holding several events in conjunction with its grand opening.

The Waikiki banking cafe, the brainchild of ING DIRECT founder and Chief Executive Arkadi Kuhlmann, dispenses with the typical bank scenario of lines and tellers and instead has cafes that enable customers to order a cappuccino, receive financial advice and use start-of-the-art computers to check their accounts and surf the Web.

Kuhlmann is holding an economic forum at 4 p.m. today entitled “;Achieving Financial Independence”; and will be holding a student discussion forum at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

There will be financial seminars with Michael Rubin, author of “;Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck,”; from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday and both 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. Stuart Robinson and Rob Younger of ShareBuilder also will be present to advise on online investing.

All the events require RSVPs. For more information, contact K. Sullivan at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 235-5421.

In addition, a family day will be held all day on Saturday with free food, drawings, games, prices and special events.

ING DIRECT is the nation's largest direct bank with more than 20 million customers nationwide, including 25,000 in Hawaii. The bank does not offer credit cards, there are no minimum balances and it does not charge service fees.


Hawaii IPTV offers military discount

Hawaii's global Internet protocol television network, Hawaii IPTV LLC, is offering a 10 percent discount during the holiday season to military personnel who want to stay connected to the islands.

The service allows local programming to reach beyond traditional broadcast boundaries that formerly were limited by predetermined coverage areas. Subscribers can view Hawaii broadcasts via the Internet direct to their TV or on their computers through the new Web Player feature.

For more information, go to



Not all temp workers are the same

Those who file, photocopy and program are not all the same. Veritude, a staffing services company, broke down the temporary-worker community into three groups. Each needs to be managed differently by employers, said Jim McCoy, senior vice president at the company.

» Temp-to-perm: These go-getters are often under 30 and see temp jobs as a way to secure a permanent position with the same company, or at least as a way to build up a resume. They treat their position as an audition for the next step. As a manager, “;you're treating people as if they were on a probation period,”; said McCoy. A key part of recruitment of these workers is the promise of future work if certain tasks are accomplished, and they should be treated as entry-level employees.

» Career temp: The majority of this group is female, and many do not have a college degree. They see temporary work as the goal of employment and require more flexibility from employers as they juggle families and other commitments with work. “;You're not looking for them to develop, you're looking for them to deliver,”; McCoy said.

» Extra cash: The average age of the extra-cashiers is 31, often teachers, graduate students or other people with some spare time. This group, said McCoy, responds best to bonuses and other incentives for completing very specific projects.

“;They see working as a luxury rather than as a necessity,”; McCoy said, and are the most difficult to supervise.