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Business solutions conference set Nov. 2

TechConKona, a full-day conference teaching business owners technology and sustainability solutions to boost their bottom line — will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at the NELHA Gateway Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A fundraising pau hana will follow from 4 to 6:30 p.m. to benefit the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund.

The conference is headlined by three prominent speakers: Sonny Bhagawalia, the State of Hawaiis first chief information officer and champion of islandwide Wifi access; Sam Choy, “Food Network” star, author and restaurateur; and Henk Rogers, who helped create Tetris, one of the world’s first computer games, and founder of the Blue Planet Foundation.

These well-known experts, along with 8 other dynamic speakers, will address small business owners, farmers, chefs, digital marketing and technology professionals and sustainability change agents. Attendees will learn how technology and sustainability intersect for business success and focus on new systems, ideas, resources and information led by experts in the fields of food sustainability, digital marketing, Internet technology, and more. The conference will address Hawaii island’s issues surrounding local food, labor, and resources, saving money using web technology and productivity tools, and working together to find systems that benefit the island AND local business.

“At TechConKona, our presenters and expert panelists will show business owners and managers how to use technology to boost their bottom line using affordable tools, while learning about sustainability practices which impact us all on a deep level, both personally and professionally,” said Julie Ziemelis, a key organizer of the event.

“TechConKona is an exciting networking, educational and synergistic event which we are proud to present. Thought leaders, change agents and innovators are encouraged to attend and participate!” The Pau Hana reception is being held in memory of Guy Toyama, who helped found the event last year. Guy, a local environmental and sustainability innovator, passed away last November and a memorial fund was set up in his name to fund scholarships for students in the fields of environmental sustainability. Tickets to the event are $75 and VIP tickets are $100. Registered attendees receive full conference access, refreshments, post-event networking fundraising reception benefiting the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund and access to exhibitors. More about buying tickets and the speaker agenda can be found at

Companies interested in being exhibitors at the event may contact Julie Ziemelis, Ziemelis Communications, at 808-854-6769 or email

The conference, which will feature exhibitors, networking opportunities, a luncheon, and a pau-hana business reception, is sponsored by the County of Hawaii, the Small Business Development Center, Mac Made Easy, Natural Investments, Ziemelis Communications and Hafner Creative Communications.


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