Business Briefs: 10-29-18

  • Steven Katz
  • Gently used and refurbished golf equipment is available at Just Putterin’ Around in the Old Industrial Area. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Gently used and refurbished golf equipment is available at Just Putterin’ Around in the Old Industrial Area. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Refurbished putters are a fraction of the cost of new ones at Just Putterin’ Around in the Old Industrial Area. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Larry Leedom works on a golf club at Just Putterin’ Around in the Old Industrial Area. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Gently used and refurbished golf equipment is available at Just Putterin’ Around in the Old Industrial Area. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Refurbished putters are a fraction of the cost of new ones at Just Putterin’ Around in the Old Industrial Area. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Larry Leedom, left and Bud Reynolds provide gently used and refurbished golf equipment at Just Putterin’ Around in the Old Industrial Area. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Golfers team for new golf shop in Kona

Just Putterin’ Around and Kona Golf have joined forces and opened a new location together in the Old Industrial Area, next to Big Island Divers. Bud Reynolds and Larry Leedom are sharing space to provide quality used golf products and golf club repairs to the Big Island.

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Affordable gently used quality clubs are on hand to get the whole family on the course.

Reynolds recycles quality clubs that he finds locally, are donated to the store, or that he takes in as an occasional trade-in making them available to the public at a fraction of the cost. A typical set of quality new clubs could cost as much as $3,200 or more.

At Just Putterin’ Around, sets costs between $85-$350 for a full set with bag and putter. The shop also has over 300 putters on display with a great selection of women’s and junior clubs for our islands’ upcoming golf athletes. Reynolds believes golf boosts confidence, increases human and business connection, and is healthy fun in the sun.

Larry Leedham, owner of Kona Golf, has been repairing and rebuilding clubs for over a decade in Kona. Come in to get your clubs re-gripped, a new shaft, or to be professionally fitted for a quality pre-owned set of golf clubs.

Kona Business Action Center Day is Nov. 8

Are you considering starting a business or have questions regarding your existing business? The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) hosts the Kona Business Action Center Day, 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Nov. 8 at the County of Hawaii West Hawaii Civic Center, Department of Research and Development, second floor, Building C, just above the DMV.

DCCA will be available to assist with Hawaii State business registrations, general excise tax applications, Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) and other business filing questions. Walk-ins welcome.

Info: 961-8085.

$900K goes to Hawaii-based manufacturing

The Hawaii Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) provided more than $900,000 in grant funds to 29 Hawaii-based manufacturing companies in June. The Manufacturing Assistance Program (MAP) grant assisted Pacific Biodiesel with funding for equipment purchases and qualified manufacturing expenses for its 5.5 MM biodiesel plant and value-added product development on Hawaii Island and waste oil collection center on Oahu.

On Hawaii Island, qualified manufacturing expenses included an ISO container loading platform, a pretreatment filtration trough system and three new reactors for more efficient production and storage capabilities.

“With the developing technology landscape, we’re excited to be able to support our local tech and manufacturing companies through administering these grants,” said Robbie Melton, executive director and CEO of HTDC. “Beyond their monetary value, these grants support hiring employees for high-wage jobs and help put Hawaii on the map as an innovator for manufacturing.”

Twenty-three of the 29 local companies are first-time recipients and six, including Pacific Biodiesel, were repeat recipients of the grant.

Katz announced as manager of Nui Italian

WAIKOLOA — Hilton Waikoloa Village announced Steven Katz as the manager of Nui Italian, the resort’s newest restaurant that brings Italian cuisine to Waikoloa.

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Katz brings a record of management in the hospitality industry to his new position as manager of Nui Italian. Most recently, he was room manager at Station Casinos in Las Vegas, where he led his team in improving friendliness scores and contributed to the success of the station buffet group resulting in solid financial gains, according to a press release by the resort.

Prior to that, Katz led operations that brought in almost $30 million in sales annually at The Mirage as general manager of operations. Under his tenure at The Mirage, he was chosen by peers to receive the Excellence in Leadership Award in the Food and Beverage Management Class of 2015.