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June 16, 2014 - 12:05am

Business marketing workshop planned

“Researching Your Market and Branding Your Business to Increase Client Loyalty” is a workshop slated from 2 to 4 p.m. July 2 at Kuakini Tower, Suite 213, 75-5722 Kuakini Highway. Participants will learn to how to research their marketplace, identify their competitive edge and the process of developing a unique brand. Instructors are Hazel Beck and Alex Mitchell.

The fee is $20. Registration is due by July 1. To register, visit or call 327-3680.

Business pau hana slated in Waimea

The monthly business first pau hana will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. July 1 at the Red Water Cafe lanai in Waimea. This is a networking meeting to meet and exchange news and develop new opportunities. It’s sponsored by Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of North Hawaii. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, call Penny Pagliaro of Panalea Corp. at 315-7776.

— Movers &Shakers —

Stone named program director at KPRi

Independently owned KPRi, San Diego announces the appointment of Matt Stone as program director. Stone joins KPRi from Kailua-Kona and Hilo where he has been program director of three Big Island radio stations since 2012. Prior to that, he was assistant program director at CBS Radio’s KSCF, San Diego. Before joining CBS, Stone held program director positions with Saga Communications and Cumulus Media, including adult rock station KRUZ, Santa Barbara, Calif., and the KRUZ Network. He has 10 years experience as program director in a wide variety of formats.

Ragasa becomes Xerox marketer

Xerox Hawaii has appointed Debbie Ragasa to marketing representative at the company’s Hawaii Island office.

In her new position, Ragasa is responsible for providing new and existing clients with the state government in Hilo, and all companies located north of Hilo to Waikoloa and Waimea with solutions to effectively manage their documents, allowing customers to focus on their core business.

Prior to joining Xerox Hawaii, Ragasa worked at Goodwill Industries of Hawaii in Hilo for nearly 10 years, where she was promoted to various positions; the most recent as human resources manager. Prior to that, Ragasa served as retail sales manager for AT&T Wireless in Hilo.

— New Businesses —

Mango Medical opens in Kailua-Kona

Mango Medical has opened a medical office in the heart of Kailua-Kona. This is the third Mango Medical office to open on the Big Island with an office in Waimea and one in Ocean View.

Mango Medical Kona is in the Lanihau Professional building next to the bowling alley. It is a family practice office treating all ages. There are three providers in the office, one physician and two nurse practitioners. They are all accepting new patients and will accept almost all insurances. Mango Medical Kona accepts walk-in patients.

Offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and can arrange appointments as early as 7:30 a.m. and have a noon appointment available for those needing to schedule during their lunch break. Find Mango Medical Kona on Facebook or call 769-5167.

Italian restaurant opens in Waimea

Luna Italian Restaurant opened for business May 31 in the Waimea Shopping Center.

Formerly Solimene’s, the restaurant, open mornings for coffee and in-house baked pastries, serves lunch and dinner daily. The restaurant offers traditional Italian cuisine with locally sourced ingredients.