Biz Briefs: 08-06-18

Accounting workshop Wednesday

The West Hawaii Small Business Development Center will be offering a workshop, “Introduction to Bookkeeping,” 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hale Iako, 73-970 Makako Bay Drive, Kailua-Kona, on the NELHA (OTEC) campus.


Bookkeeping (accounting) skills are necessary when starting and running any business. The course will discuss key principles and terminology to help develop these skills and gives an overview of the different types of financial statements available for entrepreneurs to make good business decisions.

It will be presented by Ann Chiodini, who has an MBA in accounting and has worked as a CPA in the state of Rhode Island for 32 years. She is also a certified management accountant and specializes in accounting and financial analysis for a variety of businesses.

Registration is $20 and space is limited. Register online at, click on the Events/Workshops link on the homepage, or call 333-5000 for more information.

Soil Plus moves

Soil Plus announced the opening of their new Retail Yard at 4925 Queen Kaahumanu Highway in West Hawaii Business Park mauka of the Kaloko-Honokohau National Park.

Soil Plus has been serving West Hawaii since 1989 and is a locally family owned business specializing in custom topsoil blends, cinders, compost, rock and sand products for all your gardening and landscaping needs.

The new yard is larger than the original yard in Honokohau Industrial Park and will give the business room to grow, Mark Jernigan, founder of Soil Plus, said.

The parcel the business was on was being sold and did not have proper general industrial zoning required for their operations. Soil Plus is home of the original 1/3rd mix topsoil blend recommended by top landscape architects in Hawaii. Customers can pick up materials at the Retail Yard or they deliver island wide.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

Info: 326-9645.

Nutrex Hawaii earns the USP dietary supplement verification for BioAstin

Nutrex Hawaii, Inc., a market leader in microalgae supplements, is proud to announce that its BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin® has received the highly prestigious United States Pharmacopeia Verified Mark.

BioAstin is the first dietary supplement brand of astaxanthin to receive USP verification. BioAstin Hawaiian Astaxanthin is an antioxidant supplement derived from natural microalgae grown using open pond technology on the Kona Coast. It is the only producer of naturally grown Hawaiian Astaxanthin and one of only a few producers worldwide who have mastered astaxanthin production in open ponds.

“We are pleased to participate in the USP verification program as it provides assurance that we are producing superior quality supplements which is our top commitment to our consumers,” said Mawae Morton, CEO, Nutrex Hawaii, Inc. “The USP Verified Mark is an important verification to many of our consumers and shows that our products and manufacturing processes continue to meet high quality standards.”

The USP Dietary Supplements Verification Program is a voluntary program in which USP conducts a rigorous audit of manufacturing facilities, checks procedures and record-keeping to make sure that the facility as well as the products meets applicable USP standards.


WH Entrepreneur Meetup

Free networking group 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at WH Civic Center. Gain exposure and network with other business owners. Bring plenty of business cards and enter to win door prizes. The meetup is sponsored by HIPlan and Small Business Development Center.

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