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Wednesday, April 16, 2014         

Akamai Money

“Akamai Money” seeks out local experts to answer questions about business in Hawaii. If you have an issue you would like us to tackle, please email it to business@star-advertiser.com and put “Akamai Money” in the subject line.

Question: GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain said he once brought his hand to his chin when talking with a female employee and mentioned that the woman was the same height as his wife. Is that sexual harassment? What is the legal definition of sexual harassment in the workplace?

QUESTION: What's the most important thing a business should do to be found online?

Question: What is the difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

"Akamai Money" seeks out local experts to answer questions about business in Hawaii. If you have an issue you would like us to tackle, please email it to business@staradvertiser.com and put "Akamai Money" in the subject line.

QUESTION: The governor recently signed a bill into law that increases the maximum monetary claim that may be filed in small claims court to $5,000 from $3,500. What impact will this have on small claims filings?

Question: What is the key information women should know before launching a startup?

Question: How can a person find out if there are complaints with the Better Business Bureau against someone or some business?

Q: How much does Social Security pay on average per month to people who qualify for disability benefits? What is the disability criteria? [...]

“Akamai Money” seeks out local experts to answer questions about business in Hawaii. If you have an issue you would like us to tackle, please email it to business@staradvertiser.com and put “Akamai Money” in the subject line.

QUESTION: Octane in gasoline is something that can affect the cars and pocketbooks of consumers. Do all gas stations in Hawaii sell gas containing the same octane grades?

Question: What’s a good starting point for a homeowner thinking about installing a photovoltaic electricity generating system?

Editor's note: “Akamai Money” seeks out local experts to answer questions about business in Hawaii. If you have an issue you would like us to tackle, please email it to business@staradvertiser.com and put “Akamai Money” in the subject line.

“Akamai Money” seeks out local experts to answer questions about business in Hawaii. If you have an issue you would like us to tackle, please email it to business@staradvertiser.com and put “Akamai Money” in the subject line.

Question: I’m a small-business owner, and I want to buy a factory and renovate it for my purposes. Can HEDCO help me finance this?

Question: What opportunities will there be for Hawaii companies to conduct business during APEC?

Question: Why should I seek certification as a minority-owned or woman-owned business?

QUESTION: Internet-based retailers without physical operations in Hawaii typically don’t charge and remit the state’s 4 percent general excise tax. How big of a priority has this revenue leak become for the state Department of Taxation given the budget deficit?

How important is it for small businesses to have a succession plan in place in the event an owner dies, becomes disabled or decides to retire?

Is it better to pay someone to do your tax return or do it yourself? How can you tell whether someone is a reputable tax preparer? How can you check preparers' credentials? and more …

Where can seniors, or people with fixed income, invest who don’t want to risk their money in stocks? • Should people buy shorter-term CDs? • Should investors be concerned about the fallout from Japan? • Have investors missed the boat to get into stocks following a two-year rally in the stock market?

There is a bill moving forward in the state Legislature that would have a negative impact on my business. What can I do to stop it?

Akamai Money" seeks out local experts to answer questions about business in Hawaii. If you have an issue you'd like us to tackle, please e-mail it to business@staradvertiser.com and put "Akamai Money" in the subject line.

How does one become a professional crafter, to pursue an outlet for creativity and lawfully supplement household income?

"Akamai Money" seeks out local experts to answer questions about business in Hawaii. If you have an issue you'd like us to tackle, please e-mail it to business@staradvertiser.com and put "Akamai Money" in the subject line.

Why is it important now more than ever for young people to be financially literate?

Question: What are the advantages and disadvantages of buying a car from a dealer versus a private party?

Question: How much tougher is it now to take out a first-time residential home loan or to refinance compared with four years ago? Q: What can a prospective borrower do to improve his chances of getting a first-time loan or to refinance a loan? And more.

Question: I have an idea for a new product. How do I get a patent? Q: Should I do that myself? Q: Do I need a patent attorney? Q: How much does a patent attorney cost? Q: How much time does it take to prepare a patent application? Q: How many patent attorneys are there in Hawaii?



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