CoBE Alum Leads March 8 Financial Literacy Workshop

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 3:24am by

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Have you thought about making a budget or setting financial goals, but you are not sure where to start? College of Business and Economics alumna Siniva Pota  (BBA, MBA) will lead a free online workshop on financial literacy on March 8, at 5pm Hawai’i time. Learn how to budget, save, and make the most of your money for you and your family. In honor of International Women’s Day in Hawai’i and the Pacific. Sponsored by Pacific Island student clubs including Kuikapiko Anthropology club, T.O.S Samoan club, and Ngelekel Belau club. Open to all who are interested.

 

 

CoBE student interns at high-profile business-news startup Morning Brew

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 12:01am by

Amidst the dire stories of media’s decline, business news startup Morning Brew is a rare success story.  Its daily newsletter, serving bite-sized business news, has a growing subscriber base and is making a profit.

CoBE student Mika Odaira started as a Morning Brew subscriber.  From reading the newsletter, she learned a lot about business news that she didn’t catch on TV or online. She was so impressed with the publication that she decided to apply for an internship. And she got it!

 

Ms. Odaira quickly found that in this fast-paced startup environment it was up to her to produce results, with very little hand-holding.

“At first I was a bit put off by this and I thought the experience wouldn’t amount to much,” she says. “But I realized that this is probably what work will be like once I graduate. No one will hold my hand and point me to the next step. It’s up to me to take initiative and market myself well.”

In CoBE we encourage and support internships for students who want them. They’re a great way to gain experience and forge a pathway to a job after graduation.  And not all internships are the same.

“Internships can come in all types from instruction-heavy ones to more open ended ones like this,” Ms. Odaira says. “My advice for my peers is to be ready for many types of work environments. For those like myself who are more introverted and find it hard to take initiative, try to keep in mind that as uncomfortable as some of these experiences may be, the personal growth we gain through this is key to success.”

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New CoBE Executive Programs starting January 11

Wednesday, December 23, 2020, 5:02am by

College of Business and Economics

 

Executive Education

The College of Business and Economics is now offering Executive Education. Our mission is to bring world-class knowledge and coaching to Hawaii Island, and to disseminate it to the world. Our online courses provide an opportunity for international networking and relationship-building.

Develop foresight in an uncertain world

Increase your organization’s productivity, creativity, and profitability

Enhance your leaders’ skills and your own

Upcoming Sessions

Real Estate Investment

January 11-May 14 Thursdays, 5:00-7:30 pm
Kelly Moran, Certified Commercial Investment Member and Certified International Property Specialist, brings together real estate experts to discuss legal, physical, and economic aspects of real estate and investment. The course will cover valuation, market analysis, and the role of public and private externalities affecting the allocation and utilization of real estate resources. This is a COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) course and provides interactive, virtual, international engagement in a structured setting. You will engage with participants from around the world, work on intercultural teams and collaborate on real world projects. This course intends to stimulate interest in real estate from a global perspective.
This course is online. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion.

Career Exploration in Management

May 24-June 18 Tuesdays 12:30-2:00
This course introduces participants to various management-level positions in fields like retail, technology, distribution, finance, and consulting. Students will hear from expert guest lecturers. Topics include management and technology, various management styles, the necessary skills executives possess, and more.
This course is online. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion.

Digital Transformation: Business Development and Marketing

June 21-July 30 Weekdays 6:00-7:30pm
This course is designed to help business leaders understand how digital technologies integrate with valued processes and methods of business development. Participants will understand the benefits and difficulties of different technological developments, how to leverage these opportunities, and the common issues that occur when trying to implement developments in realistic workplace circumstances. This course will familiarize students with specific technologies and understand technology from a strategic standpoint.
This course is online. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion.

Register now

Questions?
call 808.932.7272 Monday through Friday between 8:00 and 4:30 or email cobeuhh@hawaii.edu

From CoBE intern to data analytics executive

Thursday, December 17, 2020, 5:57am by

CoBE alum Aaron Geerlings originally planned to spend just a year or two in Hilo. After spending a few summers of his childhood with his grandparents in Hilo, he figured it would be a nice place to visit and get some college credits. But he liked UH Hilo enough to stay, and in his senior year he took on an internship that would shape his career.

An internship with Kelly Moran led to working for him as a property manager and sales assistant after his 2009 graduation. It struck him that commercial real estate was very different from the emotion-driven retail side, he says.

Commercial real estate is all about the numbers, folks approach it totally differently. It’s not about the looks, or the neighborhood or if it has granite countertops, it’s just what is my buying cost and what will this asset generate for me. It can all be boiled down to a spreadsheet.

In 2013, Geerlings left Hawaii for a startup in Baltimore. He recalls,

This complete gamble of taking a chance with this startup led me to the opportunity of working as a data analyst. Luckily for me the startup ended up doing very well before being acquired by Groupon. I had a few different positions in Data warehousing, analytics and Business intelligence before landing my current position.

Geerlings is now the Director of Data Warehouse and Analytics at a Baltimore-based marketing firm. He manages a team of Data Engineers, Data Analysts and Business Intelligence analysts. What has he learned that might be helpful for today’s CoBE students?

When you are working in a company you have to learn how to work with others. If someone is not doing their work you have to figure out how to help them out so they can deliver what you need to get it done.

Learn how to use Excel. It is still the #1 analysis tool used today. Learning Excel was a huge deal, it launched my data career.

Critical thinking skills are really difficult to teach and can be difficult to quantify, but are incredibly valuable in the workplace.

Geerlings appreciates the mentorship he received, and believes in giving back. CoBE students are invited to connect on LinkedIn with questions about resumes, Data Analytics, or working in startups.

And despite his busy work schedule, Geerlings takes time for himself.

I still ride my motorcycle whenever I can. I really miss riding the Big Island though, nothing beats riding over the saddle watching Mauna Kea break through the clouds.

CoBE and Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce team up to offer Virtual Reverse Career Fair

Monday, October 26, 2020, 5:27am by

A Virtual Reverse Career Fair flips the table on a typical career fair – Students have an opportunity to showcase their achievements and talents to potential employers virtually via a pre-recorded 5 minute video.

Students

Your submission packet will include your resume so interested employers are able to contact you for an interview or further questions. Register here.

Employers

This is your opportunity to review some remarkable prospective job and/or internship applicants being produced by the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. The Chamber Young Professionals Program has partnered with UH Hilo to present this Virtual Reverse Career Fair. Click here to register to receive access to a Google Drive folder which will include 5-minute videos of the students creatively marketing themselves and their skills. You will also be able to download their resumes.

Who may participate

All interested students and alumni from all colleges are welcome to participate in this event. The submissions will be organized for viewing by colleges and career interests. Job-seekers have until 11:59 pm, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020 to submit their video and resume. The entries will go “live” and be accessible to employers starting Thursday, Nov. 19 at 12:00 noon. For students, the $35 registration fee includes a one-year student membership in the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, which includes access to the HICC Young Professionals networking events. Alumni who register for the Virtual Reverse Career Fair and submit their videos, resumes, and registration fees are eligible to apply for a Chamber Individual Membership at a one-time only discounted annual rate of $100, a savings of $50 off the regular rate.

The Chamber has provided tips for making the best possible impression.

For more information, contact the Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce office at 808-935-7178 or email miles.yoshioka@hicc.biz or taylor.escalona@hicc.biz. CoBE students and alumni may contact Helen Tien at htien@hawaii.edu.

Money and Banking course sees record enrollment as students seek to understand current events

Monday, August 24, 2020, 7:07pm by

The College of Business and Economics is seeing unprecedented enrollment in ECON 340, Money and Banking.

The course covers:

  • The relationship between the monetary system and price levels, employment and income.
  • The nature and functions of money and banking.
  • The role of money in international trade and inflation.

ECON 340 fulfills a requirement for the BBA degree, but it is also attracting attention from other majors and even non-students.

Dr. Amir Mohammadian, who teaches ECON 340, says he is not surprised that in this volatile and often-confusing era, students want to learn how our economic systems work:

Basically, every financial decision we make depends on what is happening in the financial markets. This course helps you gain a clear understanding of how financial markets work, how they are connected to each other, and the role of monetary policy.

ECON 340 gives students a glimpse behind the curtain at the impact the Federal Reserve, the central banking system of the United States, has on the economy. Dr. Mohammadian says,

What I find even more interesting about this course is that we learn about the channel through which the Fed influences the banking system, financial markets and as a result our life, career, and economic well-being. The knowledge you gain in this class will help you to make rational, thoughtful, and educated decisions for your financial plans based on current and future economic conditions.

CoBE is working to accommodate everyone who wants to take the class. Those wishing to take Money and Banking on a non-credit basis, please contact the College of Business and Economics Executive Education program at exedcobe@hawaii.edu or 808.932.7272.

CoBE agri-tourism expert Fa`anunu featured panelist in July 21 webinar

Monday, July 20, 2020, 10:54pm by

The Hawai‘i Island Farm Trails smartphone application and website, a venture co-founded by CoBE’s Dr. Angela Fa‘anunu, has won $5,000 in the MahiX Open Innovation ChallengeHawai‘i Farm Trails connects farmers to visitors by promoting farm tours, farmers markets, and agricultural events on Hawai‘i Island. (more…)

Certificates in Business, IT, and Finance sought as pandemic disrupts careers

Thursday, June 25, 2020, 7:25am by

Strada Education reports that over half of Americans are concerned about job security in the wake of the pandemic, and many of those believe a career change would require more education. Career-changers prefer certificates over 4-year degrees.

Potential career-switchers prefer non-degree programs

Source: Strada Education

The most popular fields to switch into are Business, Information Technology, and Finance.

18% want to switch to business; 14% to IT; and 9% to finance.

Source: Strada Education

The  University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo offers non-degree certificates in  AccountingBusiness AdministrationData Science,  Finance, and Health Care Administration.  Apply here to enroll in a non-degree certificate; no application fee is required.

The College of Business and Economics also offers executive education and proctoring of professional exams. Contact cobeuhh@hawaii.edu for more information.

CoBE summer class counsels local businesses on surviving COVID-19

Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 5:57am by

How can small businesses survive Covid? Thanks to Helen Tien’s Marketing 394 (Retail & Distribution Management) course, some local businesses are better prepared to survive the pandemic. Students enrolled in this summer’s marketing course on retail and distribution (MKT 394) at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo offered themselves as a resource to local small businesses dealing with problems caused by coronavirus restrictions. Small business owners were invited to submit information about their marketing issues and then schedule a one-hour video conference session with the 24 senior students and instructor of the class Helen Tien, who also serves as the College of Business and Economics‘s academic and career advisor.

“Projects with real clients or companies are the ones you remember as a graduate, so thank you to the companies who opened their doors to our class,” says Tien. “This goes beyond COVID-19, we want to strengthen the relationship between our students and the community.”

The consultation was free and businesses were selected on the basis of how relevant their problem was to the course. The class received requests for help from Cafe 100, RK Woods, Augustine Guitars, Aloha Pawz, and Conscious Communities. Advice was offered about moving businesses online, finding out more about customers, analyzing marketing effectiveness, providing customer service, website feedback, and more.

“It was really awesome to work with Cafe 100,” says a student in the class. “They were very open to us looking at their operations and listened to our creative ideas for utilizing existing retail space. I felt like we all saw first-hand just how difficult it was to run a successful retail location.”

Story by Susan Enright, a public information specialist for the Office of the Chancellor and editor of UH Hilo Stories. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.

https://hilo.hawaii.edu/chancellor/stories/2020/06/19/marketing-students-counsel-local-businesses/

CoBE coffee simulation featured in national teaching journal

Thursday, June 18, 2020, 6:05am by

From Farm to Cup: A Coffee Supply Chain Negotiation Role-Play

A study of Dr. Todd Inouye‘s coffee supply chain simulation is coming out in July in the teaching journal for DSI (Decision Sciences Institute), DSJIE (Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education). This article and class activity was presented at both the Academy of International Business Conference as a finalist for the CUIBE Award for Best Paper on International Business Education and again at the DSI annual conference as a finalist for the Instructional Innovation Award.

How it all started

Dr. James Kling, who specializes in supply chain management at Niagara University, approached Dr. Inouye one day with a problem. Current supply chain simulations were dated and boring, and failed to provide a high standard of experiential learning. Dr. Inouye and Dr. Kling developed this simulation from the ground up. It has been run in multiple MBA and undergraduate classes at Niagara University and in the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters at UH Hilo in CoBE’s required MGT 333 – International Management course. Students get to experience different parts of the coffee supply chain in a pricing negotiation which also folds in the ethical dilemmas businesses face as they push to lower costs.

The results

Dr. Inouye and Dr. Kling have found that students who complete the activity significantly improve their ethical awareness and scope of responsibility while feeling more confident in negotiating.
From Farm to Cup: A Coffee Supply Chain Negotiation Role-Play
Todd M. Inouye and James A. Kling. Forthcoming in Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, a publication of the Decision Sciences Institute.