Ashlee & Shelton Higa

SAH, Inc.

My advice to young entrepreneurs? Be flexible. Things change throughout the day that you don’t plan for. Work hard and be passionate about what you do. Also, find a good lawyer, CPA and banker.

About the Entrepreneur

Ashlee and Shelton Higa started SAH, Inc., a full-service general and plumbing construction company, in 2009. SAH, Inc. is a sought-after contractor for residential, commercial and industrial properties across Oahu.

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What advice would you give to a married couple starting a business together?

Ashlee: Try not to bring work home. It’s hard to keep it separate because you’re always together, but it’s important for the relationship to keep 'work' work and 'home' home.

Shelton: A business is like a marriage. You have to put a lot of time and effort into it.

How do you manage your time wisely during the day?

Ashlee: I try to keep a tight schedule. I start every morning by answering e-mails and phone calls before any meetings or job-site visits. I end the day the same way.

How do you promote your business?

Ashlee: We don’t do any traditional business marketing. We just do quality work and rely on referrals.

What are the most important qualities an entrepreneur should look for in a bank?

Ashlee: One-on-one, personalized customer service and the bank’s dedication to you. They should make you feel like a person and not just another number.

What do you love about banking with Hawaii National Bank?

Shelton: Hawaii National Bank always gives us that personal service, and they are right down the road from our business. They are always just a call away.

Ashlee: Hawaii National Bank has always made me feel like an important customer. They look at more than just the numbers; they look at the people behind the business as well.

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