Maui Business

County Business Center Workshops Feature Local Experts

March 1, 2012, 4:14 PM HST
* Updated March 1, 4:15 PM
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Maui County Business Resource Center is located at the Maui Mall in Kahului across from IHOP.. File photo.

By Sonia Isotov

Every month, local business experts share a wealth of knowledge and experience at free workshops held at the Maui County Business Resource Center. Topics vary by month but usually focus on starting, financing, and growing a small business.

In March, the Center will host seven business consultants and small business assistance agency directors as they deliver information that can help an individual learn about self-employment, draft a business plan, and find a facility to hold business meetings, or overcome personal and professional roadblocks to success.

Workshops are free and held between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted below.

The Center, a division of the County of Maui Office of Economic Development, also has free business counseling with business executives in the US Small Business Administration’s Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE) counselor program. SCORE is a federal program and the Maui Chapter is lead by long-time SCORE counselor and local certified public accountant, Richard Kehoe.


Craig Swift, Executive Director, Maui Economic Opportunity, Business Development Corp. Courtesy of MEO.The March workshops schedule is as follows:


“The ABCs of a Business Plan” by Craig Swift
Wednesday, March 7, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Craig Swift, Director of the MEO Business Development Corp., will discuss the reasons for writing a business plan.  He has more than 35 years of experience in owning, managing, and lending to small businesses.  Participants will receive an outline of a business plan taught by MEO’s Core Four Business Plan Course.

“Self Employment As Your Next Career” by Ed Gazmen
Friday, March 9
Are you ready to escape from the job box and create an independent income doing work you love? Ed Gazmen is an advocate of self-employment as a career and a certified life coach.

“The Top 3 Roadblocks to a Successful Private Practice” by Julie Migneault
Wednesday, March 14
Come learn what is holding you back from the thriving private practice that you want. If you’re a service professional who struggles to attract clients, struggling to charge what you’re worth or can’t keep a steady flow of clientele, than this free class is for you.

Susie Thieman, interim executive director, Lokahi Pacific. Courtesy photo.


“Business Networking and Sex (It’s Not What You Think)” by Dr. Robert Santry
Tuesday, March 20
This presentation addresses the unique communication styles of men and women engaged in business.  Participants will learn how to use the  communication styles  of men and women to network in business. The instructor, Dr. Robert Santry, serves as CEO and Master Coach-Consultant-Trainer of Life & Success Adventures.

“Making Your Business Legit – Legal Advice for Small Business” by Shannon S. Imlay, Esq. of McKeon Imlay Mehling LLLC
Wednesday, March 21
What does a company need to do to stay on track? Learn about the different types of entities and benefits of each, the importance of insurance, and how to operate a professional business. Shannon S. Imlay, Esq., will discuss the options available for new and growing businesses. Take this opportunity to ask questions.

“Talk Story about Starting a Non Profit” by Stuart Funke-d-‘Egnuff
Thursday, March 22
Get the details on how to set up a non-profit entity.  Attendees will be provided with the opportunity to ask questions pertaining to starting a non-profit.  Find out the real reasons why people want to develop this type of business entity. The instructor, Stuart Funke-d’Egnuff, is the Executive Director for Tri-Isle RC & D Council.  He has assisted a number of non-profits in their startup phase.

“Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Pono Center – How Can It Help Your Small Business” by Susie Thieman
Tuesday, March 27
Need a training room for up to 35 people, a conference room for the day, an office to meet clients or a commercial kitchen to prepare your food products?  Lokahi Pacific’s Pono Center has it all for you.  Come join Susie Thieman, Interim Executive Director of Lokahi Pacific as she discusses all the options available at the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Pono Center in Wailuku.

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