WAILUKU – The Maui County Business Resource Center announced its February workshops offered to the general public through the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. All workshops are held at the Maui County Business Resource Center in Maui Mall (Ste. B-9 across IHOP) and are subject to change or cancellation. Workshops are free unless otherwise noted. To reserve a seat, call 873-8247.
Business on the Grill with Maui Business Brainstormers (MBB)
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 – 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Maui Business Brainstormers (MBB) members meet every month to discuss, share and learn subjects related to staring, running and growing own business. Spirited discussions result in information, education and fun. The attendees and the expert business coach contribute with substance to the featured segments:
1) Get to Know Your Neighbor: An opportunity to interact with new faces and strengthen your abilities to socialize with others in fast paced situations;
2) Business on the Grill: This segment creates a case study for mutual learning. A MBB member submits own business to be grilled. To apply for this segment, the business must be in operation with sales and the need to grow, but facing challenges.
3) Regular Brainstorming: Attendees have the opportunity to present a challenge they are experiencing in their own business for group ideas and suggestions
To attend, please RSVP at www.Meetup.com/MauiBusinessBrainstormers. Non-members need to first join the FREE membership of MBB.
Pinning for Profits: How to Use Pinterest for Business
Instructor: Danielle Miller
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Pinterest is the fourth largest traffic source in the world. It drives more referral traffic to websites than LinkedIn, Google+, and YouTube combined! Learn how this social network can help you establish brand authority, reach a wider audience, and drive traffic to your site. Danielle Miller is a social media coach and founder of Miller Media Management. She specializes in authentically marketing small businesses on social media. Analyzing nearly a decade’s worth of trends has helped her develop strategic solutions that attract loyal customers.
Business Branding with Online Marketing
Instructor: Nicole Fisher
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 – 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
What is a brand? We will cover building your brand across the social media platforms. What does that look like? Website, Blogging, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter, Why does it matter and How does it translate into dollars? We will go over 8 questions you need to ask before you brand your business. Come and find out with Nicole Fisher at Skywriting By Nico. Nicole “nico” Fisher is an energetic entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in marketing and social media. She is presently a Marketing Strategist, Social Media Consultant and Trainer and is passionate about taking businesses from good to great through various marketing avenues.
Starting a Business in Maui County
Instructor: Karen Arakawa
Friday, February 21, 2014 – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
In this workshop, Karen Arakawa, Economic Development Specialist with the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, will cover general information and requirements for starting a business in MauiCounty. Handouts, website and other useful information will be provided in this informative workshop. In addition, the requirements for a Maui County Vendor Business License will be covered in this workshop.
The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Pono Center – How Can it Help Your Small Business
Instructor: Susie Thieman
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
What anyone in business or thinking of going into business should know about the PonoCenter. Are you in need of a training facility, conference room, office space or a commercial kitchen? Lokahi Pacific’s Pono Center has it all for you. Come join Susie Thieman, Executive Director of Lokahi Pacific as she discusses all the options available at the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Pono Center in Wailuku.
Special evening workshop: $45 fee per session
“Quickbooks for Small Business”
Instructor: Richard Kehoe, CPA
Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 5– 8 p.m.
Learn to set up your company’s QuickBooks in a small class setting with personalized tutoring. This class is for new users and will teach you how to record sales, receive payments, prepare invoices and balance your checkbook. Get customized answers and schedule a follow-up appointment at no cost to discuss YOUR solutions. Sponsored by SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) and presented by Richard Kehoe, CPA and lead SCORE counselor.
Free Counseling Sessions with Experienced SCORE Counselors
Nikki Baysa of the Hawaii Health Connector will be at the Maui County Business Resource Center every Tuesday (2-4 p.m.) and Thursday (1-4 p.m.) during the months of February and March to enroll small business owners and sole proprietors into the program. Nikki will be here to help you take advantage of the health insurance options available to you and to help you find the plan that matches both your health and financial needs. For more information, visit: www.hawaiihealthconnector.com.