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March Workshops Announced at Maui Business Resource Center

March 3, 2015, 8:54 AM HST
* Updated March 4, 1:39 PM
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The Maui County Business Resource Center is located at the Maui Mall, across from IHOP.

The Maui County Business Resource Center is located at the Maui Mall, across from IHOP.

By Maui Now Staff

The workshop lineup for March 2015  has been announced by the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. The sessions will be presented at the Maui County Business Resource Center located in the Maui Mall in Suite B-9 across from Pizza Hut. Seating for each workshop is limited, and schedules are subject to change or cancellation.

To reserve a seat, call 873-8247. All workshops are free unless otherwise noted.

The ABC’s of a Business Plan
Instructor: Craig Swift
Wednesday, March 4 – noon to 1 p.m.
Craig Swift, director of the MEO Business Development Center, 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 the business plan taught by MEO’s Core Four Business Plan Course.

Business in the Think Tank with MBB Members
Tuesday, March 10 – noon to 2 p.m.
Maui Business Brainstormers meet every month to share and learn about beginning, operating, and expanding your own business. The featured segments of this workshop will include:

  1. Get to Know your Neighbor: an opportunity to interact with new faces and strengthen your own ability to communicate succinctly with others in fast-paced situations.
  2. Business in the Think Tank: a 20-minute segment in which a selected business is featured for focused brainstorming with the group. Owners of startups and small businesses benefit from this activity. You are qualified if you have a business concept fully researched and planned but with questions or obstacles remaining, or if you are a business already in operation with sales, but facing challenges to achieve further growth. The business owner needs to be an MBB member. To be featured in the 20-minute case-study “Think Tank,” fill out and submit the online form describing your business challenge. On the day of the meeting, the candidate chosen presents a 5-min overview of the business, including the current challenges. The audience then brainstorms on ideas to address the problem area with the “build it, measure it, learn from it, improve it!” spirit. We find that these brainstorming sessions provide mutual benefit both to the business in the Think Tank as well as to the participating business owners–everyone takes away a lesson or two!
  3. Regular Brainstorming: Attendees have the opportunity to present a challenge they are experiencing in their own business for ideas and suggestions from the group. No prior submission is required–just come to the meeting with your ideas and questions, to help others and be helped toward your own success!

Go from Chaos to Carefree in Five Easy Steps!
Instructor: Gylian Solay, MS
Wednesday, March 11 – noon to 1:15 p.m.
Chaos to Carefree offers 5 simple steps to harmonize your business and efficiently make your business vision a reality. Optimize your business by creating a “Mission Possible” with organizer and small business owner Gylian Solay, MS. Get more done, and create functional, manageable space in your workplace that are easy to maintain.


Marketing Success in the Busy “Click-Click” Mobile World
Instructor: McKenna Hallett
Tuesday, March 17 – noon to 1:30 p.m.
What are you doing in the digital world to remain visible and seen by your clients or potential clients? When you finally get their attention, are you creating engaging pages with strong content to keep them on your website? Are your emails hitting the mark? Did you know the average time spent on a web page is 54 seconds? And worse than that: 55% of visitors leave a page within 15 seconds. That’s less time than you have spent on this so far. Today, in this busy click-click world, everything should automatically resize. Even with that, you still need to learn how to keep people engaged. Over 50% of emails are seen on a phone these days! This 90-minute seminar will help you create emails and web pages that keep people lingering and learning. Come learn the newest tools–especially the new rules for successful digital marketing to mobile devices from speaker, blogger, author, and “Word Nerd” McKenna Hallett of My Golden Words. Bonus materials will be distributed at the event, which will conclude with a Q&A session.

Blogging Basics 101 – For Beginners
Instructor: Nicole Fisher
Wednesday, March 18 – noon to 1:15 p.m. (Q&A until 1:30 p.m.)
Do you need a blog? If so, how do you start a blog? In this workshop, Nicole Fisher will go over the differences between WordPress and blogger, how to choose a platform, and most importantly, what kind of strategies and tactics should be used for success. In addition, Nico will give examples of successful blogs. She is an energetic entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in marketing and social media. As a marketing strategist, social media consultant and trainer, Nico is passionate about taking businesses from good to great through various marketing avenues.

Special Evening Workshop: $45 per session:


Quickbooks for Small Business: Hands-on Computer Training for Beginners
Instructor: Richard Kehoe, CPA
Thursday, March 26 – 5 to 8 p.m.
Learn to use QuickBooks in a small class setting tailored to your needs. Designed for new users, the class with show you how to record sales, receive payments, prepare invoices, and balance your checkbook. Attendees may schedule a free follow-up session to discuss further solutions. The workshop is sponsored by SCORE (Service Corps Of Retired Executives) and instructed by Richard Kehoe, CPA and lead SCORE counselor.

Free Sessions with Experienced Score Counselors

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