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MBB to Offer Seminars for Veterans Small Business Week

October 31, 2016, 3:15 PM HST
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National Veterans Small Business WeekThe Third National Veterans Small Business Week will be held nationwide from Oct 31 to Nov 4, 2016, with Maui joining in the nation’s celebration for the first time with a one-day event on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 at the Maui Research Technology Park.

This one-day event on Maui is a Maui Business Brainstormers (MBB) initiative to increase awareness of the need for more resources to help veterans, active or transitioning service military members and their families to get re-started.

Five free educational workshops and seminars will be presented by local experts:

  1. Set Yourself up for a Successful Journey in the Business World (including breakfast)
Guest speaker Patti Sabla of Live Life Better
  2. Entrepreneurship and Veterans Business Outreach Center of Pacific
Guest Speaker Dennis Kwak of Veterans Business Outreach Center of Pacific
  3. Talk Story with Vetera-Owned Businesses (including pūpū)
Guest speakers are from local veteran-owned businesses
  4. General Excise Tax De-Mystified
Guest speaker Gordon Zane of Hawai’i Department of Taxation
  5. The Way to Wealth (including refreshments)
Guest speakers Gary Albitz and Mary Albitz of Focal Point International of Hawai’i

Chef Daniel Edwards of Next Level Hospitality & Events will provide the breakfast, pūpū at lunch and light refreshments for the attendees.

For more information and to RSVP for each session, go online.


Event supporters are VBOC of Pacific , HI SBDC – Maui Center, Next Level Hospitality & Events – Maui and SCORE Maui.


“We are proud to support the efforts of NVSBW on Maui to provide education and training to our veterans and to acknowledge the contribution of veterans to the Maui community,” said Dennis Kwak, the director of Veterans Business Outreach Center of Pacific, a University of Hawai‘i at Hilo program in a cooperative agreement with the US SBA.

The continuing growth of veteran-owned businesses in America’s small business landscape led the U.S. Small Business Administration to announce the nation’s first Veterans Small Business Week in 2014.

In 2015, the U.S. Senate signed a bill that proclaims every year’s first week of November as National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW).



Military Aloha State Transition & Economic Retention Council (M.A.S.T.E.R Council)
 Founded by two transitioning Army captains, the nonprofit M.A.S.T.E.R. Council’s mission is to connect, and empower military service providers from Hawai‘i; and to attract transitioning service members, their startup businesses, and military family members into new employees for the State of Hawai‘i.

Patriotic Online Marketplace USA (POMP USA) 
Founded and run by transitioning service members and military spouses, POMP USA is a single online peer-to-peer website existing to serve, connect, and enable service members, veterans and their families to buy and sell their goods, services, talents, as well as share causes with the rest of America all in one place.

Since 2012, Maui Business Brainstormers (MBB) has been creating a landscape of opportunity for Maui individual, micro and small businesses. MBB is a nonprofit volunteer organization, building its reputation by providing business educational events and opportunities at no cost and with no sales pitches. Speakers donate their time and knowledge freely and attendees have recognized the educational value and integrity of the MBB events


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