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July Workshops at Maui County Business Resource Center

July 4, 2017, 11:29 AM HST
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The County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development hosts a series of free workshops for the month of July. Workshops are presented at the Maui County Business Resource Center, a County of Maui facility, located in the Maui Mall across Pizza Hut, in Suite B-9.

Seating for all workshops is limited, and all workshops are subject to change or cancellation. Workshops are free unless noted otherwise. To reserve a seat, call the Maui County Business Resource Center at (808) 270-5770. The following workshops are available:

Becoming an Entrepreneur in the Health and Wellness Industry
Instructor: Mira Nissim
Thursday, July 13, 2017 – Noon to 1 p.m. (Q&A til 1:30)

This workshop will provide simple and effective tools to use when going into business for yourself using network marketing as a vehicle to get started. The group will discuss the principles of Network Marketing, what it is, why it is an effective and strategic business model and how to share it with others. In addition, the workshop will discuss some of the principles laid out by Eric Worre in his book, “Go Pro” as well as those illustrated by Sarah Harnisch in her book, “Gameplan.” We will talk about motivation and authentic connections and share our success stories or our reasons for a career change. Mira Nissim holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara and wanted to become a doctor or scientist until going through internships in the medical field and realizing that medicine was mostly prescribed by the insurance and pharmaceutical companies. She took a career change and became a Montessori teacher while traveling the world and she studied multiple forms of holistic medicine as a “hobby” instead, including various massage modalities, Chinese medicine, yoga, Reiki, aromatherapy and more.

Leading Profitable Market Disruption
Business Mastery: Strategy Session with Cherie Banks
Friday, July 14, 2017 – 8 to 11 a.m.


A special three-hour workshop tailored especially for Maui entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses. Morning snacks included. Focus on creating disruptive businesses in a global market with CEO Influencer™, Cherie Banks. She is a leading international business expert and a billion-dollar generator for Fortune 500 companies. RSVP with Maui Business Brainstormers.


For Rich or Richer – Divorce Mediation and Business Succession
Instructor: Saul Larner, Ph.D, LL.M, MBA
Friday, July 14, 2017 – Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Trying to run your business during the upheaval of divorce and trying to decide on your courses of action while your future is uncertain are big challenges. Whether you are considering a buyout or selling to a third party, be certain to consider some of the basics and more information that will be discussed at this workshop. Further, if you are considering divorce, this may be the time to prepare a post-nuptial agreement. This workshop will touch upon subjects such as innovative ways of utilizing tax shelters, which make the splitting of assets more palatable. You will leave with a knowledge of the variables that you must consider if there is a family business involved. Dr. Saul Larner is the founder of Dispute Resolution Collaborative LLC of Los Angeles; he holds a Ph.D. (Doctor of Business Administration) with a specialty in international economics, a Bachelor of Art (BA) Humanities and a Master of Science in Management (MBA). Further, he holds an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in international taxation, magna cum laude. He was elected president of the International Alumni Association of the Royal Society of Fellows, an international taxation honor society. He coined the term “Settlement is an Art.” His website is here.

Stress Management 101
Instructor: Patti Sabla
Monday, July 17, 2017 – Noon – 1:15 p.m. (Q&A til 1:30)


Learn about how stress affects our body, what happens when we get stressed and why, ways to overcome stress, and quick & easy relaxation techniques that really work! Plus, each participant will leave with a copy of “8 Ways to Sneak Exercise into Your Day.” Patti Sabla is a licensed clinical social worker, life coach and stress management consultant. She enjoys helping people discover the amazing benefits of a stress-free life. Patti inspires people to be their best selves. Her private practice, Patti Sabla Coaching & Counseling, is located in Kihei. For more information, visit here.

Grow Your Email List and Grow Your Sales All Year Long
Instructor: Mckenna Hallett
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 – Noon – 1 p.m. (Q&A til 1:30)

If you are ready to develop a great list of email addresses to start marketing to, you need a plan! If you have been building a list, but haven’t sent anything for months, an email “out of the blue” can cause more harm than good! Learn how to get that first one graciously opened. Email marketing is still the number one tool. It’s still (at least) 40 times more effective at gaining customers than Facebook, and Twitter combined. Likes and follows don’t help the bottom line. This workshop will help you identify how to gather contacts, plus provide tips, technologies, and tactics for keeping your contacts organized and segmented for easier, more effective targeted marketing. In this workshop, you will learn how to get started with gathering email contacts; establish an organized contact segmentation process; grow your email lists online and in person; and keep your subscribers interested and engaged after they sign up. Bottom line: A strong email marketing strategy will end the “slow-time” blues and help you even out your income year round. Mckenna Hallett is a wordsmith, copywriter, and marketing professional who has over 50 years in sales and marketing – include 25 years with a successful career as a small business owner.

How to Start a Business, Now What???
Instructor: Wayne Wong
Friday, July 21, 2017 – Noon to 1:30 p.m.
You are welcome to bring your “brown bag” lunch!

New Business Ideas cross people’s minds all the time. Learn what elements to evaluate and what it takes to start a business in Maui County. We’ll cover some key questions to ask when starting a business:

• Are you an entrepreneur?
• LLC? Incorporate? Sole Proprietor?
• Can you describe your business; what problem are you solving?
• What are your Startup costs and how will you finance that?
• How do you learn about your target market?
• How will you market your business?
• Who are your customers and what’s in it for them?
• How will you reach your customers?
• Who are your competitors?
• How will you distribute your product?
• How will you price your product or service?
• How will you make a profit?
• What is your sales potential?

Finally, how do you take the answers above and turn it into an action plan? Wayne Wong is the Maui Center Director of the Hawaii Small Business Development Center Network. The Center provides both existing and aspiring business owners with confidential, one-on-one, no-cost business advising services, training workshops and market research services.

Quickbooks for Small Business – Hands-on computer training for beginners
Instructor: Richard Kehoe, CPA
Thursday, July 27, 2017 – 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 and Small Business Development Corp. (SBDC) counselors:
Thursday afternoons 1 – 3:30 p.m. and Friday mornings 9 – 11:30 a.m.

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