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September Workshops at Maui County Business Resource

September 8, 2017, 1:10 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 1:43 PM
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The County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development announced its free workshops for the month of September.

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

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:

The Montessori Method and Growing your Business – Part 2 in a Continuing Series
Instructor: Mira Nissim
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 12 to 1 p.m. (Q&A til 1:30)

This interactive workshop will delve deeper into the tenets of the Montessori Philosophy, making correlations and highlighting ways in which Montessori’s methods can teach adults to be more effective leaders in business. The Montessori method of education is truly unique and has gained popularity worldwide for creating “out of the box thinkers,” some of whom have become famous for originality (ex: Google and Amazon founders). This class will focus more closely on human tendencies as outlined by Montessori, positive phrasing and preparation of leaders. Mira Nissim, a California native and mother of three, is a certified AMI Primary Teacher through the Montessori Northwest in Portland, Oregon. She has been an educator since 2004 and has taught children and adults in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. She was the founder of Samui Montessori School in Koh Samui, Thailand. Mira currently runs her own health and wellness business on Maui and continues to teach young children as well.


Beyond the Business Plan – Six Key Strategies to Take Your Business from Good to Great
Instructor: Leslie Couch
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, 12 to 1 p.m.


Completing a business plan is vital to starting your business on the right foot. But what are some of the keys to managing the business successfully after start-up? Many new businesses fail because the owners have not put effective organizational and management strategies in place, due to lack of knowledge or understanding of how important they are to the bottom line. In this workshop, we will look at six basic areas in leadership, service and accountability that, with the right approach and mindset, will help you and your business flourish. This workshop is designed to get you thinking about how you measure up, and give you resources for implementing positive and profitable changes. Leslie Couch is a small business owner herself, offering accounting and bookkeeping services, consulting and coaching to fellow entrepreneurs since 1998. Prior to starting her business, she enjoyed an 18-year career in the banking industry in branch management and commercial lending, including SBA financing.

Google Seminar 2017 Series – Partner Event: B2B
Hosted by: Meyer Computer, Inc.
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Meyer Computer, Inc. is excited to bring another Google Partner event to the Maui County Business Resource Center. Google will discuss the importance of digital marketing for the B2B Industries, share trends, research and insights that can help you reach your audience in all their moments of need. B2B (business-to-business), known as e-biz, is the exchange of products, services or information between businesses rather than between businesses and consumers. Although early interest centered on the growth of retailing on the Internet (sometimes called e-tailing), forecasts are that B2B revenue will far exceed business-to-business consumers (B2C) revenue in the near future. According to studies published in early 2000, the money volume of B2B exceeds that of 3-tailing by 10 to 1.


Online Marketing Strategies
Instructor: Mckenna Hallett
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, 12 to 1 p.m. (Q&A until 1:30 p.m.)

Just when you thought you were getting some traction, someone says, “Are you using SnapChat (Twitter/Facebook Live/Instagram)?” or one of several other social media outlets. You wonder if you should. You head to the internet to see what the buzz is all about. Hours can be lost chasing down a strategy that will never make you a dime. This is especially true if you are not even sure how to describe your target market or haven’t really created a sales funnel. Do you know why someone will buy your product or service? Do you have a solid system to get people to your site and then to sell them? This presentation is designed to help you create realistic strategies for sales for your business. Whatever your business, you can apply this knowledge and grow sales online. And, it’s inexpensive and simple to get started and uses tools you probably already use today. Mckenna Hallett is a business marketing and communications “therapist.” There are hundreds of helpful articles on her website: She blogs business savvy hints and tips to a worldwide audience, and teaches seminars throughout the state and on the mainland. With over two decades of experience with her own small business on Maui, she brings practical and easy-to-use advice to all business owners at any stage.

ANA Project Planning & Development Training
Instructor: Napua Harbottle
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. Sept. 27, 28 & 29, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whether you are a community advocate starting a brand new organization or a seasoned grants veteran looking to form an ANA grant-eligible project from the ground up, you will definitely want to attend this free three-day training. The training will cover the fundamentals of forming an effective community-based project. Please register online at

Quickbooks for Small Business – Hands-on computer training for beginners
Instructor: Richard Kehoe, CPA
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, 5 to 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 and presented by Richard Kehoe, CPA and lead SCORE counselor.

Free counseling sessions with experienced SCORE and Small Business Development Corp. counselors: Thursday afternoons 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. and Friday mornings 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

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