Hawaii Small Business Conference

Kahului, Hawaii
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Hawaii Small Business Conference: “Potential impact far-reaching”
 
May 5, 2017 – The first-ever Hawaii Small Business Conference held May 3 & 4 really brought home the message that small businesses need to “design” a firm business foundation, “protect” their hard earned investments and “engage” their customers. The event was presented by the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) and the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB).

Approximately 200 people attended the two-day conference which featured national and local experts on customer service, marketing, data security, risk management, tax strategies and human resources to help small businesses get to the next level. 

“People were so jazzed about the information they took away with them,” said Teena Rasmussen, Director of the County of Maui OED. “It is so difficult for our business owners and their managers to get this type of high level information here in Hawaii.  It costs thousands of dollars to attend a conference on the mainland. It is far more effective to bring these speakers here to make the most impact. We believe this first conference accomplished just that. I could not be happier.” 

This year’s presenters included:
• Maggie Bayless, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of ZingTrain
• Michael Moore, President of Na Hoaloha Ekolu Limited
• Petra Marquart, President of Petra Marquart and Associates
• Albert Samuelian, Managing Director of OMD West and Strategy
• Edward Arias, Special Agent, Honolulu Division of FBI
• Matt Freeman, Sr. Manager, IP & Managed Services of Hawaiian Telcom
• Drew Nagai, Assistant Vice President Sales & Marketing, Risk & Safety Management of First Insurance Company of Hawaii
• Kent Kasaoka, Director of Accounting & Tax Solutions
• Case studies also featured local businesses:
o Karen Christenson, VP of Mama’s Fish House
o Aric Nakashima, Co-Owner of Pukalani Superette
o Cathy Nobriga Kim, President & GM of Maui Ice & Soda Works
o Ned Davis, Founder & CEO of Maui Innovation Group
o Saedene Ota, Principal of Sae Design

“The speakers were fabulous,” said Robert Campbell, President of Maui Printing Company, a full-service printing firm based in Waikapu. “I especially enjoyed hearing Petra Marquart. She was one of the most dynamic customer service speakers I’ve ever heard. I was so excited about the information during her presentation that I invited my entire staff to participate in her workshop the very next day.”

“I thought the conference in its first year was great,” said Charlene Kauhane, President of Ka`uhane Inc., a marketing and public relations firm based in Lahaina. “The topics covered were excellent and the information I learned will definitely help my clients.”

Jason Bach, Controller for Lahaina Grill and Lahaina Ice Cream Parlour shared “This conference was very eye-opening. The presentations and workshops really engage you and the speakers have real life experiences and suggestions that are relevant and current.”

Hanna Mounce, Executive Director of a new non-profit Na Koa Manu Conservation in Olinda also saw value in attending. “I really came to this conference to learn more about marketing and tax strategies so our nonprofit can start off with a good model.  The marketing presentation was particularly interesting hearing about the changes in the industry and changes in how people use things. Although we’re not interested in marketing goods and services like most people might do, we are interested in marketing education and awareness.”

Throughout the conference the importance of small businesses was underscored.  

“Small businesses make up more than 99 percent of U.S. employer firms, so it’s critical to our economy and our communities that they succeed,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “Small businesses in our community are so important because they provide the diversity of goods and services that we need to live on an island. These people really put their hearts and souls into their businesses, they employ a lot of people, and they help to make our islands a vibrant community.”

“This conference has the potential to be far-reaching as attendees begin to implement these business strategies,” observed Frank De Rego Jr., Director of Business Development Projects at MEDB. “Everyone was actively engaged and focused on improving their small business IQ. There is a pent up demand in small business to have the tools necessary to adapt and innovate in rapidly changing markets. The Hawaii Small Business Conference through the quality of its program and speakers will continue to make that possible.”

The Hawaii Small Business Conference coincided with National Small Business Week, a celebration of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

The 2017 Hawaii Small Business Conference presented by the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and Maui Economic Development Board.  Sponsors include:
Pulama Lanai; Pacific Media Group; The Maui News; State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism; Hawaiian Telcom; Small Business Administration; Buchanan Brand + Design; Maui Printing Company; Maui Chamber of Commerce; Molokai Chamber of Commerce; Lanai Chamber of Commerce; Maui Native Hawaii Chamber of Commerce; and Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce.



Small businesses will learn strategies for success at Hawaii Small Business Conference on Maui

April 3, 2017
- This week, Maui Economic Development Board and the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development announced the 2017 program schedule for their upcoming Hawaii Small Business Conference set for May 3 & 4 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

“This year’s conference theme, DESIGN, PROTECT, ENGAGE: Small Business Strategies for Success, aptly describes what attendees will gain from this empowering two-day event,”
 said Teena Rasmussen, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. “Not only will entrepreneurs and owners and employees of new and established businesses learn how to take their business to the next level, but they’ll also gain insights on how to stay ahead of the competition.”

Conference attendees will have a rare opportunity to network face-to-face with innovative business leaders and hear their insights, best practices, and tricks of the trade on a variety of topics such as customer service, marketing, data security and risk management. They can also take advantage of informational workshops and exhibits.

The full-day conference is set for Wednesday, May 3, from 7 am to 5:30 pm with Workshops that delve deeper into each subject on the Thursday. Click here for full program

The Hawaii Small Business Conference coincides with National Small Business Week, a celebration of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Cost is $85 per person for the full-day Conference on May 3, includes a luncheon and exhibits. The May 4th Workshops are $45 per workshop. Attendees can also save $10 by registering for the Conference plus one or both workshops, or by registering for both workshops.

To register online, visit www.HawaiiSmall.Biz. For additional information on this year’s program and speakers, visit the event’s website www.HawaiiSmall.Biz, email smallbiz@medb.org or call (808) 875-2300.

The 2017 Hawaii Small Business Conference sponsors include Pacific Media Group, The Maui News, Hawaiian Telcom, Maui Printing Company and the Small Business Association.

Various sponsorship opportunities are still available. Companies interested in exhibiting their goods and services for small businesses are also encouraged to participate. For information on sponsorships and exhibitor opportunities, visit www.HawaiiSmall.Biz, email smallbiz@medb.org or call (808) 875-2300.



First-ever Hawaii Small Business Conference set for May 3 & 4, 2017 on Maui

February 16, 2017 – On May 3 & 4, 2017, Maui Economic Development Board in collaboration with the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, will present the first-ever Hawaii Small Business Conference at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului, Maui.

The theme of this year’s conference is “DESIGN, PROTECT, ENGAGE: Small Business Strategies for Success. Small business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs interested in taking their business to the next level are encouraged to attend.

“It’s easy to get caught up in running a business and miss out on networking and training to keep ahead of the competition,” said Teena Rasmussen, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. “This new conference was created to provide our small businesses with the rare opportunity to sharpen their professional acumen on a variety of topics all in one forum.”

During the full-day Conference on Day 1 (Wednesday, May 3, 7 am - 5:30 pm), attendees will have an opportunity to network face-to-face with innovative business leaders and hear their insights, best practices, and tricks of the trade on various topics – customer service, marketing, data security and risk management.

Presenters will include:

  • Maggie Bayless, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of ZingTrain helps companies improve their bottom line through the Zingerman’s Bottom Line Training® approach for more than two decades.  
  • Petra Marquart, President of Petra Marquart and Associates helps businesses unlock The Power of Service: Keeping Customers for Life, and addresses service from all aspects: structural, interpersonal, and systemic. 
  • Albert Samuelian, Managing Director at OMD West and Strategy is a strategic minded marketing professional with 20+ years of experience leading high-profile businesses and developing data-driven, multi-media global communication strategy and plans.  
  • Edward Arias, Special Agent with the FBI and a member of the Cyber Crime Squad in Honolulu since 2006 investigates internet-related crimes.  
  • Michael Miranda, Director for Information Security at Hawaiian Telcom manages the Corporate Information Security team responsible for the company’s network, systems and data. 

On Day 2 (Thursday, May 4, 8 am - 3:45 pm), workshops led by experts in customer service, tax strategies, human resources and marketing will be offered.

The Conference on Maui coincides with National Small Business Week, an opportunity to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

“Today, the importance of providing small businesses with tools and resources needed to succeed has never been greater,” said Jeanne Skog, President and CEO of Maui Economic Development Board. “It is especially important in Hawaii, where small business dominates our state’s economic landscape making up over 90 percent of the business community and employing half of our state’s employees. For our local business owners and entrepreneurs, the time spent at this Hawaii Small Business Conference will be an investment in themselves, their career and company.”

Cost is $85 per person for the full-day Conference on May 3, includes a luncheon and exhibits. The May 4th Workshops are $45 per workshop. Attendees can also save $10 by registering for the Conference plus one or both workshops, or by registering for both workshops.

Various sponsorship opportunities are available for 2017 Hawaii Small Business Conference. Companies interested in exhibiting their goods and services for small businesses are also encouraged to participate. Sign up for conference updates. For further queries, email www.smallbiz@medb.org or call (808) 875-2300.


 

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