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2014 Molokai Business Conference

Kuha`o Business Center News Release

The Mayor of Maui County’s Office of Economic Development, Kuha`o Business Center, MEO Business Development Center, and UH Maui College- Molokai are excited to announce the 2014 Molokai Business Conference- “Taking Care of Business Molokai Style” for May 28 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Thanks to a grant from the County of Maui Office of Economic Development, the conference will be free to all who choose to participate. An exciting line-up is planned and our presentation partners include The Maui Economic Opportunity- Business Center, Hawaii Department of Health, Business Action Center- Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, High Technology Development Corporation & INNOVATE Hawaii, Hawaii Energy, It’s Your Money, Kupu A`e, Hawaii Health Connector, Office of Economic Development, Hawaii Procurement and Technical Assistance Center, Department of Taxation, SCORE, Small Business Administration, and American Savings Bank Merchant Services Powered by Veracity Payment Solutions.

The conference will have something for everyone, whether you are an entrepreneur just starting, or have been in business for years.  Topics range from Starting a Business in Maui County and writing a Business Plan to Making Merchant Services Work for You to Prototypes, Food Vending, Basic Home and Business Finance, Tax Credits and Health Care, and more.  With the announcement in December of the 2014 Made in Maui County Festival, we have asked a local artist and entrepreneur to talk on how to prepare for a vendor event and then the OED Business Development Specialist will share how to determine your Made in Maui County/Hawaii pricing. This and so much more in one day, on Molokai and there is no cost to attend!

At 4 p.m. we will relocate to the Kulana `Oiwi Halau for a community wide “Sharing the Aloha Community Outreach Event” by Hawaii Energy. The outreach event will start with local entertainment, door prizes and a light dinner, followed by the presentation at 5:30 pm. The target audience will be small businesses, families, past Hui-UP and NEED participants, as well as individuals interested in learning how to reduce their electric bills.  Those attending the conference and the community outreach event will be eligible for a special drawing.

To register for the conference visit the Kuha`o Business Center or the MEO BDC to pick up an application.  Applications are due by April 17.    To sign up to attend the “Sharing the Aloha” dinner, circle yes on your conference registration or simply call the Kuha`o Business Center at 553-8100.

A special thanks to all our sponsors and partners for making this event possible, and to Mokulele Airlines for sponsoring air transportation for eight of our guest speakers.


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