WAILUKU - The county Office of Economic Development coordinates free workshops at the Maui County Business Resource Center in Maui Mall across from Pizza Hut.
Seating for all workshops is limited, and all workshops are subject to change or cancellation. To reserve a seat, call 873-8247.
"Beat the Banks!" with Philip Lenefsky will be held on Friday, Sept. 13, from noon to 1 p.m. Have you ever wondered why banks and insurance companies have the tallest buildings, have so many branches in every city, and why they seem to have all the power? There must be some secret... but what is it?
Find out how bankers can take your $100 deposit and turn it into $1,000 in loans. How can they manipulate money like this?
Dr. Lenefsky, DDS, operated a private dental practice from 1974-94 in Colorado and now practices as a locum tenens dentist. Using his advanced training in finance, taxes, real estate, mortgages and commodities, he was able to retire at the age of 41. Since then, he has been coaching and teaching others to achieve their financial independence.
His presentation is strictly for educational purposes. Please review any action or plans you might undertake with your accountant, financial planner or attorney.
"Business on the Grill" with Maui Business Brainstormers will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at noon. Meet other business owners and managers, share and learn with thought-provoking questions, answers and coaching. For more information, or to register, visit www.meetup.com/MauiBusinessBrainstormers.
"Sales Skills 201 Role Playing" with TJ Anderson is set for Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In this workshop, participants will delve deep into the practical, hands-on side of the sales process. The lessons and theory learned in the first class ("Sales Skills 101") will be put into practice as the class role-plays actual sales situations.
Specifically, the group will focus on three ultra-important aspects of selling: 1) asking good questions, 2) handling objections, and 3) finalizing the sale, or "closing." This will be a very "experiential" workshop, and ALL attendees are expected to participate.
"How Social Media Can Build Profitable Relationships for Your Business" with Danielle Miller will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from noon to 1 p.m.
There has been a shift in the way businesses reach customers, and with it came a huge marketing opportunity. Learn how to use social media to market your business, build profitable relationships and connect with new customers.
"Building a Facebook Business Page from the Ground Up" with Nicole Fisher is set for Wednesday, Sept. 25, from noon to 1:15 p.m.
Starting from scratch, participants will witness the building of a brand new business page. In addition, this workshop will help you to choose effective cover images to match your message, cultivate engagement with fresh content, and to strategically brand your Facebook page.
"QuickBooks for Small Business" with Richard Kehoe will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. The fee is $45.
Learn to set up your company's QuickBooks in a small class setting with personalized tutoring. This class for new users will teach you how to record sales, receive payments, prepare invoices and balance your checkbook. Follow-up appointments are offered at no cost.
"Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance and My Business" with Nikki Baysa will be held on Friday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
This workshop will help you understand some of the basics of the Affordable Care Act, Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), the Hawaii health insurance marketplace (the Connector) and the small business tax credits. Participants in this workshop will also learn about low-cost and no-cost health insurance coverage for individuals, families and part-time employees.
For small business employers and self-employed individuals, this workshop also is a must to learn how to offset the cost of employees' health insurance premiums to add to your revenue.