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

March 2, 2017
Lahaina News

KIHEI - 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.

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.

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"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), 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; Petra Marquart, president of Petra Marquart and Associates; Albert Samuelian, managing director at OMD West and Strategy; Edward Arias, special agent with the FBI and a member of the Cyber Crime Squad in Honolulu since 2006; and Michael Miranda, director for information security at Hawaiian Telcom.

On Day 2 (Thursday, May 4), workshops led by experts in customer service, tax mitigation, 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."

The cost is $85 per person for the full-day conference on May 3. The May 4 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, e-mail or call (808) 875-2300.

Various sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2017 Hawaii Small Business Conference. 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, e-mail www. or call (808) 875-2300.



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