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County center hosts free business workshops

January 11, 2018
Lahaina News

WAILUKU - The County of Maui Mayor's Office of Economic Development coordinates free workshops at the Maui County Business Resource Center in Maui Mall, 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 270-5770.

"Do I Have to Pay My Employees for That?" with instructor Stephen Thomas will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 10, from noon to 1 p.m.

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Patrick Snow is the international best-selling author of “Creating Your Own Destiny,” “The Affluent Entrepreneur,” and “Boy Entrepreneur.” He has sold between 250,000 and one million copies of his three books in five languages and 108 countries. As a publishing, book marketing and speaker coach, he has mentored more than 750 clients worldwide to achieve their publishing goals.

Do you have to pay employees for unauthorized overtime? Do you have to pay them for off-the clock work? These are some of the most popular wage and hour questions received by ADP's HR HelpDesk.

This workshop will review pay-related scenarios to help attendees navigate this challenging area. In addition, this workshop will cover an overview of the FLSA, DOL overtime rules and minimum wage salary, exempt vs. non-exempt status, independent contractor vs. employee tests (issuing 1099 vs. W-2), guidelines for properly classifying workers, and how to handle pay related to off-the-clock work, travel, training and working interviews.

This workshop qualifies for a one-hour CPE Credit for Personnel/Human Resources.

"BECOMING A BEST-SELLING AUTHOR: Leveraging the World's Greatest Marketing Secret by Writing, Publishing and Promoting Your Book to Better Market Your Business" with instructor Patrick Snow will be held on Friday, Jan. 12, from noon to 2 p.m.

Are you looking for a better way to market your business? Do you have a burning desire to become a best-selling author? Attend this seminar and learn how to make your publishing and business goals come true.

If you want to stand out from your competition, strengthen your credentials and get free publicity, then writing and publishing a book is a strong marketing strategy. Let international best-selling author Snow guide you through the process.

In this two-hour seminar, you will learn your three publishing options, top five requirements for becoming a best-selling author, 18 mistakes to avoid, how to monetize your passion and even better market your business, and start a new business using your book as a platform from which you can launch. Come early and stay late for his Q&A session that will answer all questions on your book project.

"Pricing Your Ag and Value Added Product" with Richard "Buddy" Nichols is slated for Tuesday, Jan. 16, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Are you thinking of working off the land and being a farmer? Are you considering developing a value added product? Would you like to have a financial sustainable business? Then pricing your product will determine if your business works for you or if you work for your business.

In this workshop, Nichols will help you to achieve what you want out of life. He assist you in analyzing the valuation of your product to make sure you receive what you and your product are worth.

Learn about all of the resources that are currently available to you and how to best utilize these resources to become a successful ag businessperson.

Nichols is the USDA farm loan manager on Maui. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science and an MBA in Accounting. He is a fourth-generation farmer who owned/managed cattle, fruits, vegetables as well as processed and marketed value added agricultural-related products. He understands all aspects of the ag business from the farm to the table and what is needed to be financially sustainable.

"Tips for Successfully Promoting and Marketing Your Small Business on Maui" with Taryn Kama and Eric T. Richter will be held on Friday, Jan. 19, from noon to 1 p.m.

In this fast-paced introductory workshop, the instructors will explore the basics of print, electronic and online cross channel marketing, explore demographics and how they apply to using social media, and the marketing funnel. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about these topics in-depth in a future workshop.

Kama is the owner of Go Get it Media, and Richter owns Maui Promotions.

"Quickbooks for Small Business, Hands-on computer training for beginners" with CPA Richard Kehoe will be held on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Learn to set up your company's QuickBooks in a small class setting with personalized tutoring. This class for new users covers 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 personal solutions. This workshop is sponsored by SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives).

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



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