Hawaii Small Business Fair

Hawaii Small Business Fair Supports Hundreds of Entrepreneurs

Hawaii Small Business FairThe 2016 Summer Hawaii Small Business Fair, sponsored by DBEDT, was successfully held at Honolulu Community College, Saturday, August 6, 2016. Over 250 attendees pre-registered for 18 classes by business experts, ranging from business planning to developing marketing plans with Census data, to leveraging social media for promotion. The registration showed a continuing trend where attendees were split 50/50 between currently owning a business and seeking resources to create a new company.

There was a high number of walk-in attendees, leading to several popular classes having standing attendees. Presentations for select classes are provided via links in the class schedule.

The Planning Committee: Honolulu Community College, DBEDT, Leeward Community College, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), DCCA Business Action Center, and Internal Revenue Service.

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2016 Summer Hawaii Small Business Fair @ HCC

2016 Hawaii Small Business Fair – Class Schedule

Room #Session 1
8:15am - 9:45am
Session 2
10:00am - 11 am
Session 3
11:30am - 1:00pm
Bldg. 2
Websites - Your 24/7 Salesperson
Speaker: Sharla Hanaoka, Leeward Community College

What goes into designing an effective website? How much does it cost? How do I maintain it?

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Researching Your Market for Success
Speaker: Jerry Wong, U.S. Census Bureau

Utilize free research tools and data to maximize success in your market segment and monitor market changes.
Social Media Marketing
Speaker: Melissa Chang & Russ Sumida, AdStreamz, Inc.

Learn how to utilize the most effective ways to reach your customers through various social platforms.
Bldg. 2
Accounting Concepts Made Easy
Speaker: Shawn A.K.O. Hasegawa, Fukuya Hasegawa Partners

Learn about the elements on a financial statement. Empower yourself with a working vocabulary of accounting terms and concepts.
Federal Income Taxes
Speaker: Jerry Hiromoto, Internal Revenue Service

Learn income tax fundamentals pertinent to small business owners.
General Excise Tax De-Mystified
Speakers: Gordon Zane & Casey Cook, Department of Taxation

Very different from income tax, GET applies to all Hawaii businesses. Learn when, how, and what to report, file, and pay.
Bldg. 2
Government Contract Certifications
Speakers: Mary Dale, SBA, Melanie Martin, Dept of Transportation,
Noela Napoleon, Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership

Small, women-owned, veteran-owned, and other certifications can help you win a U.S. gov’t contract. Learn how!
Export/Import Businesses
Speaker: Mary Dale, Small Business Administration

Learn how to expand your business internationally and grow your profits.
Financing Options for Small Business
Speakers from Local Lenders - Donovan Koki, Naomi Masuno &
Jarrett Oshiro

Get a handle on the various types of loans available; how to qualify and put a loan package together.
Bldg. 2
QuickBooks: Overview of the Basics and Beyond
Speaker: Ted Ketcham, Island Life Hawaii

After learning basic tips on how to use the program, learn more advanced tricks for small businesses.
Disaster Preparedness & Business Continuity Planning
Speakers: Coralie Chun Matayoshi & Jon Matsuo, Red Cross

Business disruption can reduce profits and increase expenses.
Learn about a free tool to plan for business continuity after disasters.
Starting A Food Business & Health Regulations
Speaker: Poni Askew, Street Grindz and Peter Oshiro &
Erin Villanueva, HI Department of Health

Tips on how to start a food business and how to successfully comply with important health regulations.
Bldg. 2
Business Plans: A Roadmap to Success
Speaker: Nancy Ginter-Miller, SBDC Senior Business Advisor

Discover the elements of a solid business plan: mission statement, management, competition research, budget, marketing and more.

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Maximizing Profitability & Cash Flow
Speaker: Dennis Kwak, Small Business Development Center

What are the main factors that drive business profitability? Learn how to measure these factors and improve them.

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Design Thinking
Speaker: Neenz Faleafine, Faleafine Enterprises, LLC (Pono Media)

Inspiring hands-on session to learn how to problem solve using a creative method that focuses on human needs and empathy.
Bldg. 2
Legal Expert: Patent, Trademarks & Copyrights
Speaker: Martin Hsia & Keri Ann Kryzkowski, Cades Schutte

A discussion on the biggest Intellectual Property mistakes businesses make and how to avoid them.
Legal Expert: Employment Law for Small Business Owners
Speakers: Jordan M. Odo, Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel

Learn how to tackle common workplace issues including, discrimination and harassment, wage and hour, investigations, reasonable accommodations and employee classifications.

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Legal Expert: Critical Legal Issues for Start-Ups
Speaker: David Squeri, Greater Pacific Law Office, LLLC

Gain insight on critical legal issues for starting a business, including business entities, contracts, and effectively managing your legal resources.
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