Hawaii Small Business Fair

2019 Small Business FairRegister Now! 2019 Hawaii Small Business Fair

Sponsored by DBEDT and Leeward Community College

Event Details

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Location

Leeward Community College
96-045 Ala Ike 
Pearl City, HI 96782

Schedule

Exhibitors’ set-up: 7:00 AM to 7:30 AM
Exhibits open: 7:30 AM
Workshops: 8:30 AM to 1:15 PM

Organizing Committee: Leeward Community College, Dept. of Business Economic Development & Tourism, Small Business Administration (SBA), Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs’ Business Action Center, Hawaii Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Internal Revenue Service, Patsy Mink Center for Business and Leadership, FORʻEWA Pono Ewa Beach Community Based Development Organization.

Event Registration

2019 Hawaii Small Business Fair Registration

Event Photos

Go to the  2018 Small Business Flickr Album to view photos from last year.

2019 Class Schedule

Class NameClass Description Speaker(s)
Legal Expert: Top 10 Service Contract IssuesBefore you sign on the dotted line, did you read the “fine print”? Explore the most important issues to consider when negotiating a contract for services, including how to determine if the contract is fair and appropriate, how to protect your business if the other party fails to perform, and more!

View the presentations: Commercial Leasing in Hawaii and Top 10 Service Contract Issues
Portrait of Duane Fisher
Duane Fisher
Founding director of Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher, a law corporation

Mr. Fisher has negotiated, drafted, reviewed and analyzed literally thousands of contracts for business of all sizes. Over the course of his 25-year legal career, he has worked with business owners and executive teams advising them on how to create a fair and appropriate contract for each client circumstance.
Legal Expert: Commercial Leasing Do’s and Don’tsUnderstand the real costs involved in commercial leasing; what a typical lease agreement looks like; what to avoid or be aware of; how to utilize free rent; and choosing a commercial realtor.

View the presentations: Commercial Leasing in Hawaii and Top 10 Service Contract Issues
Portrait of Duane Fisher
Duane Fisher
Founding director of Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher, a law corporation

Mr. Fisher concentrates his practice in the areas of complex real estate and business transactions. Over the course of his 25-year legal career, he has worked with business owners and executive teams advising them on legal issues they may face in signing a lease agreement with a landlord.
Legal Expert: Choosing the Right Business StructureForming your business is one of the first tasks of a start-up, but which entity type do you choose? Find out the differences, advantages/disadvantages of corporations, LLCs, partnerships, and sole proprietorships. Which one is right for you?

View the presentation:
Choosing the Right Business Structure
Portrait of Gregory Kim
Gregory R. Kim

Gregory Kim is a corporate and securities attorney, and founder of Vantage Counsel LLC, one of the first virtual law firms in the United States. Previously, Greg was a partner at Silicon Valley firm Convergent Law Group LLP, a partner at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, and an associate at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in SF (now known as Pillsbury Winthrop). Greg received a BS in Engineering and Applied Sciences from Yale University in 1979 and a JD/MBA at the U.C. Berkeley, in 1983.
Legal Expert: Protecting Your Brand & Your Product Successful companies often compete on their uniqueness without realizing how easy it is for another company to copy. Learn about the different types of intellectual property (copyrights, patents, and trademarks), why you need to protect it, and how to do just that.

View the presentations:
Trademarks - Spectrums of Distinctiveness
and
Intellectual Property - What Every Business Must Know (7th Edition)
Portrait of Martin Hsia
Martin Hsia
Partner, Cades Schutte LLLP

Mr. Hsia is a registered patent attorney (one of the few patent attorneys in Hawaii) and the Chair of his firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. He practices patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, right of publicity, computer, licensing, Internet and entertainment law at Cades Schutte. His practice includes advising clients about all aspects of US, foreign and international intellectual property rights.
Legal Expert: Protecting Your Brand & Your Product Successful companies often compete on their uniqueness without realizing how easy it is for another company to copy. Learn about the different types of intellectual property (copyrights, patents, and trademarks), why you need to protect it, and how to do just that.Portrait of Keri Ann
Keri Ann Kryzkowski
Partner, Cades Schutte LLLP

Ms. Kryzkowski is a partner at Cades Schutte concentrating in intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and licensing. She counsels clients on all aspects of foreign and domestic intellectual property portfolio management, including filing U.S. patent, trademark, and copyright applications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office, filing international PCT patent applications and Madrid Protocol trademark applications, prosecution, licensing, and due diligence.
General Excise Tax De-MystifiedEvery business owner should understand how to apply for a GET license, how to properly report income, and pay the tax in a timely way. This class will teach you the basics of how to comply without overpaying.Representatives from the Department of Taxation:

Susan Mitsuyoshi
Jason Lai
Gordon Zane
Ronald Yow

Susan- State of Hawaii, Department of Taxation Investigator with the Special Enforcement Section for a year. Retired from the IRS with 31 years of service.

Jason- Received a BA in Political Science and Masters in Public Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Worked as a legal assistant for a law firm and as a fingerprint/criminal background check specialist for a contracting company.

Mr. Zane received a BA from the University of Hawaii, and a JD-MBA from the University of Santa Clara. After college, Mr. Zane spent a number of years as a financial analyst, contracts supervisor, and Financing Manager for a Silicon Valley computer firm, as well as several years in the financial services industry. Currently, he is a Special Enforcement Investigator with nearly 6 years’ experience at the State of Hawaii Department of Taxation.

Ronald- 3 years as Special Enforcement Civil Investigator and 4 years in Auditing.
Bachelors in Finance and in Business Management at HPU.
Introduction to Federal Income TaxesFrom a sole proprietorship viewpoint, we’ll cover what constitutes income, deductible expenses & how to find answers to tax questions as well as cover basic information on federal income taxes for small business owners.Portrait of Lisa Wells
Lisa Wells
EA/CEO/Business Specialist of Personal Accountant, Inc.

LISA - CEO, EA, Accountant, Tax Pro & Business Specialist
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with Focus on Accounting & Taxation (w/Honors)— University of Hawaii 2004. Relevant Courses: Financial, Managerial, and Advanced Accounting, Micro and Macro Economics, Marketing and Consumer Behavior, Tax Concepts, Corporate Tax and Global Management.
Social Media MarketingLearn how to use and manage various social media platforms in effective ways to reach your customers.Portrait of Viktoria Aniulyte
Viktoria Aniulyte
VBOC

Viktorija holds a degree in Business Information Management from Vilnius University, Lithuania. Prior to joining the VBOC of the Pacific, Viktorija was a Regional Client Consultant with the Euromonitor International and Business Advisor Intern with Hawai’i SBDC. Viktorija has lived and worked in several European Countries (Lithuania, Vilnius; Great Britain, London; Estonia, Tallinn; Spain, Madrid; Finland, Helsinki) and interned at United Nations World Tourism Organization.
Build Your Own Website to Sell & Market Products OnlineLearn the basics of setting up a website for your business (no technical skills required) and the options available to start selling your products online. Learn about driving more visitors to your site and converting them to sales more effectively. Learn about growing your audience organically by offering real value to your target market.Portrait of Oksana Harris
Oksana Harris

Oksana Harris is a User Experience and Digital Presence consultant, who helps established and new brands find the right entry point into the digital world. She has worked for years on the business side of software - envisioning, defining and launching products to tackle market problems. Oksana added technical software development expertise to her skillset through the DevLeague program right here on Oahu.
The Secret to MarketingMarketing does not have to be prohibitively expensive. Get great ideas for maximizing your marketing dollars. Portrait of Bob Sigall
Bob Sigall
principle Creative-1

Bob Sigall is a life-long entrepreneur.
He earned a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii and is a published Author of five bestselling - The Companies We Keep books and he writes a weekly column in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser called Rearview Mirror.
Selling your Product Beyond HawaiiHawaii is a small market so as companies expand they are quickly looking at selling outside the state including internationally. Come learn how to develop a successful export plan to reach larger markets.

View the presentation: Selling Beyond Hawaii
Portrait of Mark Ritchie
Mark Ritchie, DBEDT
& Mary Dale, U.S. Small Business Administration

Mark Ritchie joined the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) five years ago as the Branch Chief for Business Support services. Mark works on a number of economic development programs including HiSTEP (Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program), which assists Hawaii companies with exporting their products and services to larger markets outside the state. Prior to DBEDT Mark has held positions in a Hawaii Life Science start-up, a major Silicon Valley tech company in addition to economic development positions in several global trade and inward investment organizations.
Design ThinkingSuccessful businesses help their customers solve a problem by offering a product or service. Learn how to use empathy and innovation to fill a need in your community in this 2-hour course.Portrait of Raviraj Pare
Raviraj Pare
Oceanit

Design Strategist at Oceanit, expertise in downstream product design and development processes. Interested in applying and teaching ‘Design Thinking’ to create human-centric products and services.
Business PlansThis 2-hour course will cover the elements of a good business plan, including revenue growth; marketing, management, budgeting, etc. Portrait of Christiane Bolosan Yee
Christiane Bolosan-Yee
FOR’EWA Pono

As a result of working with Christiane, you will have a lifestyle and business grounded in love and service where you shine in your zone of genius. My coaching and consulting will assist you to create simple and doable personal self-care routines and business systems that feel good, that transforms and inspires your soul to live your life’s purpose.
Research Your Market Using Free Tools & DataUtilize free research tools and data to maximize success in your market segment and monitor market changes. Learn how to access and use this valuable info! Bring your own laptop to access tools yourself during the instruction.

View the presentation files below:
Portrait of Eric Coyle
Eric Coyle
U.S. Census Bureau

Eric Coyle is a Data Dissemination Specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau for the western region of the US. He conducts data access workshops and presentations every month to a variety of organizations, local governments, businesses, media, and universities.
Hawaii Agricultural AllianceHawaii Agricultural Alliance: Buy Local and Build a Business

Hear from a panel of entrepreneurs who support Hawaii farmers by using locally grown agriculture to create products and build their business. Learn about the purpose of the Hawaii Agricultural Alliance and see plans for a new value-added product development center to be built in the Wahiawa community.
Portrait of William Castillo
William Castillo

William Castillo is an Assistant Professor and Workforce Development Coordinator at Leeward Community College’s Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (OCEWD). OCEWD specializes in workforce training embedded with industry credentials, professional development for incumbent workers, and customized training programs. William has over 15 years of experience in education and working with non-profit organizations with an emphasis on adult education. He holds industry credentials as a Certified Healthcare Access Manager (CHAM) from the National Association of Healthcare Access Management (NAHAM) and Certified Contract Trainer (CCT), Certified Program Planner (CPP), Advanced Program Planner (C2P) credentials from the Learning Resources Network (LERN).
Launch My ProductThis workshop will help small business owners understand key principles of developing their own product. Learn how to think clearly and objectively about problems and develop solutions that work best for your product launch.Portrait of Noela Napoleon
Noela Napoleon

Noela Napoleon is the President of Advocates Hawaii and Lead Business Counselor and Instructor at the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (MCBL) at YWCA O‘ahu. She helps women and men start their own businesses and enjoys helping people from all walks of life make their ideas come to life. Ms. Napoleon is an entrepreneur herself, having begun her own business venture with her husband called Slush Puppie Hawai‘i. The company specializes in frozen beverages and desserts. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in Graphic Design and a mother of four children.
One-on-One Business CounselingMeet one-on-one with a knowledgeable counselor provided by #SHOPSMALLHAWAII Resource partners from the Patsy Mink Center for Business & Leadership.Portrait of Terri Funakoshi
Terri Funakoshi
Director, MCBL

To make an appointment call 808-695-2635 and ask for Colleen.

Terri Funakoshi is the Director at the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership (MCBL), a Women’s Business Center that is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and a program under YWCA O‘ahu. She has extensive experience in Hospitality, Travel Retail & Manufacturing. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and has a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. Terri was recognized in 2018 as the SBA State of Hawaii Women’s Small Business Advocate.
Quickbooks Basics & TipsAfter learning basic tips on how to use the program, learn more advanced tricks for small businesses.Portrait of Ted Ketcham
Ted Ketcham

Ted Ketcham is a former Certified Financial Planner. Since 1996 he has done private accounting, tax and consulting work through his firm, Island Life. He has owned several businesses and has had as many as 30 employees at a time. He is a QuickBooks Pro Advisor and takes a very practical business owner’s approach to accounting and record keeping.
Understanding Financial Statements & How to Gauge Your Profitability & Cash FlowA successful business at a minimum is making a profit. Learn about financial statements and how to read them. Use formulas to determine whether your business is profitable and how to manage cash flow. Portrait of Mike Hulser
Mike Hulser
The BizMD

Mike Hulser is a former Fortune 50 Financial Officer, US Turnaround Management Association "Turnaround Manager of the Year" and US SBA "Financial Services Champion". As "The Biz MD", Mike helps Business Owners and Managers understand their Financial Performance and Position and formulate Plans and execute Actions to improve it. Mike is a recognized Expert on Financial Planning and Cash Flow.
Community College Student Internship ProgramsLearn how to partner with Hawaii’s community colleges to find reliable student employees to help your business. While they gain valuable on-the-job training or internship experience, you will gain a quality employee. It’s a win-win situation for small businesses and the student!Portrait of Warren Kawano
Warren Kawano

Warren Kawano is an Associate Professor of Business Technology and the Business Division Chair at Leeward Community College. The Business Division has four career and technical education programs that include Accounting, Business Technology, Health Information Technology, and Management.
Determining the Right Financing for your CompanyGet a handle on the various types of small business loans available; how to qualify and put a loan package together.

Learn how banks evaluate your loan application, through cash flow, balance sheet, tax returns, ownership and use of proceeds.
Portrait of Trini Abaya Wright
Trini Abaya-Wright
Business Banker, American Savings Bank

Trini is passionate about working with small businesses owners and enjoys providing knowledgeable counsel on their financial and banking needs. Her accolades include the Small Business Administration (SBA) recognition as a top producing lending officer, as well as the SBA District Director’s Award for her efforts in partnering with the SBA and training small business and veteran owned businesses. She brings more than 25 years of financial services experience to the job and is Green Belt Certified in Quality Improvement and Process Management. Trini enjoys travel, hula and reading crime fiction novels.
Determining the Right Financing for your CompanyGet a handle on the various types of small business loans available; how to qualify and put a loan package together.

Learn how banks evaluate your loan application, through cash flow, balance sheet, tax returns, ownership and use of proceeds.
Portrait of Demaney Kihe
Demaney Kihe
First Hawaiian Bank

Vice President and Banking Center Manager at First Hawaiian Bank. Expertise in Commercial Lending, Small Business Lending, Credit, Financial Analysis, and Mortgage Lending.
Next Steps in Growing your Company: Accelerators/Co-Working SpacesReady to leave your kitchen or garage and go the next step in growing your company? You don’t have to commit to an expensive long-term lease somewhere. Come learn about how accelerators and co-working spaces can help your business and make leaving home much easier and affordable. Portrait of Meli James
Meli James

Meli James is a cofounder at Mana Up, a Hawai'i-based initiative designed to build the state’s next generation of CEOs in the retail and food product industry. Additionally, she is president of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association, an organization that seeks to foster entrepreneurial development through education, networking, and access to capital.
Lean Process Improvement for Scaling Up OperationsAs Hawaii companies expand into new markets, attention needs to be paid to meeting increased orders (manufacturing) and establishing procedures to service customers. Come learn about Lean Process Improvement and the do’s and don’ts of growing your operations and ramping up your production capabilities.

View the presentation: Lean Process Improvement for Scaling Up Operations
Portrait of Erin Furuichi
Erin Furuichi
Innovate Hawaii

INNOVATE Hawaii is a program under Hawaii Technology Development Corporation, an agency for the State of Hawaii, and serves as the state’s NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network Center which supports small and medium-sized manufacturers to enhance their productivity, growth, and technical performance through programs and services across the islands.
Lean Process Improvement for Scaling Up OperationsAs Hawaii companies expand into new markets, attention needs to be paid to meeting increased orders (manufacturing) and establishing procedures to service customers. Come learn about Lean Process Improvement and the do’s and don’ts of growing your operations and ramping up your production capabilities.Portrait of Wayne Layugan
Wayne Layugan
Innovate Hawaii

INNOVATE Hawaii is a program under Hawaii Technology Development Corporation, an agency for the State of Hawaii, and serves as the state’s NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network Center which supports small and medium-sized manufacturers to enhance their productivity, growth, and technical performance through programs and services across the islands.
The Ins and Outs of Government Contract CertificationsLearn the ropes of winning a U.S. government contract. Small Business, women-owned, veteran-owned, and other certifications can really help. Learn how!Portrait of Sheila Taeza
Sheila Taeza

Sheila Taeza is a Business Opportunity Specialist (BOS) with the SBA Hawaii District Office and has 21 years’ experience with SBA. She provides business development, contracting, and procurement assistance to local small businesses.
How to Start a Food Business or Food Truck in HawaiiLearn the ropes from experienced food entrepreneurs on how to start a food business. Stay out of trouble and learn how to successfully comply with important health regulations.Portrait of Poni Askew
Poni Askew
Street Grindz

Poni Askew co-founded Street Grindz in 2009. She is best known for producing events like Eat the Street and Honolulu Night Market which are events that were designed to provide support and opportunity to business like food trucks and locally made products. Poni has worked with over 350 small business owners providing support and mentorship when needed.
How to Start a Food Business or Food Truck in HawaiiLearn the ropes from experienced food entrepreneurs on how to start a food business. Stay out of trouble and learn how to successfully comply with important health regulations.Portrait of Peter Oshiro
Peter Oshiro
HI Dept. of Health

Mr. Oshiro is the Sanitation Branch manager at the Hawaii State Department of Health. The Branch is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the statutes, rules, and policies relating to environmental sanitation; it also regulates food and service establishments.

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