Successful First Small BIZ Academy by the Chamber of Commerce HawaiiPosted on Oct 31, 2014 in Helping Business, News
On October 29th the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii successfully launched their first one-day Small BIZ Academy in partnership with the City and County of Honolulu. Various business support organizations including DBEDT presented complimentary seminars designed to provide small businesses with information and tools needed to start, develop and grow their businesses. Turnout for the event at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu included around 300 attendees, many just starting their business ventures. City and County of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell gave the keynote address over lunch, which also included a panel discussion of successful Hawaii entrepreneurs.
In addition to an information table DBEDT and DBEDT-attached agencies led a seminar on Manufacturing in Hawaii: Services available to help your business. The speakers were Wayne Inouye, Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center Director, INNOVATE Hawaii; Mark Ritchie, Business Support Branch Chief, Business Development and Support Division, DBEDT; and David Sikkink, Administrator, Hawaii Foreign-Trade Zone No. 9.