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New Funding Opportunities for Small Business

Seminar to explore funding for startups and growth.

January 17, 2013
The Maui Weekly

Here's the good news," said Grace Fung, organizer of Maui Business Brainstormers. "The Jobs Act signed in April 2012 expands financing and funding opportunities to small businesses and startups."

On Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Maui Tropical Plantation, Maui residents will have the opportunity to discover the different resources to fund their startups or to grow existing business at the "Crowd Funding and More to Jump-Start Your Business" seminar.

"If you've got a strong small business and a lot of collateral, loans can come easily," said Fung. "However, if you don't, like many small business owners, take advice from the four industry experts participating at this seminar: David B. Fisher of, Susie Thieman of Lokahi Pacific, Scott K. Sakakihara of Central Pacific Bank and RJK CPA Richard Kehoe.

In addition to the types of loan available for your small business, you will hear about the rules: what the loan officers really want, the do's and don'ts when seeking a loan, how to fill out a loan application, and "must do's" before and during the loan request, and after it is granted.

Substantial pupu will be served during the first 60 minutes, of the event, when attendees will have an opportunity to meet others or network.

A Microsoft Windows Smartphone, provided courtesy of Microsoft, will be awarded as a door prize at the end of the seminar.

Admission is $22 (to cover venue and pupu) for members of Maui Business Brainstormers or Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce. Non-members may become members and obtain the member rate. Membership in Maui Business Brainstormers is free; annual membership in Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce is $80.

Seating is limited and you must reserve your space in advance (there will be no ticket sales at the door) at

Maui Business Brainstormers is presenting this special event in collaboration with Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce. Both nonprofits are dedicated to supporting and developing Maui businesses. Neither organization will make a profit from this event. Guest speakers donate their time and knowledge, and no book or service sales are involved.

This event is supported and sponsored by the Maui County Business Resource Center, Hawai'i Small Business Development Center, Tri-Isle RC & D, A BIG WOW, Ludwig Laab Photography and Microsoft.

Maui Business Brainstormers is a local group of self-organized entrepreneurs and small business owners--with 240 members currently (having grown from six in the last 12 months). Regular monthly meetings and special events supporting Maui businesses are all free to members (except for dinner costs). Visit for more information.

At regular meetings, members have the opportunity to interact, express ideas, brainstorm business challenges and participate in coaching sessions.

Special events include presentations by successful business professionals who wish to help Maui businesses by donating their time and knowledge.

Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce is a professional association with the mission to promote and sustain Hawaiian culture, nurture a strong community of Hawaiian values and enhance opportunities for success in business and education. For more information, visit



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