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Small Biz Academy

October 29, 2014
8:00am to 3:00pm
Neal S. Blaisdell Center – Carla Coray Galleria and Meeting Rooms

The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, in partnership with the Mayor of the City & County of Honolulu, is pleased to present complimentary seminars designed to provide small businesses with information and tools needed to start, develop and grow their businesses.

Limited seating is available in each seminar so pre-registration is required. Chamber members receive early registration access until Thursday, September 18, 2014, after which registration will be open to the general public.

Please click on hyperlinks below to select the sessions you wish to attend. Please choose only ONE option for each time frame. Note some sessions have a nominal fee, however, most are offered at no charge.


7:30-8:00 am:  Registration/Exhibition Opens

8:00-8:45 am:  Session I (All sessions are complimentary. Please choose ONE session during this timeframe.)

a) Marketing 101:  The basics for small biz marketing. Speakers are Barbara Pleadwell, Partner, Hastings and Pleadwell and Doug Harris, Founder and CEO, Harris Agency.

b) How a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) Can Help Your Business. Speakers are Barron Guss, President & CEO, simplicityHR by Altres; Sanjay Mirchandani, Owner, Talent HR Solutions; Sebastian Sainz, Director of Payroll Operations, ProService Hawaii; and The Hawaii Group.

c) Manufacturing in Hawaii:  Services available to help your business. Speakers are Wayne Inouye, Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center Director, INNOVATE Hawaii; Mark Ritchie, Business Support Branch Chief, Business Development and Support Division, State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism; and David Sikkink, Acting Administrator, Hawaii Foreign-Trade Zone No. 9.

8:45-9:00 am:  Networking and Exhibitions

9:00- 9:45 am:  Session II (All sessions are complimentary. Please choose ONE session during this timeframe.)

a) Employment 101:  Know the law and protect yourself and your business. Speaker is John Knorek, Director, Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris.

b) Selling at Large Retailers. Speakers are Sharon Zambo-Fan, President, Sharon Zambo-Fan & Associates with Mike Irish, CEO, Diamond Head Seafood Company; Marylea Conrad, Owner, ki·ele; and Allison Izu Song, Owner, Allison Izu, LLC.

c) Manufacturing in Hawaii: Tax deductions and tax credits available for manufacturers. Speaker is Alan Schlissel, JD, MBA, LMM, Schlissel & Associates.

9:45-10:00 am:  Networking and Exhibitions

10:00-10:45 am:  Session III (All sessions are complimentary. Please choose ONE session during this timeframe.)

a) Starting a Business? Here’s what you need to know. Speakers are Reg Baker, Chair, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Small Business & Entrepreneurship Advocacy Committee and Ken Schoolland, Director, Hawaii Pacific University Entrepreneurship Center.

b) Happiness U: Creating a positive workplace & Building the Aloha Spirit into Your Business Model. Speakers are Alice Inoue, Chief Happiness Officer and Ramsay Taum, President and CEO, Life Enhancement Institute of the Pacific.

c) Energy in Business:  How to read your bill and control your costs. Speakers are Mark Ausbeck, Senior Project Manager, INNOVATE Hawaii and Michael Chang, Deputy Program Director, Hawaii Energy.

10:45-11:00 am:  Networking and Exhibitions

11:00-11:45 am:  Session IV (All sessions are complimentary. Please choose ONE session during this timeframe.)

a) Small Business Financing:  SBA Loan Guarantee & Micro-loan Programs. Speakers are U.S. Small Business Administration; Dennis Wong, Senior Vice President and Oahu Regional Manager, Hawaii National Bank; and Reg Baker, others (TBA).

b) How Payroll Companies Can Help Your Business. Speakers are Raymond Loo, Business Development Manager, Ceridian and Rory Brandt, President, Waikiki Payroll Services.

c) Business Legal Toolkit: Covering entity formation, compliance issues, real property, intellectual property, business contracts, and government relations. Speakers are Gregory Kim, Co-Founder, Business Law Corps and Cat Taschner, Co-Founder, Business Law Corps.

12:00-1:00 pm:  Lunch Program

luncheon presenters

Leadership in Business:  Starting, Growing & Revitalizing. Speakers are: James “Jimmy” Chan, Owner, General Manager, Hawaiian Chip Company, Bryan Luke, President & CEO, Hawaii National Bank and Monica Toguchi, President and Owner, Highway Inn. 

COST: $15 for Chamber Members, $20 for non-members

1:15-2:00 pm:  Session V (Please choose ONE session during this timeframe. Session A & B are complimentary to attend.)

a) How to Get a State Subsidy on Your Prepaid Healthcare Premiums. Speakers is Ed Wang, Prepaid Health Care Program Chief, Department of Labor & Industrial Relations.

b) How to Save Money on Your Energy Bill with Grants from the Government. Speaker is Michael Chang, Deputy Program Director, Hawaii Energy.

c) 1:15-2:45 pm: Running a Medical Practice: Employment 101, insurance for employers, management, overhead issues  and contracts. Presented in partnership with Hawaii Medical Association. Speakers are John Knorek, Director, Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington, and Harris and Rick Piper, Senior Business Development Manager, ProService Hawaii. COST: $10 for Chamber & HMA Members, $25 for non-members.

2:00-2:15 pm:  Networking and Exhibitions

2:15-3:00 pm:  Session VI (All sessions are complimentary. Please choose ONE session during this timeframe.)

a) Crowdfunding. Speaker is Nicholas von Wiegandt, Co-Founder, Island Funder.

b) Doing Business with the Government:  City, state and federal. Speakesr are Anthony Perreira, Division of Purchasing, City & County of Honolulu; Mara Smith, Training Director, State Procurement Office; and Erin Kanehira, Procurement Counselor, Hawaii Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

3:00 pm:  Pau

Parking onsite at NBC $6, paid upon entrance to parking structure

Mahalo to our sponsors!

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