The Hawai‘i SBDC Network has started the recruitment process to have a Maui consultant on board by Fisher’s departure this fall.
Fisher opened the Maui SBDC Center at Maui Community College in September of 1990, later becoming one of the first tenants in 1992 at the Maui Research & Technology Center (MRTC), a 40,000-square-foot facility that is home to a variety of technology ventures.
From biotechnology to astronomy, MRTC provides its client companies with useful resources in an environment where they can grow into profitable businesses.
David Fisher announced recently that he will be leaving the Maui Branch of the Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network this fall to start a new private practice, Maui Venture Consulting LLC. He will continue to be a vital asset to Maui’s business community with this new venture, and will maintain his positions on various boards, Websites and teach at Maui Community College this fall.
“It has been a great honor and pleasure helping entrepreneurs on Maui over the last two decades,” said Fisher. “In this economy, it is clear that more hands-on help is needed, along with greater flexibility and creativity.”
Fisher has worked with over 3,000 entrepreneurs to create a $100 million economic impact on Maui. In 2006, the U.S. Small Business Administration honored Fisher as the State of Hawai‘i Financial Services Champion and as the Minority Business Advocate in 1999.
He also taught the first Internet classes on Maui in 1990, and created one of the first Websites on Maui, including the very first Website of any of the nation’s Small Business Development Centers in 1994.
His new business, Maui Venture Consulting, will continue to offer many of the great services offered by the SBDC and will also offer more extended projects, including writing business plans, market research, Website development, financial analysis, planning, fundraising and organizational development.
Fisher will also be available to help nonprofit organizations and larger businesses outside of Maui.
Early on, Fisher will be working on expanding www.CoolProjectsMaui.com, his “Website and blog with podcasts on cool projects, tools, ideas and resources in Hawai‘i and sometimes elsewhere.”
Fisher will be teaching “An Introduction to the Semantic Web,” along with a “How to Grow Your Business” class at MCC this fall and will continue to be on the boards of the Hawai‘i Venture Capital Association and Akaku Community Television.