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MCBRC to hold free business workshops

November 15, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The Maui County Business Resource Center, a County of Maui project courtesy of the Mayor's Office of Economic Development, will hold free workshops in November.

All workshops are subject to change or cancellation and are held from noon to 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

"Competitive Positioning For Your Small Business" by Mike Kern will be held on Friday, Nov. 16.

If your business has no competition, then marketing is easy. But, if your prospects are overwhelmed by choice, you have work to do. You need to explain not only why they need what you're selling, but also why they should get it from you as opposed to your competitors. That requires two skills that are not common--deep insight into your ideal customer and strategic assessment of your competition. This workshop is designed for online and offline businesses to give you those two critical skills, so you can cut through the noise and clutter and become the obvious choice in your market without needing a Harvard MBA.

Attendees will receive an eight-part tutorial that goes into far more depth than can be covered in a single workshop. You will not want to miss this value packed, interactive workshop.

Kern provides assistance to businesses on Maui through his volunteer speaking engagements and workshops. Through the years, he has owned many businesses in multiple industries, usually selling to larger corporations or completing an IPO. His specialty is business finance, marketing and sales, and operations.

"Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Pono Center - How Can it Help Your Small Business?" by Susie Thieman will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Are you in need of a training facility, conference room, office space or a commercial kitchen? Lokahi Pacific's Pono Center has it all for you. Come join Thieman, interim executive director of Lokahi Pacific, as she discusses all the options available at the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Pono Center in Wailuku.

"Understanding Your Credit And Scores" by Jason Hall will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27. This 60-minute crash course on how to improve your credit scores will cover how to deal with collections, tax liens, judgments, late payments, foreclosures and short sales on your credit report. Find out how this information can possibly be removed in less than seven years to improve your scores.

Hall, a board certified credit expert, is a credit consultant and was previously a senior loan officer and production manager.

"Got Conflict? How To Work With a Conflict Management Professional to Bring Peace to Your Workplace" will be offered by Sunny Gutierrez, on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

This workshop will provide an overview of the benefits of working with mediators and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) professionals in the workplace. Topics include recognizing the cost of unhealthy conflict, differences between a mediator, facilitator and conflict coach, and why current attempts to resolve conflict in the workplace are not working. Participants will learn techniques to help them become more conflict literate and how to work with a mediator to address and manage issues in the workplace.

Gutierrez is a mediator, trainer, and facilitator who specializes in issues facing today's families and business organizations. She has a Master's Degree in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Management. In practice since 1999, she is the founder of Common Ground Mediation Services LLC and CG Hawai'i Group. She is the past program director at Mediation Services of Maui and is a lecturer for the University of Hawai'i Maui College.

Call 873-8247 to reserve a seat in any of these classes.

 
 

 

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