Women in Business to talk story in July 20 webinar

Anderson Hacken

(L to R) Lori Silva, Creator of Napua‘ala Nina Han, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Weekday Studio Melia Foster, President & Proprietor, Meli Wraps and Jennifer Schettewi, Co-founder, Pono Chocolate of Pāʻia 

Small business house owners and business owners will be inspired and can master from Hawaiʻi-dependent women company owners as they talk story about their organization accomplishment and possibilities that came from certification as a Girls/Minority Owned Smaller Organization.

The webinar, offered by Maui Financial Progress Board—with support of the Small Business enterprise Administration, County of Maui, and Women’s Company Company Council—is section of the Ladies in Small business Seminar Sequence and will be held on the net 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20.

4 speakers will share why they determined to go after certification, how they overcame their personal doubts or issues to carry on, and how it has impacted their small business. Their tales, and answers to viewers questions, can enable listeners make the ideal selection for their company.

Melia Foster, President and sole owner of Meli Wraps, was born and raised on Kaua’i and currently life in Kīlauea with her two sons. Meli Wraps create large top quality Beeswax Wraps and Rolls as a sustainable option to plastic wrap for food stuff storage.

“I’ve often loved creating items on my possess and have been an entrepreneur most of my existence. I started Meli Wraps with a single of my greatest buddies in 2015 as a way to minimize plastic waste on our world. I experienced created a couple modest companies ahead of but none of them fed my soul like this one particular,” reported Foster.

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Maui-based mostly Nina Hans is the co-founder and Artistic Director at Weekday Studio, a brand design studio. Weekday’s shoppers include things like Nike, Converse, CBRE, Hawaiʻi Condition Art Museum, 20th Century Fox and much more.  

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“I’m passionate about turning corporations into brand names, helping one particular stand out in the marketplace and creating a larger relationship with prospects,” explained Nina, a new mom who enjoys the article-pandemic acceptance of at last becoming capable to take teleconference calls from mattress.

Lori Silva, Napua’ala, acquired how to make soaps and lotions while enrolled at Honolulu Neighborhood College-Cosmetology University.

“Making these solutions by hand fascinated me. I graduated and became a Cosmetologist in 1984. I hoped that ‘one day’ I’d have my have physique treatment line, but my goals of my system care line were being put on the back burner,” claimed Lori who in 1990 relocated to Utah with her husband.

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On visits household to Hawaiʻi, Silva would research to come across a human body treatment solution that really smelled like pikake, her favourite Hawaiʻi flower, to deliver house to Utah.  Finding practically nothing manufactured a lightbulb minute: “If I just cannot uncover it, I’ll make it!”

Centered back in Hawaiʻi, 18 several years later on, lots of hard function including the final 5 decades to ideal products and solutions, her “one day” has arrived — Napua’ala (which in Hawaiian means ‘scent of the flower’) was born.

Jennifer Schettewi has been a resident of Maui considering that July 2014, living in SprecklesvilleA working towards lawyer with a serious estate license, Schettewi co-founded Pono Chocolate, LLC with her small business husband or wife (and buddy) Janet Allen in 2016. Donating significantly of their income to nearby charities, Pono Chocolate is sold domestically and wanting to extend its brand.

Each of the speakers will give a shorter presentation on their organization journey adopted by a spherical of Q & A with issues by a moderator as well as these supplied by the viewers.

The Women of all ages in Small business Seminar series was designed to guideline organizations in Maui and Hawaiʻi towards SBA Gals Owned Little Small business certifications. Companies can get qualified as staying a 51% owned and operated (Minority, Females, Veteran) in buy to qualify for particular thought in govt and non-public contracts and to take part in a sponsor company’s Supplier Variety method. Corporations this kind of as Disney, Intel, AT&T, Important League Baseball, and MGM have prerequisites to involve a specified percentage of buys from varied suppliers.

Leslie Wilkins, MEDB’s President and CEO, mentioned, “We have partnered with the Women’s Organization Enterprise Council to support facilitate the certification method. MEDB is offering scholarships for Maui-primarily based females-owned enterprises to sign up for the WBEC system.” 

A further webinar will be offered in August with a emphasis on the Supplier Diversity method accessible to accredited business. You can find out additional about the July 20 webinar and register at https://www.medb.org/chat-story-chances-for-ladies-minority-owned-little-businesses-wosb-mosb/

MEDB is a nonprofit corporation recognized in 1982 with a mission to direct and encourage innovation in business, instruction, and neighborhood. The corporation was a short while ago awarded a nationally aggressive SBA Community Navigator Pilot Software grant to create small business capability in underserved and rural communities. The SBA grant is funding this program in component and is enabling MEDB’s perform in creating shared economic prosperity.  

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