WAILUKU - The Maui County Business Resource Center is offering free workshops this month ranging from the nuts and bolts of a business plan to "business networking and sex."
The hourlong workshops are organized by the Mayor's Office of Economic Development and will be held in the Maui County Business Resource Center at the IHOP end of the Maui Mall.
The workshops offered follow:
* "The ABCs Of A Business Plan," Wednesday, 1 p.m. Craig Swift, director of the Maui Economic Opportunity Business Development Corp., will discuss the reasons for writing a business plan. He has more than 35 years of experience in owning, managing and lending to small businesses. Participants will receive an outline of a business plan from MEO's Core Four Business Plan Course.
* "Self Employment As Your Next Career," Friday, noon. Ed Gazmen, an advocate of self-employment as a career and a certified life coach, will be the presenter for this seminar.
* "The Top 3 Roadblocks To A Successful Private Practice," March 14, noon. Julie Migneault will lead the workshop that examines what might be truly holding someone back from a thriving private practice. This seminar is for service professionals who struggle to attract clients, to charge what their worth or to keep a steady flow of clients.
* "Business Networking And Sex (It's Not What You Think)," March 20, noon. Robert Santry, who serves as chief executive officer and master coach-consultant-trainer of Life & Success Adventures, will lead the course. He aims to help people discover their passion and purpose and turn that into a profit-making business.
* "Making Your Business Legit - Legal Advice For Small Businesses," March 21, noon. Shannon S. Imlay of McKeon Imlay Mehling LLLC will lead the class. The course will cover the different types of entities and benefits of each, the importance of insurance and how to operate a professional business. She will discuss the options available for new and growing businesses.
* "Talk Story About Starting A Non Profit," March 22, noon. Stuart Funke-d'Egnuff, the executive director for the Tri-Isle RC&D Council, will lead the course. He has assisted nonprofits in their startup phase and works with grant applicants and recipients and funding institutions. The workshop will cover details on how to set up a nonprofit entity.
* "Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Pono Center - How Can It Help Your Small Business," March 27, noon. Susie Thieman, interim executive director of Lokahi Pacific, will lead the workshop. She will discuss options available at the Pono Center in Wailuku, which has a training room that holds 35 people, a conference room and a commercial kitchen.
Reservations are required; call 873-8247.