Attendees Boost Their Financial IQ at MEDB’s Technical Assistance Series Workshop

Jul 21, 2015

When it comes to understanding one’s financials all types of businesses could use a boost. Such was the overwhelming sentiment by those who recently attended MEDB’s Technical Assistance Series workshop, “Boosting Your Financial IQ,” on Wednesday, July 15th.
Held at the MEDB Malcolm Center in Kihei, over 30 people attended the workshop led by accounting experts from Personal Accountant Inc. – CEO/Founder Lisa Wells, President Anastasia Winslow, and Associate in the Accounting/GE Tax Department, Chelsea Smith.
While various industries were represented ranging from agriculture, construction, finance, and hospitality to information services, manufacturing, retail, science/technology services – they all shared a common goal: to learn more about how they can improve their businesses’ efficiency, promote good accounting practices, and ultimately save on their taxes.
When you work for someone, your financials are done for you,” said Cecelia Hercik, Managing Director of Olavine Spa & Salon in Wailea Gateway Center. “But when you own your own business, you have to create your own accounts and understand what really makes financial sense.”
In addition to covering a variety of financial topics, the workshop also provided an opportunity for attendees to network with each other and to meet with the accounting experts on their own company’s accounting books, financial statements, and business setup.
MEDB’s Technical Assistance Series: Foundations for Business Success was created in an effort to help small businesses establish strong systems, processes, tools, and best practices to build a solid foundation for success.
“It is essential for any business to have a solid plan rooted in sound principles and practice to be competitive,” said Frank De Rego Jr., Director of Business Development Projects at Maui Economic Development Board. “The accounting seminar and the other workshops in the series can help businesses build their human capital in knowledge and skills, thus improving services and systems while giving team members more time to focus on growth strategies and customer care. Ultimately, these strategies will help businesses succeed.”
The Boosting Your Financial IQ” workshop was sponsored by the County of Maui, Maui Economic Development Board, and Personal Accountant Inc.
The next MEDB Technical Assistance Series workshop, “Minding Your Own Business: Entrepreneurial Psychology Basics and You,” will be held on Tuesday, August 4th.  Led by prominent entrepreneurial psychologist Dr. Jennifer Johnston-Jones, attendees will be guided through steps to rediscover their own strength, perseverance, and creativity by overcoming perceived limits then applying those hard won lessons in building their business.
For more information and to register online, visit or contact Frank De Rego Jr. at MEDB: email or call (808) 270-6807.