Women in Business Seminar Series focuses on opening new doors of opportunity

Apr 1, 2021

On March 24, the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) in partnership with the YWCA Oahu’s Minority Business Development Agency’s Enterprising Women of Color Business Center launched the initial presentation of their “Women in Business Seminar Series.”

Shan Wirt, Director of MBDA Enterprising Women of Color Business Center

Over 600 people registered for this information-packed webinar entitled “Getting SBA Certified as a Woman-Owned Small Business: Opening New Doors of Opportunity” which featured presenters: Leslie Wilkins, President & CEO of MEDB; Shan Wirt, Director of YWCA Oahu’s Minority Business Development Agency’s Enterprising Women of Color Business Center; Gary Albitz, Business Consultant for MEDB; and Wayne Wong, Small Business Development Center Maui (SBDC).

Those who missed the webinar can view the replay at https://www.medb.org/replay-q-and-a-and-resources-to-women-in-business-seminar-series-1/.

Leslie Wilkins, President & CEO, MEDB

According to Wilkins, “We selected the timing of our first webinar to celebrate Women’s History Month. According to the State of Hawaii Data Book 2019, Hawaii’s 44,000+ women-owned businesses generate $7 million a year – 47% of women-owned businesses nationally are women of color. Our panelists and their teams represent programs, technical assistance, first-hand experience, and coaching expertise available to help guide Hawaii’s entrepreneurs to becoming certified as an SBA Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB). They are pleased to share a number of resources for growing one’s business.”

“Women have made tremendous strides in their contributes to our state’s workforce and economy,” said Wirt. “Today, opportunities are abundant for minority women-owned small businesses and we’re here to help level the playing field.”

The following were some of the opportunities and resources shared during the March 24th Women in Business Seminar:

For a full list resources shared during the Women in Business Seminar Series kickoff presentation, visit the replay page at https://www.medb.org/replay-q-and-a-and-resources-to-women-in-business-seminar-series-1/.

The MBDA Enterprising Women of Color Business Center at YWCA Oahu is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency. It is one of five new business centers established across the nation in September 2020 to help minority women-owned businesses grow through financial and business counseling, workshops and other resources.

MEDB is a nonprofit corporation established in 1982 to focus on diversifying Maui County’s economy. MEDB’s mission involves taking innovative actions to strengthen existing businesses and building pathways to new economic opportunities for all our residents.

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