Downtown Uncorked
5:30 PM17:30

Downtown Uncorked

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Grab your friends and join us for a fabulous evening of seasonal food, wine and beer tasting in Elizabeth Fuller Hall, YWCA O'ahu. Our silent wine auction is sure to be packed with desirable labels and the Lucky Draw will have several fantastic high ticket items.

Limited sponsored tables available. Please contact Colleen at

Fee: $ 60.00


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When:  Monday, October 30, 2017 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Where:   Fuller Hall, YWCA O’ahu, Laniakea

1040 Richards Street, Honolulu, (PARK AT ALII PLACE)

Who:  Hawaii Emerging Leaders Graduating Class of 2017

Program: Includes Hawaii Emerging Alumni, Small Business Experts, Community Leaders 

Hosted by: Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (MCBL)

What:  Graduation Ceremony, Heavy Pupu's, Cash Bar

 $30 registration Fee (includes ONE DRINK)


The Emerging Leaders 2017 cohort plus, 1 guest, as well as the 2017 Guest Experts, may attend free of charge. Please use Promotion Code: EMERGING
All other guests please register and pay online. Each attendee must register separately.


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10th Annual Wahine Forum
7:30 AM07:30

10th Annual Wahine Forum

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MCBL & YWCA O'ahu are proud to support the 10th annual Wahine Forum on Thursday, October 26 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballrooms, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

We invite you to attend the conference where you can save $35 off regular admission when you register using the exclusive promotional code: YWCA-WF17


Join us and 800+ attendees at Hawaii’s largest leadership and career development conference for women. This year the theme is Work Together, Rise Together, focusing on the importance of effective partnerships and collaboration in the workplace. Connect with like-minded wahine and cultivate relationships at this a full day forum featuring national speakers and local leaders. 



Morning General Session

“Pay It Forward: Women Helping Women”

Keynote speaker, Miriam Hernandez-Kakol of KPMG, will discuss the importance of women mentoring women, and offer specific steps businesswomen can take today to ensure the future is even brighter for the next generation of women leaders.



Additional Sessions
Attendees will also choose two workshops from the following:


·         We Started At The Bottom, Now We’re Here

·         Stand Out by Being Outstanding

·         Handling Difficult Conversations & Making Difficult Decisions

·         Live a Life Well Planned (Disclosure)

·         Negotiating So Everyone Wins

·         Leading Through the Generations

·         Building Your Confidence

·         It’s Not My Job

·         Design Thinking



Closing General Session

“How We Rise”

End bullying, increase support, and build confidence. A talk story with local female leaders and Olga Khazan from The Atlantic, author of the article “Why Do Women Bully Each Other at Work?”


National Speakers

·         Olga Khazan, Award-Winning Staff Writer, The Atlantic

·         Marilyn Romano, Regional VP, Alaska Airlines

·         Renée McKaskle, SVP & CIO, Hitachi Vantara

·         Tiffani Bova, Customer Growth and Innovation Evangelist, Salesforce


Local Speakers:

·         Amanda Corby Noguchi, , Creative Director & Owner, Under my Umbrella, & Co-Founder, Pili Group

·         Ani Martirosian Menon, Regional Account Relationship Manager of Hawaii, KPMG

·         Bliss Lau, Owner & Designer, Bliss Lau

·         Bridgadier General Suzanne P. Vares-Lum, U.S. Army

·         Brittany Heyd, General Counsel, 1776

·         Divina Gonzales-Maruyama, Assistant Vice President & Team Leader, Wealth Advisory Division, First Hawaiian Bank

·         Dr. Kim-Ahn Nguyen, President & CEO, Blood Bank

·         Emily Porter, Executive VP, Operations and Strategy, MacNaughton Group

·         Jana Lam, Owner, Jana Lam

·         Joanne Lee, Associate, Goodsill

·         Jodi Wilmott, General Manager, World Surf League

·         Jules Kremer, Head of Developer Relations, Angula Team, Google

·         Katie Kaanapu, Senior Manager of Marketing & Public Relations, China Oceanwide

·         Katie McNeil, Principal, G70

·         Kelly Hoen, General Manager, Outrigger

·         Kristin Fernandez, MD, Medical Director of Pediatrics, The Queen’s Medical Center – West Oahu

·         Lauren Nahme, Vice President of Strategy & Innovation, Kamehameha Schools

·         Lavonne Leong, Senior Writer, Hawaii Business magazine

·         Maile Meyer, Founder, Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii

·         Malia Kaaihue, President, DTL Hawaii

·         Maya Rogers, CEO, Blue Planet Software

·         Miriam Hernandez-Kakol, Partner, KPMG

·         Randi Fernandez, Hotel Manager, Prince Waikiki

·         Robbie Dingeman, Editor, HONOLULU Magazine

·         Shari Chang, CEO, Girls Scouts of Hawaii

·         Siana Austin Hunt, President & CEO, Make-a-Wish-Hawaii

·         Sunshine Topping, VP of Human Resources, Hawaiian Telcom

·         Susan Eichor, President & COO, aio

·         Terri Funakoshi, Director, Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership, YWCA

...and more!



Workshop space is limited, reserve your spot today!

For more information and registration:


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Grantsmanship Training Program
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Grantsmanship Training Program

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Are you working to change your community? Will more funding help you create that change? Join generations of social advocates who’ve achieved success through the Grantsmanship Training Program®. Learn how to do the research, make a plan, and secure the funding you need.

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Small Business Day! Conference & Expo
1:00 PM13:00

Small Business Day! Conference & Expo

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Thursday, May 18
Seminars: 1:00pm-3:30pm
Expo/ Pau Hana: 3:30pm-6:30pm


Hawaii Convention Center
Third Floor

1801 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu HI 96815

Celebrate Hawaii's Small Business Community

Pacific Business News- 2017 Business Growth Day Conference & Expo.

 Attend seminars, workshops, our Small Business Growth Pau Hana Expo, and more!

All-Day Ticket: $60
Includes entry to all seminars and expo/pau hana with complimentary beer, wine, and heavy hors d'oeuvres- plus parking!


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LMB Alumni Networking Event
5:30 PM17:30

LMB Alumni Networking Event

LMB Alumni Networking Event

Thursday, May 04, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Did you know that LMB will be starting it's 9th cohort in June? This is your chance to not only catch-up with your own cohort but to meet all the other LMB graduates! Whether you are currently in business, still trying to open a business or have completely changed directions, come and share what's new with you and make valuable connections and contacts. Be sure to bring your business cards!

Event Details:
Heavy pupus and no-host bar
Minute Mic. Speed Networking
New LMB Alumni Benefits
Updates on MCBL and meet the new team at MCBL!


Fee: $ 15.00


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Launch My Business Graduation
5:30 PM17:30

Launch My Business Graduation

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A private event celebrating the Launch My Business Cohort 8 Graduation. Located in the beautiful YWCA O`ahu Courtyard, join us for heavy pupus, a no-host bar and graduation ceremony. Please register if you are a cohort member and register/pay if you are an invited guest of a graduate.

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All Small Mentor-Protégé Program(MPP) Free Event
9:00 AM09:00

All Small Mentor-Protégé Program(MPP) Free Event

Please join the SBA Hawaii District Office and The Patsy Mink Center for Business & Leadership for the first 2017 WOSB Roundtable on the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) featuring Michael Youth, Lead Business Opportunity Specialist /8(a)Business Development (BD)

DATE: Wednesday, March 1st

TIME: 9:00-11:00am

PLACE: SBA Hawaii District Office   500 Ala Moana BlvdSuite 1-306

This is a FREE EVENT!

Please email Kelli Namba at, if you would like to register to attend, by 2/27.


About the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program

The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 provided authority for the Small Business Administration to establish mentor-protégé programs for all small businesses. Rather than creating separate programs for each constituency – Service Disabled Veteran Owned BusinessesWomen Owned Small BusinessesHistorically Underutilized Business Zones - the SBA chose to create a single, all-inclusive mentor-protégé program modeled on the successful mentor-protégé program available to participants in its 8(a) program.

The purpose of the new program is to develop strong protégé firms through mentor-provided business development assistance, and to help protégés successfully compete for government contracts. Mentor-provided assistance can be sought for any, or all of the following activities:

  • Management and Technical Assistance
    Internal business management systems; accounting processes; marketing and business/strategic planning assistance; technology transfers; and manufacturing assistance.
  • Financial Assistance
    In the form of equity investments and/or loans; and bonding.
  • Contracting Assistance
    Contracting processes; capabilities; acquisitions; and performance.
  • Trade Education
    International Trade business and strategic planning; finding markets; and learning how to export.
  • Business Development Assistance
    Strategy; and identifying contracting and partnership opportunities.
  • General and/or Administrative Assistance
    Business processes and support; human resource sharing; security clearance support; and capacity building.
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Entrepreneurship Week
8:30 AM08:30

Entrepreneurship Week

Ignite Your Ideas - National Entrepreneurship Week

Join Microsoft and The Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership for an event designed especially for budding entrepreneurs and early stage start-ups. 

If this is the year you are ready to kick-start your business idea, this is the event for you!

  • Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
  • Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Type: Business
  • Category: Business, Entrepreneur, Networking
  • Audience: Businesses, General

Richie Norton- Keynote Speaker

  • Learn the fundamentals of how to get your business idea up and off the ground
  • An opportunity to network with other local startups and entrepreneurs and win prizes

Sign up today. Space is limited and you won’t want to miss out!

Register Here

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Launch My Business™ MCBL’s Signature Business Training Course 1st Class is Free!
5:30 PM17:30

Launch My Business™ MCBL’s Signature Business Training Course 1st Class is Free!


  Launch My Business™ Orientation

FREE COURSE - Friday, January 27th

5:30pm – 7:30pm




Client In-Take Form

The Client In-Take form is required to attend the Orientation. Once you submit the form a representative from MCBL will contact you to confirm receipt and registration into the Orientation workshop. 

This is a general business course covering the essential steps to starting a small business. Attendance is FREE and open to the public. Participation in this introductory course is required for those interested in applying to the 7-week Launch My Business training course.

For more Information See Programs Tab- 

 Launch My Business™

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9:00 AM09:00


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Grant Writing Workshop

  • Saturday, December 17, 2016
  • 9:00am  4:00pm
  • Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership 1040 Richards Street Honolulu, HI, 96813 United States 


Non Profit, Not-for Profit? What's it all About?

A Full Day "How To" Workshop for Community Visionaries

If you or your group are developing a new program or initiative to help solve a social problem, then this workshop is for you! The NON-PROFIT TOOLKIT is presented by the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership for aspiring social entrepreneurs and new non-profit managers.
This entry level course will explain:
• How and why the non-profit business model works for those focused on community development
• How to get organized
• The basics of non-profit funding and management
• Shifting paradigms in social responsibility: a look at the emerging “for-benefit” business model
Speaker(s): Noela Napoleon, MCBL Small Business Instructor/Lead Counselor

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