MBB will bring businesses into KSM classroom

Maui Business Brainstormers is expanding its activity during National Entrepreneurship Week (Feb. 17-24) by bringing business into the schools, with an inaugural all-day business workshop at Kamehameha Schools Maui to be held Friday on the KSM campus.

A partnership of the KSM Business Academy faculty and the volunteer organizers of MBB, the workshop will bring Kamehameha Schools alumni as well as local business owners into the classroom to share their startup and business experiences, along with prominent members of the local community, such as representatives of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, including Kai Pelayo and Teri Freitas Gorman.

Working with MBB to design the workshop, KSM Business Academy faculty member Keali’i Mossman describes the goal as “bringing business owners face to face with our students in a series of facilitated interactions, so the students gain a real sense of what it takes to succeed in business after graduation.”

Faculty member Tracy Razo adds, “We think this workshop offers a unique opportunity for our students to spend a day in the real world of business, learning transferable ideas and business principles in a supportive yet challenging setting.”

According to MBB workshop facilitator Lori Fisher, “Students will practice business and market analysis, as well as developing creative and innovative business ideas. Students will need to demonstrate teaming skills and practice clear and concise communication of ideas under time constraints. Additionally, they will need to practice active listening as they receive constructive feedback from the judging panel.”

As part of the workshop, board members of the MNHCoC will interact with students on specific proposals to link business to culture and community.

Other 2018 National Entrepreneurship Week events in Maui County will include business community forums focused on “Mom-and-Pop” retailers and services, being held at multiple locations across the county. MBB initiated Maui’s first-ever participation in National Entrepreneurship Week in 2017, with three days of educational events end to end across the island that began in Hana and concluded at Montage Kapalua Bay.

For more information on this year’s student workshop, follow Maui Business Brainstormers on Facebook or Twitter. To join MBB at no cost, go to www.Meetup.com/MauiBusinessBrainstormers.