Workshops & Seminars

The Hawai‘i SBDC offers a regular schedule of affordable workshops, conferences, and special events; each designed to teach practical, hands-on small business management skills.

Our trainings are facilitated by dynamic, knowledgeable instructors, and range in content from introductory to advanced in areas such as marketing, cash flow, financial stateme
nts, business valuation, sales, bookkeeping, accounting, strategic planning and much more.

Topics includ

  • Entrepreneur Self Assessment: Do You Have What It Takes?
    Explore pros and cons of owning a business, characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, and more

  • Fundamentals of Running Your Hawai‘i Business: Tools for Success  
    What do you need to ensure the success of your business? This overview touches on the topics of marketing and sales, budgeting, costing, pricing, financial statements, and more.

  • Starting Your Business: A Step-By-Step Guide
    Learn the process that is key to starting a business in Hawai‘i. Learn about options for business structures, insurance, tax
    considerations, state and city agencies and availability of financial assistance.

  • Writing A Business Plan: Your Company's Roadmap
    Every company needs a roadmap, and the business plan is it. Learn how to write yours.

  • Intellectual Property, Patents and Licensing
    What do you need to know to protect your products, services and brand in today’s global marketplace.

  • Expand Your Business into the International Market:  Exporting
    The Internet has enhanced the world access to goods and services.  Learn what it takes to become a part of the global marketplace.

  • Government Contracting
    Whether a direct supplier of goods or services to the government, or as a sub-contractor, the federal government can become your most important customer.  Learn how to enter the system.


The Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a program of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

This web site provides general information about the Hawai'i SBDC and other resource partners. The information contained in this website is not necessarily complete and does not constitute a contract. Information is subject to change at any given moment without prior notice and at the Hawai‘i SBDC's discretion. 

The Hawai‘i SBDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Hawai‘i SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency as well as reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with disabilities.