Nerd Nite: Year of the Limu

Nerd Nite this upcoming Tuesday, August 2, where Nerd Nite is teaming up with the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant to feature The Year of the Limu! For those joining in person, we will again be at Anna O’Briens upstairs, doors at 7PM and talks at 7:30PM. If you are opting to join online, you can do so at this link and this will be our LAST HYBRID event as we will be going full in-person moving forward: ID: 954 9520 4933Passcode: besquare
As always, we have three awesome talks prepared for you all!
Speaker 1: Uncle Wally ItoLimu, An Indicator of Ahupua’a Health and Resilience

Wally Ito, self proclaimed limu nerd, at the age of 60, earned a BS Marine Biology degree from Hawaii Pacific University. He has been walking the shorelines of One’ula and Awawamalu for many years, listening to and learning from limu. Come and hear about some of those lessons learned.
Speaker 2: Bri OrnelasShe knew, they knew, but did you know about limu? Why limu is essential in the ocean, on our plates, and to Hawaiian culture. Just your friendly neighborhood limu lady. When Bri is not in the tidepools or behind a computer, she is making lei. Currently surviving not thriving her way through the last of her Masters in Botany.
Speaker 3:  Malia HeimuliKa Uluwehi O Ke Kai, a celebration of Limu!Hear how we claimed 2022 as the Year of the Limu in Hawaiʻi and what does the song Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai teach us about limu and life? Malia is the Limu Hui Coordinator with Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo (KUA) who is a lover of poke bowls, sketchbooks, driving down backroads, and kanikapila sessions.
Be there and be square!

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HTDC Grant Info Session

If you’re interested in learning more about HTDC grant programs , join us in our in-person info session.

Manufacturing Assistance Program Grant

Purpose of fostering economic and employment growth in the state

Offers local manufacturers grant funding of up to a 20% reimbursement, not to exceed $100,000 on qualified expenses

Qualified expenses include manufacturing equipment purchases, training to use the equipment, energy efficiency projects, and manufacturing feasibility studies
Applications will open on Friday, September 16, 2022 and will close on Wednesday, December 23, 2022.

Hawaii SBIR Match Funding

Support companies in developing new innovation through Federal research funds to solve critical conditions
Applications must have received federal SBIR/STTR grants/ contracts to qualify
Offers up to 50% match
Able to apply for reimbursement for grant writing costs of their initial grant application
Applications will open on Monday, November 14, 2022 and will close on Wednesday, December 23, 2022.

Please register by Friday, August 12 at 5pm. After registration closes, we will send more detailed information about the event (event site, parking, and so on). If you face difficulties with registration, please contact Olivia at

If you have any questions about the MAP grant or are interested to stay up to date please email

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Logo vs. Brand

Hawai‘i SBDC invites you its Pathways to Profits series of webinars designed for entrepreneurs who are already in business and want to take their company to the next level.
This event helps business owners to review their packaging and design work to help elevate their products. Topics include:

Learn the difference between a logo and branding
What to look for when decision on your design work
Function versus form—design with purpose

In this webinar, participants will hear from and engage with design and label decal production experts Susan Hanes and Elliot Olinger of Dana Labels, a local family-owned small business in Hawaii since 1970.

Susan Hanes, Director of Development – Dana Labels
Elliot Olinger, Production Manager – Dana Labels

The Hawai‘i SBDC is a program of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement No. SBAHQ-21-B0076 with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. 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. Please give two weeks advance notice. Arrangements can be made by calling 945-1430.
Hawai‘i SBDC is an equal opportunity employer.
Fee: $ 15.00
We accept Visa & MasterCard only. No cash payments.
It is a non-refundable workshop unless Hawaii SBDC Network cancels. Pre-registration required at our website If payment not received at the time of registration, it will be cancelled automatically!
Photo by Aleks Dorohovich on Unsplash.

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Maui TechOhana with Omar Sultan

Omar Sultan is an investor, mentor, and community builder who believes entrepreneurship and innovation is key to shaping the world’s future for the better. Maui Economic Development Board welcomes Omar as our guest speaker at the next virtual Maui TechOhana on Wednesday, July 27 at 5 pm to talk story about his experiences as a champion of innovation in Hawaii.
An internationally recognized thought leader in building innovation communities through entrepreneurship and education, Omar is the co-founder and managing partner of Sultan Ventures, a boutique venture investment firm, and its nationally recognized, award-winning XLR8® programs including: XLR8UH®, ranked as one of the top 30 accelerators in the USA; XLR8HI®, Hawaii’s Entrepreneurship Center; and recently XLR8YOUTH, a youth accelerator program.
Named one of Hawaii Business Magazine’s 20 for the next 20 and Pacific Business News’ Forty under 40, Omar, along with his brother Tarik, has been recognized as the Hawaii Venture Capital Association’s Investors of the Year, and by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the State of Hawaii Small Business Advocates for Innovation. For over a decade Sultan Ventures has driven innovation forward by providing onramps to entrepreneurship and championing visionary entrepreneurs who are improving the way we live and work.
“Our team is deeply passionate about building a robust innovation and knowledge-based ecosystem across the islands that utilizes emerging technologies but is always grounded in ALOHA”, Omar observes. “Working with trusted partners and the community to build a secure future for our residents, especially our keiki, provides a stronger, healthier foundation for diversified, high wage, high growth careers and business opportunities.”
In 2020, as a direct response to the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Omar architected and helped run a state-funded program (Aloha Connects Innovation) to assist displaced workers affected by COVID-19 to get up-skilled, re-skilled, and cross-skilled in more resilient emerging industries and innovation sectors. The program provided employment and healthcare for individuals, converting the loss of jobs into potential new career opportunities for Hawaii residents, while meaningfully diversifying and strengthening Hawai‘i’s economy. Reaching over 3,000 people, the program employed more than 600 individuals at over 130 companies across the State, including: Hawaii Island, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Niihau, and Oahu.
Omar reflects, “I’ve always believed that prosperity must be a shared value— a core concept in the design and intention behind ACI. It took a village (across multiple islands) to make ACI work. Successful innovation is driven by connection (not individuals or entities working solo) and ACI is a testament to the power of our community to connect and create exponential positive change for Hawaii. ACI is anchored by the values of ALOHA (Akahai, Lokahi, ‘Olu‘olu, Ha‘aha‘a, and Ahonui) as taught by the late Uncle Pono Shim, a dear friend and mentor, who also believed we need everyone’s gifts to see abundance in Hawaii, because a single entity cannot do the work of a community.
Supported by the County of Maui and the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation, Maui TechOhana events provide anyone interested in Maui’s County’s tech industry with unique learning experiences and informal networking opportunities. This meeting will be virtual and will take advantage of breakout rooms to encourage information sharing and social interaction amongst the participants.“MEDB seeks to provide our local entrepreneurs and small business owners the practical knowledge, skills and resources they need to aim high and succeed,” said Frank De Rego, Jr., Director of Business Development Projects for MEDB. “We at MEDB are honored to have Omar Sultan join us and thank him for being a valued partner in developing our tech innovation sector.”
Maui TechOhana is on July 27 at 5:00 pm via Zoom. Registration is necessary and places are limited.–rqDkpHNx4CfsyScyxN3Gs4XaRY2E3

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Ethics of Technology

What causes and enables high profile members of the financial, business, and legal communities to lie, cheat and steal?
Join our 2022 ethics conversation series as a number of knowledgeable professionals from the business, legal, education, medical, political, environmental and athletic communities participate to examine business and legal ethics from the beginning of the decade to today’s ongoing and headline-making ethical conundrums.
Licensed attorneys are eligible for continuing legal education (CLE) credits.
Ethics of Technology: August 2, 6–7:30 p.m.

Vincent Kimura, director of programs and partnerships, UH Ideation Studio, and founder of SmartYields
Ken Tuchman, chairman and chief executive officer, TTEC

About Will Weinstein
Will K. Weinstein is a money manager who has held principal positions at a wide array of firms in the financial industry. This is Weinstein’s 18th summer teaching the course “Integrity and Ethics in the Real World,” at the UH Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law and the Shidler College of Business, introducing special guest speakers to the university and making this learning opportunity available to the public.

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Informational Webinar: Workforce Digital Transformation

Using digital transformation to help your company.

Brought to you by INNOVATE Hawaii (HTDC), this informational webinar (2-hours) is designed to introduce Hawaii businesses to elements of digital transformation and new ways to meet the needs of modern learners.
The overall goal of workforce digital transformation is to help Hawaii manufacturers capture institutional knowledge and standard work, develop training content, and reduce onboarding costs using digital formats and emerging technologies such as video-based learning, augmented reality, and virtual reality.

Target Audience: Hawaii Manufacturing Companies


Review what a Digital Transformation is and how it can help your company.
Describe the program elements of a Digital Transformation.
Understand how the OMEP Cloud works and facilitate Digital Transformation initiative.
Explain the difference between Video, Augmented, and Virtual Reality content.
Understand the basic steps of turning video into training content.

Please register by Friday, August 12 at 5pm. After registration closes, we will send a Zoom link to all registered participants. If you face difficulties with registration, please contact Olivia at

About the Speaker:
Russ is an experienced Program Manager in design, deployment, and management of global development programs that reduce operating expenses and increase organizational efficiency and effectiveness. He has been a Manufacturing Consultant with OMEP for over the past 6 years helping business in Oregon meet their business goals. During his 30-year career, he has managed small and large teams that have delivered and exceeded performance goals. Russ is skilled in defining and executing strategic and operational objectives that deliver results. He is one of the subject matter experts in the OMEP Cloud (Operational Management System) and a lead in OMEP’s Digital Transformation program


INNOVATE Hawaii is the state’s NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network Center, which supports small and medium-sized manufacturers to enhance their productivity, growth, and technical performance through programs and services across the islands.

Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism
DBEDT is Hawaii’s resource center for economic and statistical data, business development opportunities, energy and conservation information, and foreign trade advantages.

The Business Development & Support Division (BDSD) promotes industry development and diversification in Hawaii by supporting existing and emerging industries; attracting new investment and businesses that can create more high-skilled, quality jobs in the State; increasing exports of Hawaii products and services; expanding Hawaii’s participation in global trade and commerce; by supporting small business and community-based organizations; and building resiliency to downturn in defense industry spending.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, contact Olivia at or (808)539-3841 as soon as possible. Requests made as early as possible will allow adequate time to fulfill your request. Upon request, this notice is available in alternate formats such as large print, Braille, or electronic copy.

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Know Your Candidate – Congress

Learn more about the CD 1 and CD 2 candidates in individual hour-long interviews with Civil Beat.

Honolulu Civil Beat, in partnership with Chaminade University, presents the Know Your Candidate event series featuring one-on-one discussions with leading candidates for Congressional Districts 1 and 2.
Hosted by Civil Beat Politics and Opinion Editor Chad Blair, these hour-long discussions will be held in-person at Chaminade University’s Clarence T.C. Ching Conference Room. Each discussion will also be live-streamed.
Those who register for a virtual ticket will receive links to all four live discussions and recordings. In-person registration requires separate tickets for each event at check-out.

Submit your questions for the candidates here!
There are parking lots and accessible parking located near Eiben Hall, where the Clarence T.C. Ching Conference Room is located on the 2nd floor. Please see map below and follow the directional signs pointing to you to the event!

By registering for this event, you’ll receive a subscription to Civil Beat’s free e-newsletters. And don’t worry, we hate spam too! You can unsubscribe any time by clicking the link at the bottom of each email.

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SEO Workshop

Topic: Marketing and Sales

Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Learning and VBOC invite you to this virtual event to learn about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and how it can help your business grow. We will review several areas listed below and then create a blog post utilizing several SEO best practices for On-Page SEO and content writing.

Defining SEO and its importance
SEO optimization techniques
SEO copywriting
7 steps to successful SEO
Keyword research
Hands-on blog post writing

Facilitator: Brandon Hughes, founder of Hoku Marketing. Brandon is a digital marking strategist who partners with CEOs, executives, and solo-preneurs to grow their brands. Having worked in the corporate environment, as a franchise owner, and independent business owner, Brandon knows what creates sales in the digital environment.
Facilitated by Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (MCBL)

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