Ladies in Trade to speak tale in July 20 webinar

Ladies in Trade to speak tale in July 20 webinar
(L to R) Lori Silva, Writer of Napua‘ala; Nina Han, Co-Founder & Ingenious Director, Weekday Studio; Melia Foster, President & Proprietor, Meli Wraps; and Jennifer Schettewi, Co-founder, Pono Chocolate of Pāʻia 

Trade homeowners and marketers can be impressed and will be told from Hawaiʻi-based women folk industry homeowners as they speak tale about their industry good fortune and alternatives that got here from certification as a Ladies/Minority Owned Small Trade.

The webinar, offered through Maui Financial Building Board—with improve of the Small Trade Management, County of Maui, and Ladies’s Trade Endeavor Council—is a part of the Ladies in Trade Seminar Sequence and can be held on-line 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20.

4 audio system will percentage why they determined to pursue certification, how they overcame their very own doubts or inquiries to continue, and the way it has impacted their industry. Their tales, and solutions to target audience questions, can lend a hand listeners make the most efficient determination for his or her industry.

Melia Foster, President and sole proprietor of Meli Wraps, used to be born and raised on Kaua’i and recently lives in Kīlauea along with her two sons. Meli Wraps produce top quality Beeswax Wraps and Rolls as a sustainable selection to plastic wrap for meals garage.

“I’ve all the time beloved developing issues alone and feature been an entrepreneur maximum of my lifestyles. I began Meli Wraps with one in every of my very best pals in 2015 to be able to scale back plastic waste on our planet. I had created a couple of small companies prior to however none of them fed my soul like this one,” stated Foster.


Maui-based Nina Hans is the co-founder and Ingenious Director at Weekday Studio, a emblem design studio. Weekday’s purchasers come with Nike, Speak, CBRE, Hawaiʻi State Artwork Museum, twentieth Century Fox and extra.  


“I’m enthusiastic about turning companies into manufacturers, serving to one stand out out there and developing a better reference to shoppers,” stated Nina, a brand new mom who enjoys the post-pandemic acceptance of in the end with the ability to take teleconference calls from mattress.

Lori Silva, Napua’ala, discovered make soaps and creams whilst enrolled at Honolulu Group School-Cosmetology College.

“Making those merchandise through hand fascinated me. I graduated and changed into a Cosmetologist in 1984. I was hoping that ‘in the future’ I’d have my very own frame care line, however my desires of my frame care line had been put at the again burner,” stated Lori who in 1990 relocated to Utah along with her husband.


On visits house to Hawaiʻi, Silva would seek to discover a frame care product that truly smelled like pikake, her favourite Hawaiʻi flower, to carry house to Utah.  Discovering not anything produced a lightbulb second: “If I will be able to’t in finding it, I’ll make it!”

Based totally again in Hawaiʻi, 18 years later, plenty of exhausting paintings together with the final 5 years to best merchandise, her “in the future” has arrived — Napua’ala (which in Hawaiian method ‘odor of the flower’) used to be born.

Jennifer Schettewi has been a resident of Maui since July 2014, residing in SprecklesvilleA practising lawyer with an actual property license, Schettewi co-founded Pono Chocolate, LLC along with her industry spouse (and good friend) Janet Allen in 2016. Donating a lot in their earnings to native charities, Pono Chocolate is offered in the neighborhood and taking a look to enlarge its emblem.

Every of the audio system will give a brief presentation on their business trip adopted through a spherical of Q & A with questions through a moderator in addition to the ones equipped through the target audience.

The Ladies in Trade Seminar collection used to be created to lead companies in Maui and Hawaiʻi in opposition to SBA Ladies Owned Small Trade certifications. Companies can get qualified as being a 51% owned and operated (Minority, Ladies, Veteran) so as to qualify for particular attention in executive and personal contracts and to take part in a sponsor corporate’s Provider Range program. Firms corresponding to Disney, Intel, AT&T, Primary League Baseball, and MGM have necessities to incorporate a undeniable share of purchases from numerous providers.

Leslie Wilkins, MEDB’s President and CEO, stated, “We now have partnered with the Ladies’s Trade Endeavor Council to lend a hand facilitate the certification procedure. MEDB is providing scholarships for Maui-based women-owned companies to sign up for the WBEC program.” 

An extra webinar can be offered in August with a focal point at the Provider Range program to be had to qualified industry. You’ll be able to be told extra concerning the July 20 webinar and sign in at

MEDB is a nonprofit company established in 1982 with a venture to steer and encourage innovation in industry, training, and neighborhood. The group used to be lately awarded a nationally aggressive SBA Group Navigator Pilot Program grant to construct industry capability in underserved and rural communities. The SBA grant is investment this program partly and is enabling MEDB’s paintings in construction shared financial prosperity.