May 13, 2021


Maui Business Development Center Hosting Free Online Workshop about Personal Finances

May 11, 2021, 7:27 AM HST
* Updated May 10, 3:31 PM

The Maui Economic Opportunity’s Business Development Center is holding a free online workshop about personal finances on May 19 and 20. Photo courtesy

The Maui Economic Opportunity’s Business Development Center will hold a free online Money Matters Adult Financial Literacy Workshop from 10 to 11:30 am on May 19 and 20, via Zoom. 

The two 90-minute Money Matters Workshop sessions will cover understanding and managing all facets of daily personal financial situations in a challenging economic climate.  

Workshop topics will include:

  • Understanding spending tendencies (why we do that).
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Long-time Tucson business development leader, Ellen Kirton, dies | Business News

Ellen Kirton helped Tucson entrepreneurs start and expand their businesses. She’s shown with one of her clients, Ray Montoya of Engineering and Environmental Consultants, in 2015.

Ellen Kirton, longtime director of the Pima Community College Small Business Development Center, died Sunday after complications from an illness.

After a long career in banking, Kirton became director of the Pima County SBDC in 2012.

The SBDC joined Pima Community College’s Workforce Development Division in 2016.

“Through her work assisting and inspiring entrepreneurs in starting, growing and expanding their small businesses, Ellen created a lasting economic

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Legislators Join Women’s Business Development Council to Share Advice on Weathering Pandemic

State legislators joined the Connecticut Women’s Business Development Council to host an informational webinar on Tuesday about resources available to women and minority business owners to weather the pandemic. 

State Rep. Devin Carney, R-Old Lyme, joined Bipartisan Women’s Legislative Caucus members State Representatives Donna Veach, R-Berlin,  and Christie Carpino, R-Cromwell, and Women’s Business Development Council CEO Fran Pastore to share advice for small business owners.  

“Typically, WBDC sees about 800 women a year from all over the state of Connecticut, but from March to November 2020, we increased that by 600 percent,” Pastore said. “We helped put an estimated $11

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Community Development Funds get more support to relieve minority businesses

Michael Miller woke up at 12:30 a.m. on a recent Friday, started the snowplow in his driveway and began to blast “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone on his radio. It had just snowed 4 inches of heavy wet slush in Port Huron, Michigan, and he had 3 miles of roads and parking lots to shovel before dawn.

“It’s like heaven,” he said about his work. “It’s very labor-intensive, but it’s not labor-intensive to me, because I love what I’m doing.”

He said he felt uncertain and trapped when the pandemic forced him to shut down his landscaping and

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