SBDC launches Small Business Incubator Program
The American Samoa Community College (ASCC), Small Business Development
Center (SBDC), and Korina Lee Seiuli (dba O-Measina-Samoa Creations) have
collaborated to launch the SBDC Small Business Incubator Program. The launch
celebration for the Incubator was held on Friday, June 11, at Fagatogo Square.
This was the opening of the first SBDC client small business, O-Measina-Samoa
Creations, for the Program.The retail business will feature and sell traditional
custom made tuiga headdresses and other Polynesian handicrafts and
Historically, the Tuiga is an artifact originating in Samoa and
the wearing of the tuiga is a privilege only extended to members of certain
families with rank and status.
Ms. Korina Lee Seiuli is a client of the
SBDC’s Development Division Manager, June Paogofie-Sitala and has taken
QuickBooks Training and been in counseling for business plan and marketing plan
development. The incubator location will be at the east end of Fagatogo Square
on the lower level.
“Ms. Seiuli has the passion and determination that we
look for in SBDC clients and we will be here for business support any time she
needs us,” stated Mrs. Paogofie-Sitala, Business Development Division Manager
and Counselor or the SBDC.
The American Samoa SBDC Small Business
Incubator is a program designed to accelerate the successful development of
client companies through an array of business support resources and
According to Herbert Thweatt, Director of the SBDC, “Clients
will spend two years in the program and graduate to allow another business
start-up to participate in the incubator.”
“Also, American Samoa
Community College students who are participating in the SBDC Student Marketing
Consultant Program will serve as assistants in the incubator so they can learn
valuable customer service skills and how to successfully operate a business,” he
The incubator program will be an ongoing opportunity for SBDC
clients; entrepreneurs who wish to enter the program should sign-up with the
SBDC and undergo training and free business counseling.
Small Business Development Center Press Release)
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