SBDC launches Small Business Incubator Program

6/15/2010

Samoa News

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 gifts.

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 services.

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 said.

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.

(Source: Small Business Development Center Press Release)



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