Small Business Incubator Program an ongoing success for ASCC and the SBDC


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American Samoa Community College (ASCC), the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Nina Fiamalua (dba EPN Event Planning by Nina) have worked together to launch the second small business to participate in the SBDC Small Business Incubator Program. The Grand Opening celebration for the incubator business was held on Friday, Mar. 1, 2013.

EPN will feature event planning opportunities for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, pageants, banquets, corporate and business events and much more for local clientele.

The list of EPN packaged services is extensive: it includes professional consultation, recommendation of site or venue, organizing food/catering, full bar services, establishing themes and creating design ambiance, preparation of a realistic preliminary budget, decor and entertainment, professional photography, and invitations.

The retail side will include in the near future an array of inventory for event décor, such as invitations, gift baskets, linen chair covers, table clothes, table runners, sashes, plates, wine glasses, and much more.

Fiamalua is a client of SBDC’s Development Division Manager and Counselor, June Paogofie-Sitala and has taken Business Start-Up training as well as counseling for business plan and marketing plan development.

The incubator business location will be on the east end of Fagatogo Square, lower level facing the ASG Farmer’s Market.

“From my experience working with Ms Fiamalua, I’ve seen that she has the passion to be successful. SBDC strives to nurture quality business traits in our clients,” stated Paogofie-Sitala.

“I am very appreciative for the opportunity and support that I have been given by the SBDC. The SBDC Incubator Program has assisted me in many ways not only as a business owner but has empowered me as a ‘Woman Business Owner’ “ said Fiamalua, adding, “Our mission at EPN is to make sure your special event is as wonderful and stress free as possible. We handle all aspects and logistic to relieve your stress in dealing with the planning of events,” stated Ms Fiamalua, President of EPN.

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, SBDC Director, “Clients are now spending two years in the program and graduating to allow other qualifying businesses to experience the very same opportunities. The incubator is an ongoing opportunity, and entrepreneurs who wish to enter the program are encouraged to sign-up with the SBDC and benefit from the training and business counseling.”

Source: Small Business Development Center


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