Our Islands, Our Future

In an effort to give small businesses a lift in 2015, Maui Economic Development Board has partnered with experienced corporate attorneys to present “Legal Toolkit.” The seminar is set for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, January 15, at MEDB’s Malcolm Center. Admission is $20 to hear prominent corporate attorneys for startup businesses discuss issues such as a business’ most advantageous corporate entity, what to consider when drafting small business legal documents, how to protect a company name and how to reduce tax liabilities.

“This seminar is aimed at helping entrepreneurs succeed in Maui’s challenging small business environment,” said MEDB Director of Business Development Gerry Smith. “Our panel of legal experts will show us how to avoid the legal pitfalls that can drain a business person of valuable time and resources, if not threaten the enterprise itself. This is an opportunity not to be missed,” Smith said.

The “Legal Toolkit” panel includes: Gregory Kim, partner at Convergent Law Group, LLP, a Silicon Valley-based firm focusing on technology companies; Chris Mashiba, partner in the Tax Department of Cades Schutte, a Honolulu-based law firm; Darren Nunn, a partner in the Corporate and Public Finance groups at McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon in Honolulu, and Catherine A. Taschner, an associate in the transactional department at McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The seminar goes from 9 to 10:45 a.m. followed by two small group breakout sessions from 11-11:45 a.m. and then 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Topics at the breakout sessions are: “Getting the capital you need: Crowdfunding, Angel Investment and other tools”; “Tax considerations for small business: Keeping more of your money”; “Intellectual property for small business: Don’t let your crown jewels go away”; “When the rubber hits the road: Managing decisions and disputes within your ‘S’ company or LLC.”

Legal Toolkit is part of MEDB’s ongoing effort to support small businesses and improve their chances for success and job creation. You can download the flyer. To register, go to For more information, go to or call MEDB at 875-2300.