UH Pacific Business Center Program presents conference on Sustainable Entrepreneurial Development in Urban and Rural Areas

February 27 - March 1, 2007, Hilton Hawaiian Village

University of Hawaiʻi
Dorothy Chen, (808) 956-2495
Pacific Business Center Program
Posted: Feb 23, 2007

HONOLULU — The University of Hawaiʻi Pacific Business Center Program in collaboration with the Hawaiʻi State Office of Planning announce a conference on Sustainable Entrepreneurial Development in Urban and Rural Areas, to be held Feb. 27-March 1, 2007, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.

Attendees will be coming from throughout the United States, including Alaska and Hawaiʻi, and from the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. Attendees will learn from colleagues as they describe their successful projects in the area of Sustainable Entrepreneurial Development in Urban and Rural Areas. They will also hear from international speakers, federal funders, and local and mainland presenters for ideas about approaches and collaborations that work. This is a unique opportunity to network with others that are also working in the field.

The conference will be attended by representatives from organizations that offer technical assistance for various economic development activities, from both the private and public sectors. Conference participants will include representatives from Native American tribes, Alaskan Native tribes, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. In addition, representatives from city, county and state government organizations, entrepreneurs and businesses, will attend. Representatives from federal grant-making agencies will also give presentations at the conference.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Ernesto Sirolli, Founder, Chairman & CEO of the Sirolli Institute (http://www.sirolli.com/), is a noted authority in the field of sustainable economic development. Sirolli will be delivering the luncheon keynote speech on Feb. 28 as well as a hands-on workshop on Thursday morning. He will introduce his concept of "Enterprise Facilitation"-- a person-centered approach to community and economic development.

FEATURED SPEAKER: Richard Engelhardt, Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will deliver the closing luncheon talk on March 1 on "Protecting Indigenous Cultures within a Tourism Environment."

SPECIAL GUESTS: Salvador Enriquez, Chief, Business Development Group, San Francisco National Enterprise Center, Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce; A. Leonard Smith, Regional Director, Seattle Regional Office, Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; Honorable Mufi Hannemann, Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu; Ted Liu, Director, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), State of Hawaiʻi.

The conference is open to students for no fee, except for the Feb. 28 and March 1 luncheon sessions. Students may register on-site and should bring a current student ID. General registration fee is $225. There are also group, daily and luncheon only rates available. Call 808-956-8204 for more information. Validated parking will be available for $6/day.

For more information and to view the conference agenda, visit the website at:

For more information, visit: http://www.pbcp-conference.org