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Thu, Apr 06



YWomen in Business Accelerator

Lay a strong foundation to turbocharge your business growth! Register by March 30, 2023, 12 PM HST. The cohort is limited to 14 participants.

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YWomen in Business Accelerator
YWomen in Business Accelerator

Time & Location

Apr 06, 2023, 11:30 AM HST – May 08, 2023, 1:00 PM HST


About the Event

The Accelerator program will assist women-owned businesses map out the next stage of growth with more confidence and better outcomes by developing their financial acumen, mastering fundamental business principles, understanding financial statements, and removing money blocks.

By the end of the 9-week cohort, participants will have a blueprint for growth and, if they require capital, will have the option to participate in the week 10 session to create a pitch deck for a loan or to attract outside investment.

Module I:

Your Money Mindset

We will address how money beliefs can sabotage or empower, and how that can impact decision-making. Build confidence and overcome any barriers to open the doors to better financial management.

Module II:

Basic concepts of accounting and your business vitals: deconstruct and analyze financial statements

Gain a conceptual understanding of accounting and how to take the pulse of their business.

Develop a better understanding of all major components of your financials – balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement. Apply your new understanding to learn how they interrelate.

Module III:

Key Business Principles and Applying That Knowledge to Grow

Gain an understanding of the framework underpinning business and map out a growth plan.

Module IV:

Preparing the Pitch

Create compelling presentations to secure the capital required to grow your business, whether loan or equity.

An Information Session with Mariko Gordon is scheduled for Monday, April 3 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. via Zoom

Mariko Gordon built a $2.5B money management firm from scratch, flying her freak flag high. It had a weird name, a non-Wall Street culture, and a quirky communication style. 

In 1995, when Mariko founded Daruma, only a handful of women of color owned their firms. She had to noodle out how to run a business while daily duking it out with Mr. Market and raising a family.

Today she mentors women who want to start a business, turn their side hustle into their living, better manage their finances, or work through a tricky patch in life or business.

She is also a poet, hypnotist, life coach, hula dancer, and Treasurer on the Board of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

To register, please complete the two-step registration process:

  1. Fill out the INTAKE FORM
  2. Fill out the 3-PART SURVEY

Register by March 30, 2023, 12 PM HST.  The cohort is limited to 14 participants.


YWomen in Business – Accelerator is presented by the Enterprising Women of Color Business Center at the YWCA O`ahu. This program is for Hawaii-based businesses only.

Review your Business Essentials:

  • Be registered and in good standing with DCCA
  • Have two years of business taxes 
  • Have organized financial documents: balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement

We will contact you with additional class surveys and requirements.

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