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Thu, Feb 29



YWomen in Business Accelerator – Cohort III

If you're long past the startup phase of COHORT III your business and want to sustain your NOW OPEN business and increase profits and cashflow faster, this accelerator is for you!

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YWomen in Business Accelerator – Cohort III
YWomen in Business Accelerator – Cohort III

Time & Location

Feb 29, 2024, 10:30 AM HST – Apr 30, 2024, 12:00 PM HST


About the Event

How can you sustain and excel in your business?

  • Map out the next stage of business growth with confidence and get better results. 
  • Develop your financial acumen, and deepen your understanding of financial statements to make better business decisions.
  • Sharpen your financial knoweldge to grow your business sustainably.
  • The Accelerator is the only program in Hawaii designed to propel established WBE to the next level of growth and profits.
  • By week 9, participants will have explored and removed money blocks, gained clarity on ways to solve their business challenges, and if they require capital, will be invited to craft a pitch deck for bankers, investors, or buyers.

Module I: Your Money Mindset

Explore how business decisions can be sabotaged or enhanced by our money beliefs. Increase confidence and overcome barriers to better financial management.

Module II: Basic Concepts of Accounting and Your Business Vitals: Deconstruct and Analyze Financial Statements

Understand your financials - balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement. Learn how they interrelate and what to focus on.

Module III: Key Business Principles and Applying That Knowledge to Grow

Gain a deeper understanding of the framework underpinning your business and map out a strategic sustainability plan. 

Module IV: Preparing the Pitch (optional) 

Create a compelling presentation to secure the capital required for a loan, equity, or sale of a business.


The cohort is limited to 17 participants. 

Applicant pre-work

Step 1: Please fill out the Intake form using the link provided.

Step 2: We will then contact you with additional class survey and requirements, such as business registration and financial documents.


Thursday, January 9, 2024 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 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.

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.

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