New Online Made In Maui County Marketplace promotes locally made products

 

WAILUKU, Maui, HI – This week, local businesses got a boost thanks to the official launch of a new online shopping resource called the “Made in Maui County Marketplace” or “The Marketplace” – www.MadeInMauiCounty.com.

 The Marketplace is a project of the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) in cooperation with the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce. It was created to provide local businesses with an opportunity to showcase their Made-in-Maui-County products year-round and to connect with prospective customers.

 Items promoted as “Made-in-Maui-County” must have at least 51% of their wholesale value added by manufacture, assembly, fabrication, or production in Maui County; although products may include source materials made and/or found in the State of Hawaii.  Businesses must also be headquartered on the islands of Maui, Molokai or Lanai.

 Businesses who have participated and/or who have been approved as a Made in Maui County Festival product vendor are eligible to be included on The Marketplace.

 “The Marketplace serves as a one-stop, online shoppers resource for wholesale buyers and consumers seeking locally made products,” said Teena Rasmussen, Director of the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. “Not only will visitors on this site discover a wide array of merchandise, but it also provides a directory for the public to connect with our local entrepreneurs throughout the year.”

 Established in 2014, the annual Made in Maui County Festival was created to showcase locally made products; to help grow the islands’ independent businesses; and to help strengthen the community by encouraging job creation and diversification of Maui County’s economy. Today, the Festival is Maui County’s largest products show.

This year’s Made in Maui County Festival will be held on November 4 & 5, 2016 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.  

Presented by the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce, over 140 product vendors will offer a wide variety of foods, produce, art, crafts, jewelry, fashions, gifts, collectibles and more. Additionally, on Saturday, 12 of Maui’s popular food trucks will be featured in the Festival’s Food Court, offering a myriad of island-inspired menu items.

The 2016 Festival will kickoff on Friday, November 4 with a special “Shoppers Preview” from 1:30 pm to 6 pm. All attendees will receive a free Festival tote bag. Tickets ($35 per person) are available at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center Box Office, (808) 242-SHOW (7469) or MauiArts.org.

 On Saturday, November 5, the “Big Festival Day” will be open from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Public admission is $5 at the gate, children 12 and under are free. Saturday’s festivities will include product demonstrations, fashion shows, food trucks, and prize drawings. The first 2,000 attendees will also receive a free Festival tote bag.

 To connect with Festival vendors, visit the Made in Maui County Marketplace website at www.MadeInMauiCounty.com.

 For more information on the Made in Maui County Festival, visit www.MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com, email info@MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com or call (808) 270-7710. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (#MIMCF2016), Instagram, and Pinterest.

 

Kealopiko Inc.’s Pareu (scarf) made of soft thin organic cotton is among the Fashion & Apparel items found on the Made in Maui County Marketplace website – www.MadeInMauiCounty.com.

Kealopiko Inc.’s Pareu (scarf) made of soft thin organic cotton is among the Fashion & Apparel items found on the Made in Maui County Marketplace website – www.MadeInMauiCounty.com.

Exfolicare’s exfolibody® loofah soap, as featured on the www.MadeInMauiCounty.com website, is made from scratch with coconut, macadamia nut and olive oils.

Exfolicare’s exfolibody® loofah soap, as featured on the www.MadeInMauiCounty.com website, is made from scratch with coconut, macadamia nut and olive oils.

Maui Fruit Jewel’s Lahaina Collection is a gift-quality presentation box filled with a comprehensive assortment of fruit, spice, wine, and herb-flavored candies, including 18 flavors. Visit www.MadeInMauiCounty.com for more locally made products.

Maui Fruit Jewel’s Lahaina Collection is a gift-quality presentation box filled with a comprehensive assortment of fruit, spice, wine, and herb-flavored candies, including 18 flavors. Visit www.MadeInMauiCounty.com for more locally made products.

`Alohi Images’ photo cards feature translations of Hawaiian phrases on the back of each card. For more locally made products, visit www.MadeInMauiCounty.com. Pictured: A six-card Special Occasion Set by ‘Alohi Images.

`Alohi Images’ photo cards feature translations of Hawaiian phrases on the back of each card.

For more locally made products, visit www.MadeInMauiCounty.com. Pictured: A six-card Special Occasion Set by ‘Alohi Images.

Product and Food Truck Vendor Applications due May 31st for the 3rd Annual Made in Maui County Festival

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development is reminding businesses interested in participating as a product vendor or food truck vendor in the 3rd Annual Made in Maui County Festival that the deadline for applications is May 31st.

Considered the largest products show in Maui County, this year’s event will be held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului and will be open to the public on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 2016. The Festival is presented by the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce.

“The Made in Maui County Festival is all about supporting our islands businesses,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “There’s such an incredible array of made in Maui County products here at home and providing a dynamic forum where thousands of residents and visitors can see and purchase these items will only help to grow these local businesses.”

Last year, over 10,000 residents and visitors attended the two-day event, which featured a Shoppers Preview and Buyers Preview on Friday, November 4; and the Big Festival Day on Saturday, November 5. A total of 140 local businesses showcased a wide variety of made-in-Maui County products and 13 food trucks participated. Product vendors reported more than $416,000 in total product sales, more than 250 total new wholesale accounts/orders were closed, and more than 4,500 leads for future sales/wholesale accounts.

“The entrepreneurial energy that is building in Maui County due to the success of this festival is an exciting phenomena,” said Teena Rasmussen, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, “Our business development partners are stepping up to provide technical assistance, training, and trade show opportunities to these growing companies.  We are seeing the growth occur!”

Local businesses who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply as a Product Vendor:

  • Business must be based in Maui County (current GET license required)
  • All product(s) offered for sale must be made, manufactured, grown and/or created in Maui County. Although products may include source materials made/found in the State of Hawaii.
  • Must meet minimum of 51 percent “Made in Hawaii” product valuation.

Deadline for Product Vendor and Food Truck Vendor applications is May 31, 2016. All applications will be reviewed between June 6 through July 8, and businesses will be notified of the Vendor Selection Committee’s decision on or before July 15th. Approved applicants will be required to attend a mandatory vendor training meeting.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies wishing to show their support for Maui County’s entrepreneurs and their products while increasing visibility for their own business. Sponsor benefits include event promotions, visibility during the Festival, access to a private buyers’ preview event, program advertising and more.

For information and to download vendor application or a sponsor packet.