GEDA to host free small business virtual conference for starting, growing island businesses


The Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA) has announced the dates for its upcoming two-day conference: Taking the Leap; Starting and Growing Your Business in 2021, set for November 19-20, from 9am to 12pm CHST on both days. The virtual conference hosted by GEDA was created for small business owners and upcoming entrepreneurs. The free, multi-tiered and fully interactive conference will provide resources and insight for those wanting to start and grow in our new economy; offering licensing and marketing guidance, financial options, testimonials from the business community as well as a variety of other topics of indispensable use for the growth of our economy. For more information visit and register for free at visit

“We know that many people have lost their jobs and are looking for ways to turn their talents and passions into revenue. Our goal is to ensure they have access to the information, tools, and resources that support their success,” said Melanie Mendiola, GEDA CEO/Administrator. “We invite you to join us for content and conversation with some of our business community members who are here to guide and inspire entrepreneurs to take the leap at this unprecedented time.”

The two-day conference will include over 20 public and private sector representatives, as well as the option for post-conference individual counseling sessions with the support of the Guam Chamber of Commerce, Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Guam Small Business Development Center, and The Guam Unique Merchandise and Art program.

“In this challenging time, we must continue to help entrepreneurs adapt to changes. Additionally, in times of high unemployment, more people want to explore starting their own businesses. Taking the Leap; Starting and Growing Your Business in 2021 will deliver useful content for our small business community and tomorrow’s entrepreneurs,” said Melanie Mendiola, GEDA CEO/Administrator.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 9am – Taking the Leap

Conversations include:
The Struggle is Real: Started From the Bottom, Now the Whole Team Here
Give Your Ideas Some Legs: Writing a Business plan
Go Legit: Learn Your Way around Licensing, Permitting, Business Privilege Tax and other taxes
Show Me the Money: How to Fund Your Business

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 9am – Growing Your Business

Conversations include:
Connect to Customers: Marketing and Media Strategies for Your Business
Building Blocks to Expand and Diversify
Beyond Guam: Exporting to International Markets
Economic Resilience: How to Adapt Your Business in a COVID World

For more information on the small business virtual conference, Taking the Leap; Starting and Growing Your Business in 2021, visit the GEDA website at or contact GEDA at 647-4332.

(News release from GEDA)