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Business Report: Entrepreneurs’ Organization To Host First International Pacific Bridge Conference

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(Hawaii News Now) - The Hawaii chapter of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) is set to host the first-ever Pacific Bridge Conference at the Modern Hotel from February 19-23.  Over 30 companies from more than 6 countries that span tech startups to manufacturing are scheduled to attend; and, for the first time, non-members will be allowed to attend the prestigious event to meet members of this international business group.

The purpose of the conference is for fellow entrepreneurs from around the world—and particularly from the Asia-Pacific region--to learn about one another, strengthen understanding, build relationships, and share values and passions.  Similar "Asia Bridge" conferences have been held in locations like Sapporo, Japan, Angkor Wat, Cambodia, Malaysia and China. 

Local EO Chapter President, Lubuw Falanruw, emphasizes, "Pacific Bridge is a special event to bring together EO global members from around the Pacific, to bridge the East and the West, to celebrate our diversity, our cultures through the eyes of the Hawaiian Aloha Spirit." Featured guest speakers include legendary celestial ocean navigator, Nainoa Thompson, and Blue Planet Founder and entrepreneur, Henk Rogers.

The Pacific Bridge Conference will follow the forum/campus format of other EO Bridge Conferences worldwide. The forum portion of the conference offers an opportunity for members to engage in authentic dialogue among themselves on a variety of topics related to the entrepreneur experience. "It's like having your own Board with whom to confer," said Heim. The Campus portion of the conference is aimed at creating an intimate experiential learning environment in the location in which the conference is held. Pacific Bridge's stated intent is to unite attendees to bridge invisible gaps through learning (knowledge), engagement (experience) and play (sense of place), and thus opening up new possibilities for each other as well as their businesses, families, and communities.

 "This will be EO's unique process of discovery, to find gems of wisdom, ideas…or discovering your potential to inspire others," said Falanruw. The campus agenda includes a variety of stops around the island of O'ahu.

Although portions of the forum are restricted to EO members only, the Hawaii chapter has opened up the conference to interested members of the public and the greater entrepreneur community here. "We'd like to invite entrepreneurs and other interested parties to see what we're all about and consider joining the chapter," said  Falanruw. "Attending the conference will give them a good understanding of who we are and what we do."

The Entrepreneurs' Organization was founded in 1987 to help young business owners on their path to greater business success and personal fulfillment. EO is a global community that enriches members' lives through dynamic peer-to-peer learning and once-in-a-lifetime experiences and connection to experts. Their mission is to engage leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow. Globally, there are over 8,500 members in 40 countries with a total economic impact of US$138 billion, employing over 1.5 million people. Here in Hawaii, the current membership produces an economic impact of US$208 million and employs over 1,400 people.  For more information about EO and membership, click here.

For more information and to register for the Pacific Bridge Conference, click here.

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