March 19 2021

Thank you TERRI BRACHE for a wonderful photo of an
Auku'u or black crowned night heron -
as he wades thru the shallow water on a recent morning at
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park in North Kona!
Aloha and Welcome to
Plackett Enterprises Inc. Newsletter -
Hawaii Edition!
This newsletter will be published monthly and we will bring you news about the Upcoming Events Plackett Enterprises is collaborating on as well as articles and information that will help make YOUR BUSINESS THRIVE!!!

Mark and Holly Plackett
Owners - Plackett Enterprises Inc.
Licensed in Hawaii since July 2019

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Hawaii Island and
Habitat for Humanity

Mark and I have always been supporters of our local Habitat For Humanity groups in every location we have lived -- here's an interesing opportunity here on the Big Island --- we have re- posted this article from the
Kona--Kohala Chamber of Commerce - News Releases --

Since 2008, Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's have partnered for a weeklong event that invites women (and men) to help families build strength, stability and independence through housing, and celebrates female empowerment and leadership. This partnership has offered opportunities to 17,000 women and has built and repaired 5,756 homes.
This year, as a proud recipient of Habitat for Humanity International and Lowe's Partnership 2021 International Women Week grant, Habitat for Humanity Hawaii Island's Women Build is going VIRTUAL!

The first step of your Virtual Volunteer Experience is when you enroll and inscribe your own heartfelt message on a 2x4 for one of our partner families - either at one of our ReStores or online.
This "stud-a-thon" is a fun way that you can support 2021 Women Build, with or without any virtual participation! You can sponsor a "stud" - a 2x4 framing lumber that is - for as little as $24 OR donate enough studs for 100' of wall for one of our partner families' new Habitat home! As a Virtual Volunteer, you will be able to inscribe a heartfelt message on a stud, in-person at one of our ReStores March 4-6th & 9-10th, or virtually - one of our volunteers will inscribe it for you.
Once you have enrolled as a Virtual Volunteer, you will be invited to our LIVE! Virtual Volunteer Sessions March 11-13th, hosted by Habitat for Humanity Hawai'i Island staff, and featuring special interviews with homeowner families, volunteers, board members and more. Learn about housing issues and how to advocate for affordable housing, Habitat for Humanity's #CostofHome campaign to promote housing affordability, compete in fun challenges for prizes, and build your mindset with influential women who are local leaders and community changemakers in our special Hawai'i Island Women in Leadership: #ManaWahineTalks. Featured speakers include Big Island's own Breakthrough Life Coach Shan Otare, Hawaiian Community Assets Program Manager Robin Aguiar, District 7 Councilwoman Rebecca Villegas, and more!

Funds raised during our Women Build will go towards our home builds in Puna for families that lost their housing due to the Kilauea Eruption in 2018.
For more information about this great event, contact our Resource Development Specialist Shauna Falgout at (808)331-8010 ext 102 or email Hope you can “build” with us!

Mark and I ran across Mattie's business this week and wanted to share her information!

 Mattie Mae Larson is the founder and creator of
Upcycle Hawaii, LLC
here’s how Mattie describes her business:

Upcycle Hawaii is an environmental impact brand. Our slogan is "Trash To Treasure!" and all of our creations are repurposed. Our products include jewelry, zipper pouches and home decor. We work with Fused Plastics, Melted Marine Debris,
Reclaimed Rubber and more.

Growing up in Hawaii, I was exposed to marine debris and pollution very young. As I got older and studied the environment, I saw that we were on a very unsustainable path.
An avid handcrafter, I began to focus my creativity into repurposing, and founded the company in 2016.

Since then, we have brought 3 new jobs in our community and diverted over 27,000 square feet of plastics from local landfills. In addition to participating in quarterly beach cleanup events, we volunteer our time for education. We started hosting field-trips in our studio back in 2019 and have been staying active through COVID doing an average 2 Zoom presentations monthly for schools, clubs and organizations all over the USA.

Currently,Mattie and Upcycle Hawaii are applying for a grant thru FedEx – and here are their plans for the funds should they be given a grant:

We would add another part-time member to our team and promote our current staff. After investing in automation and advertising in 2020, our limiting factor is having more hands in the studio and growing our team. Before COVID 19, our business model was focused on wholesale. We made a pivot in 2020 to focus on direct-to-consumer sales and our e-commerce channels.
We were fortunate to see rapid growth in these revenue streams and a rise in our retail from 19.7% of total sales in 2019 to 47% of total sales in 2020. We are now in need of another employee to help with production as our founder focuses on growth, sales and marketing plans. Through our recent experience with online advertising and marketing, we see the potential to reach our customers directly. This is why we would also increase our current advertising budget. A FedEx Print Services award would be used to update our wholesale line sheets and marketing materials for our pop-up and trade shows.

Please go to -and vote to support Upcycle Hawaii getting a grant !
Voting continues thru March 26th!

Visit their website:

Check out their article in:
Ke Ola – Hawaii Island’s Community Magazine -

Here's a great upcoming event hosted by Hawaii's Small Business Development Center!

With many business owners wearing multiple hats today, it's essential to streamline wherever possible. Technology can help with that, impacting nearly every facet of business and helping alleviate many pain points in operations.

In this webinar we'll evaluate different applications specifically for business. The discussion will cover the costs, pros and cons, and ease of use of technology to truly make your life easier!

  • Gain confidence in utilizing technology in your business
  • Spend less time working on your business and more time working in your business
  • Spend more time recharging with your family and friends

Presenter: Nathanael Książkiewicz

Nathanael is passionate about connecting entrepreneurs with all the tools they need to be successful.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Fee: $15

West Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center | 808.333.5000 |
73-970 Makako Bay Drive (NELHA/OTEC Campus) Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i 96740

On our Website, our
Slideshow of Business Cards
is on our Home Page
and it appears at the top of every page on our website!
Thank you to our business friends who now have their Business Cards on our Slideshow! Cool!

We want to add your business card to our SlideShow and promote your business on our website!
Please go to our website for details -