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Guam Unique Merchandise & Art Gallery
Chamorro Village Units 139 & 140
Telephone: (671) 646-3448
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GUMA Gallery Opens In Chamorro Village
The Guam Unique Merchandise and Arts Gallery is now open at the Chamorro Village in Hagatna! A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the site officially opening the GUMA outlet on October 19, 2015. Over 150 people attended the opening, primarily made up of invited local artists and cultural producers. The event provided an excellent opportunity to introduce the GUMA program to new potential participants.
Senator Tina Muna-Barnes from the 33rd Guam Legislature, Joseph Cameron, President of the Department of Chamorro Affairs, and Bruce Kloppenburg, Vice Chairman of the Guam Visitors Bureau, all attended the event and heralded the program in their remarks to the attendees.
The event also celebrated the opening of the Sirena Soul gift shop located next door to the GUMA Gallery. Sirena Soul is one of seven incubator companies that are part of the GUMA's incubator program and are featured in the newly opened Gallery.
The GUMA Gallery is open from 10 AM to 6 PM Monday through Saturdays and is open till 9 PM on Wednesdays.
GUMA Awards Over $130,000 In Incubator Grants for 2015
The Guam Unique Merchandise and Arts Program graduated 7 local companies from its business incubator program for 2015. The incubator program participants included:
- Island Icons – Ron Castro
- Mark Murer Designs – Mark & Andrea Murer
- Island Memories – Dianne PreJean and Barbara Cruz
- Infinite Charm – Lasia Casil
- Local Girls – MJ Quenga and Georgina Perez
- Color Guam – Tahlia Strohmeyer
- Sirena Soul – Cora Yanger Bejado
These companies, all graduates from the GUMA Training and Entrepreneurial Program, were provided mentoring and assistance in branding, retailing, business plan reviews, and packaging throughout the year. Each awardee also submitted a list to GUMA of business start up needs totaling over $130,000. These funds were used for equipment and packaging support, website development and computer equipment, as well as material inventory.
GUMA project staff provided assistance in ordering and purchasing of all needs in accordance with ANA grant requirements. All incubator businesses are now fully operational and are featured in the GUMA Gallery.
Sirena Soul Opens at the Chamorro Village in Hagatna
Cora Yanger Bejado's dream of owning a shop is finally a reality thanks to the support of the Guam Unique Merchandise and Arts Program. For years Cora and her daughter Camille marketed their handcrafted jewelry, uniquely designed apparel, and mermaid inspired gifts at various craft fairs around the island. Together they built up a following of loyal customers at these events who urged the mother/daughter team to open up a shop.
Cora graduated from the GUMA Training and Entrepreneurial Program and went on to apply to the GUMA Incubator Program for assistance. Through its ANA Grant program funding, GUMA provided start up funds for Sirena Soul to set up shop in the Chamorro Village. Assistance included funding for store fixtures, signage, inventory, and other start up business expenses.
Sirena Soul joined GUMA in a dual ribbon cutting ceremony on October 19, 2015 and thus far has enjoyed great success. Congratulations Cora and Camille!
October 16, 2014 - Tamuning, Guam The Guam Unique Merchandise and Arts (GUMA) Organization has announced that it has been awarded a grant from the Administration for NativeAmericans (ANA) as part of ANA's Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategy (SEEDS). The grant award of over $850,000.00 is spread across a three one-year cycles and will be used to augment GUMA's Training and Mentoring Program for indigenous cultural producers andartists and to help incubate their concepts and products into self-sustaining small businesses.
"We are extremely excited and gratified that our GUMA program was selected as one of the recipients of this grant," said Francis Guerrero, Chairman of the GUMA Board. "Over the past two years we have worked hard to get our program up and running and this will certainly be a major shot in the arm for our continued and future success."
On Saturday, October 25th, an Orientation on the GUMA Incubator Program will be held on the second floor of the Cométe Building (Guam Plaza Center in Tumon) beginning at 9:00 a.m. Cultural Producers and Artisans interested in being a part of the GUMA Program are invited to attend. GUMA organizers will present an overview of the program and the various training and mentoring opportunities that will be offered to aspiring cultural entrepreneurs. This will include the lessons learned and it's applications during the pilot program and how the recently awardedAdministration for Native Americans (ANA) grant funds will be used to further the goals of the program.
The GUMA Incubator Pilot Program was launched in 2013 with close to 20 participants attending a 12-week training session held in conjunction with the Small Business Development Center at the University of Guam. The artisan incubator program was developed to assist passionate and motivated artists, cultural producers and entrepreneurs identify their most marketable Guam products and provide them with the training, tools and support needed to succeed as a sustainable business enterprises.
July 6, 2013 - Mangilao - GUMA participants complete UOG’s Guam Small Business Development Centers Microcredit Training Program: The 12-week micro-credit training program consisted of personal and business financial literacy, business plan and peer group development. seated L-R: Nieves Garces, Jonathan Bordallo, Diane Prejean, Vivian Leon, Alvina Mendiola, Denise Mendiola-Herstslet, SBDC Program Coordinator; 2nd-Row: Rolly Zepeda, Gabrielle Ficke, Grace Bordallo, Desmond Mandell, Ron Castro, Colleen Weller, Elisa Lomorena, GUAM Board Treasure, Clifford Guzman, GUMA Program-Coodinator, Jennifer Sanchez, Presdient, Pacific Islands Microcredit Institute, Joe Guerrero, Chris Mahilum, Monica Guzman, GUMA Board Secretary, Charito Mahilum, Christine Mahilum. The 12-week micro-credit training program consisted of personal and business financial literacy, business plan and peer group development.