With these purposes in mind, the organization has created this directory of current business owners and the products and services they provide. While we make the best effort possible to keep all information accurate, please be aware that you use this site and the information on it at your own risk. The organization does not endorse any of the businesses listed here and, as common sense would dictate, you should conduct your own research before using any vendor.
A message from the current President
|Stef Miller: Zija & PastimePassion|
|Amanda Shreve: Scentsy|
And to address another rumor: The IHBO is not affiliated with the base or SJA or any other government organization. We are just a group of military members, spouses and DoD employees who also have a business (or businesses!) we work on from home. You can learn more about us and the SJA approval process by reading this April 2013 article in Preview magazine.
When the original founder of IHBO, Jessica Guthrie, first arrived in Japan in July 2012, there weren't many resources for home-based business owners aboard MCAS Iwakuni, and the application process through SJA was a bit confusing.... and that's if you even knew to start with SJA to get the ball rolling to open your business! So, now that you know where to get started in the application process, here are some ways you can get involved and make the most of the IHBO:
1) Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/IwakuniHBO/ You can ask active business owners all sorts of questions and we are happy to give you ideas and suggestions.
2) Come to one of our monthly meetings. We meet 6 p.m. the second or third Monday of each month (usually in the "teens" of the month, unless there is a holiday) in one of the midrise community rooms on base. We talk about whatever is coming up, often about our Home Business Expos. We have two of these a year, spring and fall. At these meetings, we also chat as a group, help each other with ideas, customer service problems, marketing tips, etc.
3) Get listed in this directory. Once your business has been approved through SJA, your home-based business can be listed on this web site directory for free. All you have to do is submit the application form... just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to have it emailed to you. Members are encouraged to share the directory link with the community to help promote not only our own businesses but the other home-based businesses as well.
Additionally, we are always happy to help answer questions or point you in the right direction if we don't know the answer. You can reach us on Facebook, or by sending an email to the address above. We look forward to the opportunity to network with you!