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(Wailuku, HI, February 25, 2015) –Maui County Council Member Gladys Baisa and Mayor Alan Arakawa’s representative, Joseph Pontanilla, attended MEO Business Development Program’s graduation of twenty two (22) students from the Core Four Business Planning course on February 24, 2015. Council Member Baisa and Mr. Pontanilla spoke about their own entrepreneurial experiences and encouraged the students on starting their own businesses.


Also, the graduating students were able to receive advice and guidance from local commercial lenders. The bankers reviewed the students’ business plans and provided suggestions and guidance in launching a successful business.  The graduating students received a Certificate of Achievement and a congratulations dinner.


MEO BDC’s Core Four Business Planning is a 36-hour course on how to write a business plan while providing the information you need to know in order to start, operate and grow your business.


For those interested in learning more about the entrepreneurial training course you can call Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. at 249-2990.  Also, there are three opportunities to attend an introductory class to better understand the course outline.   One hour introductory classes will be held on Tuesday, March 3rd and Thursday, March 5th, from 6pm to 7pm at MEO’s Family Center, and also at the Maui County Business Resource Center (Maui Mall) on Wednesday, March 4th, from noon to 1pm.  The six-week series begins on Tuesday, March 10th and continues from 6pm to 9pm two days a week through April 21, 2015.  All sessions will be held at MEO's Family Center at 99 Mahalani Street in Wailuku.


Registration is required for the six-week series and can be done at the introductory classes or any weekday 8am to 4pm at MEO’s Family Center. Funding from the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development helps to make the Core Four Business Planning Course possible.


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