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(Wailuku, HI April 22, 2015) – MEO’s Business Development Program graduated eighteen (18) students from the Core Four Business Planning course on April 21, 2015.  Mayor Alan Arakawa participated in the graduation and encouraged the students to keep their commitments and never give up on their dreams.  The students also heard words of encouragement and advice from Maui County Council Member Mike Victorino, who was in attendance.


At the graduation, the soon-to-be entrepreneurs were also able to work with bankers from Bank of Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank and Central Pacific Bank and received suggestions on improving their business plans and what they can expect from commercial lenders. The graduating students received a Certificate of Achievement and a congratulatory 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 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.  The next Core Four classes will be held during the day, from 9 am to noon starting May 5th.  One hour introductory classes will be held on Tuesday, April 28 and Thursday, April 30th from 9am to 10am at MEO’s Family Center, and also at the Maui County Business Resource Center (Maui Mall) on Wednesday, April 29th from noon to 1pm.  The six-week series 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 Classes possible.


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