Twenty Entrepreneurs Complete MEO’s Core Four Program

August 24, 2018, 4:12 PM HST · Updated August 24, 4:12 PM

Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) recently held its Core Four Bankers Graduation Luncheon for twenty graduating students from the Core Four business planning course. Attendees included Maui County Business Resource Center Director Karen Arakawa and UHMC Food Innovation CenterDirector Chris Speere.

At the graduation, the soon-to-be entrepreneurs received one-on-one guidance from local commercial bankers from First Hawaiian Bank and Central Pacific Bank. The student’s business plans and ideas were reviewed and discussed with suggestions and guidance for launching a successful business.


MEO’s Core Four Business Planning is a 36-hour course on how and why you write a business plan while providing real time information on what you need to know to start, operate and grow a successful business in Maui County.

For those interested in learning more about the entrepreneurial training course you can call Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. Business Development Center, at (808) 249-2990. The next Core Four course series starting in September will held during the evening. One hour introductory classes will be held at MEO’s Family Center on Tuesday, Aug. 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and at the Maui County Business Resource Center (Maui Mall) on Wednesday Aug. 29 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The six-week series begins on Tuesday evening Sept. 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. two nights a week through October 11. Course cost is $300.00 and scholarships are available.

Registration for the six-week series and can be done at the introductory classes or any weekday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at MEO’s Family Center at 99 Mahalani St in Wailuku. Funding from the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development helps to make the Core Four business planning program possible.



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