Mayor Alan Arakawa and Maui County Councilmember Stacy Crivello, chair of the county Housing, Human Services & Transportation Committee, attended the Maui Economic Opportunity Business Development Center's (MEO BDC) Core Four Business Planning Course graduation ceremony at the end of August.
At the graduation, the 24 soon-to-be entrepreneurs were pleased to receive advice and guidance from the mayor on how to start and operate a successful business.
Business lenders were also available to review the students' business plans and provide additional guidance.
Core Four Business Planning Course graduate Joy Tobsie receives her certificate of achievement from Craig Swift, director of the MEO Business Development Center.
The graduating students received certificates of achievement and a congratulations dinner.
MEO BDC's Core Four Business Planning Course is 36-hours of instruction on how to write a business plan, while providing the information you need to know to start, operate and grow your business.
The next classes will be held during the evening.
One-hour introductory classes will be held at the Maui County Business Resource Center (Maui Mall) on Wednesday, Sept. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. and on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 6 to 7 p.m. at MEO's Family Center.
The six-week series begins on Tuesday, Sept. 10, and will continue from 6 to 9 p.m. two days a week through Oct. 22. All sessions will be held at MEO's Family Center at 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.
Registration is required for the six-week series and can be done at the introductory classes or any weekday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at MEO's Family Center.
Those interested in learning more about the entrepreneurial training course can call MEO at 249-2990.
Funding from the County of Maui Mayor's Office of Economic Development helps to make the Core Four Business Planning Classes possible.