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MEO’s services are constantly changing to meet the needs of children and families, the medically needy, the elderly and other low-income individuals. All MEO programs are tangible translations of the Promise of Community Action. There are always at least a few MEO programs in need of volunteers, cash donations or inkind gifts. You can help. MEO does what poverty demands, and you are welcome to join us in whatever way you can. Call us at 249-2990.
MEO Business Development Center
(Wailuku, HI August 20, 2014) –Maui County Council Member Don Guzman attended MEO Business Development Program’s graduation of thirty four (34) students from the Core Four Business Planning course on August 19, 2014. Council Member Guzman spoke briefly and encouraged the entrepreneurs to strengthen the community while building their 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.
*In Picture, First Hawaiian Bank Vice President and Business Banking Team Leader Bard Peterson is one of the many bankers who volunteered time to review business plans and products of Core Four graduates.* Click picture for larger view...
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, September 2nd and Thursday, September 4th, from 6pm to 7pm at MEO’s Family Center, and also at the Maui County Business Resource Center (Maui Mall) on Wednesday, September 3rd from noon to 1pm. The six-week series begins on Tuesday, September 9th and continues from 6pm to 9pm two days a week through October 21, 2014. 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.
Craig Swift / 243-4317
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41st Annual Maui County Senior Fair
WAILUKU, MAUI (Hawaii)- Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) is seeking vendors and community partners interested in participating in the 41st Annual Maui County Senior Fair, scheduled for Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the War Memorial gymnasium in Wailuku from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. MEO is the organizer of the event. MEO supports 60 senior citizen groups throughout Maui County, representing more than 1,800 seniors. Last year’s fair attracted over 2,500 individuals.
Applications and payment must be received by MEO no later than Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at:
Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc., Community Services Department
99 Mahalani Street, Wailuku, HI 96793
Attention: Gerry Lum, Director
Telephone 249-2970, extension 359
1. Tables will be assigned on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED PAID BASIS by the Fair Committee.
2. The committee may deny applications that are duplicative or over table space limitations.
3. Vendors will not be allowed to select their own table.
4. Vendors will be notified of items disapproved for sale upon receipt of the application.
5. Participation fee includes one (1) 8-foot table, tablecloth and skirt, and two (2) chairs.
6. No cooking or the use of sterno (canned heat) or gas burners shall be allowed inside of the Maui War Memorial Complex.
7. Food must be prepared in a certified kitchen.
8. Food vendors must obtain a Department of Health permit and submit a copy to MEO along with a copy of the approvedthe application. Should you have questions regarding the permitting process, contact Agnes Groff at 249-2970, extension 360.
9. Vendors selling food or items, or administering shots, must provide a certificate of insurance for $1,000,000 naming MEO as an additional insured on the policy. Senior Clubs who pay P&CC membership dues are covered under MEO’s policy and are not required to obtain additional insurance.
10. No sales of any kind will be permitted prior to the start of the Fair at 7:30 a.m.
11. No selling of beverages (water, soda, coffee, tea, etc.)
MEO TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR RECEIVES CERTIFIED COMMUNITY TRANSIT MANAGER DESIGNATION
WAILUKU, MAUI (Hawaii)- Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.’s Transportation Director Harry Johnson passed the Certified Community Transit Manager (CCTM) exam and has been approved by the Community Transportation Association of America’s (CTAA) National Certification Council the designation of "CCTM".
Mr. Johnson has worked for MEO more than twenty years in the position of driver, operations manager, assistant director and director. CEO, Lyn McNeff said, “We celebrate Harry’s certification as it affirms MEO’s commitment to be an agency of excellence. As we gear up to celebrate our 50th anniversary we continue to support our staff in all areas of professional development. Staff development is one of the key ingredients in fulfilling our mission of helping people in need restore their hope, reach their potential and enrich their lives.”
Congratulations to MEO's Employee of the Month for June, CFO Debbie Lorenzo!
BDC Core Four graduates - Lanai
MEO BDC’s Craig Swift and David Daly at Pele’s Other Garden Deli & Bistro with the Core Four graduates: Lynn Fuchigami-Costales, Natalie Jeffers, Jack Martin, Mililani Martin and Jennifer Velasco.
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MEO Early Childhood staff enjoy a day of staff development in Kihei, Maui.
KUPUNA CELEBRATE AT THE 42ND ANNUAL KUPUNA LUNCHEON
WAILUKU, MAUI (Hawaii)-Over seven hundred Kupuna, guests and dignitaries celebrated at the 42nd Annual Kupuna Luncheon on Saturday, July 26 at the Grand Wailea Resort and Spa. Entertainment was provided by Maui’s own “Elvis”, Darren Lee of the Burn’n Love show in Lahaina. The annual event is a joint effort between the Maui County Planning and Coordinating Council (P&CC), who represents over sixty senior citizen clubs with more than 1,700 members, and Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO). This event is made possible through club fundraising activities, ticket sales and generous donations. MEO provides a meeting space for the P&CC meetings and acts as a liaison for the seniors assisting them with advocacy and education activities.
Governor Neil Abacrombie installs MEO Board of Directors and celebrates his 76th birthday at the MEO Family Center.
MEO CEO helps raise funds for MDA
MEO provides the tools to help people and change lives with programs offered through five departments:
The BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER assists small business entrepreneurs with business plan training, credit assessment, and micro-loans for startup and expansion.
COMMUNITY SERVICES provides a wide array of services including rental subsidy, employment training and job placement, Enlace Hispano (Hispanic Link), weatherization and energy assistance, senior club coordination, prisoner reintegration, Hawaiian agricultural workshops, BEST Reintegration, Ke Kahua farm and more.
EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES provides quality infant care and early childhood education, offering toddlers a Head Start toward a better education and a better life.
The TRANSPORTATION Department provides rides to the doctor, to work, to school, to adult day care, for necessary shopping, and for other needs with both standard and wheelchair lift-equipped vehicles.
The YOUTH SERVICES Department provides youth with assistance to succeed in school and life through fun-filled opportunities to learn life skills, prepare for the workforce, and serve the community. The prevention of underage drinking, substance abuse, tobacco use, teenage pregnancy, and teenage suicide is consistently blended with youth program activities.
MEO is dedicated to providing tools for living, for earning, for self-reliance, and for community involvement. All programs are designed with the underlying belief that instead of giving people a fish, it is better to teach them how to fish for themselves.
Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO), chartered on March 22, 1965 is a private non-profit Community Action Agency. The current annual operating budget is $17 million dollars. MEO provides outreach and information, and administers human service programs to low-income persons, the youth, elderly, immigrants, ex-offenders, persons with disabilities and medical needs, and other disadvantaged individuals and families on the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai. The agency was organized as a Community Action Agency under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to strengthen and coordinate efforts to eliminate poverty by providing opportunities in education, employment and training, transportation and other areas to help people, help themselves.
MEO Business Development Center
(Wailuku, HI June 20, 2014) –Maui County Council Chair Gladys Baisa and Council Member Don Couch attended MEO Business Development Program’s graduation of thirteen (13) students from the Core Four Business Planning course on June 16, 2014. Each of the Council Members spoke briefly and encouraged the entrepreneurs to follow their dreams and told them that their success would be a success for the community.
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 lunch.
Craig Swift / 243-4317