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We’re helping people, changing lives. You definitely can, too!

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.


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 ​MEO Business Development Center August Graduation

(Wailuku, HI August 20, 2015) –Keith Regan, the Managing Director for the County of Maui attended MEO Business Development Program’s graduation of fifteen (15) students from the Core Four Business Planning course on August 18, 2015. Director Regan spoke briefly to the students 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.

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 1st and Thursday, September 3rd, from 6pm to 7pm at MEO’s Family Center, and also at the Maui County Business Resource Center (Maui Mall) on Wednesday, September 2nd from noon to 1pm.  The six-week series begins on Tuesday, September 8th and continues from 6pm to 9pm two days a week through October 20, 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.
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Funding from the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the CPB Foundation helps to make the Core Four Business Planning Course possible.

CONTACT:
Craig Swift / 243-4317

Annual Maui County Senior Fair

WAILUKU, MAUI (Hawaii)-Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) is seeking vendors and community partners interested in participating in the 42nd Annual Maui County Senior Fair, scheduled for *Saturday, October 31, 2015* at the War Memorial gymnasium in Wailuku from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The County of Maui Office on Aging is the sponsor of this event and MEO is the organizer. MEO supports 60 senior citizen groups throughout Maui County, representing more than 1,800 seniors.

Last year’s fair attracted over 2,500 individuals. If you wish to participate in this event email Community Services Director Gerry Lum at gerry.lum@meoinc.org or call him at 249-2970 to request an application. Completed applications and applicable payment must be submitted to MEO later than Friday, September 18, 2015.

Vendor Application Politician or Candidate Application
Vendor Application Letter  Political Application Letter

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The Maui Nonprofit Directors Association is accepting nominations for the following:

*Community Business Award*
  
Nominate an outstanding business that supports nonprofits
  
- · Evidence of financial support of philanthropic projects in Maui County
- · Impact of the gift
- · In-kind contributions to support a nonprofit
- · Evidence of encouraging and motivating its employees to take leadership roles and serve on boards and participate in community activities

*Humanitarian Award*
    
Nominate an outstanding individual who free gives of time, talent and treasure
    
- · Time, effort and financial commitment spent on philanthropic activities
- · Evidence of success in stewardship, recruiting and motivating others

*Maui County’s Outstanding Nonprofit Executive Director*
    
Nominate an outstanding Nonprofit Executive Director
    
- · Leadership
- · Vision
- · Improving programs and services

Nominees and winners will be honored at MNPD’s Annual Legislative Pau Hana on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao.
   
Nomination forms are due no later than Monday, September 28, 2015.
Applications are available online at www.*mauinonprofit*.org 
Completed applications can be mailed to, Maui Non Profit Executive Directors Association P.O. Box 1186 Puunene, HI 96784 or emailed to: mauinonprofit@gmail.com.

For more information call Debbie Cabebe at 808-249-2990 or email her at: debbie.cabebe@meoinc.org

Congratulations to MEO's Employee of the Month, Mary Kaiwi!
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Kupuna Aloha Luncheon

More than 600 Kupuna and friends celebrated at the Kupuna Aloha Luncheon on Saturday, July 25 at the Grand Wailea. This annual event is made possible through the support of the Maui County Planning and Coordinating Council and Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc as well as many prize donors, the Grand Wailea Resort and Spa and event volunteers.

Click here to see Luncheon Photos...
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Please follow the link below to view the Maui Public Transit Rider Education Forum. Share with your family and friends to inform them about transportation services available throughout Maui County. Mahalo to the Paratransit Advisory Council, the State Disability and Communication Access Board, the County of Maui Dept of Transportation and Office on Aging, Roberts Hawaii, MEO Transportation, and AKAKU Public Television for making this happen.

The MEO Public Transportation Rider Education Forum online
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MEO Molokai celebrates 50 years! See photos here...
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Congratulations to our newly elected board of director officers; President Kai Pelyao, Vice President Kevin Yoshida, Secretary Adele Rugg, and Treasurer Cliff Alakai. Mahalo for your service..

MEO Transportation has a new roof!   *Mahalo to Goodfellow Bros. for your generous support*

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MEO Business Development Center June Graduation

(Wailuku, HI June 17, 2015) –Maui County Council Member Mike Victorino attended MEO Business Development Program’s graduation of thirteen (13) students from the Core Four Business Planning course on June 16, 2015. Council Member Victorino spoke briefly and encouraged the entrepreneurs to follow their dreams and told them that their success would come from hard work and a “never give up” attitude.

The graduating students also received advice and guidance from commercial lenders representing Central Pacific Bank, Bank of Hawaii and First Hawaiian Bank. The bankers reviewed the students’ business plans and provided advice in launching a successful business. The graduating students received a Certificate of Achievement and a congratulations luncheon.

CONTACT:
Craig Swift / 243-4317

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. The next Core Four course will be held during the evening. You can also choose from three one hour introductory classes, being held, to learn more about the course. These introductory classes will be held on Tuesday, June 30th and Thursday, July 2nd, from 6pm to 7pm at MEO’s Family Center, and also at the Maui County Business Resource Center (Maui Mall) on Wednesday, July 1st from noon to 1pm. The six-week series begins on Tuesday, July 7th and continues from 6pm to 9pm two days a week through August 18th. All sessions will be held at MEO's Family Center at 99 Mahalani Street in Wailuku.

More about Core Four and the Business Development Center here...


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.

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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...

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