Imi Pono programs for 2020 entrants and finalists offered

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July 7, 2021

Business planning, mentorships and personal financial awareness programs are available this summer for intermediate and high school participants in the 2020-21 Imi Pono Challenge, sponsored by the Maui County Council and Office of Economic Development.

Maui Economic Opportunity and the Maui Chamber of Commerce are producing summer business and financial programs for entrants in “The Greatest Challenge 2020.” Two courses offered by MEO that are coming up:

– Core Four Business Planning Course For Teens, 5 to 6 p.m., July 7, 14, 21 and 28 via Zoom. The class offered to the 40 finalists is a lighter version of the Core Four Business Planning Course for adult entrepreneurs. The class is free and presented by MEO’s Business Development Center. To register, contact BDC Director David Daly at (808) 243-4318 or david.daly@meoinc.org.

– Teen Financial Literacy, 4:30 to 6 p.m., July 20, 22, 27 and 29, via Zoom. The 175 entrants in the 2020-21 contest are invited to participate in the class, which covers budgeting and savings, basic banking, applying for jobs, credit and its importance. The workshop is free. For more information or to register for the workshop, call (808) 243-4347, email lianne.perosbusch@meoinc.org or register online here. BDC, the Office of Economic Development and Hawaii State Federal Credit Union are partnering to present the workshop.

The Chamber presented two Imi Pono-related events. Eight contest winners were showcased at a virtual event on June 1, and the 40 finalists are participating in a mentoring program that began earlier this month.

The Imi Pono Challenge, the brainchild of Maui County Council Chairwoman Alice Lee, started last year during the pandemic. The challenge called for intermediate and high school students to generate new ideas to help improve Maui County’s future. Eight winners were announced in January.

The 2021-22 Imi Pono Challenge is being readied for rollout in August.

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