MEO BDC director meets with emergency shelter residents

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February 24, 2022

Maui Economic Opportunity’s David Daly discussed programs offered by his Business Development Center from financial literacy to business planning to a handful of residents at the emergency shelter Wahi Ho‘omalu ‘O Wailuku.

Daly, director of BDC, held an informal talk with the residents of the shelter run by the Family Life Center at the site of the old UH-Maui College dorms on Wednesday, Feb. 23.

Some residents showed interest in the next BDC Core Four Business Planning Course, set to begin via Zoom on Tuesday, March 1. The five-week series runs from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 1 to 31. The course cost is $50, and financial assistance is available.

Registration is required for the course, which can be done by submitting an online application through (click on the Business Development Center tab). Enrollment forms also can be picked up at MEO Family Center, 99 Mahalani St., Wailuku. For more information, call Lianne Peros-Busch at MEO Business Development Center at (808) 249-2990.

Daly also talked with residents about the teen and adult Money Matters Financial Literacy workshops. The adult workshops are free and held monthly with the next two-day session set for 10 a.m. to noon March 16 and 17 via Zoom. The class focuses on budgeting and saving, spending tendencies, credit and more. For more information, contact Heather Wells by email at [email protected] or by phone at (808) 243-4317.

The teen sessions are held during the summer.

Other BDC offerings that Daly mentioned at the gathering included a microloan program, which focuses on start-ups, and new credit counseling services with all three BDC staffers recently earning certification.

David Daly, director of Maui Economic Opportunity’s Business Development Center, speaks to a handful of residents at the emergency shelter Wahi Ho‘omalu ‘O Wailuku, operated by the Family Life Center. He talked about business and financial literacy classes and services available through BDC at the gathering Wednesday, Feb. 23.

Emergency shelter Wahi Ho‘omalu ‘O Wailuku invited MEO BDC Director David Daly to discuss business and financial classes and programs that might benefit residents.

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