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​MEO BDC provides micro-enterprise loans, business planning classes, and consultation services.  Established in 1997, we have helped create more than 700 new business and 900 jobs and train 2,000 entrepreneurs. MEO BDC offers loans, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, for startup operations or expansion of existing small business.  We have emergency loans available for special situations.  MEO BDC has facilitated 700 loans worth more than $4 million.

The Core Four course enables development of a realistic, achievable business plan. The six-week, 36-hour course is offered 10 times a year on Maui, Molokai, and Lanai. The classes usually are held at MEO Family Center, 99 Mahalani St, Wailuku; an additional Introduction class is held at the Maui County Business Resource Center (brown bag session). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sessions currently are being held virtually on Zoom.

MEO BDC programs are funded by grants from the Maui County Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and Agape Foundation.

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On the third installment of The MEO Minute on Akaku's The Maui Daily on Nov. 17, Business Development Center Director David Daly discusses the Agriculture Microgrant program.The Maui Daily can be viewed at cloud.castus.tv/vod/akaku/video/61959a3dd3ce0700096b5f48?page=HOME&fbclid=IwAR37tY__eI7XTAFkyCb32... ... See MoreSee Less
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*MEO’s Heather Wells earns Debt Management Professional certification*Maui Economic Opportunity’s Heather Wells has been certified as a Debt Management Professional and will be available to help clients of the nonprofit agency that works with people in need to come up with plans to extricate themselves from crisis and to better manage their current and future finances.“I am able to provide clients the much needed tools and resources to regain control of their financial lives,” said Wells, business development specialist with MEO’s Business Development Center. “The goal of these sessions is to give my clients the tools they need to implement change that will positively impact their current and future financial situations.”As a certified Debt Management Professional, Wells will offer three types of counseling:- Remedial Counseling for clients in financial distress. She will work to find solutions to correct what is not working, providing clients with knowledge and guidance to improve their current financial situations.- Preventive Counseling for clients who need help learning to better manage their personal finances and might need help planning to achieve their goals.– such as saving for a house – while staying on track with their bills. She will assist in creating strong financial habits now to make sure clients can avoid future budgetary problems.- Productive Counseling for clients who are eager to learn how using their current financial resources can improve their lives. These clients want to accomplish goals but aren’t quite sure how to start saving.Wells was certified on Oct. 27 for two years by the Florida-based Partnership for Financial Education, which developed the Certified Debt Management Professional program to ensure professionals providing debt management and related services have the knowledge and expertise required of them by employers, consumers and regulators, the Partnership’s website said.To obtain certification, Wells spent months preparing for a timed written exam. She will be required to earn Continuing Education Credits to maintain her certification.Prior to joining MEO in October 2020, Wells had experience in Borrower Services, assisting student loan borrowers avoid default and establish manageable payment plans. She double majored in college in Business Management and Accounting Procedures with certificates in Bookkeeping and Entrepreneurship.To contact Wells for assistance, call (808) 243-4317 or email heather.wells@meoinc.org.👋Heather Wells, MEO Business Development Center business development specialist, has been certified as a Debt Management Professional and can help clients with current financial crises and future planning. ... See MoreSee Less
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Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is both international and local, with statewide activities and events making it easier for anyone who wants to start and scale a business or organization.“Nudging Hawai’i State Entrepreneurs to the Next Level” is our motto & the objective of our leaders & stakeholders across the State.Find out more on:Facebook – www.facebook.com/GEWAlohaStateTwitter – twitter.com/GEWAlohaState ... See MoreSee Less
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*Winner of business plan contest administered by MEO BDC appears on Hawaii News Now*Thank you to Jim Mendoza of Hawaii News Now for reporting on the winner of a $25,000 grant in a Maui Economic Opportunity Business Development Center business planning contest. Landa Ampong was interviewed for the story on God’s Lanes, LLC, a startup e-commerce retail company offering faith-based athleisure apparel to Christian men and women. Thirty entrepreneurs, who completed BDC’s Core Four Business Planning class series, entered the contest for grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, which was funded by Council Member Tasha Kama’s district funds. Ampong’s business plan was deemed the best. BDC Director David Daly was interviewed by Mendoza for the story on Ampong’s selection for the top prize.hawaiinewsnow.com/2021/10/21/maui-start-up-based-faith-fitness-lands-25000-grant-best-business-plan ... See MoreSee Less
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