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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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***MEO Core Four Business Planning Course offers $25,000 to top business plan***A prize of up to $25,000 for start-up costs will be presented to the top business plan in the next Core Four Business Planning Course series, presented by Maui Economic Opportunity’s Business Development Center.A total of eight monetary awards, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, will be presented to the top business plans in the online class series that runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 6 to Aug. 5. The classes will be offered via Zoom.The Core Four Business Planning Course, which provides a total of 24 hours of instruction, covers writing a business plan and provides the information needed to start, operate and grow a business. It is perfect for those thinking of starting a business or who are just starting and need direction.The course cost is $50. Financial assistance is available.Those interested in learning more about the entrepreneurial training course can call David Daly at the MEO Business Development Center at (808) 249-2990.Registration is required for the five-week series and can be done by submitting an online application at www.meoinc.org/programs-services/business-development-center/core-four/.Enrollment forms also can be picked up from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays by appointment at MEO’s Family Center in Wailuku near the J. Walter Cameron Center. (The Family Center currently is closed to the public, except by reservation.)Maui County Council Member Tasha Kama allocated the funds for the awards from her district allowance for the countywide program in the 2021-22 fiscal year budget. The Core Four Business Planning Course receives funding from the Maui County Office of Economic Development. www.meoinc.org/programs-services/business-development-center/core-four/. ... See MoreSee Less
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MEO BDC Teen Financial Literacy begins next Tuesday, June 8.Teens will learn BUDGETING, BANKING BASICS, CREDIT and so much more!💵Register Online at www.meoinc.org ... See MoreSee Less
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