WAILUKU - Maui Economic Opportunity's Business Development Program graduated 11 students from the Core Four Business Planning course on Dec. 17.
During 2013, over 150 students graduated from this course, resulting in numerous new businesses starting up and jobs being created.
At the graduation, the soon-to-be entrepreneurs were pleased to receive advice and guidance from commercial lenders representing First Hawaiian Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank and Hawaii National Bank.
Graduates, committee members, staff, bankers and community partners celebrate the conclusion of another Core Four Business Planning course on Dec. 17.
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 congratulatory lunch.
Core Four Business Planning is a 36-hour course on how to write a business plan while providing the information needed to start, operate and grow a business.
Those interested in learning more about the entrepreneurial training course can call Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. at 249-2990.
The next Core Four course will be held during the evening. One-hour introductory classes will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 7, and Thursday, Jan. 9, from 6 to 7 p.m. at MEO's Family Center, and also at the Maui County Business Resource Center in Maui Mall on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from noon to 1 p.m.
The six-week series begins on Tuesday, Jan. 14, and continues from 6 to 9 p.m. two days a week through Feb. 25. All sessions will be held at MEO's Family Center at 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku.
Registration is required for the six-week series and can be accomplished at the introductory classes or any weekday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MEO's Family Center. Funding from the county Office of Economic Development helps to make the Core Four Business Planning classes possible.