WAILUKU - Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. seeks public comments for a One-Call/One-Click Transportation Resource Center plan.
MEO will collect public input through an online resident survey to assess and determine the access to transportation needs, barriers and preferences of Maui County residents.
MEO will also seek comments in a concurrent online provider survey from organizations, agencies, and companies that currently offer transportation services of any kind to assess the capacity and availability of transportation providers in Maui County.
Thirty students completed a Core Four Business Planning course on Feb. 25.
The information obtained through these surveys will be used in conjunction with data previously obtained through public meetings to ensure that plans for a Transportation Resource Center are based on the needs and desires of Maui residents.
This initiative specifically seeks to capture information about the current transportation needs of veterans, military members and their families, as well as from any Maui resident with a current or future interest in public or private transportation services.
All members of the public are encouraged to take a moment of time to answer this important survey at meoinc.charityfinders.org.
These surveys will close on March 24. If you have any questions about this survey or how to complete it, contact CEO Lyn McNeff at lyn.mcneff@ meoinc.org or 249-2990.
In related news, MEO's Business Development Program graduated 30 students from the Core Four Business Planning course on Feb. 25.
During 2013, more than 150 students graduated from MEO's Business Planning course. This has resulted in numerous new Maui County businesses starting up and jobs being created.
At the graduation, the soon-to-be entrepreneurs were able to receive advice and guidance from Maui's commercial lenders, who 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 dinner.
MEO BDC's Core Four Business Planning is a 36-hour course on how to write a business plan while providing the information you need to know to start, operate and grow your business.
Those interested in learning more about the entrepreneurial training course can call Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. at 249-2990.
The next Core Four classes will be held during the evening. A one-hour introductory class will be held on Thursday, March 6, 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, March 5, from noon to 1 p.m.
The six-week series begins on Tuesday, March 11, and continues from 6 to 9 p.m. two days a week through April 22.
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 done at the introductory classes or any weekday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MEO's Family Center.
Funding from the county Mayor's Office of Economic Development helps to make the Core Four Business Planning classes possible.