SBA Awards $5 Million in PRIME Grants to Help Emerging Micro-entrepreneurs Gain Access to Capital

September 7, 2017—Thirty-four community-based organizations across the United States that provide assistance to disadvantaged entrepreneurs are set to receive a combined $5 million in grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Program for Investment in Micro-Entrepreneurs (PRIME). These organizations help low-income entrepreneurs gain access to capital to establish and expand their small businesses.
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GoFarm Hawai‘i seeks aspiring Hawai‘i Island farmers

KAMUELA, Hawai‘i—August 15, 2017—The Kohala Center will once again serve as the host site for the second Hawai‘i Island cohort of the state’s largest farmer training program.

GoFarm Hawai‘i @ The Kohala Center will offer students classroom instruction, tours of local farms, and hands-on experience in small-scale farming with support from UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR). Sponsored in part by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Ulupono Initiative, Kamehameha Schools, and Hawaii Department of Agriculture, the program is divided into three phases starting with an AgCurious introductory informational session, followed by four AgXposure site visits. AgXposure participants may then apply to AgSchool, an intensive, hands-on, five-month farmer training program.

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FoodCorps recruitment begins

KAMUELA, Hawai‘i—January 18, 2017—The national FoodCorps program is currently accepting applications from emerging food justice leaders for the 2017–2018 school year. Service member positions are available on Hawai‘i Island and O‘ahu, as well as in communities in 16 states in the continental U.S. and the District of Columbia.
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Two programs set to train new Hawai‘i Island farmers

KAMUELA, Hawai‘i—January 3, 2017—New and aspiring farmers and ranchers on Hawai‘i Island can choose from two comprehensive courses being launched by The Kohala Center in early 2017.

In addition to its Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program, which has graduated more than 120 students since 2013, The Center will host the state’s largest farmer training program, GoFarm Hawai‘i, for the first time on Hawai‘i Island. More information about both programs is available online at kohalacenter.org/farmertraining.

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Hawai‘i farmers and food producers eligible for expanded microloan program

KAMUELA, Hawai‘i—October 18, 2016—A no-interest loan program originally created for Hawai‘i Island-based farmers and food producers is now available to qualified applicants throughout the Hawaiian Islands, The Kohala Center announced today.

Based on the success of the Hawai‘i Island Food Producers Fund, created by The Center in 2014 with support from the County of Hawai‘i, the new Hawai‘i Food Producers Fund is open to eligible applicants statewide. Expanded with additional support from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, the new program seeks to increase local food production, reduce Hawai‘i’s dependence on imports, and strengthen the islands’ food-producing business sector through no-interest loans raised on Kiva, the world’s first and largest non-profit micro-lending website.
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Microloans available to support Hawai‘i’s rural businesses

KAMUELA, Hawai‘i—May 23, 2016—The Kahiau Rural Business Development Microloan Program, administered by The Kohala Center, seeks to support entrepreneurs that strive to make a positive social impact in communities on Hawai‘i Island and Moloka‘i. The program offers low interest microloans and hands on business development services to help entrepreneurs build sustainable businesses, particularly in the arenas of local food production, ecosystem health and renewable energy. In addition to the financial viability of the business, the program considers nonfinancial values—including a business’s impact on community, culture, and nature—in the credit analysis and business development process.
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Training session to focus on cooperative business accounting

KAMUELA, Hawai‘i—September 8, 2015—Certified Public Accountant Dan Nutley with the national accounting firm Moss Adams LLP will present a Cooperative Business Accounting Training from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, at Anna Ranch in Waimea, Hawai‘i Island. Hosted by The Kohala Center, the training is intended for accountants, bookkeepers, and managers and members of cooperative businesses. CPAs can earn up to six Hawai‘i CPE credits for attending the full-day course.
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