SBA awards $5 million in PRIME grants to help emerging micro-entrepreneurs: The Kohala Center among recipients

September 22, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—Thirty-four community-based organizations across the United States that provide assistance to disadvantaged entrepreneurs will soon receive a combined $5 million in grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Program for Investment in Micro-Entrepreneurs (PRIME).

The Kohala Center (TKC) is among these organizations that help low-income entrepreneurs gain access to capital to establish and expand their small businesses. Their PRIME award will total $150,000, to be made available Sept. 30 for a 12-month project period.

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Program Seeks Aspiring Big Island Farmers

August 16, 2017 (Big Island Now)—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.

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Hawaii Farm to School Initiative

May 24, 2017 (Hawaii News Now)—Spearheaded by Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui, the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE), the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and The Kohala Center are working collaboratively on the Farm to School Initiative.  Across the nation, farm to school programs are reconnecting students to a better understanding of the food system and where their food comes from. Farm to school programs introduce students to healthier eating habits and help them become familiar with new vegetables and fruits that they and their families will then be more willing to incorporate into their own diets.
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