News and Events for Monday, February 20, 2012

• Auditor to speak at Thursday meeting •

SBA ‘e200’ emerging leaders initiative •

Kilauea market moves, expands

Auditor to speak at Thursday meeting

Lihu‘e Business Association’s February meeting will feature insights from County Auditor Ernie Pasion. Attendance is free and open to the public.

The LBA will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Thursday at Duke’s Canoe Club restaurant (upstairs) at Kalapaki Beach in Lihu‘e.

The Office of the County Auditor is tasked with providing oversight on county spending, enhancing state and local government checks and balances, and conducting annual audits of grants and other programs.  

For more information, contact LBA president Pat Griffin at 639-1019 or lba96766@yahoo.com.

SBA ‘e200’ emerging leaders initiative

The U.S. Small Business Administration has opened the recruitment phase for the e200 Emerging Leaders initiative, the SBA announced Wednesday.

The executive-level training course provides small business owners, who demonstrate potential for growth, with the resources, skills and network to drive their business to the next level of success and sustainability, a news release states.

“The follow-up surveys of past e200 classes showed dramatic gains for course graduates in job creation, increased revenues and entrepreneurial expansion,” SBA District Director Jane Sawyer said in the release. “Our 2011 class reported $9.8 million in new revenue, 32 new jobs and an addition of $1.25 million in tax payments.”

SBA offers the training at no cost for CEOs and small business owners. To be eligible to participate, a small business must be at least 3 years old, have achieved annual revenues of $300,000 and have at least one employee.

Only one person — the key decision maker of the small business — attends the classes and mentoring groups. In Hawai‘i, the initiative for entrepreneurs in underserved markets will target small businesses owned and operated by Native Hawaiians. 

The nine-month training includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time and provides the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops and develop connections with peers, city leaders and financial communities.

The deadline for applications is March 1,  and class size is limited. Classes will begin in April. For more information, contact the Hawai‘i District Office at 808-541-2990.

Kilauea market moves, expands

The Saturday Kilauea farmer’s market behind the post office is now next to Kaua‘i Mini Golf and Banana Joe’s from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. An additional market will be open every Monday at the same location from 4 p.m. until dusk.

Namahana Farmers Market’s manager Scott Franklin Manning is assuring local, fresh and sustainable practices, a news release states. In addition to the markets’ 15 vendors, the Monday market will feature live music.

Vendor applications are being accepted. Email scott@hookiu.org or call 268-7016 for information.

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