Monkeypod Jam advances in grant program

LIHUE  — Aletha Thomas of Monkeypod Jam would have been at the Kauai Community College last Saturday.

But that was before she got a phone call informing her the person doing the Kilauea farmers market was ill.

“She really wanted to be here,” said Alanna White, manning the Monkeypod Jam table at the Kauai Community Market at the KCC. “I work this afternoon on the South Shore, so the drive to Kilauea would have been too much. Aletha, instead, went up there to run the table.”

Monkeypod Jam was notified the firm utilizing locally-based product for jams, jellies, marmelades and curds, advanced to Round 2 of four rounds in the Intuit, Small Business Grant program.

Thomas, in an email, said Intuit, the creator of Quikbooks, is asking for votes during Round 2 of the program.

“We need to have a high number of supporter votes,” Thomas said. “Supporters, hopefully of Monkeypod Jam, are encouraged to vote once each day through Oct. 23 by visiting www.smallbusinessbiggame.com/HI/Monkeypod-Jam-LLC/381894.”

Thomas said if Monkeypod Jam succeeds in the Intuit Small Business Grant program, the firm — which runs its commercial kitchen in Lihue and procures local fruits for its product — will receive advice and financial help in the realm of advertising.

Info: www.monkeypodjam.com

• Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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