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Julie Percell teaching from Kaua‘i
Instructor Julie Percell addresses the class from the Kaua‘i Community College location.

Hiʻilei Aloha Teaches Entrepreneurs via Distance Learning


The classes are a byproduct of a 2016 US SBA Accelerator Competition Award

 

Honolulu, Hawai‘i—Office of Hawaiian Affairs subsidiary Hiʻilei Aloha LLC is using technology to bring its popular entrepreneurship workshop series to more Hawaiians, statewide.

In a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Kauaʻi Community College (KCC), and the Kauaʻi Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, Hiʻilei Aloha contracted instructor Julie Percell to empower budding Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs who are starting up small businesses.

Instructor Julie Percell leads her class from the Kaka‘ako location. The Promethean digital white board can be seen behind the class.
Instructor Julie Percell leads her class from the Kaka‘ako location.
The Promethean digital white board can be seen behind the class.

Percell teaches an eight-week long entrepreneurship course every Saturday. Through the use of a video conferencing system and other technology, Percell is able to conduct the class with four students at KCC and four students at Hiʻilei, alternating her physical presence between the two locations.

Last year, Hiʻilei won a national SBA Accelerator Award competition and was awarded a grant which allowed for the purchase of a Lifesize Icon 600 video conferencing system, a Promethean digital white board, Samsung digital signage system, and a 17" laptop with the Lifesize video conferencing software for traveling. The components are combined into a system which allows Hiʻilei to offer workshops and meetings virtually anywhere.

The entrepreneurship course covers the basics of starting a business, the keys to successful marketing, writing and presenting a business plan, pricing your product to make money, managing your finances, and estimating the resources needed for your first year in business.

The students at Kaua‘i Community College are seen on the Lifesize video conferencing monitor in the Hi‘ilei Aloha LLC office in Kaka‘ako.
The students at Kaua‘i Community College are seen on the Lifesize video
conferencing monitor in the Hi‘ilei Aloha LLC office in Kaka‘ako.

Following successful completion of the workshop series, students are refunded the entire $300 tuition and are provided technical assistance in starting and growing their business.

Hiʻilei is offering a new entrepreneur workshop series for Maui and Oʻahu beginning in May. See www.hiilei.org/events for more information and a link to workshop registration. Class size is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

Visit www.hiilei.org or call Martha, Kanani or Blaine for more information at (808) 596-8990.
Mahalo to the Small Business Administration for our 2016 Accelerator Award! 
711 Kapi‘olani Boulevard, Suite 111  | Honolulu, HI 96813 | 808.596.8990


Hiʽilei Accelerator Grand Opening Soon!

The new service is the result of a 2016 US SBA Accelerator Competition Award


HONOLULU--In 2016, Hi‘ilei Aloha LLC entered into a US Small Business Administration competition for seed funding to start up an small business accelerator. Out of 750 applicants, with the help of Hi‘ilei's Entrepreneurship Class Cohorts, Hi‘ilei was named the national winner. 

Hi‘ilei staff immediately started planning to turn our Kaka‘ako offices into a business accelerator and co-work space. We recently took delivery of some of the components for our new space and are proud to announce its upcoming grand opening.

The accelerator hopes to help you start or grow your business or nonprofit with services from Hi‘ilei Aloha LLC.

The accelerator will offer:

  • A place to share and cowork
  • A place to be and create
  • A place to learn
  • Other opportunities

Visit www.hiilei.org or call Martha, Kanani or Blaine for more information at (808) 596-8990.
Mahalo to the Small Business Administration for our 2016 Accelerator Award! 
711 Kapi‘olani Boulevard, Suite 111 (same floor as lobby) | Honolulu, HI 96813 | 808.596.8990

Notice:  Hiʽilei Aloha LLC Has Moved to the First Floor

Hiʽilei Aloha LLC is remaining in the same building, Pacific Park Plaza, but has relocated to a different suite.
Effective Thursday, July 14, 2016, the new mailing address is:

 

Hiʽilei Aloha LLC
711 Kapiʽolani Boulevard, Suite 111
Honolulu, Hawaiʽi 96813

 

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