USDA AMS is working with the University of Kentucky, Colorado State University, and the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development to create a COVID-19 Resource Hub for all local food systems stakeholders. To see relevant webinars, factsheets, articles, and more, filter by audience, topic, and opportunity type.
Created by the Hawaii DBEDT, the Buy Hawaii, Give Aloha portal promotes Hawaii businesses and Hawaii-made products by listing local retailers, restaurants, farmers and manufacturers all in one place. Hawaii businesses that make more than 75% of their total product offerings in Hawaii can apply to be listed in this directory.
The Kohala Center’s Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program trains Hawai‘i Island’s next generation of farmers and ranchers through a comprehensive, hands-on training course and exposes Hawaii Island high school students to agricultural careers through one- and two-week field programs.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Agricultural Mentoring Program is a state-driven program that matches an experienced producer who is passionate about conservation with a Natural Resources Conservation Service field employee that is new to the job. For more information, visit the Pacific Region coordinator Edgar Lopez at email@example.com or 808-600-2920.
The Hawaii Small Business Fair, sponsored by Leeward Community College and DBEDT, offers a range of lectures relevant to small businesses including legal matters, GET and income tax, marketing, quickbooks basics, cybersecurity and more. The fair is tentatively scheduled for August 29, 2020.
Kokua Exchange allows the community to share their skills with others by bartering their services indirectly with other people. For example, if you volunteer two hours of your time towards helping someone else, then you can ask for two hours of someone else’s time to help you with your needs in anything from financial assistance to marketing and fundraising. If you have skills to share and/or needs to be met, sign up for Kokua Exchange here.
Helen Tien and her class from the UH Hilo College of Business and Economics are offering free 1-hour sessions to local businesses to assist them with marketing. Available assistance includes help with moving your business online, analyzing marketing effectiveness, providing customer service, and more.
Grants.gov is the portal through which organizations apply for federal funding opportunities. A majority of federal funding opportunities are posted on grants.gov; thus, it is imperative that grant seekers maintain an up-to-date understanding of this portal. Grants.gov’s community blog provides tips for writing grant proposals and common eligibility and policy definitions referenced in the grants.gov website.
Food-A-Go-Go Farms helps consumers find local produce and producers. The platform includes local farmers, CSA providers, and local producers in two categories: Local Inside® for value-added products made with locally grown, caught or raised ingredients and Aloha Inside® for any food product made locally in Hawai‘i.
The Made in Hawaii Festival Online Marketplace gives business 24/7, year-round access to customers interested in purchasing products from across the state. If businesses meet the Made in Hawaii guidelines, they may apply to add their products to the directory here.
Shop Small Hawaii provides business resources and tolls to small business owners in Hawaii through educational workshops, and promotions and special events in collaboration with community partners. Register your business to receive further notifications.
This 8-week food industry business incubation program will train participants in food safety, best manufacturing practicers, commercial kitchen operations, design and packaging, labeling regulations, and business planning, among other topics. The program cost is $349, and the deadline to register is August 17.
Rural and Cooperative Business Development Services
The Kohala Center’s Rural and Cooperative Business Development Services program provides assistance to partners interested in forming a cooperative business or are part of an existing cooperative that could benefit from technical assistance. Whether it's getting organized, writing a business plan, or becoming legally incorporated, The Kohala Center's Business Development Services team can help.
Kahua Pa’a Mua nonprofit is recruiting 10 families in North Kohala on Hawaii Island for their second OAR cohort. This program provides training, land, and equipment for families to grow food for themselves and the community. The previous cohort produced and distributed hundreds of pounds of food including beans, cucumbers, carrots, bitter melon, taro, poi, and pork. At the end of the program, families receive a free aquaponics system or a chicken tractor so they can continue to grow protein and vegetables at home. Call David Fuertes at (808) 896-0566 to enroll.
Kama`aina First is an exciting program supported by the County of Maui Office of Economic Development that allows Maui County businesses to share kama`aina deals at no cost. They also maintain a facebook page with over 10,000 members.
The Maui Economic Development Board recently held a webinar covering the 3508 EZ PPP Forgiveness application. This webinar walks you through the application and addresses commonly asked questions from Hawaii PPP recipients. The slide deck for the webinar can be found here.
Pacific Community Ventures offers free and confidential mentoring services to small business owners by matching organizations with pro-bono business coaches and mentors. Companies that have worked with these mentors have increased their annual revenue by an average of 20%.
The Agriculture Leadership Foundation of Hawaii is collecting information on farms that are offering products through online ordering, delivery service, and direct pick-up. This operating information will be shared with the public.
Lokahi Local Made is an online marketplace that has partnered with HTDC and INNOVATE Hawaii to provide customers with limited edition items of Hawaii brands. If you have a limited edition project you would like to sell, contact Lokahi here.
Innovate Hawaii assists manufacturers looking to improve their business and are willing to invest time and resources to grow their company. They offer a free one-hour consultation on the first and third Tuesdays of every month.
Small Business Innovation Research/Technology Transfer Program
SBIR/STTR’s program helps entrepreneurs commercialize their exciting technology ideas. This federally funded, award based grant encourages small business perform high risk or novel research and development in hopes of commercialization. On September 4, there will be a workshop covering research and commercialization, finding funding, and protecting intellectual property.
Nonprofitready.org is a free online learning library with articles and lessons on a multitude of different topics ranging from grant seeking to digital marketing. This resource is open to anyone, not just nonprofits, and provides short training modules on how to find, write, and acquire grants.
Online Business Development Services will develop a Shopify website for your organization within 1-2 days for $100 ($150 for a website and Facebook page) so customers can order online, pay in advance, and pick up directly. They can also create social media pages on Instagram or Google My Business. They are willing to accept products as payment if needed. Shopify is an e-commerce platform that costs $29/month.