Permanent Agriculture Resources and Forest Agriculture Research Center have created a free online platform that helps planners and growers develop agroforestry plans. This tool allows several types of plants to be displayed in a multi-layer system, and allows users to select from a range of planting patterns appropriate for multistory agroforestry. Webinars on 12/2 and 1/13 from 1-3 pm will demonstrate the tool.
CSA Innovation Network compiled 170 anonymous responses from a national survey of farmers to rank the nine most popular farm-specific and non farm-specific sales platforms on a variety of criteria including ease of use, value, and customer service capabilities. For further comparisons, view this online platform comparison chart created by Lake Pepin Local.
On November 14th in Alae, East Hawaii Island, there will be two sessions, one from 9:30-10:30 am, and another from 11:00-12:30 pm, explaining an overview of GoFarm Hawaii’s programs and Hawaii island farm site, application process, timelines, and scholarship and support opportunities. Space is limited, and advance registration is required.
Thanks to the C&C of Honolulu’s CARES Act funds, the University of Hawaii is offering free job training to Oahu residents. Eight UH campuses are offering almost 100 different virtual training opportunities. Applicants must be residents of the C&C of Honolulu and had their job situation impacted by COVID-19. Signup ends at Thanksgiving, and classes run through December. Applicants may sign up for one course with 40+ hours of instruction for up to two classes with fewer than 40 hours of instruction.
UH Maui College is offering a Safe Food Handling Certification Class on November 12 from 9 am-4 pm. Anyone wanting to work in a Certified Kitchen should benefit from this class. The cost of the course is $299.
USDA Natural Resources and Biodiversity e-Learning Course
The USDA is offering a free course to certifiers and inspectors on how to assess natural resources and biodiversity requirements in accordance with organic system plans. This course will teach participants what to review and include in inspection protocols and reports.
USDA just launched AskUSDA, a one-stop shop for all USDA communications. Trained representatives can answer common questions and quickly direct callers to agency experts. AskUSDA can be accessed by phone at (833) ONE-USDA from 4 am-12:30 pm on weekdays, by website at ask.usda.gov with live chat agents available from 5 am-1 pm on weekdays, or by email at askusda.gov.
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.
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.
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.
Oahu FarmShare is a new group that makes it easy for farmers to share equipment through peer-to-peer rentals. This Facebook group connects farm equipment owners seeking to rent their underutilized equipment with small operators and others who need it.
GoFarm Hawaii will be recruiting a new cohort for spring 2021. New and existing small farmers on the Big Island, Kauai, Maui, and Oahu may apply for this hands-on training program, which teaches preparation, cultivation and harvest, and business training such as finance, marketing, packaging and more. Sign up here to be notified when the application is released.
Organic and Transitioning Organic Farmer Focus Group
Certified organic producers or producers transitioning too become certified organic are invited to participate in a paid virtual focus group on Tuesday 12/8 from 4-6 pm. This focus group is led by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and Organic Seed Alliance to identify the top challenges organic farmers and ranchers face.
Extension of Replacement Period for Livestock Sold on Account of Drought
Farmers and ranchers that were forced to sell livestock due to drought, flooding, or other severe weather many have an additional year to replace livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales. Counties of Kalawao, Maui, and Hawaii are eligible for this tax relief program. For more information, click here.
The County of Hawaii is awarding businesses that have passed all State, County, DOH, and Hawaii Fire Department safety requirements with a Gold Star to inform consumers of companies that provide the safest possible conditions during the current phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to nominate a business.
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.
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.
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.
This program provides direct technical and financial assistance to private landowners in the form of cooperative and grant agreements to restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitats for the benefit of federal trust resources. Partners will be chosen based on their alignment with the US Department of the Interior’s strategic objectives.
HTDC Innovate Hawaii is offering free e-commerce 1-1 consulting sessions, workshops and webinars. Workshops and webinars will focus on a variety of e-commerce topics including UX/UI, email marketing and analytics, and e-commerce fundamentals. Companies registered with DCCA are eligible for 1-1 consulting sessions.
Aloha Connects Innovation: Last Call to Host a Paid Intern
This program provides displaced workers and high school/college grads with a paid position in a non-visitor dependent company through December 15th. As a host company, you will receive part-time or full-time participants who will contribute to the success of your company. You will also receive monthly reimbursement for mentoring and training each participant, and guidance from the program team to design and monitor the internship and its goals.
This directory, created by the Maui Economic Development Board, Maui County’s Office of Economic Development, and various community partners, helps businesses connect with local service providers. Help with everything from business leasing, learning and reservation, and export consultants can be found here.
If you received a PPP loan of $50,000 or less, there is a simpler loan forgiveness application. Borrowers with a $50,000 or less PPP loan are also now exempt from any reduction in forgiveness based on the number of FTE employees or employee salaries or wages. Find the forgiveness application form here and the application instructions here.
HTDC is offering 5,000 Hawaii residents free access to the Coursera online learning platform with over 3,000 courses and certifications from top universities and organizations. Examples of course topics include technology, financial management, and more. Registration is open until 10/31/2020, and registered users will have until the end of the year to complete their courses.
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.
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.
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%.