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MEO Spring Business Planning Series Moves to Mornings

April 15, 2011, 10:15 AM HST
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Susie Thieman is the primary instructor for the MEO Business Planning Series and brings over 30 years business experience with her. Photo courtesy of MEO BDC.

By Sonia Isotov

Normally held at night, MEO Business Development Corporation, Inc. (MEO BDC) is making their popular business planning series and Banker’s Night event available on a morning schedule this spring.

During the months of May and June, MEO BDC is changing things up and will be delivering their Core Four Business Planning Series business planning series mornings from 9 am to 12 noon.

The Core Four Business Planning Classes cover how to set goals, do market research, determine pricing, make the sale, understand and create cash flow projections, and write a business plan; everything you need to know to start, fix, or grow your business.

New this year is the addition of one week following the 30-hour course during which students will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with BDC staff while putting the finishing touches on their business plans and/or cash flow projections so they can present them on Banker’s Lunch/Graduation, on June 21.


Susie Thieman, the MEO BDC President, who has more than 30 years of experience in starting and managing small business, serves as the primary instructor for the Core Four classes.


Two free introductory classes will be held on May 3 & 5 from 9-10 am. These introductory classes are free and open to the public. The six-week series begins on Tuesday, May 10, and continues from 9 am-noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays thru June 16. All sessions will be held at MEO’s Family Center at 99 Mahalani Street in Wailuku.

Registration is required for the six-week series. There is a fee of $275 for the course. However, funding from the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the State Office of Community Services make financial assistance available for most students.

Core Four classes are also ongoing on the islands of Lanai and Molokai.


For more information call Evette Lau at 249-2990, extension 318.

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