Kahului, HI — November 17, 2014 — Students with entrepreneurial aspirations in UH Maui College’s Applied Business & Information Technology (ABIT) program invite the public for a sneak peak of their beta businesses next Thursday, November 20th during two sessions: 10:30AM – 12:00PM and 5:30PM – 7:00PM in the campus’ Kaʻaʻike building.
What kinds of small businesses might be arriving in Maui County soon? Student plans range from an exotic, hand-made jewelry company using local sources, to a cyber-security consultancy, a company distributing ‘culturally inspired Hāna-made products’, a raw food restaurant, and a centrally located furniture refinisher/paint warehouse.
“This is an important next step for our students. They’re taking their business idea from a vision to a professional presentation, and are looking forward to feedback from the community to hone their plan and launch a successful enterprise,” said ABIT program coordinator Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya. “The program’s goal is to incubate the next generation of small businesses that will help our local economy thrive.”
Misty-Rayne Fontanilla, an ABIT student in her final year, will be presenting Makana ʻo Hāna, which translates in English as a “gift of Hāna”. Makana ʻo Hāna will provide its malihini (guests/visitors) with the opportunity to “take a piece of Hāna home” with them by offering “culturally inspired, Hāna-made products” handcrafted by the locals themselves.
“The ABIT program has helped me to take a business idea and turn it into a working reality,” said Fontanilla. “A Hawaiian proverb states, “ʻAʻohe pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hoʻokahi”, which can be understood as “one does not learn from one source alone”. With the help of mentors and guides, I’m learning step-by-step how to start a successful business.”
Another student, Jeremy Bac, is developing a cyber-security startup. “I’ve learned […]