Free Micro-enterprise Training in Wahiawa helps start-up businesses grow

Jade Eckardt

WAHIAWA—Free Micro-enterprise Training will be offered this month thanks to the Wahiawa Community Based Development Organization (Wahiawa CBDO), whose mission is to be responsible for developing and implementing area-wide projects that will provide a strong economic base and improve the quality of life for area residents.

The course equips individuals with information and basic business plans to start their own businesses. Micro-enterprises are generally home-based and require little start-up funds. They are usually owner or family operated. Typical micro-enterprises include cleaning services, landscaping services, crafts, agricultural products, and specialty foods. Applicants must meet federal Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines for low-to-moderate income. Mentors provided for successful applicants.

An orientation will be held on Tuesday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. Training will take place Tuesdays and Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. from February 22 to April 28. Thirty hours of follow-on training will be given in five different agricultural businesses.

Classes will be held in Wahiawa at the facilities of New Life Body of Christ Church, 70 S. Kamehameha Highway.

Applicants must meet income requirements and complete a registration form. Preference will be given to applicants who live in the Wahiawa Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA). NRSA boundaries can be found at

For more information, contact the WCBDO at (808) 226-7503.