Team members of winning plan for Chaminade's Hogan Entrepreneurs/ American Savings Non-Profit Business Plan Competion: From left to right, Dr. Peter Hanohano, Mona Bernardino, Gigi Cairel, and Lena Racimo of Hi`ilei Aloha LLC. Photo courtesy of Matt Robertson.

Chaminade University’s Hogan Entrepreneurs program announced the winners of its Hogan/ American Savings Bank Non-Profit Business Plan Competition and celebrated the program’s 10th graduating class on April 18, in Mystical Rose Oratory. The winners of the competition were:

•        $10,000 Hi’ilei Aloha LLC (Mobile Certified Kitchen and Poi Mill)

•        $ 6,000   Hope Services Hawaii (“Malama Our Kupuna” Recycled Housing Project)

•        $ 4000    Kanu Hawaii (Engage Donors)

•        $ 2000   Waikiki Health Center (Next Step Job Training Janitorial School)

•        $ 1000 & 80 hours of free consulting services from Olomana Loomis ISC to

“Most Compelling”             Full Life Hawaii (Adult Community Autism Program)

•        $ 1000          Finalist          Business Law Corps

•        $ 1000          Finalist           BizGym Foundation (Business Literacy for All)

•        $ 1000          Finalist           United Cerebral Palsy Association (Recycle Bicycle)

“For me, the Hogan nonprofit competition is all about encouraging the spirit of entrepreneurship in young people and to inspire them to become economically self-sufficient,” said Dr. Peter Hanohano of Hi’ilei Aloha LLC (Mobile Certified Kitchen and Poi Mill), which took top honors at today’s competition.

More than $30,000 worth of prizes ($26,000 in cash plus 80 hours of consultation services from Olomana Loomis ISC) was awarded to the winners of the competition. The eight finalists were chosen out of 32 submissions. Information on all eight finalists is at the end of this release. This was the fifth competition to be held at Chaminade University, and the third sponsored by American Savings Bank.  The competition was also one of the first of its type to be initiated in the state.

Chaminade University’s Hogan Entrepreneurs also celebrated the graduation and induction of its students. This marked the 10th graduation for a unique program that encourages students to use their entrepreneurial passion and academic achievements as means to contribute to their communities. The program’s motto continues to be “doing business things that make social sense; doing social things that make business sense.”

Featured speakers included Governor Neil Abercrombie, Ed Hogan, chair and co-founder of Pleasant Holiday, and Gabe Lee, the EVP of American Savings Bank. Chaminade also conferred an honorary professorship on Gary Hogan, CEO of Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts.

For more information, contact Ann Lujan Kishi at alujan@chaminade.edu or (808) 739-4673. For more on the competition, go to: www.chaminade.edu/hogan/hogan-7.php. For information on Hogan Entrepreneurs, go to: www.chaminade.edu/hogan/.

HOGAN/AMERICAN SAVINGS BANK NON-PROFIT BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION — EIGHT FINALISTS

Recycle Bicycle
The Organization
: United Cerebral Palsy Association in partnership with Lanakila Pacific and Abilities Unlimited.
The Business Plan
: To start a job-training program for adults with disabilities centered on bicycles. Recycle Bicycle will refurbish used, donated bicycles, and sell them to the public.  The bicycle re-furbishing will be led by professional mechanics and will include volunteers as well as adults with disabilities from Lanakila Pacific and Abilities Unlimited. Recycle Bicycle will embody the three groups’ shared mission of assisting individuals with disabilities.
Location
:  Honolulu
Contact:
Rachel Hollander, rhollander@gmail.com

Malama Our Kupuna Recycled Housing Project
The Organization
: HOPE Services Hawaii, in partnership with the County of Hawaii, University of Hawaii, Diocese of Honolulu, Sacred Heart Parish and other parishes on Hawaii Island.
The Business Plan
: To “recycle” 19 units of affordable housing for seniors in one of the most impoverished areas of Hawaii. The closure of the Kawaihae Transitional Housing project on Feb 28, 2011 left the County of Hawaii with 24 vacant housing units. Of these, 20 passed structural inspection for relocation and renovation. One unit will be turned into a community center while 19 others will be turned into low income supportive housing for seniors. This will help alleviate homelessness, prevent unnecessary disposals into the local landfill, help strengthen the community, and improve tenant health.  Above all, it will provide desperately needed housing units for a highly vulnerable population: low income kupuna.
Location:
Pahoa, Hawaii Island
Contact:
Brandee Menino, bmenino@hopeserviceshawaii.org

Engage Donors
The Organization:
Kanu Hawaii
The Business Plan
: To launch a fundraising platform for small to medium-sized causes to enable even the nontechnical to set-up and launch online fundraising that is compatible across any device.  This can then be shared across social media and centered on the stories and dialogue that defines social content. The focus is on socially-enabled fundraising that is simple to integrate and effective in engaging donors. The objective is to make online fundraising five times more effective than traditional fundraising and create unrestricted income for Kanu Hawaii.
Location
: Honolulu
Contact:
Olin Lagon, olin@kanuhawaii.org

Business Law Corps (BLC)
The Organization
: Business Law Corps
The Business Plan
: To create a platform that connects business attorneys willing to do pro bono work with new small business owners and entrepreneurs with limited means. The idea is to give these start-up business owners free, top-tier legal services and advice so that they may properly form, protect, and strengthen their business interests. By helping these new small business owners create jobs in their own communities, BLC seeks to increase access to the legal system and promote economic justice.
Location
: Honolulu
Contact:
Gregory Kim, gkim@businesslawcorps.org

Business Literacy for All
The Organization
: BizGym Foundation
The Business Plan
: To reinvent the business planning process in an easy and fun “just-in-time” learning and knowledge management system. BizGym Foundation empowers self-starters young and old, to build better societies and economies worldwide.  It seeks to leverage the revolutionary BizGym success system in order to offer a suite of hands-on business and financial literacy programs. These include “Lemonade Alley,” a nationwide, hands-on contest for K-12 students: Camp BizGym, an advanced entrepreneurial conference for kids; and BizGym Missions, like the Peace Corps for business students to mentor non-profits, socially-conscious small/start-up entrepreneurs in developing countries.
Location
: Honolulu
Contact
: Steve Sue, steve@bizgym.com

Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP)
The Organization
: Full Life Hawaii
The Business Plan
: To provide an autism-specific day program for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD) that focuses on fostering living and job development skills to enable our clients to live full and independent lives. The programs that currently exist do not meet the unique social, communication and learning needs of individuals on the autism spectrum. Without that, adults with ASD will remain in adult day programs throughout their lives and continue to impact the productivity of their families. The ACAP program will be a demonstration of best evidence-based practices and will provide resources to families to fully utilize the support resources available to them.
Location:
Hilo, Hawaii Island
Contact:
Stone Wolfsong, stone@fulllifehawaii.org

Mobile Certified Kitchen and Poi Mill
The Organization
: Hi`ilei Aloha LLC
The Business Plan
: To create a mobile certified kitchen and poi mill that would go to taro farms to help farmers make their taro into poi. This will help farmers get a higher price for their poi as a value-added product. By doing it in a certified kitchen, farmers are able to distribute and market their legally-approved poi through a much broader range of food and retail outlets. The higher price that poi commands and the broader distribution this plan will make possible will help taro farmers become self-sustaining. It will help improve the prospects for long term sustainability of taro farming as a profession and cultural practice while also increasing local food production and reducing our dangerously high dependence on food imports.
Location
: Honolulu
Contact
: Mona Bernardino, monab@hiilei.org

Next Step Job Training Janitorial School
The Organization
: Waikiki Health Center
The Business Plan
: To provide janitorial on-the-job training for the people living at the Next Step Homeless Shelter between Pier One and Kakaako Waterfront Park. Waikiki Health Center runs the Next Step Homeless Shelter and the Janitorial Job Training School that provides on-site services at the public rest-rooms at Kakaako Park and Kewalo Basin. Many people at the shelter want to work but have barriers to employment including a lack of skill sets, job search resources and the work experience to fill out a resume. The Janitorial Job Training School gives trainees employable skills that they can market and starter income for necessities such as clothing for interviews.
Location
: Waikiki
Contact:
Dallas Walker, dwalker@waikikihc.org

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