No one knows better than a farmer how important it is to plan for sustainable growth.  With that in mind, we've gathering together some resources to help our Food Hub partners create a solid business plan.  Food Hub partners are welcome to contact us for more information on accessing these resources.


FREE One-on-One Business Consultation Services:

O`ahu Small Business Development Center (

·       Provides business advice, in-depth analysis, and plan development to help business owners improve productivity, financial efficiency and revenue growth

· - Visit this page to register (click on link at bottom of page that says "Click here to sign up...")

Tip: It is best to be as specific as possible - whether in business already, for how long, what need help with (i.e. expanding, marketing, etc.)


The Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (

·       Provides counseling on topics such as business planning, access to funding & lending options, business rules & regulations, marketing and cash-flow management.

·       To make an appointment, please fill out the form here (go to bottom of page and click on orange button that says “View In-take Form”):

·       or call (808) 695-2635.


FREE Online Learning Resources:

Small Business Administration (SBA) (

·       SBA offers over 60 short online courses covering topics like:

·       How to Write a Business Plan, Growing an Established Business, Introduction to Pricing, Social Media Marketing, Legal Requirements for Small Business, and more.

·       Each course is 30 minutes long, has a text-accessible version, and materials that go along with the course (worksheets, checklists, templates, rescues, etc.)

SCORE Hawai`i

·       Articles and other resources on topics such as Growth Strategies, Sales, Business Plans, Legal Issues, etc.


April Workshops:

SBA: Minding Your Business – Marketing/Social Media

Tues, April 11, 9-11am at FOR'EWA Pono Office

·       1001 Kamokila Boulevard, Suite 133, Kapolei, HI 96707


SCORE Hawai`i: Build An Online Reputation That Drives More Clicks, Calls and Sales

Thurs, April 13, 7am

·       Live webinar, Duration: 1 hour




Program for Growing Agricultural Businesses:

GoFarm Hawaii/UH Agribusiness Incubator Program (AIP)


·       Provides personalized one-on-one business consulting for aspiring or existing agribusinesses.  This includes producers as well as others in the local food chain such as value-added manufacturers, distributors, etc.  

·       Services include developing business plans, marketing plans, grant/loan/lease applications, as well as helping with startup, marketing, financial analysis/accounting, product development/launch, and project management.  We often serve as de-facto board of advisors for our clients.

·       Initial consultation, strategic planning, and general business advice are provided at no cost to accepted applicants. For other services, the program charges highly subsidized fees graduated by client business revenues.

·       Requirement: you are growing or using local ag products in Hawaii, priority given to business benefiting Native Hawaiians.

·       Visit to download application form.



Resources for Beginning Farmers:

·       The Kohala Center - Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program -

·       GoFarm Hawai`i -

·       GoFarm Hawaii/UH Agribusiness Incubator Program (AIP) -