Hawai‘i Ag & Culinary Alliance’s (HACA)From Cottage Industry to Commercial Enterprise – COHORT 2

Posted on Mar 6, 2023 in Export Development, HiSTEP, HiSTEP-ERP, Made in Hawaii, Manufacturing, News, Small Business Support

Hawaii Ag & Culinary Alliance® (HACA) invites you to participate in the From Cottage Industry to Commercial Enterprise Program aimed at cultivating the next generation of Hawaii’s value-added entrepreneurs in partnership with Leeward Community College (Leeward CC) and the Wahiawa Value-Added Product Development Center (WVAPDC). A cohort of 15 local entrepreneurs utilizing Hawaii-grown, raised or caught ingredients will be selected to incubate their cottage industry, consumer packaged good (CPG) or value-added products with guidance from industry experts to establish their new food businesses.

As part of the HACA program, each entrepreneur will receive a scholarship to Leeward CC’s new 12-week course developed to bring food products to market and build successful food businesses. Whether you have a food product idea, are in the testing phase or are already selling out of your home, this course is designed to provide the fundamentals to building your food business. Featuring industry experts and guest speakers, with opportunities for one-on-one individual coaching, you’ll complete the program with a comprehensive business plan, presentation and pitch to start and scale your food product.

Cohort 2: May 1 – July 19, 2023
To apply for Cohort 2, please complete the application by March 31, 2023.
Selected applicants will be notified by April 10, 2023

For more information and to apply: From Cottage Industry to Commercial Enterprise

Please contact info@hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com if you have any questions.

In Partnership with Leeward Community College & Wahiawā Value-Added Product Development Center