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Recipe to Reality Seminar – June 16

Attention new or potential food entrepreneurs!

KEDB is having a comprehensive one-day seminar providing food entrepreneurs with a general overview of the issues crucial in developing a successful food manufacturing business.  Join us at the Courtyard Marriott at Kauai Coconut Beach on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 8:00am to 4:00p

Where: Courtyard Marriott at Kauai Coconut Beach

When:  Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 8:00am – 4:00pm

Cost: $95.00 early registration by June 1, 2018; $125 thereafter (Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, and class materials included)

Register online below or call KEDB at (808) 245-6692 or email

The one-day Recipe to Reality seminar is the first step in developing a non-alcohol food business. It is specifically designed to provide entrepreneurs with an understanding of the key issues they will need to consider when starting a food business. Participants include individuals interested in marketing a family recipe, individuals with a product idea or concept, producers considering adding value to an agricultural product and restaurateurs or chefs exploring the manufacturing of a house specialty.


Recipe to Reality provides a general overview of the many issues involved in developing a food manufacturing business. Seminar topics address important questions that every entrepreneur should consider:


  • Market research and selection – What are your target market options? What is market research and how do you use it?
  • Product and process development – How do you commercialize your recipe? What are your processing facility options?
  • Food regulatory issues and agencies – What agencies govern the food industry? How do the food regulations affect your business?
  • Packaging and labeling – What are the required elements of a food label? What claims are allowed on food labels?
  • Pricing and cost analysis – How do you determine a competitive price for your product? What other business costs do I need to consider?
  • Product introduction and sales – How do you introduce your product to the marketplace? How do you create sales?
  • Promotional material package – How do you create your promotional message? What should your promotional package include?
  • Food safety and sanitation – What are the basics of food safety? What are the microbiology concerns for food products?
  • Business structure – How should you structure your business? How should you protect your business?


By attending Recipe to Reality, entrepreneurs gain in one day information that could take months to research on their own. They will acquire valuable knowledge on the basics of starting a food business. The seminar helps attendees understand the challenges of starting a food business and allows them to make an informed decision as to whether developing a business and allows them to make an informed decision as to whether developing a business is the right choice for them.


Following the seminar, affordable, confidential services are available to those participants who decide to launch their own food business. In Product to Profit, our team of experts will help you navigate every step of the way by providing comprehensive assistance tailored to your specific business venture. All services can be provided long distance meaning you never need to come to our location to receive our comprehensive business assistance.

If you have questions about the seminar, please contact  Check or money order payments should be made payable to Kauai Economic Development Board or call (808)245-6692 to pay by Credit Card.

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Download the National Food Entrepreneur Program brochure here.

2013 Kauai Energy Conference

2013 Kaua`i Energy Conference

After Oil – Managing the Transformation

August 15, 2013 * Kaua`i Marriott Resort & Beach Club

Presented by Kaua`i Economic Development Board
In partnership with the County of Kaua`i Office of Economic Development and KIUC

Join business, government and community leaders and other industry experts for the sixth annual 2013 Kaua`i Energy Conference at the Kaua`i Marriott Resort & Beach Club.  This year’s theme is “After Oil – Managing the Transformation” that looks back at the origins of renewable energy on Kaua`i, the growth of various renewable energy sources, and how  we must carefully manage these new sources into our grid and our energy portfolio on Kauai.
Registration: $40/person by August 5, 2013 ($50/per after August 5thor at the door).  Register online
(processing fee applies) at (Visa or MC) or pay by check using this registration form. Limited scholarships for senior citizens (age 65yr+) & students available (contact KEDB at 808-245-6692)!  
More info:
7:30-8:30am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:00am KEDB Welcome & Opening Remarks from Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr.
9:00-9:45am How Did We Get Here?  A Look at the Origins of Renewable Energy on Kaua`i
10:00-11:00am Challenges & Benefits of Today’s Renewables
11:15am-12:00pm Getting Traction on Energy Efficiency
Luncheon Speakers:     State Senator Mike Gabbard
                                     PICHTR Project Director Maurice Kaya
1:15-2:30pm Managing Photovoltaics and the Grid – The Good, Bad and the Ugly
2:45-3:45pm Transforming Kaua`i’s Energy Sector – Perspectives on Our Energy Future & the Road to Achieving It
3:45-4:00pm Conclusion: Mahalo and Prize Drawings  (Must Be Present to Win)

To reserve your space, please register online with Visa or MC at
(processing fee applies) or send in your check (made payable to “Kaua`i Economic Development Board”)
with this registration form to be received by August 5, 2013 to: KEDB – 2013 Kaua`i Energy Conference,
4290 Rice Street, Līhu’e, HI 96766.  You may also fax this form to 808.246.1089. Please call Marleen
Duarte at 808.245.6692.  (ALL NO SHOWS WILL BE BILLED).

2013 Conference Sponsors


8th Annual Aloha `Ike Fundraising Event


Export University 2012


How to Write a Feasbility Summary

All those interested in entering the 2012 Kaua`i Coffee Agricultural Business Plan Competition must submit a Feasibility Summary on their business idea on Tuesday, 02/07/2012, by 4:00 pm (HST).To help prepare you to write the best Feasibility Summary that demonstrates the viability of your business idea, James Hollyer M.S. from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) will present a “How to Write a Feasibility Summary” workshop on January 24th and 25th.  He’ll present the nuts and bolts of what makes a great Feasibility Summary (in terms of quality content as well as logistics (length, font size, margins, etc.), guidelines on what the Competition’s Distinguished Panel of Judges will be judging on, and very useful tips on making an effective presentation on your business idea.
Kaua`i Community College
Office of Continuing Education & Training, Room 106C&D
(Same building as the campus bookstore)

(Intersection of Kaumuali`i Highway & Puhi Road in Līhu’e

DATE:  (Same workshop offered TWICE)
, 01/24/2012, 5:30-8:00pm
WEDNESDAY, 01/25/2012, 5:30-8:00pm
Those eligible to enter the Competition are:
  • All existing farming, value-added food production, or ag-based renewable energy businesses that want to take their business to the next level
  • All those who’d like to start a new business in the farming, value-added food production, or ag-based renewable energy fields
The Competition comprises three Phases:
·           Phase I – Official Entry: Officially entering the Competition by submitting a Feasibility Summary on the business idea
·         Phase II – “How to Write a Business Plan” course: Entries (or “businesses”) selected by the Competition’s Distinguished Panel of Judges to advance to Phase II will then take an 8-week How to Write a Business Plan course (once a week in the evening) in March through April 2012.  This course prepares businesses to write a well-created business plan while also preparing them for the final phase of the Competition.
·         Phase III – Finals Competition:  At the end of the course, each business will submit a complete business plan to be reviewed by the Distinguished Panel of Judges.  Those businesses selected by the Panel to advance to the next round will enter Phase III, which is the Finals Competition.
First, second and third place winners will receive $20K, $10K, and $5K, respectively.  However, although prize money will be awarded, the value of participating is not only found in this seed funding, but in the process that brings together an unprecedented body of resouces that would ordinarily be hard to access.
The Kaua`i Coffee Agricultural Business Plan Competition will offer agri-preneurs a very unique venue to act upon their entrepreneurial agriculture ideas within a supportive and highly rewarding environment.

(If you have any trouble downloading or opening these files, please contact Susan Tai Kaneko at KEDB at 808-245-6692 or  Mahalo!)
(4) Two Year Cash Flow Budget Worksheet (MS Excel 1997-2003)
   [PLEASE NOTE: When you open the file, if a message to disable the macros pops us, please do NOT disable them because that will disable many of the formulas that are built in to the spreadsheet.)
– Download sample business plans from Palo Alto Software at
– Utilize the reseach resources provided by the Hawai`i Business Research Library at
QUESTIONS ASKED ABOUT THE FEASIBILITY SUMMARIES (Questions & Answers will be added to this webpage as they come in):

Question #1:

* Question:  If I do not have an currently existing business, should I submit my entry as an unregistered business, or do I have to register my business with the state of Hawai`i before entering the Competition?
* Answer:  If you are not a currently existing business, you do not register your business in with the state of Hawai`i merely in order to enter the Competition (i.e., you do not have go out and get your General Excise Tax (GET) number, a federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN), etc.).  But, you must plan to be registered in the state of Hawaii and operate on Kaua`i whenever you’re ready to start/operate your business.  So, your business must be owned and operated on Kaua`i and, depending on the nature of the business, preferably source our locally grown ingredients or other local resources.

Question #2:

* Question:  In the Entry Kit Packet, do I have to answer the questions in the template in the exact order provided on the template?  Or, can I answer all the questions in a prose/paragraph format?

* Answer:  There are 6 “headings” in the “Feasibility Summary Submission” template that’s included in the “Feasibility Summary Entry Packet”. There are also questions under each of the 6 headings.  As long as you address every question under each heading, you can either do so under each question, or in a cohesive paragraph or set of paragraphs under the respective heading.

Question #3:
* Question: If I advance to Phase II, do ALL of my team members have to attend the Orientation and the 8-week Business Plan Course?
* Answer:  No, not all of your team members have to attend the Orientation and the 8-week course.  But, at least one person from the business’ key management has to attend the Orientation and the 8-week course.
Question #4:
* Question: Do all owners in the company have to participate in the Competition and be present for all the presentations?
*Answer: All owners in the company can and are encouraged to participate, but are not obligated to.  In order to participate, they have to be included in the team list (in the Cover Sheet) and in the Agreement Form.  Please keep in mind that, if they’d like to take the 8-week Business Plan Course in March and April or even if they’d like to be part of the finals presentation (in the actual presentation in-person to the Distinguished Judges Panel), they need to be listed as a member of your team.

2012 NFL Pro Bowl Youth Clinic

Boys and girls ages 9-18 are invited to attend the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl Youth Clinic on Friday, January 27, 2012 from 3:00-5:30pm at Vidinha Stadium.  It’s FREE!  Enjoy direct field time with NFL players and cheerleaders, learn football drills or participate in a cheerleading clinic.  Parental waiver form and covered shoes are required.
Registration begins at 2:15pm on Friday, January 27th.  For more information, please click on the  Youth Clinic Flyer and Waiver Form, or call Kaua`i Economic Development Board at (808) 245-6692.  Mahalo!
* This NFL Youth Clinic is sponsored by Kaua`i Economic Development Board, the County of Kaua`i, and the Hawai`i Tourism Authority. *

Request for Proposals

The Kaua`i Economic Development Board and the Hawai`i Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network – Kaua`i Center are soliciting proposals for a Feasibility Study to Assess the Viability and Value of Establishing a Certified Commercial Kitchen Business Incubator serving Kaua’i County.

Proposals should be submitted no later than 4:30 PM HST, January 31, 2012.

Any questions regarding this Request for Proposals (RFP) should be directed to:

John Latkiewicz, SBDC Kaua`i Center Director

Phone:  (808) 241-3148


The Request for Proposals can be obtained by downloading Feasibility Study – Certified Commercial Kitchen Business Incubator or by directing an e-mail requesting the RFP to the contact above.

2011 Kaua`i Energy Conference

Register now to save your spot for Kaua`i Economic Development Board’s 2011 Kaua`i Energy Conference on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at the Kaua`i Marriott Resort and Beach Club.  This year, our 4th annual energy conference theme is “Investing in Kaua`i’s Energy Future Today!” and will focus the spotlight on the continued urgency and benefits of developing renewable energy technologies and energy efficiencies in Hawai`i.  You’ll hear from leaders and experts on:

  • Up-to-date overviews of renewable energy for the state of Hawai`i, county of Kaua`i, and Kaua`i Island Utility Cooperative
  • Highlights of exciting renewable energy projects moving ahead on Kaua`i
  • Potential for hydroelectric energy projects on island
  • Vast benefits of renewable energy as an economic growth engine
  • What you can do now – including building the energy workforce and implementing energy efficiencies in your home or business


  • Registration:  7:30am-8:00am
  • Conference:  8:00am-4:30pm
  • $40/person by 11/25/2011
  • $50/person after 11/25/2011
  • Limited scholarships available to registered students and senior citizens (age 60 yr+)
Presented by: Kauai Economic Development Board
In Partnership with: County of Kauai Office of Economic Development, Hawai`i Renewable Energy Development Venture (HREDV), Hawaii DBEDT, and Kaua`i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC)

Join business, government and community leaders and other industry experts for the fourth annual 2011 Kaua`i Energy Conference at the Kaua`i Marriott Resort & Beach Club.  This year’s theme is “Investing in Kaua`i’s Energy Future Today!” focusing on the continued urgency and benefits of developing renewable energy technologies and energy efficiencies in Hawai`i.  Register today to save your spot!

$40/person by the November 25, 2011
$50/person after November 25, 2011 or at the door




8:00-8:30 am Welcome
Welcome from KEDB — Mattie Yoshioka, KEDB
Welcome from County — Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr., County of Kaua`i
Welcome from the Honorable U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye
8:30-9:00 am  Overview of Statewide Renewable Energy
James Spaeth, US Department of Energy OOERE
9:05-9:20 am  Overview of County of Kaua`i Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Projects
Glenn Sato, County of Kaua`i
9:25-9:45 am  Overview of Pacific Missile Range Facility Renewable Energy Projects
Captain Nick Mongillo, Pacific Missile Range Facility
9:50-10:50 am Overview of KIUC Projects
9:50-10:20 Overview of KIUC Renewable Energy Programs
  David Bissell, KIUC
10:20-10:50 Overview of KIUC Smart Grid Program
David Bissell and Mike Yamane, KIUC
11:00am-12:00pm Highlights of Renewable Energy Projects on Kaua`i 
MODERATOR: Dawn Lippert, Hawai`i Renewable Energy Development Venture
Biomass: Eric Knutzen, Green Energy Hawai`i
Solar:  Kurt Bosshart, Kapa`a Solar
Biofuels: Joel Matsunaga, Hawai`i BioEnergy
Concentrated Solar: Tim Wong, Sopogy
12:00-1:15 pm  Luncheon Keynote
Mina Morita, Chairwoman of Hawai`i Public Utilities Commission
1:15-2:15 pm  Hydroelectric Projects on Kaua`i 
MODERATOR:  Mark McGuffie, O`ahu Economic Devt Board/Enterprise Honolulu
Palo Luckett, Pacific Light & Power
Jason Hines, Free Flow Power Corporation
Howard Greene, Gay & Robinson
2:25-3:25 pm Renewable Energy as Economic Growth Engine
MODERATOR: Kim Haueisen, Maui Economic Development Board
Maui County:  Doug McLeod, Maui Energy Commissioner
Hawai`i BioEnergy:  Joel Matsunaga, Hawai`i BioEnergy
Biodiesel:  Kelly King, Pacific Biodiesel
Kaua`i Community College:  Helen Cox, KCC
3:35-4:35 pm  Workforce Development and Energy Efficiency
  MODERATOR: Jacqui Hoover, Hawai`i Island Economic Dev’t Board
3:30-4:00 Greening the Workforce – Building the Energy Workforce
  State Dept of Labor and Industrial Relations: Jeff Matsu, State DLIR
  Kaua`i Community College: Bruce Getzan, Office of Continuing Education & Training
4:00-4:30 Financing and Incentivizing Energy Efficiency
Kaua`i Community College: Eric Knutzen, Sustainable Living Institute
KIUC: Claurino Bueno


If you’re interested in becoming an Exhibitor at the 2010 Agriculture Conference, please click on the Exhibitor Application Form for more information on registration, set-up, and other details.  Each Exhibitor space is $50 per 6-foot table, and will be reserved on a first-RECEIVED-first-CONFIRMED basis.  There is a limited number of spaces available, so please submit your application ASAP.
Please help sponsor the 2011 Kaua`i Energy Conference by becoming a Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Associate Sponsor.  You can also sponsor the luncheon keynote session or any of the four panel sessions.  For more details, please click on the Sponsorship Packet.  Mahalo to our Sponsors and supporters working together with KEDB to make a successful energy conference for Kaua`i.

Kauai Coffee Agricultural Business Plan Competition

Planning for Profitability

Introducing the Kaua`i Coffee Agricultural Business Plan Competition

If you are an existing food and agriculture related business that would like to grow to the next level, or you’d like to start a new business in this sector, you definitely want to check out the Kaua`i Coffee 2011-2012 Agricultural Business Plan Competition!  KEDB is proud to invite the entire Kaua`i food and ag community to take advantage of the excellent training and expertise, unique networking and collaborative resources, access to funding and exposure to potential investors, and much more offered by this Competition.

Announcement of October 2011 Competition Informational Sessions

Find the flyer, copies of the PowerPoint presentations, and other information about the islandwide informational sessions held throughout the month of October

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Competition

This FAQ document will elaborate on the most frequently asked questions that we’ve received about the Competition.

Feasibility Summary Workshop – Announcement & Workshop Documents

Businesses and other individuals interested in entering the Competition can find the PowerPoint Presentations, Competition Rules & Guidelines, Competition Official Entry Packet, and more information here.

Distinguished Judges Panel

Phase II – Orientation Session – 03/01/12

Phase II Teams and auditing teams can find Orientation Session documents here:

Phase II – Course Handouts

Teams in the “How to Write a Business Plan” course can find handouts, course materials, and other very useful resources here.

03/06/12: Round #1 Presentations

03/13/12: Packaging, Marketing and Sales

03/20/12: Production and Food Safety/Security

03/27/12: Cost Production and Info Reconnaissance and Reseach

   CTAHR – Cost Production Poster

04/03/12: Round #2 Presentations

04/10/12: Financials 
04/17/12: UH Agribusiness Incubator Program, Bookkeeping, Inventory
   Susan Tai Kaneko’s Presentation
   Helpful Links
04/24/12:  Final Class Session — Wrap up and Preview to Finals
   Resource Books on Business Planning in Agriculture:
   Cost of Production Spreadsheets:
   You can find many CoP spreadsheets at the the following UH CTAHR webpage: