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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.

2017 Kauai Energy Conference

Educate, Collaborate, Accelerate

Join business, government and community leaders and other industry experts for the 2017 Kauai Energy Conference at the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club.  This year’s theme is “Educate, Collaborate and Accelerate” as we build upon Kauai’s energy landscape from the most recent developments in clean energy and energy efficiency on the Garden Island and throughout our state.  Click the flyer below for a printable pdf registration form or fill out the online registration form at the bottom of this page.

Kauai Energy Conference Agenda



Following the Kauai Energy Conference, join us at VERGE Hawaii (June 20-22 in Honolulu) to explore groundbreaking clean energy policies, models, technologies and infrastructure and identify immediate actions needed to deliver on Hawaii’s mandate to reach 100% renewable energy in the electricity sector by 2045. In partnership with the Hawaii State Energy Office, VERGE Hawaii will convene 800+ clean energy stakeholders working to build a sustainable future in Hawaii and worldwide. Join us and save 10% with code VH17KEDB






















2016-2017 Kaua`i Coffee Agricultural Business Plan Competition


Second Kaua`i Coffee Agricultural Business Plan Competition
Informational Sessions

We’ve heard you!  There has been a big demand to bring back the Agricultural Business Plan Competition, and KEDB is proud to offer this unparalleled resource to Kaua`i once again! Learn more about the Competition by attending one (or all!) of the informational sessions we’re holding around the island in October.  Click on the 2016-2017 KCABPC Informational Session Flyer for more details.

To check out this year’s Competition’s webpage, click on 2016-2017 Kauai Coffee Agricultural Business Plan Competition.

To check out our first Competition, click on the 2011-2012 Kauai Coffee Agricultural Business Plan Competition.

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.