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Specialty food business workshop slated for March

Specialty foods consultant Lou Cooperhouse will present a workshop, “Food Business Basics: Getting Started and Finding Your Niche in the Specialty Foods Business,” from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. March 11 in Hilo. The event, hosted by Hawaii Community Development Corporation, will be held at their Hawaii TechWorks location, 230 Kekuanaoa St.

The workshop is for farmers seeking to develop their raw product into a marketable food specialty item. The Kohala Center and University of Hawai’i Maui College are sponsoring and facilitating the workshops made possible by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program grant. The EHCDC is providing additional support.

Following the workshop, Nicole Milne, agricultural business development specialist at The Kohala Center, will present sessions focused on financial resources available to Hawaii farmers and strategies for marketing agricultural products.

Registration is $35 in advance and includes lunch.

Participants may register online at or by calling (808) 443-2755. Registrations at the door on a space-available basis will cost $50 per participant, with lunch subject to availability.

Cooperhouse will also conduct 30-minute one-on-one consulting sessions each afternoon with pre-selected workshop participants. Interested registrants must complete and submit a brief application, available for download at, by Friday, March 1.

Applicants will be notified by March 8 if they are selected.


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