Kapiolani Community College Entrepreneurship Program helps small businesses succeed

Kapiʻolani Community College
Rosie Harrington, (808) 734-9336
Kapiolani Community College
Posted: Aug 30, 2006

HONOLULU — More than 90 percent of businesses in Hawaiʻi are small businesses with less than 100 employees, and small businesses with one to four employees make up the largest segment of this group. With these statistics, it‘s no surprise that small business owners must work long hours and need to be creative and forward thinking in order for their business to survive and prosper.

The Kapiʻolani Community College (KCC) Entrepreneurship Program offers various classes for small business owners and those interested in starting a small business that provide the tools and techniques needed to successfully operate and manage a small business. Classes can be taken for just a few hours a week, and can be taken individually or on course to earn a certificate.

Classes offered include:

  • "Starting a Small Business" — Perfect for those who are interested in starting a small business and need help writing a business plan. Learn about the common pitfalls that contribute to business failure, and learn how to improve your current business with new ideas.

  • "Small Business Management" — Learn how to manage your business more effectively and efficiently. Topics cover marketing, human resource management, basic accounting and finance, risk management, inventory control, legal issues, and principles of supervision.

  • "Basic Accounting for Entrepreneurs" — Learn basic record keeping for your business and how to use money management software, as well as how to understand financial ratios, which are indicators of your business‘ future success.

  • "Finance for Small Business" — Learn about the critical areas that can make or break your business, including financial planning, managing cash flow, accounts receivables, inventory management, and financing. This class also will help entrepreneurs understand the different approaches for start-up, operations and expansion of a business.

  • "Marketing for the Small Business" — This class focuses on the four "P‘s" of marketing—product, price, promotion, and place. Learn how to create a competitive edge for your product, how to maximize both market share and profitability through effective pricing strategies, how to develop creative promotions that deliver results, and the best distribution channels to target your highest potential customers.

Grant Okazaki, owner of Illuminating Memoirs, began his business with the help of KCC‘s Entrepreneurship classes. Illuminating Memoirs is a video-based company designed to capture milestone moments in a person‘s life, such as graduations, weddings, and retirements.

"The entrepreneurship classes helped me to learn the skills I needed to survive as a small company in a very competitive world," said Okazaki. "I learned more about business in one year than most of my friends [who have gone to a two-year business college] have. KCC‘s entrepreneurship classes gave me the confidence to start my own company."

For more information about the KCC Entrepreneurship Program including a schedule of classes, contact Rosie Harrington, department chairperson and counselor, at 734-9336 or roseh@hawaii.edu.