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businesses supported by the Center for Entrepreneurship program over the last four years

Elevating small businesses through education, connection, and collaboration

The INPEACE Center for Entrepreneurship supports new family-owned business start-ups on the Leeward Coast of O‘ahu to increase their capacity to succeed.  The project provides intensive individual supports, personal and business finance training, 1-on-1 coaching, access to business micro loans, peer networking, business equipment, administrative back-office support, specialized services, and expert mentors.

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Since 2015, INPEACE has helped over individuals refine their ideas and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to decide whether or not it was viable to continue or start a small business. Through intensive services and supportive relationships, numerous West O‘ahu families have established new start-up businesses, obtaining and registering their business licenses.

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adults from the Wai‘anae Coast and Kapolei were assisted in the exploration of new business ideas in the past four years
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new start-up businesses established, registered, and licensed with DCCA in the past four years
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businesses engaged in their very first formal business transaction in the past four years
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businesses recorded a profit in the past four years

As a grassroots non-profit organization with deep community relations and experience working in rural, low-income communities, we have firsthand experience with the socioeconomic struggles these communities face.  The need to diversify and develop community grown small businesses is one of the keys to strengthening the economic well-being of a community. Our goal is to build on local talent, create new earning options for families, and strengthen the economic foundations for families.  We believe that on-going support and skill development for new business owners to continually strengthen business acumen can dramatically increase stability and impact the well-being and outcomes for families.

“INPEACE Center for Entrepreneurship has helped us gain knowledge in running a business, provided support to market our products at events and make connections within our community. The difference INPEACE has made for us as a small business is helping to get our brand known not only in the community but supported us to expand to markets like the Made in Hawai’i Festival and have the confidence to market our products in different stores across the state. We are so thankful for the valuable resources and support we continue to receive as we begin to scale up our business.”
- Wallace & Leimomi Akau
Akau Boards

Center For Entrepreneurship Staff

Lisa Pakele

Program Director

Chad Brown

Program Activities Coordinator

INPEACE Is Funded Through Personal Donations From People Like You.

INPEACE is a nonprofit organization that relies heavily on grants to fund programs and services that strengthen, support, educate and empower our communities. Through donations, we are able to keep our programs free while providing an incredible asset to our community.