Leading and inspiring innovation in business, education, and our community.
From business mentoring, to STEM education in local schools, to conferences, the Maui Economic Development Board’s wide variety of programs have touched thousands of people and businesses across Maui County and the state of Hawaii.
e hana kakou – let’s work together
MEDB stands with our community in shock and profound grief at the enormity of the catastrophe on Maui’s West Side and Upcountry. Like so many on our island, we have been personally touched with loss and trauma that too many others have shared.
The eyes of the world are focused on Maui – our predicament remains on the front pages of the international media, whether print or digital. Like many others here, we at MEDB have received messages from the global community of support, empathy and compassion. We would like to assure residents that we will strive in the weeks and months ahead to serve our community’s vision for recovery and renewal. To all who have suffered loss, we express our deepest and heartfelt sympathy.
resources for maui fire disaster
Federal Assistance Programs
If you have insurance, file a claim with your insurance company immediately.
Apply for assistance with FEMA as soon as possible at disasterassistance.gov/
You can learn more about available assistance for Hawaii Wildfires at https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4724 and use the ‘Apply for Assistance’ button.
Please visit makai.org for donation or partnership opportunities
Direct monetary donations may also be made to the Maui Food Bank
Small Business Support
In partnership with the Principal Foundation, Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) was offering the Maui Business Recovery Fund. The purpose of the limited fund was a donation to support small businesses that have been directly impacted by the August 8, 2023 Lahaina and Upcountry wildfires. Applications are now closed. Learn more
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) are being made available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private nonprofit organizations. To be considered, survivors of the Hawaii Wildfires must first contact FEMA.
Visit the SBA Business Recovery Center at the HTDC Maui Research Technology Center (Building # A, Ste. 119 (Conference Room) 590 Lipoa Pkwy. Kīhei, HI 96753). The facility is open 8:00am – 5:00pm on Mondays – Fridays, and 10:00am – 2:00pm on Saturdays.
Supporting the growth of both homegrown businesses and companies that have relocated is at the heart of MEDB’s mission to promote a robust and diversified economy and build a resident workforce with the skills to participate fully. MEDB’s Business Assistance program include one-on-one coaching, training, networking events, webinars and workshops.
education to workforce
MEDB’s Workforce Development program is aimed at building a pipeline of skilled workers from kindergarten through career. Our end goal is a resident workforce with the technological capabilities, innovation, critical thinking, and entrepreneurial skills to participate fully in Maui’s digital economy so that young people have opportunity.
Our conferences and events bring together key stakeholders, including business and industry leaders, entrepreneurs and small business owners, experts and innovators, government, NGOs, future leaders, and members of the Maui community. These events have put Maui on the map as a premier location for many industries.
MEDB stands with our community in shock and profound grief at the enormity of the catastrophe on Maui’s West Side and Upcountry. Like so many on our island, we have been personally touched with loss and trauma that too many others have shared. The eyes of the world...
POSTPONED! The August 16 Webinar has been postponed while MEDB and the Maui community prioritize support of our residents and local businesses devastated by the fires. What stops productivity? What stops performance? What stops profitability? Gallup worldwide...
Maui entrepreneurs interested in being part of an accelerator cohort or looking for a cofounder participated in the July 5 Maui Founders Mixer! Hosted by Blue Startups with support by Maui Economic Development Board, participants heard about the upcoming Blue Startups...
MEDB is one of the only values-based economic development organizations in the country. That means we work toward expanding and diversifying our economy in a way that’s balanced with environmental stewardship, cultural appropriateness, and social equity. And we don’t do it alone. We’re catalysts. We inspire. We build partnerships. And we bring our values to everything we do.
Our programs promote innovation, business, education, and community in Maui County. We invite you to learn more about our work, and get involved today!