Junior Achievement Hawaii – Positive Influence in Hawaii Schools

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Junior Achievement Hawaii is a powerful and positive influence in our Schools.  This Business in Hawaii interview with Reg Baker explains why.

Not only does JA Hawaii teach basic life skills about credit, savings and jobs, but they also allow students to experience how to start and manage a successful company.


For two years in a row, JA Hawaii has been selected to compete nationally for the best student company award (over 75 applied nationwide but only 10 were selected to compete).  Our JA students (one team from Farrington last year and one from Kaiser this year) traveled to Washington DC to compete against the best the US had to offer.  And they did very well!

It was a life changing experience for these students.  They met with our congressional delegation and was offered internships (contingent on them attending college), competed against mainland teams, beat most of them and placed in the top 5, proving that out students can compete and win against the best.

Please enjoy the interview and watch the passion come out for what Erin and Delle do for JA Hawaii.



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Reg Baker, CPA PFS, is a nationally recognized expert, advocate and writer for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses (SMB’s). He serves on the national board of directors for the Small Business Administration’s Regulatory Fairness Board and is the Chairman of Region IX which includes California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam and American Samoa. Baker also served on the Hawaii Small Business Regulatory Review Board which reviews all small business rules and regulations at the State and County level and makes recommendations to the Governor and respective Mayors. He Co-Chaired the combined Small Business and Entrepreneur & Economic Development and Invocation Committees of the Hawaii state Chamber of Commerce and hosted the weekly TV show Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker. Mr. Baker has been named twice as the SBA's Financial Advocate for the state of Hawaii. He has over 35 years’ experience both owning small businesses and advocating for SMB’s and their owners. He focuses on taking companies to the next level with higher profitability and sales and provides Wealth Management services to the SMB owners.

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