Two small businesses get a boost

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Bryson Hiro, right, is awarded a $10,000 loan from ChangeMakers Hawaii to help him grown his small business, Hiro's Cookies.

Sofia Chung, center, hugs Christian McAdams, the Director of Finance for ChangeMakers Hawaii, after being awarded a $10,000 loan from the emerging native Community Development Financial Institution, as one of the very first participants of the CDFI’s ʻAinapreneur program in Hilo on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023. Chung and Camerino Torres, right, joined the program for their agricultural business, Torres Farms. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

Two locally owned small businesses got a boost last month thanks to loans from a nonprofit organization.