[ From the Daily Ireland ] “Businesses in Belfast are being encouraged to embrace the Irish language with the relaunch of a scheme to help them benefit from using it more. Foras na Gaeilge is offering small to medium-sized enterprises funding to erect bilingual outdoor signs on their premises or produce brochures or websites in both Irish and English.”
I’ve sometimes thought of starting a program in Hawai’i that would encourage the promotion of Hawaiian in the business arena. More and more my family and I encounter Hawaiian speakers that we don’t know, and learn this by some chance encounter. I often wonder how many people we encounter on a daily basis can speak the language, but we don’t know it, and they don’t know we do either. What if a store would advertise that it has Hawaiian speaking employees. I’m sure the Hawaiian speaking community would support such an endeavor and patronize such an establishment. No program yet exists to support such efforts.