Success Stories

“Everyone Matters!” Mantra Is Key to Success for Eskimo Candy
Hawaii Enterprise Zones Success Story – Eskimo Candy, Inc.By: Jasmine Cho and Dane Malinovich, Hogan Entrepreneurial Program “Everyone matters!” That is a part of the formula that has made Jeffry Hansen, owner of Eskimo Candy Inc., successful for many years. Eskimo Candy may sound familiar to big and small businesses that buy wholesale seafood and […]
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So Ono Keeps Fresh with Help from EZ Program post thumbnailSo Ono Keeps Fresh with Help from EZ Program
Hawaii Enterprise Zones Success Story So Ono Food Products, LLC By: Chelsea Cooper and Dean Pescador, Hogan Entrepreneurial Program You’re at the supermarket staring at the delicious-looking pineapples, only to come across one of the greatest grocery shopping dilemmas: Do I pick the goldest looking one? Should I thump them to make sure it sounds […]
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hamakua mushroomsHamakua Mushrooms Benefit from EZ Program
Robert Stanga, President of Hamakua Heritage Farm in Laupahoehoe, on the island of Hawaii, produces gourmet mushrooms known as Hamakua Mushrooms. The company enrolled in the Hawaii Enterprise Zones Partnership program which is a state government program that offers tax and other incentives to eligible businesses located in designated Enterprise Zones in the state. “The […]
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DBEDT LogoDBEDT Wins Competitive U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) State Trade and Export Promotions (STEP) Grant
SBA awards $485,719 to DBEDT to assist Hawaii small businesses to grow export sales and enter new international markets.
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Hawaii-China Partnership for a Clean Energy Future
DBEDT and the State House of Representatives hosted 200 CEOs from China, attending APEC, to an energy forum that culminated with the signing of a memorandum of understanding
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Ken Hirata holding a bottle of SochuShochu Made in Hawaii
Entrepreneur Plans Shochu Distillery through DBEDT Micro Loan Program   KAMPAI! That’s the word you’ll be hearing when you visit 45-year old entrepreneur Ken Hirata on his 10-acre farm that is now “open for business” and features his now certified and operational shochu-producing distillery. Ken, an entrepreneur from Japan, whose parents used to live in […]
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