Small Business

Jamie Lum and Mark Ritchie of Business Development & Support Division (BDSD), DBEDT, were featured on the ThinkTech Hawaii program “Business in Hawaii.” Host Reg Baker invited them back for a progress report on HiSTEP (Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program) 2017, as well as other activities at DBEDT. They also promoted the upcoming Hawaii Small Business Fair to be ...
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The High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) will host a series of seminars on State grant funding available to small businesses and manufacturing companies to help them with product development or expansion, in addition to export development support. Attendees will receive information on the available grants through the Hawaii Small Business Innovation Research Program (HISBIR), Manufacturing ...
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The 15th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention kicks off on Monday, October 10-12, 2016 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel & Resort.  DBEDT’s Community-Based Economic Development (CBED) Program will host the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Resource Fair on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm as an integral part of this year’s convention.  The ...
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HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) has received a $700,000 grant from the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to increase the number of local small businesses that want to export as well as the value of exports for those small businesses that currently ...
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Take the Small Business Credit Survey today! DBEDT is pleased to partner with the Federal Reserve System on their survey of existing and pre-start stage small business owners/managers. This survey is a platform through which small businesses can be heard. It is designed to pick up on potential finance issues affecting small business and bring them ...
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DBEDT and the U.S. Census Bureau are co-sponsoring a free workshop, “Understanding Hawaii’s Economy Using Census Business Data,” which will demonstrate new tools to help industry analysts and entrepreneurs study historical trends to help business planning. They can answer such questions as what industries have the most new hires, how much do those workers earn, what are the ...
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A series of free census workshops will be held during the week of June 7, 2016. 

 On Oahu, a public hands-on census workshop sponsored by the Papa Ola Lokahi Census Information Center will be held on June 7, 2016 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the U.H. John A. Burns School of Medicine. Other workshops will be held on the island of Hawaii and the island of ...
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December 2, 2015 Honolulu – Supported by funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) announced its new Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program Assistance Program (HiSTEP-AP), which will provide direct awards to individual companies to participate in export marketing activities. Application proposals can request a minimum ...
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Nearly 300 business owners and individuals with start-up ideas and businesses benefitted from a day spent at the no cost Hawaii Small Business Fair, held on Saturday, August 8th at Honolulu Community College (HCC). Co-hosted by DBEDT, attendees enjoyed a wide range of thirty (30) business workshop topics that included: Copyrights, Patents & Trademarks, Financing ...
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by Erika Engle, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, August 7, 2015 The instruction that you should make lemonade if life gives you lemons sort of applies to Matt Castro of Keaau, Hawaii island. Rather than lemons however, life gave him a stroke in 2011, effectively ending his career as a union carpenter. He didn’t make lemonade. Instead, he ...
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