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Did your business pivot due to COVID-19? Apply for Hawaii Business Pivot Grant!
You may be eligible for reimbursements up to $10,000

From e-commerce investments to social media advertising, the Hawaii Pivot Grant is helping to cover expenses that companies incurred to pivot during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the grant reimbursement, the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii will offer technical assistance to companies through workshops, training, and consultant resources as they adjust their operations. There will also be an online marketplace for companies to access products and services to support operational changes. Be sure to check out https://hawaiibizpivot.orgfor details on this new program!

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DBEDT Launches Buy Hawaii, Give Aloha Portal Site

We know local shoppers want to support small businesses and find the best made-in-Hawaii products. That’s why DBEDT created Buy Hawaii, Give Aloha, a one-stop online resource that makes it easy for shoppers to find local brands, all in one place. If you’re a Hawaii business owner, you can join for free — and it’s free for your customers to use, too!

Enterprise Zones

Your business may be eligible for tax breaks and other benefits through Hawaii’s Enterprise Zones Partnership (EZ) Program.

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Hawaiʻi Economic & Community Navigator

Changing the trajectory of Hawaiʻi towards a more balanced, innovative, and sustainable economy – that balances the people, place, and culture with the environment, land, and ocean.


Community Based Economic Development (CBED)

CBED offers loans to eligible small businesses that support economic development in their communities. Also grants available to non-profits for technical assistance in applying for federal grants!


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2020 Hawaii Broadband Strategic PlanPosted on November 19, 2020
The newly released Hawai‘i Broadband Strategic Plan 2020 provides a fresh look at ways to strengthen Hawai‘i’s broadband infrastructure and programs at a time when the coronavirus pandemic is making clear how dependent Hawai‘i is on broadband connectivity for education, health, livelihood and economic prosperity.
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International Students Contributed $381 Million to Hawaii’s Economy in 2019Posted on November 13, 2020
A look at the results of a report sharing the impact of international students on Hawaii's economy in 2019.
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Complimentary E-Commerce and Digital Marketing Support for Hawai’i BusinessesPosted on November 12, 2020
Hawai‘i’s businesses are invited to apply for e-commerce and digital marketing support offered under technical assistance for businesses funded by the Hawai‘i Business Pivot Grant program. The program matches companies with specialized consultants who help improve the company’s digital presence and expand their market during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Launch your Exporting Business with 2021 HiSTEP – Kick-Off Seminar on 11/10/2020Posted on October 23, 2020
Join DBEDT’s HiSTEP Program to learn how to grow your international export business. Attend this online kick-off seminar to learn about the2021 Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program, also known asHiSTEP, which is designed to assist small businesses in Hawaii with expanding their business to enable their export sales in markets around the world. The HiSTEP […]
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