Enterprise Zones

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

starting and growing a business in Hawaii

Starting and growing a business in Hawaii

There is a wealth of resources and programs available to assist Hawaii entrepreneurs with starting and growing a business such as small business fairs and business accelerators.

HiSTEP

Expand your business to global markets through export development by participating in the Hawaii State Trade Export Program.

International Student Attraction

Hawaii’s International Student Attraction creates $484 million in total economic output, including $32.5 million in state taxes generated.

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Learn the Secrets to the Success and Popularity of the Hankyu Hawaii Fair! post thumbnailLearn the Secrets to the Success and Popularity of the Hankyu Hawaii Fair!Posted on October 16, 2018
Gain Insight on How to Succeed in the Japanese Market DBEDT is very pleased to partner with the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJCC) on this seminar, where you will learn the latest Japanese consumer preferences and upcoming trends in fashion, food and gifts. The annual Hankyu Hawaii Fair attracts over 250,000 Japanese consumers over […]
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New Sister-State Relationship between Hawaii and Goa, India post thumbnailNew Sister-State Relationship between Hawaii and Goa, IndiaPosted on October 9, 2018
HONOLULU – The State of Hawaii and Goa, India, signed an agreement to enter into a sister-state relationship today. Gov. David Y. Ige, signed a historic agreement with delegates from Goa, a state in India, which is Hawaii’s first sister-state relationship with a jurisdiction in India. The Director of Art and Culture, Gurudas Pilarnekar, signed […]
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Full Auditorium Gains Insights on Hawaii Opportunity Zones post thumbnailFull Auditorium Gains Insights on Hawaii Opportunity ZonesPosted on October 9, 2018
Understanding Opportunity Zones in Hawaii Opportunity Zones are a new federal tax incentive designed to attract private investment and stimulate economic growth in disadvantaged areas across the country—including neighborhoods in all of Hawaii’s counties. Enacted in Congress through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, this new incentive offers tax benefits to individuals and businesses […]
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SBA Announces $450,000 Award to DBEDT for HiSTEP post thumbnailSBA Announces $450,000 Award to DBEDT for HiSTEPPosted on September 26, 2018
HONOLULU – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced an award of $450,000 to continue the Hawaii State Trade Export Program (HiSTEP). Under the tag “Buy Hawaii, Give Aloha,” this program provides training, grants and tradeshows for companies looking to start exporting or increase their exports. “With the help of this program, we’ve seen our export […]
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