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Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program (HiSTEP)

Expand your business to reach global markets with exporting support provided by the Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program.


Community Based Economic Development (CBED)

CBED offers micro-loans up to $50,000, to eligible small businesses that support economic development in their communities.

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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Opportunity Zones Program

Hawaii designated 25 census tracts as Opportunity Zones to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities.

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International Trade ShowsPosted on January 28, 2020
Are you prepared to attend an international trade show? In this seminar you’ll learn what to do before, during, and after an international trade show in order to maximize your return on investment. Find out how best to prepare for an international trade show, cultural issues to keep in mind when interacting with a foreign […]
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Pathways to Profits: Food Labeling and Food Safety Plan for Small BusinessesPosted on January 22, 2020
There are many food entrepreneurs in Hawai‘i offering a variety of products who are not aware of the many regulations that are required in food labeling. The Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) requires most manufacturers to comply with new nutrition labeling and food safety plans. And there are also existing food regulations which businesses […]
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Webinar: Take Your Business Global with help from SBAPosted on January 14, 2020
Thursday, January 23, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST Are you interested reaching the global marketplace?  Did you know U.S. exporters are more financially stable and expand faster? We live in a trade driven economy. 95% of the world’s consumers and two-thirds of all purchasing power are located outside the United States. Nearly 98% […]
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2020 HiSTEP – Export University 101Posted on January 2, 2020
What is Export University 101? Do you run or own a small business in Hawaii that is looking to expand and grow by exporting to markets around the world? Export University 101 is a half-day event designed to share basic concepts in several areas of exporting.  You will acquire a broad overview of topics such as […]
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