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COVID-19 Hawaii Business Resource Page

August 3, 2020 – the following update was added:

Deadline Approaching for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses. The deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020.

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City & County of Honolulu Continues Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund
The City and County of Honolulu is extending their Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund with the purpose of reimbursing small businesses for costs incurred from business interruption due to Emergency Proclamations and to help small businesses implement safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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


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Notice of Potential Funding Availability for Training and Workforce Development ProgramPosted on July 13, 2020
Under this notice, BDSD is preparing to administer a training and workforce development program that is critically needed as a result of the public health impact COVID-19 has had on Hawaii’s economy.
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New Dates Announced for FestPAC Hawai’i In 2024Posted on July 13, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 1, 2020 HONOLULU, HAWAIʻI – New dates have been set for the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC) that will now be held June 6-16, 2024. The announcement by The Pacific Community (SPC), as the custodian of FestPAC, and Hawaiʻi, the host, follows a decision by the SPC’s Council […]
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Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)Posted on June 17, 2020
Be sure to visit our COVID-19 Hawaii Business Resource Page. SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program Reopened to All Eligible Small Businesses and Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic Release Date:  Monday, June 15, 2020 Release Number:  20-47 Contact: Press_Office@sba.gov, (202) 205-7036 WASHINGTON – To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. […]
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FREE eCommerce Globalization Strategy SeriesPosted on June 8, 2020
Global cross-border eCommerce sales alone total some $2 trillion annually and are expected to exceed $6 trillion by 2021. Are you ready to take advantage of growing international selling opportunities? Organized by the U.S. Commercial Service eCommerce Innovation Lab, this three part series will feature ways to increase your competitiveness in overseas markets by transitioning your […]
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