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Expand Your Sales with HiSTEP

Funded in part through a Grant with the U.S. SBA, HiSTEP assists Hawaii small businesses with their export development. The goal is to increase the number of small businesses that want to export as well as the value of exports for those small businesses that currently export.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to support Hawaii’s small businesses as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the details on their various relief options.   

You can also find information about local services offered by the SBA Hawaii District Office here

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“Made in Hawaiʻi” Kicks into High Gear

Buy Hawaiʻi, Give Aloha is now “Made in Hawaiʻi”, and we are kicking the brand into high gear for the holidays. With campaign exposure planned for television, live streams, ads, magazines, and social media, don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain more exposure for your company’s e-commerce.  Sign up now to be part of our list of Hawaiʻi companies selling “Made in Hawaiʻi” products.  

Hawaii Defense Economy

Military-related spending in Hawaii is second only to tourism and contributes to thousands of jobs. DBEDT is committed to understanding the importance of DoD spending and to fostering resiliency efforts should DoD spending change.

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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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3 Questions with Lisa Pakele of INPEACEPosted on May 16, 2023
The Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture, a nonprofit with the mission of improving the quality of life for Native Hawaiians, opened its Center for Entrepreneurship in Kapolei on March 31. The center, which primarily serves the west side of Oahu, supports “family-owned community-based businesses to increase their capacity to succeed,” Program Director Lisa Pakele told Pacific Business News.
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Japan is Open for Hawai‘i Business!Posted on May 11, 2023
The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) is recruiting Hawai‘i companies to promote and sell Hawai‘i-made products at the Autumn 2023 Tokyo International Gift Show (TIGS).
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Made in Hawai‘i Site is now linked with other sites!Posted on May 3, 2023
The Made in Hawai‘I site is now linked prominently on the following high trafficked sites. Madein.Hawaii.gov is the one-stop site which helps shoppers know exactly where to look to find products that are made in Hawaiʻi!
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Meet the Primes on April 11Posted on April 5, 2023
Defense-related expenditures bring in approximately $2.5 billion to Hawai‘i’s economy. This spending is expected to increase during the upcoming years, highlighted by the recent award of a $2.8 billion Navy contract for work at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.
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