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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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State Launches New Program to Increase Access to Capital for Small BusinessesPosted on July 19, 2022
HONOLULU - The Hawai‘i State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) today announced the launch of a new program to increase access to credit for small businesses and nonprofits statewide.
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Vendor Applications Now Accepted for the 9th Annual Hawaiian Airlines Made in Maui County FestivalPosted on May 13, 2022
The Maui Chamber of Commerce is now accepting Product Vendor and Food Truck Vendor Applications for the 2022 Hawaiian Airlines Made in Maui County Festival (MIMCF). The 9th Annual event will be held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on November 4 and 5, 2022 and virtually through an online marketplace.
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State may loosen restrictions for ‘Made in Hawaiʻi’Posted on April 18, 2022
By Jenn Boneza, April 14, 2022, KHON2.com HONOLULU — The Made in Hawaiʻi brand is synonymous with many local products. But after sales dipped during the pandemic, the state is looking at ways to revitalize the Made in Hawaiʻi brand. The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) administrator Dennis Ling said the brand […]
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DBEDT Supports the Made in Hawaii Festival, November 11-14, 2021.Posted on October 11, 2021
In addition to sponsoring some first-time participants at this event, DBEDT is offering all exhibitors a training session on Trade Show Exhibiting 101.  Featured are speakers from the Patsy Mink Center for Business and Leadership and the YWCA Oahu.  Links to this and other training sessions for exhibitors can be found here.
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