COVID-19 Hawaii Business Resource Page

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act “CARES Act” was signed into law on Friday March 27, 2020 with $349 billion in funding and the goal of preventing job loss and small businesses failure due to losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The CARES Act greatly expands the SBA’s  Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and introduces the new Paychecks Protection Program (PPP) that is available for eligible small businesses, including sole proprietors and non-profits.

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SBA Disaster Loan Portal Now Open

Hawaii businesses may now apply for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance Program at The loans can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll and other bills that can’t be paid due to the COVID-19 disaster’s impact.

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.


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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2020 Hawaii Small Business Fair RESCHEDULED for August 29, 2020Posted on April 2, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hawaii Small Business Fair has been tentatively rescheduled for August 29, 2020.
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Critical Capital for Hawaii Small BusinessesPosted on April 1, 2020
Get the latest information and resources for Hawaii’s small businesses affected by COVID-19.
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Virtual Town Hall: Help for Businesses & Nonprofits in Hawaii & The Pacific IslandsPosted on April 1, 2020
The Hawaii Business Consultancy is hosting a Small Business Virtual Town Hall Meeting to provide much needed information to small businesses and nonprofits in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands coping with the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan ProgramPosted on March 20, 2020
Hawai‘i small businesses suffering financial losses due to the impact of COVID-19 can now file for low-interest working capital loans of up to $2 million from the Small Business Administration (SBA).
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