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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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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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Hawaii SBDC Presents Cybersecurity First Steps ProgramPosted on December 9, 2019
IS YOUR BUSINESS SECURE FROM CYBER ATTACKS? Small businesses throughout the US and its territories are under cyber and data-breach attacks by nation-states, as well as organized and disorganized criminals, who are stealing intellectual capital, personal and business information, and creating havoc in business environments. No one is immune, and the estimate is that 60% […]
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2019 Small Business Credit Survey from Federal Reserve BankPosted on October 21, 2019
Make your voices heard! Dear Business Owner or Manager, The State of Hawaii, Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism is partnering with the Federal Reserve to conduct a Small Business Credit Survey for both start-up and existing businesses, and we’d like you to participate. This short survey will take approximately 10 minutes and will ask about […]
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