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HONOLULU – The state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) has launched the 2017 Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program (HiSTEP), a multifaceted program designed to assist Hawaii small businesses with their export development. The program is administered by DBEDT and partner organizations in Hawaii and is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement ...
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DBEDT is very pleased to announce the formal launch of the 2017 Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program, also known as HiSTEP. Building on the success of 2016, we are launching the 2017 program with the same three key components, but with added improvements:   1.    Export Readiness Program – in addition to group export training ...
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In a recent ThinkTech Hawaii video Jamie Lum, Economic Development Specialist at DBEDT and Mark J. Ritchie, Chief, Business Support Branch at DBEDT join host Reg Baker to discuss the activities and resources of the Hawaii Department of Business and Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). Watch the video on ThinkTech Hawaii’s You Tube channel.   ...
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HONOLULU – Hawaii is the focus of a multi-page special section in the December issue of Hemispheres, the in-flight magazine of United Airlines. Dossier, Hemispheres’ Economic Development series, features Hawaii with an in-depth overview, including showcasing unique initiatives that shape the state’s industry and commerce, as well as its influence on today’s global economy. View ...
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Governor David Ige honored International Education Week 2016 in a signed proclamation presented to the Study Hawaii Educational Consortium during a ceremony at the State Capitol on November 18. International Education Week is an annual national and international celebration of the contributions of international education in global cooperation and bridging gaps for people worldwide. The ...
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The request for proposal (RFP) for the 2017 Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program Company Assistance (HiSTEP-CA) has been posted at http://spo3.hawaii.gov/notices/notices/rfp-17-01-bdsd Please check back at invest.hawaii.gov for more information as we launch training, one-on-one export counseling, and other HiSTEP components for 2017.

DBEDT’s Community-Based Economic Development (CBED) Program hosted the one-day Small Business & Entrepreneurship Resource Fair at the 15th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention held October 10 – 12, 2016 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel & Resort. The Fair brought business start-up and financial resource information, business development consulting, and other resources to Native Hawaiian small business ...
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The Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) met with representatives of the Aomori Global Academy and Aomori Prefecture, Japan, on November 1, 2016. The Aomori delegation’s visit to Hawaii was sponsored by the Aomori Prefectural Government. Attendees were interested in learning about how the state government of Hawaii assists small and medium size ...
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The State of Hawaii Creative Industries Division, DBEDT is pleased to announce that we are partnering with the Honolulu Museum of Art to offer a weekend workshop titled “Centering Your Brand: Building You and Your Business Within Your Community.” The workshop will be presented by designer and Parsons School of Design Instructor Bliss Lau and ...
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The High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) will host a series of seminars on State grant funding available to small businesses and manufacturing companies to help them with product development or expansion, in addition to export development support. Attendees will receive information on the available grants through the Hawaii Small Business Innovation Research Program (HISBIR), Manufacturing ...
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