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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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Get information on resources and assistance available to those affected by the 2023 August wildfires on Maui. Business recovery and assistance, disaster recover guides for businesses, and SBA disaster loans.

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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.


  • ‘Tis the Season to Support Local: Celebrate the Holidays by Purchasing Locally Made Products
    As the holiday season approaches, the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) urges Hawaiʻi residents and visitors alike to celebrate the spirit of giving by supporting local businesses. Governor Josh Green, M.D. and DBEDT Director James Kunane Tokioka are championing the cause, emphasizing the importance of strengthening Hawaiʻi’s communities and economy by choosing locally made products for holiday gift-giving.
  • DBEDT Encourages Hawai‘i Small Businesses to Complete Annual Fed Credit Survey
    Small businesses are critical to the US economy. But data on small businesses is limited—especially data on how and why small businesses seek financing. Through the annual Small Business Credit Survey (SBCS), the Federal Reserve Banks capture one-of-a-kind data on small businesses. The Fed is apolitical, independent, and decentralized, which puts it in a unique position to collect, analyze, and distribute this data.
  • Hawai‘i Takes Flight at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport For Its First-Ever Hawai‘i Pop-Up
    The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) and Mana Up today announced the launch of a Hawai‘i-themed pop-up retail shop featuring Hawai‘i products at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. Named the Aloha Market powered by Mana Up, the pop-up shop is set to open its doors on November 15, bringing a slice of Hawai‘i’s vibrant culture, natural beauty, and tropical flair to the gateway to Tokyo. 
  • 10th Made in Maui County Festival boosts small businesses, local economy following fires
    At the Hawaiian Airlines 10th Annual Made in Maui County Festival, every small business owner has a unique story. For married Troy and Bea Morrison of TBM Creations, it involves the COVID-19 pandemic and the Lahaina fire. In 2020, when Bea Morrison lost her job at the front desk of the Hyatt due to the tourism shutdown, the couple began a side hustle creating custom art pieces — trinket dishes, cutting boards, skateboards, surfboards and ornaments — using Troy’s woodworking skills and Bea’s designs with epoxy resin and pigment in the colors of the beach and sea.


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Success stories about businesses that have benefited from BDSD programs.