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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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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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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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Inner City Capital Connections Now Recruiting for 2021-2022 Hawaii ProgramPosted on September 15, 2021
Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) is a tuition-free program designed to help small business owners. COMING VIRTUALLY TO HAWAI'I ON OCTOBER 12TH AND 14TH! Thanks to the support of Kaiser Permanente, the ICCC program will take place virtually in Hawai'i over two half-days on the morning of Tuesday, October 12th from 8:00 AM - 12 Noon Hawaii Time and the morning of Thursday, October 14th from 8:00 AM -12:30 PM Hawaii Time. Learn more about the ICCC Hawai'i Program here.
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OER Webinars on Managing Workplace Safety to Mitigate COVID-19Posted on September 10, 2021
The Office of Economic Revitalization of the City and County of Honolulu is offering the following two webinars to help businesses with safety systems to manage COVID-19: Webinar: Keeping Your Workplace Safe with Wellness Tracker The ALTRES Foundation has created Wellness Tracker to reduce and prevent potential COVID-19 exposures in the workplace, while safely helping […]
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COVID EIDL Program Enhanced to Aid Small Businesses Challenged by Delta VariantPosted on September 9, 2021
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced major enhancements to the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, a federal disaster relief loan designed to better serve and support our small business communities still reeling from the pandemic, especially hard-hit sectors such as restaurants, gyms, and hotels. The SBA is ready to receive new applications immediately from small businesses looking to take advantage of these new policy changes.
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