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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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General Inquiry Form

BDSD has created this new form to onboard companies who are new to BDSD and may not be familiar with our various programs.
Please fill out the form with your business needs and we will respond with suggested solutions and next steps.

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Made in Hawaiʻi 2024 Presents: Your Future In E-Commerce

This conference, on February 21, 2024, at the Ala Moana Hotel, seeks to offer immediate solutions to Hawaiʻi companies to expand their markets and build resilience.

The purpose of this event is to gather manufacturers, supply chain partners, and retailers to learn best practices and insights from platforms like Shopify and Amazon, from local implementing agencies, and also successful companies, so the attending businesses can immediately create or strengthen their E-Commerce channels.

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Get the Help You Need

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.

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.


  • Amazon and Shopify to Headline Made in Hawai‘i E-Commerce Conference on February 21
    The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), in collaboration with industry leaders Amazon and Shopify, announced today that the first-ever “Made in Hawai‘i Presents: Your Future in E-Commerce” conference will be held at the Ala Moana Hotel on Wednesday, February 21.
  • Kubota Establishes Japanese-Rice Importing, Milling, and Sales Company in Hawaii
    Kubota Corporation established Kubota Rice Industry (Hawaii) Inc., a Japanese-rice importing, milling and sales company, on Oahu in Hawaii, the United States. By locally milling brown rice imported from Japan and providing it for customers, Kubota Hawaii will convey the appeal of fresh and tasty Japanese rice and contribute to increasing the export of Japanese rice.
  • ‘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.


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Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism
Business Development & Support Division
No. 1 Capital District Building
250 South Hotel Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813


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