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Feb 01 2019

SBA Hawaii District Office - News and Upcoming Events


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SBA is Open for Business!

It feels like the New Year is just starting here at the District Office, but we are pleased to be back and pushing into a strong 2019.  We’re not wasting any time to get all programs up and running!

SBA loans are being approved and funded.  The Office of Capital Access reported that, as of COB Monday, SBA had processed more than 1,100 through 7(a) loan guarantees for more than half a billion dollars.  We had also processed 504 loans for more than $27M.  More than $4B is available for loan guarantees.  Not a bad start!

Certify.SBA.Gov is up and running to accepting new 8(a) and HUBZone applications.  A team of SBA business opportunity specialists continued to support small business contracting for funded agencies, such as the DoD and VA, reviewing 816 procurement requests from other agencies valued at $14.8B to continue to provide support and services to many veterans, military and other civilians during the furlough. 

Check www.sba.gov for workshops, programs and opportunities to market, network and learn about working with the federal government to improve your bottom line. See the listing in this bulletin about upcoming classes!
Let’s make 2019 a spectacular year for small businesses in Hawaii!


While We Were Out…the Wheels Keep On Turning!!

The Hawaii District Office thanks our key resource partners throughout our Pacific service area for supporting the SBA mission to help small business owners, entrepreneurs and start-ups power their vision of a prosperous enterprise.  Mahalo to the Hawaii Small Business Development Centers, the Mink Center for Business & Leadership, SCORE, Veteran’s Business Outreach Center of the Pacific, the Pacific Islands SBDC, the American Samoa SBDC and the many other programs in the community who offered information, tools, mentoring and consulting.


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2019 SBA Small Business Awards Selection Underway

The nominations for the prestigious SBA Small Business Awards were due in December and preparations were initiated at the district office to screen and scrub the packages for eligibility and compliance with the guidelines.  The panel of judges, which includes business leaders, small business owners, entrepreneurs and lenders from across the state who have been vetted by SBA, prepared for the task of reviewing and scoring the nominations.  With the support again of resource partners, the selection process has continued and the scoring is underway!  Winners may be announced as early as March!  Save the Date for the Statewide Celebration on May 3!


Calling all Contractors and Stakeholders!  HUBZone Program Changes for Review and Comment

The HUBZone regulatory revision comment period has been extended to 2/14/19. The changes to this special certification for government contractors in underserved areas propose sweeping revisions that affect much of the HUBZone program. The proposed regulations can be read here: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2018-28320. Instructions for commenting are in the notice.


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2018 B2B Top Instructor Awards Honor Hawaii Trainer Noela Napoleon

 

SBA Administrator Linda McMahon announced the winners of the 2018 “Boots to Business Instructor of the Year” awards.  The awardees were recognized for their excellence in teaching the Boots to Business course, the entrepreneurial track of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program.

Ten qualified and enthusiastic instructors from across the nation were selected for their dedication to providing quality training and consulting to transitioning veterans. Noela Napoleon, business consultant with the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership, was among the top five runner-up winners.

Since being launched in January 2013, the SBA’s Boots to Business program has served more than 86,000 transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses.  The program is administered as a collaborative effort between SBA and the Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Pacific, a partnership with SBA and UH Hilo. 

For more information about the program, visit https://hilo.hawaii.edu/vboc/.


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SBA seeking CEOs for 2019 Cohort of Emerging Leaders Project

 

Hawaii has been selected from among the 68 District Offices to provide this exclusive mini-MBA program for small business executives ready to expand and move their ventures to the next level. The Emerging Leaders advanced training series is open to small business owners and executives including those in underserved/rural communities that:

  • Have annual revenues of at least $250,000
  • Have been in business for at least 3 years
  • Have at least one employee other than the owner

Applications – or inquiries – are available by contacting Deputy Director T. Mark Spain at the Hawaii District Office at (808) 541-2990 or thornton.spain@sba.gov.


SBA Small Business Events

Go to www.sba.gov/hi and click on Small Business Events to register or find out more information:

Launch My Business Start – February 2, 2019, Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm, YWCA, 1040 Richards Street, Suite 105, Honolulu, HI.  Tuition:  $85. Register with the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (MCBL) at https://clients.mcbl-hawaii.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=1390002.

Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association (HFMA) General Membership Meeting:  Start-ups & Small Business Resources – February 5, 2019, Tuesday, 12:00pm-1:30pm, Foreign Trade Zone FTZ9, Homer A. Maxey International Trade Resource Center Conference Room, 521 Ala Moana Boulevard, Pier 2, Honolulu, HI  96813.  Fee:  $10 for non-members.  To register, RSVP to hfma@foodsofhawaii.com.

Hawaii Farm Bureau's 2019 Agriculture Awareness Day – February 6, 2019, Wednesday, 11:00am-1:00pm, State Capitol, 4th Floor, Honolulu, HI.  To participate with an exhibit table, please register by e-mail to hfma@foodsofhawaii.com.

SmallBiz Academy Luncheon Seminar:  Tapping into the Tourist Market – February 6, 2019, Wednesday, 11:30am-1:30pm, YWCA, 1040 Richards Street, Fuller Hall, Honolulu, HI.  Cost:  $20 general admission, $15 group rate (3+) or $30 general admission including subscription to Hawaii Business Magazine.  For more information or to register, go to www.hawaiibusiness.com/SBA020619.

The GSA Schedule Explained – February 7, 2019, Thursday, 9:00am-11:00am, SBA Hawaii District Office, 500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Bldg. 1, Suite 306, Honolulu, HI 96813. To register, go to:  GSA Schedule Explained 

Wahine Forum Luncheon:  Grit & Resilience – February 7, 2019, Thursday, 11:30am-1:00pm, YWCA, 1040 Richards Street, Fuller Hall, Honolulu, HI.  Cost:  $25. Register with the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (MCBL) at https://www.mcblhawaii.org/wfn.

Boots to Business – February 12 & 13, 2019, Tuesday & Wednesday, Ft. Shafter, HI.  Open to transitioning military.  Registration required: https://sbavets.force.com/s/

Government Contracting 101 – February 13, 2019, Wednesday, 12:00pm-1:30pm, Maui County Business Resource Center, Maui Mall.  To register, call (808) 270-5770.

Launch My Business Grow – February 13, 2019, Wednesday, 5:30pm-8:00pm, YWCA, 1040 Richards Street, Suite 105, Honolulu, HI.  Tuition:  $800 for 7 weeks, twice a week.  For more information or to register with the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (MCBL), go to https://www.mcblhawaii.org/lmb/. 

Tackling the 8(a) Application – February 14, 2019, Thursday, 9:00am-11:00am, SBA Hawaii District Office, 500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Bldg. 1, Suite 306, Honolulu, HI 96813. To register, go to:  Tackling the 8(a) Application

Boots to Business – February 19 & 20, 2019, Tuesday & Wednesday, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI.  Open to transitioning military.  Registration required: https://sbavets.force.com/s/ 

Opportunity Zones and Healthy Communities: Maui – February 20, 2019, Wednesday, 8:00am-12:30pm, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, McCoy Theater, 1 Cameron Way, Kahului, HI  96732.  For more information and to register, go to:  Opportunity Zones.

Understanding Your Financial Statements -- February 21, 2019, Thursday, 9:00am-11:00am, SBA Hawaii District Office, 500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Bldg. 1, Suite 306, Honolulu, HI 96813. To register, go to:  Understanding Your Financial Statements

Government Contracting:  Marketing Yourself to the Government and Prime Contractors – February 21, 2019, Thursday, 12:00pm-1:30pm, Maui County Business Resource Center, Maui Mall.  To register, call (808) 270-5770.

The ABC’s of a Business Plan – February 27, 2019, Wednesday, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Maui County Business Resource Center, Maui Mall.  To register, call (808) 270-5770.

Doing Business with the State and County -- February 28, 2019, Thursday, 9:00am-11:00am, SBA Hawaii District Office, 500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Bldg. 1, Suite 306, Honolulu, HI 96813. To register, go to:  Doing Business with the State and County

Quickbooks for Small Business” Hands-on computer training for beginners --  February 28, 2019, Thursday, 5:00pm-8:00pm, Maui County Business Resource Center, Maui Mall.  Cost:  $45.  To register, call (808) 270-5770.

U.S. Dept. of Labor and State of Hawaii Dept. of Labor Wage & Hour Requirements for Contractors and Subcontractors – March 6, 2019, Wednesday, 9:00am-12:00pm, Hawaii Dept. of Transportation, 869 Punchbowl Street, 5th floor conference room.  To register, e-mail HDOT-DBE@hawaii.gov or for more information, call (808) 831-7913.

SAVE THE DATE: 17th Annual Hawaii Small Business Forum – June 18, 2019, Tuesday, 8:00am-3:00pm, Honolulu Country Club, 1690 Ala Puumalu Street, Honolulu, HI 96818

This bulletin includes information, events, and activities that may be of interest to the Small Business community but should not be considered an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any other person or entity. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. For SBA sponsored events, reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.


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