Aug 21 2019

SBA Hawaii District Office - News and Upcoming Events

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District Director's Message:

Are you opening new markets using your unique competitive advantages? Lucky you live Hawaii! The high demand, highly desirable designations of “Made in Hawaii” – and even “Made in the USA”- add a certain cachet to your products or services.

Going global is not as crazy as you might think since most U.S. exporters have fewer than 20 employees. So, if you’ve ever thought of selling your goods off-island, there are plentiful resources to help you explore the possibility and prepare for that option.

The HI Step Program is a partnership with SBA, DBEDT, and other expert business development organizations. The program can help you research your ideas on exporting, design a practical approach, and introduce you to buyers through trade show participation. The program also assists with some of the associated expenses and more.

The Hawaii SBDC boasts several experienced consultants with specialized skills in the international trade arena.Let them help you with a feasibility study and your marketing plan and the financial proposal that will make it all happen.

SBA provides guaranteed loan programs that tailor to different exporting transactions such as Export Express, Export Working Capital, and the International Trade Loans. These loans have a higher guarantee that can make these loans attractive to our participating lenders.

Don’t be left standing on the runway: Take off on your export journey with SBA! Learn more about going international at https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/grow-your-business/export-products#section-header-17




VBOC Winners

Nomination Season is Open for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

SBA Hawaii is proud to support the Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Pacific (VBOC) during National Veterans Small Business Week to present the 2019 Hawai’i Veteran Small Business Awards.

These awards are designed to recognize Hawaii veterans, who continue to contribute to their country through economic impact as a small business owner and demonstrate the energy of the American entrepreneurial spirit.  

Nominations are now being accepted in three categories: New Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year, Veteran Advocate of the Year, and Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year.  All information will remain confidential in the awards selection process. Share your success and vision by nominating your business or a fellow veteran business!

To receive the nomination application, email the VBOC of the Pacific at vboc@hawaii.edu or call (808)988-1236. Deadline for the submissions is Oct. 1st, 2019.

Ready to export? Learn more about SBA export loan programs.

Did you know that a total of 781 companies exported goods from Hawaii, of these 679 or 86.9%, were small businesses, which generated 63.6% of Hawaii's $440.0 million in total exports?

If you are considering exporting, the SBA can help! Check out our beginner's guide on how to navigate the exporting world. -> Six Steps to Begin Exporting


Sign up for the Export Workshop below



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Click on the link to register for the exporting workshop



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Local Business Assistance

    SBA Small Business Events

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

SBDC City Center Connection Outreach (Oahu)- August 20, 2019, Tuesday, Hawaiian Foreign-Trade Zone #9 521 Ala Moana Blvd., Pier 2 Honolulu, HI 96813. To register, please click on the link-> Register for event.

Sunrise Webinar Series: Intellectual Property SBIR (Oahu)- August 20, 21, 22, 27, 2019, Manoa Innovation Center, 2800 Woodlawn Dr., Honolulu, HI 96822. To register, please click on the link-> Register for event. 

SBDC How to Start a Small Business (Hilo)- August 22, 2019, Thursday, Hawaii Innovation Center. To register, please click on the link -> Register for event.

SCORE QuickBooks Basics (Oahu)- August 23, 2019, Friday, 9:00AM to 12:00PM, SBA Training Room, 500 Ala Moana Blvd Suite 1-306 Honolulu, HI 96813. To register, please click on the link -> Register for event.

SBDC 2-day Smart talent Workforce Training (Oahu)- August 26 & 27, 2019, Monday & Tuesday, Hawaii Foreign-Trade Zone #9 521 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96813. To register, please click on the link-> Register for event.

SBDC Introduction to Trademarks (Kona)- August 28, 2019, Wednesday, West Hawaii Center Hale Iako. To register, please click on the link -> Register for event.

Grow Your Business Through Exporting (Oahu)- August 28, 2019, Wednesday, Atherton Hall- YWCA Kokokahi, 45-035 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kaneohe, HI, 96744. To register, please click on the link-> Register for event.

VBOC Boots to Business (Oahu)- September 3 & 4, 2019, Tuesday & Wednesday, Joint Base Pearl Harbor. To register, click on the link-> Register for event. 

SCORE QuickBooks Advance (Oahu)- August 23, 2019, Friday, 9:00AM to 12:00PM, SBA Training Room, 500 Ala Moana Blvd Suite 1-306 Honolulu, HI 96813. To register, please click on the link -> Register for event. 

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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