District Director's Message
One of my favorite tasks every year is the selection of the annual SBA Small Business Awards. With the help of a dozen dedicated judges and hard-working SBA team members, we’re wrapping up the 2020 selectees and preparing to name more than 25 outstanding winners.
It takes an extended team effort to solicit nominations from busy small business owners, work with bankers who know their customers well, and then weed through the data to screen, evaluate, and process scores. As we pour over the stories, I am always inspired – and often awestruck- at the determination, creativity, and perseverance of so many small businesses in Hawaii.
We learn the history of family-owned businesses that have survived for over 100 years despite economic upheavals, natural disasters, and the losses of crucial family leaders. The backgrounds of business owners that bubble with humor and humility as they struggle to overcome adversities with support and insight from mentors and colleagues and the “school of hard knocks.” Among the common threads woven into these stories is that these individuals are always looking for ways to work smarter, to identify new opportunities that build better businesses, and how they make that happen. Often with SBA support.
SBA can help your business do the same. In 2020, we’re putting resources into entrepreneurial education with more training on financing and contracting readiness. We’re focusing on emerging businesses, exporting, and innovation.
Sign up to follow us on Twitter.com/SBA_Hawaii to keep up with the latest courses and programs…and the announcements of 2020 SBA Small Business Award winners.
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII SBA SMALL BUSINESS CELEBRATION
May 1st, 2020
Hawaii Prince Hotel
Ready to do Business with the Government?
Thinking of expanding your business into the federal contracting arena? SBA will be hosting a free workshop for small business owners interested in Government certifications, how to apply, and contracting resources. Our lead business development specialist Michael Youth will provide the basic business fundamentals required to become a successful Federal Government contractor.
You will learn:
• Learn the Eligibility Criteria and Program Benefits of the 8(a), HUBZone, Women-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Certification Programs
• Learn how to apply for small business Government contracting certifications
• Learn about resources available to assist you
February 25, 2020
500 Ala Moana Blvd., Bldg. 1, Suite 306
Honolulu, HI 96813
Click here to register.
SBA RESOURCE DAY With Mary Dale
What does SBA offer to small business owners? The programs are many and varied, and the qualifications for each are specific. Take advantage of this free opportunity to meet one-on-one with Mary Dale who will help navigate and explain SBA Programs and resources available to you. Ask us about:
• Loans for working capital – SBA Express, Export Express & Veterans Advantage Programs;
• Long-term financing to purchase or renovate business real estate or major equipment – the SBA 504 Loan Program; and
• Government contracting certifications and assistance – SBA’s 8(a) Business Development & Other Government Contracting Programs.
March 19, 2020
Bank of Hawaii
4480 Kapolei Parkway, Suite #700
Kapolei, HI 96707
In coordination with participating lenders, Mary Dale will be available for a 30 minute confidential consultation. Appointments are required and scheduled by SBA. Please call 541-2990, ext. 211 or email email@example.com. Walk-ins may be accepted if time allows.
On this Week's Episode of Adventures in Small Business
The SBA will talk story with Nalani Jenkins, who founded 721 LLC. A local small business that provides strategic and marketing communication services for construction projects and developers.
Our segment, "Adventures in Small Business," highlights small business owners from every industry in Hawaii. Our episodes are a broad view of how to start a business or how to make your business stronger. From learning how to open a restaurant to navigating the federal contracting world, we are always highlighting our kama'aina businesses.
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