Mar 04 2020

SBA Hawaii District Office - News and Upcoming Events

Hawaii District Office-March 2020 

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Emerging Leaders 2019 Graduates




The SBA Hawaii District Office is now accepting applicants for the 2020 Emerging Leaders Initiative class. Eligible small business owners/executives must complete a one page “Expression of Interest” form in advance of the interview process in order to secure one of the limited slots available for participants this year.

Now in its tenth year in Hawaii, this prestigious program has impacted over 100 Hawaii based firms with positive and sustained growth after their CEOs have completed this valuable, interactive course. While the curriculum costs thousands of dollars in the marketplace, your investment is your time and sweat equity (and parking fee). SBA covers the cost!

To qualify for a seat at the table in this compressed MBA level curriculum, an applicant must have:

  • Three (3) Years in Business
  • Minimum of $250,000 in Gross Annual Revenue
  • Minimum of 2 Employees (the Owner may be included in this count)
  • A demonstrated commitment, professionalism and readiness to take one's venture to a new level of success
    • Ability to attend all classes and complete assigned projects over the duration of the 2020 session (May through October 2020)
    • Engage with other CEOs, mentors and business experts in learning modules, strategic sessions, mentoring and peer discussions.

Now is your opportunity to act. Applications for the course (a compressed MBA-level course) must be received by April 15, 2020. Start date for this cohort is scheduled for May 6, 2020, with class sessions recurring every other Wednesday at the Hawaii District Office. For more information or to receive the application form, please contact T. Mark Spain at 808-541-2990, extension 219, or thornton.spain@sba.gov.

SBA Awards


Friday May 1, 2020

Best of Small Business Awards

Honoring the small business heroes of Hawaii in the state’s most prestigious business awards program.

Hawaii Prince Waikiki





The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA)
Business Registration Division (BREG) is repeating its warning to local businesses and the public about unofficial solicitations being sent out regarding annual business report filings. BREG has previously issued warnings regarding these notices with regards to “Workplace Compliance Services”, however identical notices are now being disseminated from “C.P.S.” as well. “C.P.S.” and “Workplace Compliance Services” have been sending unsolicited mailings labeled “2019 – Annual Report Instruction Form (Hawaii Businesses)” to numerous businesses in Hawaii, with instructions to fill out the form and submit it, along with a $125 payment. “We are reissuing our notice regarding this solicitation because we are extremely concerned that recipients could be misled by it and erroneously believe that it comes from a state agency.

On the contrary, ‘C.P.S.’ and ‘Workplace Compliance Services’ are not government agencies, have no affiliation with one, and appear to use a mail drop as their company address”, said Ty Nohara, Securities Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Neither company is registered with DCCA to conduct business in the state. BREG does not endorse or utilize the services of “C.P.S.”, “Workplace Compliance Services”, or any other third-party company to collect or file annual business reports.

If you are ever unsure about the legitimacy of a notice you receive regarding your business filings, we encourage you to contact the Business Registration Division via email at breg@dcca.hawaii.gov or call (808) 586-2727 before responding to the notice.

All businesses registered in the State can file their annual reports directly online in the quarter that it is due. The online fees for filing annual reports with BREG are as follows: LLC’s, profit corporations and LLP’s: $12.50; nonprofit corporations: $2.50; and partnerships: $5.00.

To find your business’ annual report information online, visit:
http://hbe.ehawaii.gov/annuals. For filing-related questions, please visit https://www.businessregistrations.com, email breg@dcca.hawaii.gov, or call (808) 586-2727.

Find Out Who & What's Behind Doing Business with the Government

Mary Dale & Erlyne Lum

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. Business Opportunity Specialist Erlyne Lum will discuss government contracting and our Economic Development Specialist Mary Dale will provide information on other SBA programs and services.  

You will:

• 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

March 25, 2020
500 Ala Moana Blvd., Bldg. 1, Suite 306
Honolulu, HI 96813

Click here to register. 



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 Mary 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 18, 2020
First Hawaiian Bank 
2250 N King Street
Honolulu, HI 96819

March 19, 2020
Bank of Hawaii
4480 Kapolei Parkway, Suite #700
Kapolei, HI 96707

March 31, 2020
First Hawaiian Bank
730 California Avenue 
Wahiawa, HI 96786

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 mary.dale@sba.gov. Walk-ins may be accepted if time allows.


Veteran Business Outreach Center of the Pacific (VBOC) is Heading to Hilo on March 5th!

VBOC Staff

Are you a veteran and wondering what it takes to be a business owner and how you can prepare?

Enroll in Boots to Business Reboot. Register here: http://bit.ly/Reboot-Hilo

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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:

Critical Business Planning for Contracting Companies (Oahu)- March 5, 2020, Thursday, Kapolei Golf Club, 91-701 Farrington Highway Kapolei, HI 96707. For more information please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advanced-business-planning-for-contracting-firms-tickets-6355213615

SCORE Accounting & Bookkeeping Basics (Oahu)- March 6, 2020, Friday, SBA Training Room, 500 Ala Moana Blvd Suite 1-306A Honolulu, HI 96813. To register, click on the link-> Register for event.

VBOC Boots to Business (Oahu)- March 12-13, 2020, Thursday & Friday, Marine Corps Base Hawaii.To register, click on the link-> Register for event.

SBDC Small Business Cyber Defense 101 (Oahu)- March 13, 2020, Friday. To register, please email Jill at jntokuda@gmail.com

MCBL Launch My Agri-Business (Oahu)- March 16, 2020, Monday. For more information and registration, please visit https://www.mcblhawaii.org/launch-my-agbusiness

HTDC-Innovate Hawaii Presents Preventive Controls for Human Foods (Oahu)- March 17-18, 2020, Tuesday & Wednesday, Hawaii Foreign-Trade Zone No.9 - Homer Maxey International Trade Center, Conference Room 202, 2nd Floor, 521 Ala Moana Boulevard, Pier 2 Honolulu, HI 96813. To register, click on the link-> Register for event.

SBDC How to Start a Small Business (Oahu)- March 18, 2020, Wednesday, Hawaii Foreign-Trade Zone No.9 - Homer Maxey International Trade Center, ITC Conference Room, 2nd Floor, 521 Ala Moana Boulevard, Pier 2 Honolulu, HI 96813. To register, 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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