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Your business may be eligible for tax breaks and other benefits through Hawaii’s Enterprise Zones Partnership (EZ) Program.

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Webinar: Tax Reform Basics about Opportunity Zones post thumbnailWebinar: Tax Reform Basics about Opportunity ZonesPosted on November 19, 2018
This web conference will provide an overview of the following: Definition of a Qualified Opportunity Zone The requirements of becoming a Qualified Opportunity Zone Definition of Qualified Zone property Plus a live Q & A session Closed Captioning will be offered. Continuing Education: All participants who qualify will receive a Certificate of Completion. Tax Professionals […]
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Small Business Owners: Make your voices heard! post thumbnailSmall Business Owners: Make your voices heard!Posted on November 13, 2018
The Federal Reserve Banks are conducting a national survey of existing and pre-start small business owners/managers. This survey is a platform through which small businesses can be heard. It is designed to track small business financing conditions and bring them to the attention of service providers, lenders, and policy makers. Individual responses are confidential. Summary […]
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2018 Small Business Fair post thumbnail2018 Small Business FairPosted on July 3, 2018
2018 Small Business Fair: “Launch Your Dreams into Reality” Sponsored by the Small Business Administration (SBA), DBEDT and Honolulu Community College Honolulu Community College will host the 2018 Hawaii Small Business Fair, sponsored in partnership with the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) and the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA). 18 workshops and […]
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Tokyo Exporting Study Tour post thumbnailTokyo Exporting Study TourPosted on April 20, 2018
Are you ready for exporting to Japan? DBEDT is planning a study tour to Tokyo, September 3 – 7, 2018. The objectives are to prepare Hawaii companies that are new-to-export to enable them to exhibit at future Hawaii Pavilions and be able to book orders and close sales. By actually traveling to Tokyo, study tour […]
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