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The Business Resource Center provides information, support and connection to services for both existing businesses and to anyone thinking of starting a business in Hawai‘i County. Two centers - located in the Department of Research and Development’s Hilo and Kona offices - are open every day that county offices are open, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Resources

Programs

Kona Street Eatz Mobile Food Vendor Program at the Old Kona Airport 

Hilo Business Action Center - Pilot Program

On the first and third Thursday of the month, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., a representative of the State of Hawai‘i Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Business Action Center (BAC) will be at our East Hawai‘i Office to assist with the following (download the Flyer and Schedule):

  • Register a business entity, trade name, or trade mark
  • File a DCCA annual report (to stay in good standing)
  • Make changes to your business’ information on record with the DCCA
  • Apply for a General Excise Tax License: Hawai‘i’s basic business license
  • Update your GET license account information
  • Obtain information on how and where to file your GET returns
  • Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Get information on how to register as an employer with the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Learn how to obtain a Federal Employer ID Number (FEIN) with the Internal Revenue Service
  • Ask about other state and county agencies that issue licenses and permits
  • Find information on other government requirements pertaining to your business/industry and other resources available to small businesses

 BAC Action Day Schedule - the first and third Thursdays of each month

  • Thursday, July 6, 2017
  • Thursday, July 20, 2017
  • Thursday, August 3, 2017
  • Thursday, August 17, 2017
  • Thursday, September 7, 2017
  • Thursday, September 21, 2017
  • Thursday, October 5, 2017
  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Thursday, November 2, 2017
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017

West Hawai‘i Business Action Center Day

One Thursday each month, from 9:30 a.m to 3:00 p.m., a representative of the State of Hawai‘i Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Business Action Center (BAC) will be at our West Hawai‘i Office to assist with the following (download the Flyer and Schedule):

  • Register a business entity, trade name, or trade mark
  • File a DCCA annual report (to stay in good standing)
  • Make changes to your business’ information on record with the DCCA
  • Apply for a General Excise Tax License: Hawai‘i’s basic business license
  • Update your GET license account information
  • Obtain information on how and where to file your GET returns
  • Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Get information on how to register as an employer with the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Learn how to obtain a Federal Employer ID Number (FEIN) with the Internal Revenue Service
  • Ask about other state and county agencies that issue licenses and permits
  • Find information on other government requirements pertaining to your business/industry and other resources available to small businesses

 BAC Action Day Schedule - the second Thursdays of each month

  • Thursday, July 13, 2017
  • Thursday, August 10, 2017
  • Thursday, September 14, 2017
  • Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • Thursday, November 9, 2017
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017

State Business Services

  • Register a Business Online: Hawaiʻi Business Express is the quick and easy way to start a business in the state of Hawaiʻi. Use the step by step wizard process to file with multiple agencies or file a specific form directly with the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.
  • Get a State Tax ID Number: Hawaiʻi Tax Online is the convenient and secure way to submit a BB-1, file tax returns, make payments, view letters, manage your accounts, and conduct other common transactions online with the Hawaiʻi Department of Taxation.
  • State of Hawaiʻi Business Portal
  • Foreign Trade Program     http://www.ftz9.org/ 
  • Enterprise Zone: The Enterprise Zone program is a state-county partnership that has been growing job opportunities on Hawai‘i Island for over 20 years by incentivizing business investment in areas with low income or high unemployment.
    • Nearly 300 Hawai‘i Island businesses have participated in the Enterprise Zone program since 1994.
    • In 2013, Enterprise Zone participating companies on Hawai‘i Island accounted for over $116 million in revenue and over 600 jobs.
    • The Enterprise Zone is an area within which businesses engaged in eligible activities can receive state and county tax incentives, provided they meet job growth goals (or revenue goals for agriculture businesses).
    • Businesses in an Enterprise Zone can participate in the program for seven years (ten for agriculture or manufacturing businesses).
    • Participating businesses are eligible for 100% exemption from state wholesale general excise tax (.5%), 20-80% non-refundable credit on state income tax, and a non-refundable state tax credit for the cost of unemployment insurance premiums. Businesses are also eligible for a three-year exemption from any increase in county property taxes resulting from new construction.
    • Enterprise Zone eligible activities include farming, ranching, agricultural processing, and certain kinds of high tech businesses.
    • The Enterprise Zone designation does not supersede any county zoning, state land use designation, building regulations, or any other regulations applicable to business operations.

Enterprise Zone Program

Federal Services

 

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