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Business Resources provides information, support and connection to services for both existing businesses and to anyone thinking of starting a business in Hawai‘i County. 

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  • Download the schedules for DCCA Business Action Center Days in Hilo and in Kona. See details below under Programs.
  • Free Entrepreneur Meetup Networking Group: A free Entrepreneur Meetup Networking Group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the County Office of Aging Training Room at 1055 Kinoole Street, in Hilo. Sponsored by HIPlan and the East Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center. For more information contact

Tyler Iokepa Gomes, Partnerships Manager from Elemental Excelerator, will introduce entrepreneurs to Element Excelerator and the types of startups they are seeking for their next cohort - applications close April 12, 2019. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with other small business owners in the community and learn more abou the HIPlan Hawai‘i Island Business Plan Competition. Meeting details below:

West Hawai‘i Entrepreneur Meetup Group
April 10, 2019
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Pictures Plus / Plus Interiors Store
75-1006 Henry Street, Kailua-Kona, HI 96720

East Hawai‘i Entrepreneur Meetup Group
April 11, 2019
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Office of Aging Training Room
1055 Kinoole Street, Hilo, HI 96720

  • The Small Business Development Centers in Hilo and in Kailua-Kona at NELHA offer regular workshops and business events. Check their Business Events Calendars for their event schedule.


  • NEW: The Hawai‘i Technology Development Corporation’s Manufacturing Assistance Program (MAP) grant is a state program that offers Hawai‘i-based manufacturers up to 20% reimbursement on qualified expenses to help manufacturers become globally competitive. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2019. To apply and for more information, please go to
  • The Kohala Center’s Rural and Cooperative Business Development Services program works to expand and strengthen Hawaii’s rural economies and food systems by providing cooperative and business development services to farmers, value-added producers, and small businesses. Services include: Cooperative Business Education, Group Facilitation and Organization,Strategic Project Planning,Feasibility Assessment, Business Planning, Market Analysis, Loan/Grant Application Assistance and Capitalization Strategies, Legal Document Assistance, Professional Referrals, Board and Member Trainings, Conflict Resolution.For assistance, complete and submit a Request for Assistance form.
  • How to Start a Business in Hawai‘i County - a resource guide to sucessful business development 
  • Starting a Nonprofit - See The Foundation Center’s GRANTSPACE page for Nonprofit Startup Resources by State. One of these resources is Harbor Compliance’s “How to Start a Nonprofit in Hawaii.”
  • Hawaii Small Business Development Center Network
  • 2017-2018 U.S. Small Business Administration Resource Guide for Small Business - Hawai‘i Edition
  • Size Up Your Business
  • The Hawai‘i Technology Development Corporation provides free legal assistance from the Business Law Corp (BLC) by appointment on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Please schedule an appointment at Additional appointments on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month are made available at the Patsy Mink Center. Visit to make an appointment. 


Business Action Center Days

Business Resources hosts a representative of the State of Hawai‘i Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Business Action Center at our Hilo and Kailua-Kona offices on scheduled days from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Please note we are unable to process credit card payments, so be sure to bring a check or exact cash for any filing fees. The following services are provided:

  • 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

Hilo BAC Action Day Schedule - the first and third Thursdays of each month - (download the Flyer and Schedule)

Thursday, January 3, 2019
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Kailua-Kona BAC Action Day Schedule - the second Thursdays of each month - (download the Flyer and Schedule)

Thursday, January 10, 2019
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Thursday, June 13, 2019

 Announcements | Resources Programs State Business Services l Federal Business Services


  • Hawai‘i Business Express is the quick and easy way to start a business in the State of Hawai‘i. Use the step-by-step online wizard to file with multiple agencies or file a specific form directly with the State of Hawai‘i Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. 
  • Hawai‘i Tax Online is a convenient amd secure way to obtain a State ID Tax Number, submit a BB-1, file tax returns, make payments, view letters, manage your accounts, and conduct other common transactions online with the Hawai‘i Department of Taxation.
  • Hawai‘i State Trade Expansion Program (HISTEP) is a comprehensive program designed to assist Hawai‘i small businesses with their export development. Visit HiSTEP website for training announcements, program benefits, and eligibility information.
  • State of Hawai‘i Business Portal
  • Foreign Trade Program 
  • 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. 



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