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Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Petition: Save Hawaii Fisheries
By News Release @ 3:32 PM :: 4258 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Small Business

Petition the President of the United States to Not expand the outer boundary of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Moument from 50 nautical miles out to 200 nautical miles....

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Sunday, May 29, 2016
Hawaii Regulatory Review Board Seeks Volunteers
By Video @ 1:15 PM :: 2524 Views :: Small Business
Did you know Hawaii had a Small Business Regulatory Review Board (SBRRB)? 
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Hawaii Painters Business Agent Pleads Guilty in $1.5M Theft
By Selected News Articles @ 1:38 AM :: 4716 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Small Business

...he diverted client money to his own personal use over a 17-year period....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Jalousie Work: After 10 Years Union Lawsuit Ends
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 4348 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Small Business

The dispute began when the painters and glazers’ union complained to the State Contractors License Board that the contractors hired to renovate Lanakila Elementary School in 2005 were installing jalousie windows....

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Monday, May 9, 2016
UHERO: Hawaii Innovation Matters
By UHERO @ 9:17 PM :: 3791 Views :: Economy, Small Business

Innovation is the key to economic growth and prosperity....

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Friday, May 6, 2016
New FDA Regs May Shut Down 95% of E-Cig Industry
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 4359 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Drugs

...The rule goes into effect August 8, 2016....

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Farming Entrepreneurs
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:20 PM :: 3256 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

...GoFarm Hawaii director Steven Chiang and host Keli`i Akina discuss how a new generation of farmers is being equipped to succeed....

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Friday, April 22, 2016
What is Hurting Hawaii’s Investment Climate?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:13 PM :: 4635 Views :: Development, Small Business, Cost of Living

“The main reason is a very cumbersome permitting process, in a way that prevents people from building housing quickly and at a low cost…."

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Bag Ban: Going Green Mindlessly
By Joni Kamiya @ 8:15 PM :: 3416 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...not only are thicker bags around, I’ve got a stock pile of paper bags now....

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Friday, April 1, 2016
Economist: GE Taxes Favor Big Business
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:02 PM :: 3187 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

Interview with David Friedman, an economist and professor of law at Santa Clara University....

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Sunday, March 27, 2016
HB1739: Boss Can Demand Your Social Media Passwords
By Selected News Articles @ 4:34 AM :: 4908 Views :: First Amendment, Labor, Small Business

...the bill provides a pretext for employers to demand employee passwords in the case of a suspected data breach....

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Monday, March 21, 2016
Hawaii Legislation Would Strengthen Franchisee Rights
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 2777 Views :: Small Business

...new, comprehensive guide to state franchising laws....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Small Business Day at the Capitol, March 30
By News Release @ 2:56 PM :: 2721 Views :: Small Business

...Don't Freeze Small Business Out! is the theme of this year's Small Business Day....

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Friday, March 11, 2016
American Samoa Fights Feds for Fishing Zone
By Selected News Articles @ 2:58 PM :: 3169 Views :: Environment, Small Business

American Samoa says the U.S. government violated its sovereign rights by shrinking the zone around the territory....

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Sunday, February 14, 2016
Solving the Online Tax Dodge with Cookies?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3331 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

Every year, lawmakers seeking to fund their favorite programs or services inevitably ask themselves....

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Thursday, February 4, 2016
KSBE: We Will Fight Leasehold Conversion Bills
By News Release @ 7:02 PM :: 5481 Views :: Education K-12, Land Use, Small Business

A message from the Kam Schools CEO....

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Thursday, February 4, 2016
State Corporate Income Tax—Hawaii Competitive?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:46 AM :: 3544 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

Though often thought of as a major tax type, corporate income taxes account for just 5.3 percent of state tax collections nationally ....

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Thursday, January 21, 2016
Speaker Souki Proposes Fee Simple Conversion of Commercial Land Leases
By Selected News Articles @ 2:52 AM :: 5359 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Small Business

Hawaii has done it before with lands supporting single-family and multi-family homes. Those historic actions gave the ordinary working person new opportunities for true homeownership....

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Friday, January 8, 2016
DLNR to Loosen Death Grip on Hilo Businesses?
By News Release @ 1:53 PM :: 5066 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use, Small Business

One of the leases at Banyan Drive has expired and has been placed on a month-to-month revocable permit. Other leases at Banyan Drive and in the Kanoelehua Industrial Area will expire in the next several years....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
2016: Unemployment Taxes to Drop 26%
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 4067 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

Improved Rates Projected to Save Employers $50 Million....

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Thursday, December 17, 2015
Honolulu: Average Small Business Invoices $105K per Year
By News Release @ 12:57 PM :: 3107 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

Invoice2go’s ranking, pulled from aggregated usage data from more than 23,000 small and micro business owners across the U.S., shines a light on an otherwise difficult to measure subset of the economy....

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Thursday, November 19, 2015
Hawaii Small Businesses Slowest to be Paid in USA
By News Release @ 6:01 AM :: 4590 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

Hawaii small businesses wait 95 days on average to get paid on invoices....

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Hawaii Loses Ground in Business Tax Climate
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:49 PM :: 3521 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

State falls to #31 in national ranking....

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
DLNR Slaps Down Anti-Aquarium Nuts (again)
By News Release @ 3:47 AM :: 3858 Views :: Environment, Small Business

"Commercial aquarium fish collecting, in fact, does not occur to any great extent off most of the Hawaiian Islands...."

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Sunday, November 15, 2015
Working on the Fringe
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3491 Views :: Small Business, Taxes
“Revisiting the Taxation of Fringe Benefits”
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Sunday, November 8, 2015
The Shaky Future of Bonus Depreciation
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3359 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

“50% bonus depreciation” is a system where half of the equipment cost can be deducted in the first year it is placed in service....

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Monday, November 2, 2015
Study: High Costs Make Hawaii second-worst for entrepreneurs
By Selected News Articles @ 12:18 PM :: 2936 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

Hawaii has a low business survival rate, with only slightly more businesses created in 2013 than failed that year....

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Sunday, November 1, 2015
Taxing & Regulating Small Business to Death: Hawaii's Business Climate
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:58 AM :: 3563 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

A panel discussion on the barriers to economic prosperity for businesses in Hawaii....

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Friday, October 30, 2015
Bill 72: Property Tax Break for Honolulu Home Businesses
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 3:52 AM :: 4090 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Taxes

...homeowners of flex units face the challenge of having their entire property classified as 'Commercial', which equates to approximately 254% more in taxes....

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
DLIR Raids Ala Moana Building Contractors
By News Release @ 12:14 AM :: 3259 Views :: Labor, Small Business

Undercover video shows Ala Moana construction workers paid in cash....

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Victory for Local Food: Hawaii’s $100M Longline Fishery Reopens
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 4295 Views :: Environment, Small Business

Since Aug. 5th, the 145 active vessels in the Hawaii longline fleet have been prohibited from catching bigeye tuna....

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Saturday, October 10, 2015
Hungry? Hawaii Bigeye Tuna Industry Reels Two Months after Being Shut Down by Quotas
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 4426 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

As a result, industrial foreign fleets, with much higher bigeye tuna quotas, freely operate on the high seas around the Hawaiian Islands where Hawaii longline fishermen can no longer fish for bigeye tuna....

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Hawaii: Child Care Costs More than College Tuition
By Selected News Articles @ 4:37 AM :: 5130 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Small Business, Cost of Living

In Hawaii annual costs for 4-year-old care are equal to 55.8 percent of minimum-wage earnings....

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Thursday, October 1, 2015
Fresh off Obamacare Disaster, Obama Orders Hawaii Legislators to Impose Family Leave Mandate on Employers
By News Release @ 2:17 PM :: 4926 Views :: Higher Education, Small Business, Taxes, Obama

The President urged the lawmakers to adopt his domestic economic agenda at the state level because he doesn’t expect Congress to take much action for the remainder of his presidency....

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Sunday, September 27, 2015
Alaska Rep Young Files Bill to Prevent Presidential Marine Monument Designations
By News Release @ 12:37 PM :: 3619 Views :: Environment, Small Business

President Obama may follow the example of his predecessor George W. Bush and unilaterally designate large swaths of coastal America as “national monuments.”....

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Friday, September 25, 2015
Study: Hawaii #1 for Minority-Owned Firms
By News Release @ 1:20 PM :: 4235 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

Hawaii: 21% of middle market firms are minority-owned ....

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Sunday, September 13, 2015
New Federal Overtime Proposal Affects 45% of Salaried Hawaii Workers
By News Release @ 3:18 AM :: 3584 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...would bring at least 45 percent of full-time salaried workers under overtime rules....

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Thursday, September 10, 2015
Permission to Work in Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:26 AM :: 3947 Views :: Small Business

Should you need permission to work in Hawaii? According to Hawaii’s occupational licensing laws, the answer is yes....

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Sunday, August 30, 2015
Manufacturing a (Tax) Problem
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:55 PM :: 4876 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

Hawaii's tax structure is 2nd-worst in the US for labor-intensive manufacturing....

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Hawaii: Tech Still Receiving Massive Business Tax Subsidies
By Selected News Articles @ 3:29 PM :: 5170 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

Excepting heavily incentivized research and development (R&D) operations, mature firms generally experience above-average tax costs in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
CNHA Takes Reins of DBEDT 'Community Development Accelerator'
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 3532 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

"Community-based nonprofit organizations are increasingly becoming key economic development drivers...."

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015
NOAA Proposes New Monk Seal Rules
By News Release @ 4:04 PM :: 3560 Views :: Environment, Small Business

Public comment period opens for NOAA’s proposed rule to protect marine mammals in international fisheries....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
CNBC: Hawaii Worst State for Business
By Selected News Articles @ 6:04 PM :: 3824 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...by the numbers on just about everything else, Hawaii doesn't measure up, and not only for reasons beyond its control....

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Sunday, June 21, 2015
Fishery Management Council Questions use of Turtles to Strangle Tuna Industry
By News Release @ 4:37 PM :: 3708 Views :: Environment, Small Business

Public hearings will be held in American Samoa, CNMI and Guam on July 6, 13 and 15, respectively....

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Friday, May 29, 2015
Big Law vs. Honolulu's Not-So-Big Law
By Robert Thomas @ 9:01 AM :: 4806 Views :: Judiciary, Small Business
"A Tale of Two Cities: Honolulu and San Francisco"
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Inside the Government’s Push to Regulate Short-Term Rental Industry
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:33 PM :: 3598 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

On June 15, when the law goes into effect, Santa Monica will see a drastic reduction in its Airbnb options, banning 1,400 of about 1,700 vacation rentals available on home sharing websites....

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
NELHA Transparency? 'Continues to Struggle with Sunshine'
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:31 PM :: 4408 Views :: Ethics, Small Business, Tax Credits

In 2012, we found that after nearly 40 years of existence, NELHA had yet to live up to its creators’ vision....

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Monday, May 11, 2015
Best City to Start a Career? Its not Honolulu
By Selected News Articles @ 1:32 PM :: 4087 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

Honolulu Ranks 101st: 95th for 'Professional Opportunities' and 107th for 'Quality of Life'....

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Sunday, May 10, 2015
Whose Tax Is It, Anyway? (Part 2)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3352 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

A double standard on an important issue like this is a great way to breed derision and distrust of government....

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Friday, May 8, 2015
CEOs Rank Hawaii 44th Worst for Business
By News Release @ 5:18 PM :: 3206 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...CEOs favor states that foster growth through progressive business development programs, low taxes and a quality living environment....

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