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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Rich States-Poor States: Hawaii Improves its Economic Competitiveness Ranking
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:58 AM :: 4454 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

New report ranks Hawaii 36th in economic outlook and 17th in economic performance....

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Sunday, April 13, 2014
NFIB Recruiting Hawaii Small Business Leaders
By News Release @ 6:18 PM :: 2677 Views :: Small Business

A perfect opportunity to get involved in the political process....

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Friday, April 11, 2014
Using Property Rights in Fishery Management
By NCPA @ 1:36 PM :: 3189 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...each quota owner would have the right to a specific percentage of the total allowable catch (TAC) in the season....

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Sunday, April 06, 2014
Occupy, Union Activists Organizing Homeless Tent Cities in Honolulu?
By Andrew Walden @ 4:35 AM :: 10085 Views :: Homelessness, Labor, OHA, Small Business, Tourism

In Honolulu, unofficial tent cities are now set up in strategic locations designed to pressure the tourism industry, the Chinatown community, the Korean community, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and the Honolulu Council debate over Housing First....

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
HCDA ‘Small Business’ Reps: Kobayashi & Mitsunaga
By News Release @ 1:44 PM :: 4634 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...the Kobayashi Group is an investor in a hui that plans to build one or more luxury developments in Kaka’ako....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals Launches Honolulu Chapter
By News Release @ 12:21 AM :: 4294 Views :: Military, Small Business

The Chapter Launch Ceremony will be held at the Hale Koa Hotel, 2055 Kalia Road, Honolulu, on Friday, April 4, 2014.....

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Video: Are You Being Told The Truth About Plastic Bags?
By Video @ 12:45 AM :: 4374 Views :: Environment, Small Business

Watch our six minute movie and decide for yourself....

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Own Ivory? 89% Chance You Won't Be Able to Sell it Legally if Clayton Hee Gets His Way
By News Release @ 9:43 PM :: 4121 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

Hawaii is the third largest retailer of ivory and ivory products in the nation....

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Grassroot: Minimum Wage Hike Will Not Lift Working Families out of Poverty
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:07 PM :: 3360 Views :: Labor, Small Business

SB 2609 would provide for a gradual increase in the minimum wage with a provision for an unspecified tip credit....

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Monday, March 17, 2014
March 25: Small Business Day at the Capitol
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 2247 Views :: Small Business

Every major poll shows small-business owners the most highly regarded group in America, and every elected official claims to be your friend....

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Thursday, March 06, 2014
How Many Jobs Are Threatened by the EPA in YOUR District?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:37 PM :: 3726 Views :: Environment, Labor, Small Business

Average of more than 770 jobs losses per congressional district....

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Saturday, March 01, 2014
Supreme Court Rejects Kauai Springs Appeal
By Robert Thomas @ 8:35 PM :: 5478 Views :: Kauai County, Land Use, OHA, Small Business
The Hawaii Supreme Court has issued an opinion in Kauai Springs, Inc. v. Kauai Planning Comm'n....
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Friday, February 28, 2014
FACE Ad campaign pushes minimum wage hike
By Malia Zimmerman @ 12:24 PM :: 3877 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

FACE said the increase is needed because Hawaii’s utilities are 110 percent higher than the national average, housing is 104 percent higher and groceries are 57 percent higher than other states...

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
SB2487: Small Business Regulatory Review Board to be Abolished?
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 7:34 PM :: 2970 Views :: Small Business

Since its inception in 1998, the Board has reviewed more than 600 proposed rules and provided advice to state and county agencies....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Senate Minimum Wage Bill Will Fail Hawaii's Low-Wage Earners
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:06 PM :: 3226 Views :: Labor, Small Business

With SB 2609 moving in Senate, Grassroot Institute says it will fail in its objectives....

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Thursday, February 20, 2014
DBEDT: Shortage of Housing Supply Contributes to High Prices
By News Release @ 2:54 PM :: 3958 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Cost of Living

The first report of its scope in nearly 14 years, it examines the past performance of Hawaii’s construction industry and forecasts future growth....

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Thursday, February 20, 2014
The Problem with Giving America a Raise
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:29 PM :: 2794 Views :: Labor, Small Business
The CBO estimated that the wage hike Obama and his allies champion would cost 500,000 jobs....
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Saturday, February 15, 2014
Four Things You Should Know About The Minimum Wage Debate In Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 8:31 AM :: 5172 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

If the legislature is serious about fighting poverty in Hawaii, a broader and more comprehensive discussion is essential....

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Sunday, February 09, 2014
Minimum Wage Fraud Revisited–Again and Again
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:35 PM :: 4071 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living
Why do the prices of food, clothing, and shelter keep going up?
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Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Lloyd Lim: A Theory of Business Regulation
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:41 AM :: 3142 Views :: Small Business

There are about 375,000 pages of federal law and regulation in addition to the laws of each State and each city and county....

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Monday, February 03, 2014
UHERO: Hawaii's minimum wage, poverty, and job creation
By UHERO @ 7:48 PM :: 4619 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living
Ten different bills have been introduced  at the legislature this session to raise Hawaii's minimum wage....
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Saturday, February 01, 2014
Regressive Taxes: State Hypocrisy on Minimum Wage
By Andrew Walden @ 8:30 PM :: 5061 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living
“…our residents living in poverty pay more in state taxes than all but three other states….”
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Friday, January 24, 2014
Should We Raise the Minimum Wage?
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:58 AM :: 2868 Views :: Labor, Small Business

Would this actually help the entry-level workers it is supposed to help? ....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
SB2693 Would Ban Soda, Juice, Latte Over 16oz
By Selected News Articles @ 4:03 PM :: 3855 Views :: Small Business, Cost of Living

...there’s no “latte loophole,” since any quantity of added sugar makes a drink fall under the ban. Indeed, the only way to get more than a pint of drink at a time is to add booze, as adult beverages are excluded ...

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Bureaucracy, high prices, keep local business from into buying Obamacare
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:25 PM :: 3213 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

Of Hawaii’s 30,000 small businesses, 296 registered for insurance through the Hawaii Health Connector by the Dec. 25 deadline....

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Monday, January 13, 2014
New IRS Rule Could Cut Into Restaurant Workers' Tips
By NCPA @ 11:35 AM :: 3922 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

As of January 1, a new tax rule will prevent restaurant workers from collecting automatic tips....

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Friday, January 03, 2014
Flawed Minimum Wage Hike Advocacy Will Cost Hawaii's Poorest Workers $7M this Year
By Andrew Walden @ 12:34 AM :: 5108 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...7,000 well-paid waiters are being played against 7,000 underpaid dishwashers....

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Thursday, January 02, 2014
DCCA: 300 Mortgage Loan Originators Lose License
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 3728 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...a list of more than 300 mortgage loan originators (MLOs) and mortgage loan originator companies (MLOCs) that failed to renew their licenses....

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Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Drones may be buzzing Hawaiian skies soon
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:48 PM :: 3226 Views :: Higher Education, Small Business

The FAA this week that the University of Alaska is one of several educational institutions selected to test drones, and Hawaii and Oregon are included in the university’s plan ....

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Thursday, December 26, 2013
DLNR Clamps Down on 'Illegal Vendors'
By News Release @ 1:54 PM :: 2897 Views :: Small Business

DOCARE has noticed a significant increase in illegal vending on state land throughout Kauai County....

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
As Hundreds of Hawaii Doctors Threaten to Quit, Obama Administration Delays EHR
By Selected News Articles @ 2:05 PM :: 3424 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

CMS recently announced that it will extend the federal programs to encourage physicians and hospitals to adopt electronic health records ....

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Thursday, December 12, 2013
Small Business Policy Index: Hawaii Ranks 46th
By News Release @ 7:30 PM :: 2527 Views :: Small Business

18th annual “Small Business Policy Index 2013: Ranking the States on Policy Measures and Costs Impacting Small Business and Entrepreneurship.”....

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Do Bans on Plastic Grocery Bags Save Cities Money?
By NCPA @ 6:58 PM :: 4137 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes

Consumers choose plastic bags far more often than paper or reusable bags to carry their purchases.... 

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Sunday, December 08, 2013
Turning The Tide of Anti-Business Attitudes in Government
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 4:01 AM :: 3199 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

For years, local leaders, both within government and the business community, depended on the umbilical cord to federal funds secured by Hawaii’s Congressional delegation....

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Maui Pesticide Bill Would Fine Farmers, Landscapers $10K per Day
By Andrew Walden @ 4:41 PM :: 5331 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, GMOs

...to be placed on the December 6, 2013, Council agenda....

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Monday, December 02, 2013
Ethics Comm Fines Non-Responsive Elevator Commission Board Member
By News Release @ 9:13 PM :: 3697 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

An administrative fine of ONE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED FORTY DOLLARS ($1,940.00) for the violations ....

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Friday, November 22, 2013
Criminal charge for hangar golf cart? DoT Aviation Div. Harasses Pilots
By News Release @ 1:46 AM :: 3337 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business
“Good people are now in jeopardy of losing their security clearances and careers if a criminal conviction appears in their file … This unreasonable approach by (Aviation Division) management is unacceptable and the ramifications are catastrophic for GA in Hawaii.”
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Friday, November 22, 2013
Fort Shafter Project Labor Agreement Survey Due Dec. 2
By News Release @ 12:49 AM :: 5482 Views :: Labor, Military, Small Business

...a federal construction contract to build Phase 2 of the USARPAC Command and Control Facility at Fort Shafter....

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Thursday, November 21, 2013
A Decade of Harassment: Bottled Water Battle Goes to Hawaii Supreme Court
By Robert Thomas @ 9:35 PM :: 3666 Views :: OHA, Small Business

...arguing a case in the Hawaii Supreme Court about automatic approval statutes and zoning law....

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
How Obamacare Will Try to Control What You Eat
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:01 PM :: 2905 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

Obamacare’s menu labeling regulation will be costly and time-consuming for businesses ....

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Friday, November 08, 2013
U.S. Sugar Policy Sends Candy Makers Abroad
By NCPA @ 10:06 AM :: 4440 Views :: National News, Agriculture, Small Business, Cost of Living

U.S. candy makers are expanding production in other countries as federal price supports and a global glut of the sweet stuff give an ever-greater advantage to foreign rivals....

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Friday, October 25, 2013
Wespac: US Should Refuse Any Quota Reduction For Hawaii Bigeye Tuna
By News Release @ 5:19 PM :: 3785 Views :: Environment, Small Business

The United States should not accept a reduction in the bigeye tuna limit for the Hawaii longline fishery....

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Thursday, October 17, 2013
DoH Proposes Restaurant Inspection Fee Increases to Fund 13 New Positions
By News Release @ 5:18 PM :: 2715 Views :: Small Business

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) will hold public hearings in all counties between Dec. 2 and 6, 2013....

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
CPA says hype over Obamacare small business tax credit is misleading
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:22 PM :: 3634 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

Think small business owners really are going to get tax credits through Obamacare health exchanges? Think again....

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Monday, October 14, 2013
Hawaii Among Worst States to Start New Business
By NCPA @ 1:06 PM :: 3275 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

Vermont, perhaps best known as home of the hippie ice cream company Ben & Jerry's, is 12th-best for new businesses, while South Carolina placed toward the bottom....

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
NOAA Marine Sanctuary Business Advisory Council Forming
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:06 AM :: 3634 Views :: Environment, Small Business

Business leaders will be invited to join the council, which will consist of 15 volunteers representing industries such as travel and tourism, recreation, fishing, transportation, energy, and marketing. Members will be appointed by the national marine sanctuaries director and serve two- to three-year terms....

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Smart Business Hawaii Banquet Friday
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 11:33 PM :: 2801 Views :: Small Business

Friday, September 20, SBH Business All Stars Awards Banquet at the Waialae Country Club from 5:00 to 8 p.m....

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Friday, September 13, 2013
$340K in Fines: Hawaii Wins Back OSHA Job After Unicold Raid
By News Release @ 11:45 PM :: 6415 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business
Feds Let Hawaii Resume Control of Regulating Manufacturing Industries....
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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Can Small Business Lending Become Big Business for Hawaii Credit Unions?
By Selected News Articles @ 9:46 PM :: 2475 Views :: Small Business

Grace’s report provides specific research and points of reference for ... The Queen’s Federal Credit Union and Aloha Federal Credit Union of Honolulu....

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Monday, September 09, 2013
Supporting small business and free enterprise on Maui
By News Release @ 7:07 PM :: 4438 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, TEA Party

TEA Party Maui's September monthly meeting this coming Thursday, September 12th,  2013, starting 6:30 PM at the Kalama Heights Retirement Community....

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