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Sunday, May 05, 2013
Making Reimbursements Could Incur Tax Liability
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:03 AM :: 2781 Views :: Small Business, Taxes
In recent years, various proposals to exempt the reimbursement of amounts paid out by mangers or operators of a number of business activities have been enacted....
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Friday, May 03, 2013
No Hawaii Beverage Tax Cheers Third Win in a Row
By News Release @ 5:18 PM :: 2471 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

Unfortunately, we know from past experience that even though the public doesn't want a beverage tax, some lawmakers will keep pushing for one....

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Thursday, May 02, 2013
Starting in October: 15% Penalty on Overpaid Unemployment Comp
By Selected News Articles @ 7:18 AM :: 3330 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

Hawaii has amended its Employment Security Law as follows....

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Wednesday, May 01, 2013
SB1196 Small Vendors Targeted by DoTax
By Video @ 9:47 AM :: 2713 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... Assists with enforcement of cash economy laws by the department of taxation ....

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Hawaii Ranks 41st for Business
By News Release @ 11:14 PM :: 2719 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business
...The study examines 32 factors over which state governments have control relative to efforts to be pro-business....
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Sunday, March 31, 2013
DLNR Reopens Kealakekua Bay to Two Kayak Operators
By News Release @ 4:44 AM :: 3892 Views :: Environment, Small Business
The Division of State Parks is now the sole authority for permitting the launching at Napoopoo....
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
NFIB to Lobby Against Minimum Wage Hike Today
By News Release @ 1:59 PM :: 4296 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living
Hawaii small-business owners will gather in Room 329 in the State Capitol, today, March 27, at 4 p.m. at about the same time the House Finance Committee takes up HB 331....
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Sunday, March 17, 2013
Food Fight: Environmentalist Top Chef Supports Oyster Farmer Against Other Enviros
By Robert Thomas @ 11:44 PM :: 2538 Views :: Environment, Small Business

Undercutting the trope that the lawsuit by a Marin County, California oyster farm to keep operating is all a right-wing plot ....

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Sunday, March 17, 2013
Key to Hawaii’s Future is Business Climate
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:11 AM :: 4990 Views :: Economy, Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

we, mere mortals, cannot predict what the prize industry of the future will be....

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Thursday, March 14, 2013
Report: Hawaii Beer Distributors Generate 850 Direct Jobs, $200 Million
By News Release @ 1:52 PM :: 3509 Views :: Economy, Small Business

New Study Measures Jobs, Economic Impact and Community Service....

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Saturday, March 09, 2013
Hawaii Legislative Watch: People vs. Government
By Rachelle Chang @ 3:41 PM :: 4614 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Second Amendment, Small Business

...10 issues, large and small, in which government is intruding more into our lives and our businesses....

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Senate Ways and Means Rejects Beverage Tax
By News Release @ 7:58 PM :: 3770 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

...we are one step closer to ensuring that the beverage tax is defeated for the third year in a row....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Store owners say plastic bag ban causes more shoplifting
By Selected News Articles @ 9:29 PM :: 5192 Views :: Environment, Law Enforcement, Small Business

They enter the store with reusable bags and can more easily conceal items they steal.  It's tough to tell what a customer has paid for and what they may already have brought with them....

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Saturday, February 23, 2013
NFIB Small Business Day at the Capitol
By News Release @ 2:21 PM :: 3087 Views :: Small Business

NFIB/Hawaii Small Business Day at the Capitol Wednesday, March 27 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m....

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Saturday, February 02, 2013
Minimum Wage Increase Could Put People Out of Work
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 3733 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

The House Minority Caucus urged caution today as two bills to increase the minimum wage to 120 percent its current level passed the Labor & Public Employment and Economic Development & Business committees....

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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tax Cut or Minimum Wage Hike? Hawaii 4th-Highest Taxes for Low Income Residents
By Andrew Walden @ 4:14 AM :: 4333 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

Instead of cutting taxes on the poor, Abercrombie proposes to extract more taxes from them by hiking the minimum wage.

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Friday, January 18, 2013
A Health Scare for Small Businesses
By NCPA @ 2:20 PM :: 3069 Views :: National News, Health Care, Small Business

Many small-business owners haven't yet realized that the way they structure their firm in 2013 could determine their status under the law in a year's time....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Poll: State Taxes Should Require a Super Majority for Passage
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 4218 Views :: Energy, Economy, Small Business, Taxes

Should the Legislature require the state Public Utilities Commission to approve energy projects that further the state’s renewable energy goals even if it costs consumers more?  -- NO 75%

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
NFIB: Want to be a Small-Business Leader?
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 2727 Views :: Small Business

NFIB is recruiting members to serve on its Hawaii state Leadership Council....

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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Hawaii Ranks 45th in Business Policy Index
By News Release @ 11:59 AM :: 3110 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

The Index ranks the 50 states according to 46 different policy measures, including a wide array of tax, regulatory and government spending measures....

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Friday, December 07, 2012
Renewable Fuel Standard Costs Chain Restaurants Billions Annually
By NCPA @ 2:43 PM :: 2715 Views :: Energy, Small Business

PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates the impact of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on the chain restaurant industry....

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Thursday, December 06, 2012
Eco Groups Testify Against New Aquarium Fish Laws
By Selected News Articles @ 4:39 PM :: 3741 Views :: Environment, Small Business

They do not want to protect fish. They only want to eliminate fishermen who stand in the way of their ocean based businesses....

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Thursday, December 06, 2012
Businesses Cutting Hours, Bracing for Costs of Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:11 PM :: 3640 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

...every day now brings another business owner in the news talking about cutting workers’ hours or making other cost-cutting moves in anticipation of Obamacare’s impact in 2013....

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Monday, July 16, 2012
Obama Tells Entrepreneurs "You Didn't Build" Your Business
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:30 PM :: 3387 Views :: National News, Small Business

"Look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart." -- Barack Obama

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Friday, June 22, 2012
Hawaii Scores 'F' For Logistics Industry Health
By News Release @ 7:00 PM :: 4782 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

The 2012 Manufacturing and Logistics National Report shows how each state ranks among its peers ....

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Thursday, April 26, 2012
HMA Warns Against 'Imminent Storm' Caused by Obamacare Implementation
By News Release @ 1:51 AM :: 5456 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... imminent storm that is about to occur due to simultaneous implementation of multiple programs that will create extraordinary financial and administrative burden ....

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Study: Styrofoam Better for Environment than Tree Killing Paper Products
By News Release @ 4:53 AM :: 5640 Views :: Environment, Small Business

Get the facts quick before the sheep stampede....

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Thursday, May 26, 2011
After raising taxes on poor, Abercrombie announces $13M Crony Capitalist Giveaway
By News Release @ 12:40 PM :: 4551 Views :: Energy, Small Business, Tax Credits

HSDC is developing a plan to best deploy these funds for worthy businesses.

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Aquarium Diver: State has found no decline in fish stocks
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 4120 Views :: Environment, Small Business

Nor have I, or any of the other fishermen here, seen any long term decline in numbers of aquarium fish. We've been diving the same reefs for more than 4 decades, and the fish always return year after year. If this supposed depletion was true, we'd have been out of business long ago. The state has been monitoring the fishery since the early 1970s, and there has never been any declining trend.

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Thursday, October 08, 2009
Paper vs. Plastic: An environmental comparison
By Selected News Articles @ 1:05 PM :: 10682 Views :: Environment, Small Business

 

  • It takes more than four times as much energy to manufacture a paper bag as it does to manufacture a plastic bag.
  • Paper sacks generate 70% more air and 50 times more water pollutants than plastic bags.
  • It takes 91% less energy to recycle a pound of plastic than it takes to recycle a pound of paper.

One more thing: "In California, bag manufacturers successfully sued Oakland and Manhattan Beach after those cities banned plastic bags. The bag makers complained that officials didn't prepare a report detailing the environmental impact, such as the increased use of paper sacks."  

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