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Thursday, July 11, 2013
Health Dep't Harasses Farmers for 'Fugitive Dust'
By News Release @ 9:21 PM :: 5006 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Small Business

...for causing or permitting visible fugitive dust to become airborne....

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
CNBC: Hawaii Is the Worst State for Business in the Country
By Selected News Articles @ 7:28 PM :: 4563 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

identify changeable policies so that Hawaii can move off the bottom of this list....

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Saturday, July 6, 2013
Acts 225, 226 Protect Pharmacy Choice, Patient Privacy
By News Release @ 9:40 PM :: 5106 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

...prevent Hawaii residents from having their private medical information used as a marketing tool by drug middlemen known as pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), some of which also operate mail-order pharmacies....

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Saturday, July 6, 2013
Feds: Some 'Preferred Pharmacy' Plans Cost More
By News Release @ 9:29 PM :: 3312 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

A community pharmacist in the Northern Mariana Islands reports that his Medicare patients' closest preferred pharmacy is nine hours away by plane in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Clinic Owner: With Medicare and Medicaid, ‘Your Practice May Not Last Long’
By Jose Reque Martinez @ 10:06 PM :: 3551 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

...if your population of patients is heavily inclined to Medicare and Medicaid then your reimbursements are low....

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Friday, June 28, 2013
Truth in Accounting: Hawaii worst place in country to do business
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:34 PM :: 5360 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living
Hawaii has the worst business ranking of all 50 states, according to an analysis by the Chicago-based watchdog group Truth in Accounting....
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Monday, June 24, 2013
Productivity and Innovation: Hawaii Tumbles from ‘A’ to ‘F’
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 4419 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

The 2013 Manufacturing and Logistics National Report shows how each state ranks....

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Hawaii Insurance Agents Debate Obamacare
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 7:33 PM :: 3593 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

within 5 years, half or more of them will be out of business....

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Monday, June 17, 2013
SB482: Cutting Red Tape Helps Small Business, Honey
By News Release @ 11:38 PM :: 4124 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business
“Many small beekeepers have been unable to successfully navigate current regulatory hurdles required to operate a certified food-processing establishment on their own premises for the extraction and bottling of honey, which has resulting in many giving up beekeeping entirely,” said Hawaii Board of Agriculture Chairperson Russell S. Kokubun.
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Sunday, June 9, 2013
Bottled Water Battle: A Decade of OHA Harassment Continues
By Andrew Walden @ 9:26 PM :: 5424 Views :: OHA, Small Business
OHA has served as the agent of an Oahu-based bottled water company seeking to destroy its tiny Kauai-only competitor, Kauai Springs....
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Saturday, June 8, 2013
Electronic Health Records: Monopoly 'Scare tactics' Driving Hawaii Doctors into Retirement
By Jose Reque Martinez @ 7:05 PM :: 6490 Views :: Health Care, Small Business
...doctors who haven't converted to electronic medical and prescription records will face penalties....
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Saturday, June 8, 2013
NFIB: So Where Do We Stand As A State?
By News Release @ 12:39 AM :: 3361 Views :: Small Business
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Thursday, June 6, 2013
Paychecks Hawaii Rates Legislators
By News Release @ 6:40 PM :: 5408 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Politicians, Small Business
Paychecks Hawaii rates each of the 76 state legislators on support for small business....
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
The Internet Sales Tax Will Kill My Small Business
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:42 PM :: 3209 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

Hi, I’m Catesby Jones....

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
DLNR Requires Permit for Canoe, Paddleboard--Swimmers OK for Now
By News Release @ 7:07 PM :: 4711 Views :: Environment, Small Business

....special use permits – with specific use conditions -- for non-commercial recreational use of kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and one-person canoes....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Anti-Whaling Tactics to be used Against Hawaii Aquarium Collectors?
By News Release @ 3:43 PM :: 3649 Views :: Environment, Small Business

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is proud to announce the launch of Operation Reef Defense....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Report: Hawaii Ranks #2 for Embezzlement
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 5777 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement, Small Business
Iowa had the highest Embezzlement Propensity Factor followed by Hawaii– identifying these states as having the highest risk for loss to embezzlement in 2012....
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Sunday, May 5, 2013
Making Reimbursements Could Incur Tax Liability
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:03 AM :: 3633 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 3, 2013
No Hawaii Beverage Tax Cheers Third Win in a Row
By News Release @ 5:18 PM :: 3157 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 2, 2013
Starting in October: 15% Penalty on Overpaid Unemployment Comp
By Selected News Articles @ 7:18 AM :: 4393 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

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

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
SB1196 Small Vendors Targeted by DoTax
By Video @ 9:47 AM :: 3417 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 :: 3511 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 :: 4804 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 :: 5535 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 :: 3371 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 :: 6691 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 :: 4574 Views :: Economy, Small Business

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

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Saturday, March 9, 2013
Hawaii Legislative Watch: People vs. Government
By Rachelle Chang @ 3:41 PM :: 6304 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 6, 2013
Senate Ways and Means Rejects Beverage Tax
By News Release @ 7:58 PM :: 4992 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 :: 6699 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 :: 3945 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 2, 2013
Minimum Wage Increase Could Put People Out of Work
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 4996 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 :: 5655 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
'VSE Corp' Blamed in Deadly Waikele Bunker Explosion
By News Release @ 4:20 PM :: 7973 Views :: Law Enforcement, Military, Small Business

"VSE was unaware that despite DEI’s military ordnance background, the company had no experience with fireworks disposal.”

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Friday, January 18, 2013
A Health Scare for Small Businesses
By NCPA @ 2:20 PM :: 4066 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 :: 5588 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 :: 3478 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 :: 4044 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 7, 2012
Renewable Fuel Standard Costs Chain Restaurants Billions Annually
By NCPA @ 2:43 PM :: 3436 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 6, 2012
Eco Groups Testify Against New Aquarium Fish Laws
By Selected News Articles @ 4:39 PM :: 5040 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 6, 2012
Businesses Cutting Hours, Bracing for Costs of Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:11 PM :: 4633 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 :: 4263 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 :: 6083 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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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ABC Hawaii Chapter Blasts Abercrombie’s PLA Directive
By News Release @ 1:15 PM :: 6360 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

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Thursday, April 26, 2012
HMA Warns Against 'Imminent Storm' Caused by Obamacare Implementation
By News Release @ 1:51 AM :: 6639 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 :: 6763 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 :: 5719 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 2, 2011
Aquarium Diver: State has found no decline in fish stocks
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 5163 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 8, 2009
Paper vs. Plastic: An environmental comparison
By Selected News Articles @ 1:05 PM :: 12460 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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