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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Papahanaumokuakea: OHA’s Power Grab will harm State's ability to continue trust responsibility to Native Hawaiians
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 4778 Views :: Environment, OHA, Small Business

Letter to Obama from Sen Akaka, Gov Cayetano, and Gov Ariyoshi ....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Papahanaumokuakea: Hawaii Fishermen get no response from Obama, Schatz
By News Release @ 5:25 PM :: 3219 Views :: Environment, Small Business

“As you yourself note, the Hawaii longline fishery uses ‘responsible and sustainable practices and has resulted in Honolulu’s recognition as one of the nation’s ten most productive fishing ports....’”

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
A Practical Approach to Occupational Licensing Reform
By NCPA @ 11:28 PM :: 2155 Views :: Small Business

On average, a cosmetologist needed 372 days in training while an EMT needed just 33....

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
CNBC: Top States for Business—Hawaii Ranks 49th
By Selected News Articles @ 7:52 PM :: 3175 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...costs are the highest in the nation....

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Ige Vetoes Workplace Social-Media Privacy Bill
By Selected News Articles @ 5:24 PM :: 2095 Views :: Small Business

Touted by advocates as a model for laws in other states, HB 1739 nonetheless raised enforcement questions....

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Friday, July 08, 2016
Significant Increases in Labor Law Penalties
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 2459 Views :: Labor, Small Business

Penalties for Workers’ Compensation, Temporary Disability Insurance and Prevailing Wages Violations Increase....

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Former AG: Hawaii’s Short-Term Rental Regulation Preempted By Federal Law
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 3970 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

“There are ... concerns about the legality of 2015’s Act 204.... It is our hope that Governor Ige will allow HB 1850 to become law...."

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Thursday, June 02, 2016
Nailed for Cronyism, DoE forced to Reopen Bidding on $100M Cool Schools Bonanza
By News Release @ 5:37 AM :: 3491 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Small Business

...Government Contracting Explained: How Air Conditioning Costs $100K Per Classroom....

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Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Petition: Save Hawaii Fisheries
By News Release @ 3:32 PM :: 3477 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 :: 2050 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 :: 3687 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 :: 3379 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 09, 2016
UHERO: Hawaii Innovation Matters
By UHERO @ 9:17 PM :: 3023 Views :: Economy, Small Business

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

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Friday, May 06, 2016
New FDA Regs May Shut Down 95% of E-Cig Industry
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 3520 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Drugs

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

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Farming Entrepreneurs
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:20 PM :: 2556 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 :: 3757 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 :: 2778 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 01, 2016
Economist: GE Taxes Favor Big Business
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:02 PM :: 2643 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 :: 3910 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 :: 2213 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 :: 2212 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 :: 2533 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 :: 2717 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

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

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Thursday, February 04, 2016
KSBE: We Will Fight Leasehold Conversion Bills
By News Release @ 7:02 PM :: 4508 Views :: Education K-12, Land Use, Small Business

A message from the Kam Schools CEO....

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Thursday, February 04, 2016
State Corporate Income Tax—Hawaii Competitive?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:46 AM :: 2941 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 :: 4308 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 08, 2016
DLNR to Loosen Death Grip on Hilo Businesses?
By News Release @ 1:53 PM :: 4051 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 :: 3273 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 :: 2598 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 :: 3625 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 :: 2924 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 :: 3042 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 :: 2760 Views :: Small Business, Taxes
“Revisiting the Taxation of Fringe Benefits”
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Sunday, November 08, 2015
The Shaky Future of Bonus Depreciation
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2816 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 02, 2015
Study: High Costs Make Hawaii second-worst for entrepreneurs
By Selected News Articles @ 12:18 PM :: 2386 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 01, 2015
Taxing & Regulating Small Business to Death: Hawaii's Business Climate
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:58 AM :: 2742 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 :: 3217 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 :: 2504 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 :: 3678 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 :: 3688 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 07, 2015
Hawaii: Child Care Costs More than College Tuition
By Selected News Articles @ 4:37 AM :: 3911 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 01, 2015
Fresh off Obamacare Disaster, Obama Orders Hawaii Legislators to Impose Family Leave Mandate on Employers
By News Release @ 2:17 PM :: 3879 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 :: 2814 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 :: 3670 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 :: 2914 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 :: 3372 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 :: 3920 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 :: 4017 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 :: 2921 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 :: 2833 Views :: Environment, Small Business

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

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