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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Small Business Day at the Capitol, March 30
By News Release @ 2:56 PM :: 2088 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 :: 2390 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 :: 2581 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 :: 4215 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 :: 2781 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 :: 4038 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 :: 3830 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 :: 3082 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 :: 2465 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 :: 3391 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 :: 2747 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 :: 2846 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 :: 2603 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 :: 2649 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 :: 2244 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 :: 2579 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 :: 2994 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 :: 2341 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 :: 3508 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 :: 3515 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 :: 3615 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 :: 3639 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 :: 2650 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 :: 3520 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 :: 2766 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 :: 3249 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 :: 3715 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 :: 3730 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 :: 2774 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 :: 2659 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 :: 2904 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 :: 2899 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 :: 3470 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 :: 2757 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 :: 3389 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 :: 3189 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 :: 2608 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 08, 2015
CEOs Rank Hawaii 44th Worst for Business
By News Release @ 5:18 PM :: 2515 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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Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Honolulu 86th Worst Small Business Environment
By Selected News Articles @ 5:56 PM :: 3228 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...earnings for small business employees adjusted for cost of living are three times higher in the Houston metro area than in the Honolulu metro area....

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Advanced Industries? Hawaii at Bottom of Heap
By Selected News Articles @ 12:24 PM :: 2602 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

These states could struggle to secure prosperity in the coming decade....

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Sunday, May 03, 2015
Whose Tax Is It, Anyway? (Part 1)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2816 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

A few days ago, the United States Tax Court decided a case that is important to small business owners....

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Tuna Monument: Rep Aumua Amata to Oversee Investigations of 'Insular Areas'
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 3059 Views :: Environment, Small Business

NOAA is often influenced by the large environmental lobbies that have no personal stake in the region....

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Powdered Alcohol Prohibition Wins in Hawaii Senate
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 11:05 PM :: 3837 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement, Small Business

"Whenever there is a new product, whether it be powdered alcohol or e-cigarettes, we want to jump on it, and ban it."

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Best Cities to Start a Business? Honolulu Ranks 66th
By Selected News Articles @ 4:04 PM :: 2391 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...the number of self-employed Americans is expected to rise to more than 60 million by 2020....

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
To Taxi or Ride-share?: Limiting Government’s Role
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:04 PM :: 2222 Views :: Small Business

...regulations should then be applied equitably to taxi and ride-sharing companies and drivers....

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Monday, April 20, 2015
New Laws Regulate Aquarium Fishermen
By Selected News Articles @ 10:01 PM :: 3099 Views :: Environment, Small Business

The aquarium fishermen even at loss of income have willingly agreed to the new laws and plan to have continuing dialogue with DAR....

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Monday, April 20, 2015
Hawaii Noted for 'Anti-Innovation Policy Choices'
By News Release @ 2:07 PM :: 2458 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

Modest Innovators need improvements in several policy and other foundational criteria to better create an environment for innovative companies to thrive....

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Friday, April 10, 2015
Small Business Group Challenges Employment Law Proposals
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 2628 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...bills relating to leave policy, workers’ compensation, and workplace complaints/protections....

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Thursday, April 09, 2015
DLNR Seeks Comment on 2015 Outdoor Recreation Plan
By News Release @ 10:21 AM :: 2876 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

...5-year strategic plan for outdoor recreation....

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015
SB1280: Cab Companies Offer to Retrain Uber Drivers
By News Release @ 2:46 PM :: 3035 Views :: Small Business

Yesterday, Hawaii legislators voted to take bill Senate Bill 1280 into conference....

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