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Thursday, December 17, 2015
Honolulu: Average Small Business Invoices $105K per Year
By News Release @ 12:57 PM :: 2727 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 :: 3864 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 :: 3072 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 :: 3244 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 :: 2947 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 :: 2975 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 :: 2535 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 :: 2950 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 :: 3429 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 :: 2712 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 :: 3854 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 :: 3873 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 :: 4241 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 :: 4172 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 :: 3036 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 :: 3811 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 :: 3107 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 :: 3534 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 :: 4168 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 :: 4334 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 :: 3097 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 :: 3011 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 :: 3285 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 :: 3210 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 :: 3989 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 :: 3095 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 :: 3812 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 :: 3573 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 :: 2911 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 :: 2807 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 :: 3709 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 :: 2911 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 :: 3104 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 :: 3446 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 :: 4340 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 :: 2700 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 :: 2474 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 :: 3464 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 :: 2735 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 :: 2972 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 :: 3253 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 :: 3328 Views :: Small Business

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

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Monday, April 06, 2015
US Census Looks at Small Businesses in Hawaii
By News Release @ 11:49 AM :: 2856 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...statistics on the number of establishments, receipts or revenue, payroll, number of employees and other items by industry....

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
UHERO: Economic Impact of NELHA
By UHERO @ 12:40 PM :: 3679 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Economy, Small Business

NELHA currently accommodates 37 tenants ranging from companies bottling deep sea water to solar and biofuel companies....

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Friday, March 06, 2015
Hawaii Ranks 47th in New Firm Formation
By Selected News Articles @ 11:53 AM :: 3375 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...the economy is still not creating as many new firms as it did before the recession....

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Requirement calling for triple pay on state holidays removed from Senate Bill
By News Release @ 2:32 AM :: 3026 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...please join your legislators for an informal reception at the Capitol hosted by NFIB on Friday, March 13 at 4 p.m....

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Monday, March 02, 2015
Hawaii the extortionate state--Vacation Rental Bills Violate NAFTA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:32 PM :: 4816 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

Ownership of a Hawaiian vacation rental has become a dangerous investment....

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Thursday, February 26, 2015
HB1482: “Hawaii Invests Local Act” Supports Crowdfunding
By News Release @ 9:33 AM :: 2259 Views :: Small Business

...House Bill 1482 aims to establish a crowd-funding exemption for limited intrastate investments between Hawaii residents and Hawaii businesses....

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
California Plastic Bag Ban Suspended as 800,000 Sign Repeal Ballot Petition
By News Release @ 3:53 PM :: 4034 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes
“SB 270 was never a bill about the environment. It was a backroom deal between the California Grocers Association and their union friends to scam consumers out of billions of dollars in bag fees – all under the guise of environmentalism.”
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Sunday, February 22, 2015
Seminar: Your Rights When HART Comes to Take Your Property
By Robert Thomas @ 9:25 PM :: 3600 Views :: Rail, Small Business

...Thursday, March 5, 2015, from 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. at the Farrington High School Cafeteria....

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