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Wednesday, August 12, 2015
NOAA Proposes New Monk Seal Rules
By News Release @ 4:04 PM :: 2848 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 :: 3089 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 :: 3054 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 :: 3749 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 :: 2935 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 :: 3593 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 :: 3395 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 :: 2759 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 :: 2678 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 :: 3479 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 :: 2772 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 :: 2970 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 :: 3263 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 :: 4095 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 :: 2547 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 :: 2355 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 :: 3284 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 :: 2610 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 :: 2812 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 :: 3068 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 :: 3184 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 :: 2717 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 :: 3462 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 :: 3224 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 :: 2854 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 :: 4607 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 :: 2132 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 :: 3847 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 :: 3429 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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Friday, February 20, 2015
Hawaii #2 in USA: 51.2% Tax on S-Corporation Income
By Selected News Articles @ 2:34 PM :: 3894 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

The fasted growing type of pass-through business is the S corporation....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
Warning labels and beverage tax fail in Legislature
By News Release @ 1:36 PM :: 2517 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

We have good news to share about our fights against unfair taxes and regulation....

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Small Business Caucus Backs HB266 Regulatory Review Board
By News Release @ 9:18 PM :: 3264 Views :: Rail, Small Business, Taxes

...Small Business Caucus of the Hawaii State Legislature today announced its priority list of bills....

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Warning Label Bills Unfairly Single Out One Product
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 4480 Views :: Small Business

...S.B. 1270 and H.B. 1438 would place warning labels on hundreds of sugar-sweetened beverages....

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Saturday, February 07, 2015
HB536 Imposes Massive New Payroll Reporting Requirements on Businesses
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 2:11 AM :: 2269 Views :: Small Business

...Establishes a wage reporting requirement. Provides penalties for violation. Prohibits retaliation against employees....

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015
SB946: Repeal GE Tax on intermediary business transactions.
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:51 PM :: 2642 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...the state is frequently singled out as having one of the most burdensome tax systems in the nation....

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015
SB958: Repeal Corporate Income Tax
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:46 PM :: 3287 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...it is necessary to take bold action and embrace policies that improve the state’s business climate....

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Monday, February 02, 2015
SB946/SB958: Cut Business GE Tax and Business Income Tax
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 10:56 PM :: 2640 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 2:45pm at the Capitol Building, Room 016....

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Hawaii Ranks 50th in Payroll from Sole Proprietors, S-Corps, LLCs
By Selected News Articles @ 3:24 PM :: 3564 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

Pass-through businesses pay a significant role in the US economy. They account for 95 percent of all businesses, more than 60 percent of all business income, and more than 50 percent of all employment....

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
DLNR Report Shows Major Increase in Aquarium Fish Populations
By Selected News Articles @ 5:53 PM :: 3550 Views :: Environment, Small Business

Overall Yellow Tang abundance has increased 58% (over 1.3 million fish) from 1999/2000 to 2012-2013 to a current population of 3.6 million fish....

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Friday, January 23, 2015
DLNR Imposes 3% Gross Receipts Fee on Ocean Recreation Vendors
By News Release @ 6:53 PM :: 3236 Views :: Small Business, Tourism
Permit fees are $200 per month or 3% of gross receipts; whichever is greater....
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Thursday, January 22, 2015
Hawaii is Dead Last in Employment by Sole Proprietors, S-Corps, LLCs
By Selected News Articles @ 4:56 PM :: 3379 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

Delaware (49.5 percent) and Hawaii (48 percent) are the only states with pass-through employment less than 50% share of total private sector employment....

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Sunday, January 18, 2015
Hawaii Escrow Companies: Federal 'Kickback' Rules Mean Realtors must do the Paperwork
By Andrew Walden @ 8:44 PM :: 3749 Views :: Small Business

...it's been at least a decade since I or any agent or broker prepared a time line or ordered a condo doc....

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
"'Integral Yoga' Group and Swami Hope to Find Their Inner Balance in Federal Court"
By Robert Thomas @ 9:30 PM :: 3431 Views :: Land Use, Small Business, Tourism

...for not permitting it to use their site on Maui's north shore for things like weddings....

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Monday, January 05, 2015
Kelii Akina: 2014 Business Year in Review with Kam Napier
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:03 AM :: 2237 Views :: Small Business

Host Keli'i Akina speaks with Kam Napier (Editor-in-Chief, Pacific Business News) about the noteworthy events of 2014....

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Friday, January 02, 2015
Auditor: State Policies Create Barrier to Glass Recycling
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:58 PM :: 4783 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

...the interaction between the advance disposal fee (ADF) and the deposit beverage container (DBC) programs creates inefficiencies in the recycling or down-cycling of glass....

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Auditor: Regulation of Veterinary Technicians, Herbal Therapists not Warranted
By News Release @ 10:58 PM :: 2503 Views :: Small Business

Hawaii State Auditor rejects proposals for unnecessary regulation of professionals....

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014
New report ranks Hawaii among worst places for business
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:08 AM :: 3165 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

The study did note three positives: a low corporate capital gains tax; low property taxes and low wireless taxes....

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Monday, December 15, 2014
Unemployment Insurance Rates Drop 22%
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 3325 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

...resulting in employers paying $50 million less in taxes, or $100 less per employee on average for 2015....

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Friday, December 12, 2014
Hawaii 4th-Worst State for Small Business
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:45 AM :: 3028 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

Low Ranking on Small Business Policy Index Points to Need for Economic Reform....

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Sunday, November 16, 2014
The 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:01 AM :: 2898 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

The Tax Foundation just released its 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index....

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