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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Warning Label Bills Unfairly Single Out One Product
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 4587 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 :: 2339 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 :: 2752 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 :: 3367 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 :: 2737 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 :: 3729 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 :: 3691 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 :: 3357 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 :: 3514 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 :: 3855 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 :: 3590 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 :: 2310 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 :: 4955 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 :: 2575 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 :: 3269 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 :: 3437 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 :: 3128 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 :: 3015 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

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

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Thursday, November 13, 2014
Sen Sam Slom to Retire as President of Smart Business Hawaii
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 3:30 AM :: 3031 Views :: Small Business

Slom and the Board unanimously tapped successful business owner Tyler Roukema to take the reins of SBH....

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Forbes: Hawaii Ranks 45th for Business, Careers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:15 PM :: 3413 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

Hawaii has one of the most onerous business tax situations. Another drawback: the highest cost of living....

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Election Results: NFIB expects increased focus on small-business issues
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 3163 Views :: Politicians, Small Business

...leadership changes are expected to affect the legislative agendas of the state Department of Labor and the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism....

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Saturday, November 08, 2014
Operating Loss? How Hawaii Corporate Income Taxes Compare
By Selected News Articles @ 2:56 AM :: 4187 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

When businesses suffer losses in a calendar year, well-structured corporate tax codes allow them to deduct those losses against previous or future tax returns....

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Thursday, October 30, 2014
CNBC: Hawaii ranks 49th for Business Friendliness
By Selected News Articles @ 5:05 AM :: 3127 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

We score all 50 states on 56 measures of competitiveness, developed using input from business groups, economic development experts, companies and the states themselves.....

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Sunday, October 26, 2014
What Will It Take to Grow GDP? (Part 3)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3342 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii fell eight rungs from last year, tying the great state of New Jersey for the honor of being the least improved state....

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Saturday, October 25, 2014
Hawaii Federation of Independent Businesses Endorses Aiona for Governor
By News Release @ 4:02 PM :: 2509 Views :: Small Business

...America’s largest small-business association today endorsed Duke Aiona for governor, citing his superior record on Main Street, Hawaii issues....

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Business Development Counselors Rank Hawaii Business Environment
By News Release @ 10:02 PM :: 2739 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

“Winning Strategies provides a glimpse into the minds of corporate executives and site selection consultants and their perceptions of locations across the United States and the world.”

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Monday, October 20, 2014
Plastic Bag Ban Increases Litter
By NCPA @ 1:35 PM :: 4121 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Solid Waste

San Francisco saw an increase in litter after its bag ban was implemented....

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Are Anti-Price Gouging Policies to Blame for Shortages on the Big Island?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:13 AM :: 4280 Views :: Hawaii County , Economy, Small Business, Cost of Living

...The government bought ice here so no one else could buy the ice....

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Monday, October 13, 2014
Congress to Consider Internet Sales Tax After Election
By NCPA @ 1:40 PM :: 2758 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...lawmakers are pushing to enact the Marketplace Fairness Act after the November midterm elections....

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Friday, October 10, 2014
Roadside animal farm may be casualty of Hawaii government
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:04 AM :: 3473 Views :: DHHL, Small Business

A 10-year battle in state court over a 120-acre commercial property in Waimanalo is coming to an end....

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Sunday, October 05, 2014
Hawaii Superferry Making a Comeback?
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 4185 Views :: Jones Act, Small Business

5pm to 10pm Monday October 6th 2014 PIER 19 Ferry Facility....

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Friday, October 03, 2014
Entrepreneurship? Hawaii has 2nd Worst Congressional Delegation
By News Release @ 4:27 AM :: 3660 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

Only Vermont is worse....

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014
WESPAC: Obama Admin Did not Consult on Tuna Monument
By News Release @ 2:49 AM :: 3643 Views :: Environment, Small Business

“Our US Pacific Island fishermen already comply with the strictest regulations in the world.”

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Sunday, September 28, 2014
October 6 Last Day to Register to Vote
By News Release @ 6:15 PM :: 3635 Views :: Office of Elections, Small Business
October 6: Last day to register to vote. >>> Register HERE <<<
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
American Samoa Delegate Left Out of Obama Tuna Monument Talks
By Selected News Articles @ 7:13 PM :: 3677 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...Western Pacific Fishery Management Council Executive Director Kitty Simonds who was able to broker this meeting....

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Monday, September 15, 2014
Senate Candidate Lethem Slams Kaka’ako Parking Scam
By News Release @ 4:26 AM :: 3400 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...Chris Lethem, candidate for state senate representing Kaka’ako and neighboring areas, today called on HCDA to stop two brothers from strong‐arming Kaka’ako businesses....

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Saturday, September 13, 2014
Bag Bans are Bad Business
By NCPA @ 11:48 AM :: 3726 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

The government was forced to raise the tax after they noticed that bag use was increasing as consumers began absorbing the cost of the bags....

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Friday, September 12, 2014
DLIR Retakes Occupational Safety Job from OSHA
By News Release @ 12:50 AM :: 3394 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...OSHA and HIOSH have shared regulatory responsibility for Hawaii per an Operational Status Agreement that went into effect in September 2012....

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Friday, September 05, 2014
VIDEO: 'Biblical' Spawning Event on Hawaii Reefs
By Video @ 5:30 PM :: 3915 Views :: Environment, Small Business

Scuba divers and aquarium fisherman have noted throughout the islands have noticed that there has been major increases in new juvenile fish populations over the past months....

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Saturday, August 30, 2014
Tuna Monument: Faleomavaega Slow on the Draw
By Selected News Articles @ 8:20 PM :: 4763 Views :: Energy, National News, Politicians, Small Business

...it took nearly a month for the ailing delegate to file a formal letter with Obama pleading with him not to take any action that would harm American Samoa....

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Thursday, August 28, 2014
DCCA: Ige Business 'Not in Good Standing'
By News Release @ 8:39 PM :: 4880 Views :: Politicians, Small Business

...According To The DCCA, Robert A. Ige And Associates Has Misfiled Several Annual Reports, And Failed To File Their 2012 Report Until May 5, 2014....

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Saipan Gets better Representation than American Samoa
By Selected News Articles @ 8:04 PM :: 3896 Views :: Environment, National News, Small Business

...“this is certainly the most important congressional group to visit the Northern Marianas at one time.”....

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Thursday, July 24, 2014
More On That Pesky Banner-Towing Airplane
By Robert Thomas @ 1:30 PM :: 3200 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business
Have Honolulu residents really called 911 to report the plane as the mayor requested?
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Thursday, July 17, 2014
Obama, Pacific Islands Leave US Tuna Fleet 'without fishing access to the Pacific Ocean'
By News Release @ 2:35 PM :: 3189 Views :: Environment, Small Business

“Protected Monument Marine Parks,” without consultation with industry or science, has created an environment of increased pressure to secure fishing access within the remaining ocean....

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Lawmakers Throw Light on Secretive ‘Operation Choke Point’
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:39 PM :: 1997 Views :: Small Business

...Operation Choke Point seeks to weed out businesses from the marketplace that the Obama administration considers objectionable....

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Friday, July 11, 2014
Do you Support Regulating Plate Lunch Containers?
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 6:05 PM :: 3085 Views :: Environment, Small Business

Two important bills the Council is reviewing may affect these items....

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Thursday, July 10, 2014
U.S. Senate Democrats introduce bill to counter Hobby Lobby decision
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:47 AM :: 3902 Views :: First Amendment, Religion, Small Business

Schatz is among several Senate Democrats trying to counter the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case....

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Thursday, July 10, 2014
Video: Is Uber Super?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:08 AM :: 2744 Views :: Small Business

Grassroot President Keli’i Akina interviews Dale Evans, owner of Charley’s Taxi....

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Hawaii Under Attack From The Air!
By Robert Thomas @ 4:40 AM :: 3835 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...from some of the reaction we're seeing, you might think the Imperial Japanese Navy was once again off of our fair shores....

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Sunday, July 06, 2014
Winner and Still Champ! Oh, No!!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3857 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

The old saying "nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there" seems to sum up employment conditions in Hawaii....

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