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Hawaii's COVID economy has been disastrous for many businesses across all commercial sectors. But there are people who took a chance in 2020 on opening or expanding their businesses.

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Veterans Vaccine Plan

The Veterans Affairs office just hosted a virtual town hall meeting to take questions from its members about when they will be offered the chance to be vaccinated. Amy Rohlfs is the Public Affairs officer for the VA. We talked to her yesterday afternoon while the first of the Pacific Islands VA staff in Guam was getting the first doses.

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WAILUKU — Some local shops and restaurants in a small town on Maui's north shore say they have experienced a boost in tourism since the state launched a pre-travel coronavirus testing program in October.

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One-Quarter Of Local Businesses Closed From Pandemic

Oct 27, 2020
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A full 25% percent of all Hawaii businesses have closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and recession.

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Business leaders discuss rent relief; Maintaning mental health during the COVID crisis; Rail CEO still wants public private partnership; What's on Kauai's voters minds?; Local author on Hawaii as vegan paradise

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Small businesses owners on Oahu say constant disruptions from efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 are making survival increasingly untenable.

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NEW YORK — When will the money arrive?

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Hawaii is feeling the effects of the global response to the spread of coronavirus. 

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Producing clothing locally in Hawaiʻi is a challenge for any company. But for the owners of one local firm, that's only part of the story.

Small Business Contest on Big Island

Sep 4, 2019
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According to federal figures, most businesses in the country are small businesses. On Hawaii Island, about four out of five businesses have fewer than 20 employees. But small businesses often need some assistance to succeed. And that's where an entrepreneur from Kona is helping. 

Mana Up Hawaii

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, Mana Up returns. It's a small business accelerator that helps take local Hawaii brands to the next level. Mana Up did a recent launch of their 4th cohort of companies, and a couple of them will join the show to discuss their game plan for success. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

If you’re looking for a different place to shop and eat in Honolulu, ‘Ohana Hale Marketplace might interest you.  The Marketplace is basically street stalls in air conditioning, and more than fifty of the stalls are food vendors, inside the former Sports Authority on Ward Avenue. New shuttles from Waikīkī should improve traffic for the hopeful entrepreneurs.

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One of the biggest challenges for a successful small business is knowing when and how to hand it over to new owners. PBN editor A. Kam Napier has more on how Hawaiʻi’s small businesses should approach succession planning.

Small Business Opportunities for 2019

Jan 1, 2019
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As you look ahead to the New Year, maybe you have ambitions to start or grow a business. One resource to consider is help from the federal government and its Small Business Innovation Research Program - or SBIR. But as HPR's Wayne Yoshioka reports, the SBIR requires some homework.

Haleakalā’s Changes Hit Small Businesses

Apr 13, 2018

Haleakalā National Park is one of Maui's most popular visitor draws. But starting this year, park officials vastly reduced the number of tour companies allowed to operate in the park. One business that didn't get a contract had to shut down earlier this month. We get more from contributing reporter Colleen Uechi.

Bossing Yourself

Feb 9, 2018
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Many people dream of going into business for themselves, but in Hawaii, in 2018, what does it take to make that leap? We get some of the answers from PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier.

The Conversation: Friday, December 8th, 2017

Dec 8, 2017

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Hawaiʻi’s first ever small business conference is being held on Maui this week.

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The number of small businesses in Hawai‘i has declined in recent years, but the number of people employed by small businesses has increased. Here’s Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier to explain.

Bytemarks Café: The Mind Of An Entrepreneur

Jan 27, 2016

  Today on Bytemarks Café, we'll dive a little deeper into the mind of an entrepreneur. We'll explore the mental health of an entrepreneur and what drives them to risk it all when the odds for success are stacked against them. 

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Three Honolulu chefs have been named as semi-finalists for the prestigious James Beard Award. Pacific Business News spoke with them about how these three have risen to the top in one of the riskiest industries around. Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more. 

Antique Alley Finds a New Home in Kakaako

Mar 17, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

It’s been over eight months since the owners of Antique Alley were forced to close their doors. The local shop was popular among collectors and vintage enthusiasts alike, who were devastated to see the store leave its Kapiolani location of more than 25 years. But, as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the shop has found a new home in the heart of Kakaako.

Antique Alley is set to reopen March 21 - 23 from 12 - 5 pm. Their new store is located at 1030 Queen Street. For more information, call 941-8551.

Google Helps Local Businesses Get Online

Mar 12, 2014

These days it seems like everybody is online. Most businesses, large and small, have a website or online presence to showcase their products. But, according to estimates from Google, nearly 70% of local businesses in the Aloha State aren’t online. HPR’s Molly Solomon tells us about an upcoming workshop that’s hoping to close that gap.

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Molly Solomon

Honolulu’s Kaka’ako is a neighborhood that will be transformed over time. Kamehameha Schools’ master plan calls for seven residential towers, with an expected 2,750 new units over the 29 acre plot of land. But in the mean time, what happens to the small businesses already in the area? HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with some and has this report.