SBA Hawaii District Office - News and Upcoming Events

SBA HAWAII DISTRICT OFFICE - 11/3/2017

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National Veterans 2017

Jane Sawyer

Message from the District Director

Aloha kakou!

The Hawaii office saw no down time with the close of the last fiscal year, but turned an analytical eye to how we can reach more small business owners and support their entrepreneurial ventures.  So here’s what is on the horizon!

We will be announcing the top performing lenders in the next weeks as we complete our statistical review of the fiscal year 2017 and prepare forecasts for 2018.  SBA provided loan guarantees to 324 small businesses totaling more than $70.4 million this year.  The Lender of the Year Awards are scheduled for November 16, 2017.  Watch for the big winners!

We are crossing our fingers as we start the last month of hurricane season in the Pacific.  Across the nation, the activity of our disaster offices has, unfortunately been brisk and we’ve been on the ground quickly.  @SBAgov has approved 28,600 loans worth $2.1 billion for victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. 

SBA announced 20 winners of the fourth Growth Accelerator Fund competition who won a cash prize of $50,000.   Congratulations to XLR8UH for their selection from a very competitive field in this two tiered contest!


ShopSmallHawaii banner

Shop Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25!

Shop Small, Shop local!  Join the movement and discover more of the high quality, unique finds and yummy surprises in Hawaii’s local shops! 

Small businesses can jump into this project that has its roots in the shopping tradition founded by American Express in 2010 to celebrate the small business and the communities we love and live in!  Small businesses and community champions can sign up and plan specials to wow your customers, neighbors and even competitors.

You’ve got lots of choices and we are just getting started!  Take a peak at what’s buzzing for small businesses, services and hospitality:

The Mink Center for Business and Leadership, Hawaii SBDC Network, SBA, Veterans Business Outreach Center, local Chambers, Maui’s Mayors Office of Economic Development and other business champions are teaming up with small businesses across the state to promote shopping small this holiday season starting with “Shop Small Business Saturday” with www.ShopSmallHawaii.com


SBA Salute to Our Military Veterans

The week from October 31 to November 4, 2017, has been proclaimed National Veteran Small Business Week. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration and local partners including the Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Pacific (VBOC) and the Hawaii Small Business Development Center Network hosted a “Salute to Veterans” reception to celebrate both the extraordinary and everyday contributions of America’s veteran small business owners.

SBA District Director Jane Sawyer commented on military tradition of producing focused, motivated leaders who are able to adapt to changing environments, traits that are invaluable for launching and growing a business.  Today veterans represent 1 in 10 business owners in America.  Six million are employed by a veteran or veteran-owned businesses. These companies generate more than $1 trillion in sales every year.

Over the past year SBA has guaranteed nearly $1 billion in loans to veterans across the U.S. and is working to exceed this target this year by eliminating bank fees on loans up to $350,000 and cutting fees in half for larger loans.

Dennis Kwock, VBOC Director, presented the Hawaii Veterans Small Business Awards, after judges made selections after evaluating written nominations submitted earlier this year. 

The inaugural year of the new Hawaii Veterans Small Business Awards was co-sponsored by the Hawaii SBDC Network and UH Hilo. Congratulations to this year’s 2017 honorees:

2017 Veteran Small Business Advocate:

Raymond Jardine, Jr.

Native Hawaiian Veterans, LLC

 

New Veteran Owned Small Business: 

Corey Cazares

Military Home Source

 

Veteran Employer of the Year: 

Ray Jardine, Jr.

Native Hawaiian Veterans, LLC

                                            

Hawaii Veteran Small Business Person of the Year: 

Gary Novosel

Raw Dog Hawaii

 

Participating in the program and delivering messages of gratitude and encouragement to the veteran small business owners were representatives from the offices of Senator Hirono, Senator Schatz, and Representative Gabbard. 

Congratulations to all the winners and our thanks for your service and sacrifice. 

Honor your favorite Veteran Owned Small business this week at #MyVetBiz

NSBW Veteran Awardees

LtoR:  Jane Sawyer, Dennis Kwak, Raymond Jardine, Jr., Gary Novosel, Corey Cazares & Cathy Wiltse


Introducing Hawaii’s 2017 Emerging Leaders

After more than 100 intense hours, SBA’s 2017 cohort of the Emerging Leaders Program have graduated!  The group of 11 CEO’s celebrated their successful completion of the course and are ready to apply lessons learned to moving their businesses to the next level, increasing revenues, creating new jobs and executing their growth plans.  This dynamic entrepreneurial training has been generating those results for the last seven years in Honolulu, producing 190 new jobs and $28.1 million in new sales through alumnae firms.

SBA will start recruitment for the 2018 Course in coming months.  Want more information?  Contact Mark Spain, 541-2990, ext. 209, for information.

Emerging Leaders Class of 2017

Pictured from left to right are Mark Spain, SBA, Bob Baudrau of Pacific Rim Defense, Jane Sawyer, SBA, Charlie Teixeira of North Shore Embroidery, Ren Wu of Bundle Monster, Julie Percell, Interise Instructor for the Program, Layla Dedrick of Bella Pietra Design, Wendy Kia of Marie Louise Fine Garment Cleaners, Clarice Cornett of Wahine Builders, Tony Zerga of Pro Camera Hawaii, Jocelyn McCann of Eat Honolulu, Chels Chae of Dynamic Planning and Response, and Deanne August of Insurance Professionals of Hawaii. 


SBA Small Business Events

Go to www.sba.gov/hi and click on Small Business Events to register or find out more information:

Improv Your Selling:  Speak Less-Sell More – November 7, 2017, Tuesday, 12:00pm-1:45pm, Maui County Business Resource Center, Maui Mall.  To register, call (808) 270-5770. 

Bonding Basics for Small Business  -- November 8, 2017, Wednesday, 9:00am-noon, SBA Hawaii District Office, 500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Bldg. 1, Suite 306, Honolulu, HI 96813. Registration required.

SBA Long Term Financing & Debt Refinance – November 9, 2017, Thursday, 11:30am-1:00pm, Building Industry Association (BIA), 94-487 Akoki Street, Waipahu, HI  96797.  Registration required.  Please call (808) 541-2990 x209.

Finding Balance – November 9, 2017, Thursday, 12:00pm-1:00pm (Q&A til 1:30pm), Maui County Business Resource Center, Maui Mall.  To register, call (808) 270-5770.

Downtown Uncorked – November 9, 2017, Thursday, 5:30pm-8:00pm, YWCA, 1040 Richards Street, Suite 105, Honolulu, HI.  Register with the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (MCBL) at mcbl@ywcaoahu.org.

Grow Your Email List and Grow Your Sales All Year Long – November 14, 2017, 12:00pm-1:00pm (Q&A til 1:30pm), Maui County Business Resource Center, Maui Mall.  To register, call (808) 270-5770.

Fundamentals of Working with the Federal Government – November 21, 2017, Tuesday, 8:30am-9:00am, SBA Hawaii District Office, 500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Bldg. 1, Suite 306, Honolulu, HI 96813. Registration required.

8(a), HUBZone & Other SBA Contracting Programs & SBA Resources – November 21, 2017, Tuesday, 9:00am-10:30am, SBA Hawaii District Office, 500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Bldg. 1, Suite 306, Honolulu, HI 96813. Registration required

Credit 101:  Understanding the Ins and Outs of Your FICO Score, and Everything Credit – November 21, 2017, Tuesday, 12:00pm-1:00pm, To register, call (808) 270-5770.

Toastmasters – November 21, 2017, Tuesday, 12:00pm-1:00pm, YWCA, 1040 Richards Street, Suite 105, Honolulu, HI.  Register with the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (MCBL) at mcbl@ywcaoahu.org.

Applying to the 8(a) Business Development Program – November 22, 2017, Wednesday, 8:30am-10:30am, SBA Hawaii District Office, 500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Bldg. 1, Suite 306, Honolulu, HI 96813. Registration required.

Launch My Business Orientation – November 29, 2017, Wednesday, 10:00am-2:00pm, YWCA, 1040 Richards Street, Suite 105, Honolulu, HI.  Register with the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (MCBL) at mcbl@ywcaoahu.org.



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