SBA Hawaii-Pacific Islands District Office - News & Upcoming Events


u s small business administration
Photo of 2022 fireworks and the following text, Happy New Year. The SBA logo is at the bottom.

Hazel Beck

Island Biz

Happy New Year and welcome to Island Biz!

Aloha!  My name is Hazel Beck and I am honored to serve as your Deputy District Director for the Hawaii-Pacific Islands SBA District Office in Honolulu.  As some of you know, this is the second time I have the privilege of working with small businesses in Hawaii and the Western Pacific.  I led an amazing team at the West Hawaii Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Kailua Kona from 2009 through 2015.

Working with our District Director, Mark Spain, our goal is to equitably serve our entire region.  My team and I will be on the Neighbor Islands once a quarter, working with Lenders, Chambers of Commerce and our Resource Partners to bring the SBA’s programs, services and training to you!  Mark will be doing the same in the Western Pacific.

Island Biz will be a part of our future newsletters.  If you have any comments or a topic that you would like discussed, please email

We look forward to working with you.  Wishing you a healthy and prosperous 2022!

Illustration of a trophy with the following text, 2022 National Small Business Week Awards. Now accepting nominations. Visit

Last call for nominations for SBA awards

There will be no extensions to the deadline, 10:00 a.m., January 11, 2022 as the National Small Business Week Awards ( website will not be accessible after this date and time. We look forward to receiving your nominations to honor the hard work and grit of Small Business during COVID19! Please email with any questions you have about your nominations.

We are heading back to Kapolei soon!

We are taking reservations at: for our first in-person workshop at Kapolei Civic Center, “Are your numbers adding up”? This will be held on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.. Hope to see you there!

Go to and check out the Small Business Events section to register or find out about more events.

Build Your Service Based Website
Presented by: The Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (MCBL)
January 11- February 10, 2022, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
(10 sessions)
Registration/more information: Build Your Service Website (

Evolving Government Contractor Cybersecurity Requirements
Presented by: Hawaii PTAC
January 19, 2022, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Registration/more information:  Webinar Registration - Zoom

Government Contracting 101
Presented by: Hawaii PTAC
January 26, 2022, Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Registration/more information:  Webinar Registration - Zoom

Skill-Up My Ecommerce
Presented by: Dress for Success Honolulu
Spring 2022 Session - January 31, 2022 - March 1, 2022
Registration/more information:  Open for Business — YWCA O‘ahu (

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

SBA’s participation is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Please call the SBA at 541-2990 to make arrangements.