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


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Hazel Beck


Aloha, everyone!  It’s great to start venturing out to in-person meetings and conferences.  Many small businesses are re-opening.

Before your resume full operations, consider taking your management team on a planning retreat to rebuild and reimagine your company.  Areas of focus include:

  • Your company’s goals – 1-year, 3-year and 5-year
  • Your company’s culture
    • Does it still support your vision?
    • It is a powerful tool to attract the best talent
  • Your company’s structure
    • Does it support how you envision doing business
  • Work schedule
    • Hybrid
    • Flexibility
  • Staffing
    • Hire for fit
    • No panic hiring!
  • Products and services offered
  • Fiscal
    • Current financial state of the company
    • What does the company need to build & grow?
  • Marketing
    • Website
    • Social media
    • Digital marketing

Create your plan and bring your company back strong!

Mark your calendars for a virtual agriculture event – ‘Veteran Grown:  How To Grow New Farmers’ - on April 26th from 8 AM to 11:30 AM HST.  This event, spanning 5 time zones, will feature 4 panel sessions with subject matter experts sharing best practices and resources on:

- Is Farming and Ranching For Me?

- How to Find My Farm?

- How to Finance My Farm?

- New Farmer Resources

Two of the panels will be moderated by the Hawaii-Pacific Islands SBA District Office and the San Diego SBA District Office. See registration details in this newsletter.

See you next month!


Veteran Grown: How to Grow New Farmers

by SoCal Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC)

The scarcest crop grown in agriculture today is new farmers! If you're a Veteran and ever thought about farming or ranching, join us for the next event in our Veteran Grown series – How To Grow New Farmers. If you know you want to farm or ranch but don’t know where to start, this workshop is for you!

The SoCal Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) and its partners have teamed up with Global Business Incubation and Welcome Home Vets for a resource and information-packed 1/2 day online event.

Farmers, Ranchers & Agriculture Experts will discuss:

  • Is Farming or Ranching for Me?
  • Finding My Farm (Lease vs. Buy)
  • Financing My Farm
  • New Farmer Resources

This event spans 5 time zones. Farmers, ranchers and resource providers will be tuned in from New York to Hawaii.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. HST

Zoom information will be sent out one day before event. Please register on here on Eventbrite: Veteran Grown: How to Grow New Farmers Tickets, Tue, Apr 26, 2022 at 9:00 AM | Eventbrite

Questions? Email

Veterans Business Outreach Centers are funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Can SBA Help My Business?

What You Need to Know

Every day, the U.S. Small Business Administration assists potential and existing small business owners start, grow and succeed.

What does SBA offer to small business owners?  While the programs are many and varied, the qualifications for each are specific. Take advantage of this free opportunity to meet one-on-one with your SBA representative who will help navigate and explain SBA Programs and resources available to you.  Ask us about:

  • Loans for working capital SBA Express, Export Express & Veterans Advantage Programs;
  • Long-term financing to purchase or renovate business real estate or major equipment – the SBA 504 Loan Program
  • Government contracting certifications and assistance – SBA’s 8(a) Business Development & Other Government Contracting Programs.

In coordination with participating lenders, an experienced SBA Specialist will be available for a 30‑minute confidential consultation. Appointments are required. Walk-ins may be accepted if time allows.

Upcoming Resource Days:

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Central Pacific Bank- Kalihi Branch
2024 N. King Street, Suite 100
Honolulu, HI 96819
Contact: Keith Shiroma, VP & Branch Manager
(808) 544-5117 or

Thursday, April 28, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
First Hawaiian Bank – Kalihi Branch
2250 N. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96819
Contact: Mike Anduha, VP & Banking Center Manager
(808) 525-8848 or

Tuesday, May 3, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Home Street Bank
4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 101
Honolulu, HI 96816
Contact: Mary Dale, SBA
(808) 460-8970 or

Tuesday, May 19, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Home Street Bank
2 King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Contact: Mary Dale, SBA
(808) 460-8970 or

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

WOSB Roundtable: Last Minute Tax Filing Tips for FY 2021
Presented by: The Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (MCBL)
April 11, 2022, Monday, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Registration/more information: (link is case sensitive)

Kickstart Your Business Post-Pandemic (In-Person)
Presented by: SBA
April 13, 2022, Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Hawaii Foreign - Trade Zone No. 9
521 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96813
Registration/more information:

8(a), HUBZone and Certifications Workshop
Presented by: SBA
April 14, 2022, Thursday, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. HST
April 15, 2022, Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Guam ST
Registration/more information:

Marketing Your Business! (In-Person)
Presented by: SBA
April 19, 2022, Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Kapolei Civic Center
1000 Uluʻōhiʻa Street
Kapolei, HI 96707
Registration/more information:

Reboots to Business: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Presented by: VBOC of the Pacific
April 19, 2022, Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Registration/more information:

The Truth About Capability Statements Webinar
Presented by: Hawaii PTAC
April 20, 2022, Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Registration/more information: Webinar Registration - Zoom

Business Survival - Right People and Comms
Presented by: SCORE
April 21, 2022, Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Registration/more information:

How to Start a Small Business in Hawaii
Presented by: Hawaii SBDC
April 29, 2022, Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $15
Registration/more information: Register (

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.