Resources For Doing Business In Hawaii

Learn How to Start, Grow, or Network Your Own Business

From starting a business to growing and managing your business, here are information links to help you start or network your own business in Hawaii. You'll also find some resources just for Hawaiian women in business.

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The Hawaii Women's Business Center - Honolulu provides business training, counseling and other resources to help women in the Honolulu area start and grow successful businesses. It is a member of the U.S. Small Business Administration's network of Women's Business Centers. 

Through management and technical assistance provided by entrepreneurs and counselors, the women's business centers offer women comprehensive training and counseling on a vast array of topics to help them start and grow their own businesses.

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The Kauai Chamber of Commerce Inc. is a local organization of businesses whose goal is to support and encourage the economic and business development of the area. It is comprised of businesses of all sizes and provides networking and learning opportunities for the business community in and around Lihue.

Kauai Chamber of Commerce Inc.
4268 Rice St, Ste H
Lihue, Hawaii 96766

Phone: (808) 245-7363

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Hawaii SCORE Chapter

Hawaii SCORE is a local chapter of SCORE, "Counselors of America Small Business Owners," the U.S. association designated as a "resource partner" by the U.S. Small Business Administration and dedicated to helping small business owners form and grow their businesses.

SCORE is comprised of 12,400 volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. and its territories. There are about 364 SCORE chapters[1] in urban, suburban and rural communities. SCORE was formed in 1964 and nearly 8.5 million business owners have utilized SCORE services.

Hawaii SCORE provides free and confidential business advice and counseling tailored to meet the needs of individual small business owners and their personal objectives. It also offers workshops, for a modest fee, for both start-up and in-business entrepreneurs.

SCORE volunteers are real-world professionals with time-tested knowledge who donate thousands of hours to help small businesses succeed. Hawaii SCORE counselors are experts in such areas as accounting, finance, marketing, management and business plan preparation. They have assisted many clients in obtaining business loans.

Hawaii SCORE
300 Ala Moana Blvd. Rm:2-235
Honolulu, Hawaii 96850
Phone: 808-547-2700

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Maui SCORE Branch Office

Maui County Business Resource Center
70 Ka'ahumamu Ave. Suite B-9
Kahalui, Maui 96753
Phone: 808-873-8246

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Hawaii Small Business Development Center Network offers one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing small business owners and managers and others a wide variety of information and guidance.

Small Business Development Centers are cooperative efforts of the private sector, the educational community and federal, state and local governments.

Hawaii Small Business Development Center Network

University of Hawaii - HILO
308 Kamehameha Avenue, Suite 201
Hilo, HI 96720-2960

Phone: 808-974-7515

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The Honolulu Small Business Development Center offers one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance. Small Business Development Centers are cooperative efforts of the private sector, the educational community and federal, state and local governments.

Hosted by leading universities, colleges, and state economic development agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are approximately 1,000 Small Business Development centers from coast-to-coast that offer no-cost consulting and low-cost training.

Honolulu Small Business Development Center
1833 Kalakaua Avenue Suite 400
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

Phone: 808-945-1430

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Leadership, workshops,and events for business women.

Wahine Forum
1000 Bishop Street, Suite 405
Honolulu, HI 968`3

Phone: (808) 534-7136

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Join local entrepreneurs and share your experience and skills. We are the local Hawaii Group of Women Owned Business providing local networking, online and offline to encourage leadership, sales and local enterprise.

Join, network, post and share your business. Exchange ideas with a great group of local entrepreneurial women helping each other.

Women Owned Business has many groups all over the US. Join thousands of women who have businesses or are using the internet and social marketing to promote, share and blog about their business or a topic.

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The West Oahu Women Social and Business Network (WOW Network Hawaii) is an organization empowering women through community connections, mentoring and information-sharing.

WOW Network Hawaii was created for (but not limited to) women who live or work on the west side of Oahu, are interested in meeting new people, networking, and creating business possibilities.

WOW Network was founded by businesswomen Kathy Davenport, owner of Kathy Davenport Image Design and Naomi Hazelton-Giambrone, co-owner of Element Media, a custom publishing firm that produces Pacific Edge Magazine, Las Vegas Bound, the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii Annual Networking Directory, and the formerly produced Ko Olina Life & Style Magazine.

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Keep current on happenings in Hawaii's business community. Hawaii Business is an award-winning magazine that covers the major issues affecting the state’s businesses, and provides useful information to owners and managers. Founded in 1955, Hawaii Business is the oldest regional business magazine in the United States and reaches more than 58,000 business decision makers each month.

Be Wise - Admit You Do Not Know Everything There Is To Know!

Seeking out and making use of the many resources available to you is not a sign of weakness or that you do not know what you are doing on your own. But it might help you start you business with a more solid foundation, and can help you to grow it more successfully if you are willing to consider ideas (and help) from others. No one knows everything there is to know about business (or anything else for that matter) so the wise entrepreneur is not afraid to look outside their own capabilities when it comes to being successful.