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Hazel Beck


Aloha, everyone!

Every year, the SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development showcases the Veteran-owned business communities across the U.S. and Territories.  This year, National Veteran Small Business Week (NVSBW) will be celebrated from October 31st through November 4th with a range of activities.  We are fortunate to have one of the Veterans Business Outreach Centers here – the VBOC of the Pacific. 

Director Dennis Kwak and his team provide training and counseling support to transitioning service members, the Guard, the Reserve, Veterans and their family members across Hawaii, American Samoa and Guam who aspire to entrepreneurship as their next mission or already own a small business. 

They have planned a number of events, both in-person and online.  There is no cost for these events and Dennis invites all non-Veterans to attend as well.  Here is the lineup:

For more information about the VBOC of the Pacific, visit Welcome to the Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Pacific (hawaii.edu)

Please join us as we celebrate National Veterans Small Business Week!

And mark your calendars and make your plans to support Shop Small Saturday on November 26th!

SBA Announces Office Hours at The Hub

Beginning on November 7th and every Monday thereafter, SBA will host Office Hours at The Hub, located at 1050 QueenStreet, #100 in Honolulu,  from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

No appointment required!

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? The programs are many and varied and the qualifications for each are specific.  Take advantage of this FREE opportunity to meet one-on-one with a SBA representative who will help you navigate and explain SBA Programs and resources available to you.

  • SBA backed loans for working capital & long-term financing to purchase or renovate business real estate or major equipment
  • Government contracting certification and assistance
  • Help with business plans and financial projections through our resource partner network
  • State & local programs and grants

Come talk-story and learn about how SBA is collaborating with partners & stakeholders throughout the state to support your small business.

Validated parking is available in the Kamakee Vista parking garage, entrance on Kawaihao Street.

We are all committed to assist small business in our community!

Illustration of a trophy with text, 2023 National Small Business Week Awards. Now accepting nominations. The SBA logo is included.

Submit a Nomination Here

Go to www.sba.gov/hi and check out the Upcoming Events section to register or find out about more events.

The following is in addition to the above-mentioned NVSBW events:

Cyber Readiness – Small Business Approach to Cybersecurity
Presented by Hawaii SBDC
November 17, 2022, Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. HST
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 www.sba.gov/hi.

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.