This page is currently under construction! Below we are working to build a comprehensive list of resources to help your Big Island business to succeed!
General Business Resources
Hawaii State Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs, Business Registration Division (BREG)—Visit the Business Action Center, which includes a checklist and resources for starting a small business!
Permitting & Compliance
Compost Hawaiʻi—offers monthly membership subscriptions for home and office compost collection.
- Sustainable Island Products—family-owned, Hawaiʻi-based distributor of eco-friendly, compostable and recyclable alternatives to everyday single-use items.
- Recycle Hawaiʻi—nonprofit organization serving the Island of Hawaiʻi, offering waste reduction resources for employers and employees!
Equity & Empowerment
ADA Fact Sheet Page—excellent resource with information on ADA employment, facilities, parking, service animals, etc.
Hawaii Food Basket—nonprofit with the mission of ending hunger in Hawaiʻi County. Get Supplemental Nutrition Access Program (SNAP) benefits information and learn how you, as a business or farmer, can donate!
- Catholic Charities Hawaii—provides assistance with preparing and filing appropriate documents to individuals stabilize their immigration status.
- Micronesians United—nonprofit empowering Micronesians for greater self reliance and educating the community at large about Micronesian culture.
- Pacific Gateway Center—nonprofit providing various social services for immigrants and refugees as well as programs that provide job training, creation and placement.
LGBTQ+ is an abbreviated acronym for “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer.” It includes individuals who are intersex, māhū, allies, etc.
Hawaiʻi Legacy Foundation—nonprofit whose mission is to support, empower, educate, unify, and facilitate LGBT organizations and individuals in Hawaiʻi. We’ve linked to their great list of resources.
Hawaiʻi Island HIV/AIDS Foundation—dedicated to building a healthier, stronger community with an emphasis on HIV and related health issues.
NGLCC—provides nationally recognized LGBT-owned business certification as well as resources to help those businesses grow.
Hawaiʻi Island LGBTQ Pride—annual gathering and festivities, usually in June. Local businesses are encouraged to celebrate and participate!
Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA)—OHA offers Mālama Business Loans, providing working capital for Native Hawaiians to help establish or build upon a small business.