Below we are working to build a comprehensive list of resources to help your Big Island business to succeed! New content is being added all the time!

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!

Hawaii Small Business Development Center—check out this great video introduction to learn more!

Kohala Center—Kohala Center works with groups interested in forming a cooperative and they also provide business development services for agricultural businesses!

Mana Up—Honolulu-based business accelerator working to create Hawaii’s next 100 local companies earning over $10 million in annual revenue, supporting products rooted in Hawai’i that elevate authentic Hawaii stories through their brands.

Hawaii Island Business Plan Competition—Competition open to for-profit and nonprofit businesses focusing on developing startups or expanding existing businesses based on Hawaii Island.

INNOVATE Hawaii—INNOVATE Hawaii builds the strength and competitiveness of Hawaii manufacturers through an array of programs and services, including coaching and training, consulting, collaboration-focused industry programs, and grant opportunities. INNOVATE Hawaii offers a FREE one-hour consultation on the first Tuesday of every month!

Hawaii Investment Ready—HIR is a business accelerator designed to help social enterprises better understand and scale their impact and business models; and to assist them in accessing resources to implement their next level of growth. A scholarship program is available to help businesses cover tuition costs.

Kohala Center—the Kahiau Rural Business Development Microloan Program and the Hawai‘i Food Producers Fund are two microloan programs aimed at increasing access to capital for rural businesses in Hawai‘i.

Permitting & Compliance

Hawaiʻi State Sanitation Branch—Permit applications, forms, guidelines, and informational handouts for food establishments.

Sustainable Business

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!

Coming soon!

Equity & Empowerment in Business

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!

Hawaii SNAP Hui—dig into the Double Up Food Bucks resource page to learn more about the program and to spread the word about the program to others!

Blue Zones Project—a collaboration between Hawaii Medical Service Association and Healthways to help improve the well-being of all people in Hawaii as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index®.

North Hawaii Action Network—The North Hawaii Action Network is a group of Hawaii Island community members committed to protecting human rights, civil liberties, equality, and the health of our home planet. They offer local businesses the chance to proudly welcome EVERYONE to their store, office, or service center with an Equality Pledge that they can proudly display.

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.

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.

Hawaiʻi Island Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce—strengthening the Native Hawaiian community and businesses by supporting a thriving economy rooted in language, culture, and aloha.


Nalukai Academy Startup Camp—a free, intensive ten-day entrepreneurship, technology, and design camp for high school students hosted with the goal of ushering in the next generation of intelligent, collaborative business professionals.

Hawaii Island Business Plan Competition Student Tuition Scholarship—annual scholarship competition open to UH-Hilo, HCC, HCC Palamanui Campus, and Hawaii High School students.

Ladies Artisan Market—Empowering “Ladypreneurs” on the Big Island!

Zonta Club of Hilo—Zonta Club of Hilo is part of Zonta International, an organization of professionals dedicated to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Hawaii Biz Babes—monthly women-focused entrepreneurial workshops where grassroots businesses, healers, artists, and teachers are invited to network, learn and share.

Retail Opportunities

My Locker Program—HouseMart Ben Franklin Craft Stores support local crafters by providing them a space to display and promote their products or services in their stores.

Marketing & Branding

Made in Hawaiʻi with Aloha—branding program managed by the Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture (HDOA) and is promoted jointly by various departments at the state level.