• News for Economy

    Friday, March 27, 2020
    Hawaiian Electric adjusts operations due to coronavirusChanges to protect employees, customers will not affect electric service  Download PDF HONOLULU, Mar. 27, 2020 – Hawaiian Electric continues to adjust its operations to reduce the potential spread of coronavirus, including postponing less urgent repair and maintenance work, and closing walk-in customer payment centers at least through ...read more
    Categories: Economy, Community
    Friday, March 27, 2020
    Statement by the President Today, I have signed into law H.R. 748, the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” or the “CARES” Act (the “Act”).  The Act makes emergency supplemental appropriations and other changes to law to help the Nation respond to the coronavirus outbreak.  I note, however, that the Act includes several provisions that raise constitutional concerns. Section ...read more
    Categories: Economy
    Thursday, March 26, 2020
    USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID USDA Rural Development is providing opportunities for relief from the COVID-19 outbreak. Highlights of these opportunities are summarized below. Please see USDA's full release for complete details and who to contact.Rural Housing ServiceSingle-Family Housing ProgramMoratorium on foreclosure ...read more
    Categories: Economy
    Wednesday, March 25, 2020
    Mayor Harry Kim issued a Supplementary Emergency Proclamation on Tuesday (March 24) regarding the suspension of Board and Commission meetings and hearings, as well as the extension of County permits deadlines. The Supplementary Proclamation just issued invokes Section 127A-13(b)(1) Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes, as amended.“The following shall be suspended during this state of emergency:(1) Meetings ...read more
    Categories: Economy
    Wednesday, March 25, 2020
    The County of Hawai‘i Departments of Public Works (DPW) and Planning announce that they are implementing revised permit applications and inquiry processes effective immediately due to COVID-19 concerns. Starting Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Hilo and Kona offices of DPW Engineering, Building, and Administration divisions, as well as Planning offices will be closed to walk in inquiries and ...read more
    Categories: Economy
    Monday, March 23, 2020
    Hawaiian Airlines to Suspend Most Long-Haul Passenger Service Due to New State of Hawai‘i Quarantine Order Airline to focus on returning guests home ahead of Hawai‘i’s March 26 quarantine HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines, in preparation for a 14-day government quarantine order for all Hawai‘i arrivals set to begin Thursday due to the COVID-19 pandemic, today announced it will maintain its regular ...read more
    Categories: Economy
    Saturday, March 21, 2020
    To our Business Community, We know this is a trying time as we all do what we can to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic. To help our business community, we are working as a communication hub by collecting and redistributing important information for you. We have created a list of reliable resources along with daily udpates (see below). We are posting announcements and information on our NEWS ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economy, Community
    Friday, March 20, 2020
    HONOLULU – Gov. David Y. Ige; Scott Murakami, Director, State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR); and Jane Sawyer, District Director, Small Business Administration (SBA); , announced today several measures to address the economic impact of COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi.  ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS AVAILABLE FOR HAWAII SMALL BUSINESSES SUFFERING LOSSES DUE TO COVID-19Hawai‘i small ...read more
    Categories: Economy
    Friday, March 20, 2020
      SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Hawaii Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)  SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Hawaii small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced ...read more
    Categories: Economy
    Wednesday, March 18, 2020
    Business Development and Support Division SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan ProgramApplications Starting Soon! Aloha, Previously we announced that the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance is coordinating with the Hawaii Governor’s Office to certify the state for Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance. Since the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program should become available in the next ...read more
    Categories: Economy
    Wednesday, March 18, 2020
    Hawaiian Electric suspends disconnections for 30 days Customers impacted by COVID-19 urged to set up payment plans HONOLULU, March 17, 2020 – Hawaiian Electric will suspend service disconnections for 30 days so customers who are financially challenged by the coronavirus pandemic don’t have to worry about losing electric service. Service disconnections of both residential and commercial ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economy
    Tuesday, March 17, 2020
    Assistance Needed from Hawaii’s Business CommunityThe SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program became available this week to businesses that are being impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These working capital loans of up to $2 million can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance is coordinating ...read more
    Categories: Economy
    Friday, March 13, 2020
    To our Members and the West Hawaiʻi community, We realize this is a trying time for our community as we all do what we can to prepare and respond to the Coronavirus pandemic. Although we do not have any reported cases in our community, we feel it's important to make plans and take precautions.   We’ve gathered a list of reliable resources for our members that can be found below or ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Economy
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