• New HISBDC State Director

    November 27, 2023

    Congratulations Joseph Burns
    HISBDC State Director

    Joseph (Joe) Burns is our new Hawaiʻi SBDC State Director, effective December 1, 2023. Joe joined HISBDC in 2010 as the Oʻahu Center Director and became the Interim State Director in 2022. Under his leadership, HISBDC strives to expand its outreach, services, and effectiveness in working with Hawaiʻi business clients to start, grow, and thrive. Joe understands and advocates for the needs of Hawai‘i small businesses. He also ensures the well-being and professional development of the HISBDC statewide staff.


    How to Write a Business Plan

    Dec 6; 8:30 AM


    Business plans are essential for your company to be profitable and grow. It helps you map out where you are, where you want to go and how to get there. A Business plan will help you lay out the steps you need to start and progress to reach your goals. It will also help you determine if your business is sustainable. This webinar will help you develop the right plan with the right content that will communicate your vision to lenders and other business partners.



    Sales: The Art of Articulating the Ask

    Dec 12, 10:00 AM


    Sales solves a problem or serves a customer. To succeed in sales, you need a clear plan that guides you from finding potential clients to closing deals. We talk about The Influence Equation and how you gain connection with people by being trustworthy, friendly, valuable, and credible. To get new clients, actively look for them, understand their needs, and listen carefully during sales calls.



    HISBDC LIVE WEBINARS - click here for more information and to register.

    • Dec 13: Starting a Business in Hawaii
    • Dec 14: Business Model Canvas to Business Plan
    • Dec 27: Starting a Business in Hawaii



    • Dec 21: HTDC Holiday Tech Job Fair- more info
    • USDA Agricultural Learning Center - free, on demand, online training on Climate-Smart Agriculture for farmers and operators interested in organic practices - How to Register
    • Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program (HiSTEP) - 2024 program is now open for registration - more info
    • IRS Tax Relief in Disaster Situations - Hawai‘i information
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