Business operations can and should return to a sustainable level without jeopardizing employee’s or customer safety.
Local PPE Resources
We are compiling a list of companies who are offering personal protective equipment to Hawaii businesses. If you want to add your business to this list, please fill out the contact form below.
Hand Sanitizer & PPE
Occupancy & Temperature Monitoring
City and County of Honolulu
State of Hawaii Guidelines for Businesses
Managing a Positive COVID-19 Test in the Workplace
Communicating Confidence in Commerce
Keeping employees and customers informed can keep them feeling confident that a business is working to protect their best interests.
Download Tips for Preparing for a Safe Return to Work
Download Tips for Event Planning in a COVID-19 Environment
Download Poster on Safe Handwashing
Download Poster on Healthy Habits
Download Poster on Guidelines for Customers & Guests
Standardized Employee Screening Questionnaire
Advocating for Policy Solutions
The Chamber is focused on both immediate relief measures and a long-term plan to facilitate recovery.
- Suspension/Deferment/Relief of GET and other tax collections
- Delaying Estimated Q1 and if needed Q2 income tax payments
- Not penalizing any small businesses for failure to make timely GET payments provided that the failure is due to a lack of resources due to COVID-19.
- Property Tax relief
Loans & Grants for Businesses
- Low or zero-interest loans
- Direct Capital Infusion
- State funded grant/microgrant programs to support local businesses and help to support them over the next few weeks.
- Government-backed zero-interest bridge loans to businesses.
- Flexibility for Economic Development incentive agreements currently in place or grants in the future.
Other Proposals for Assistance
- Allow SNAP recipients to use their benefits at restaurants currently open.
- Shorten or waive certain timelines from state permitting process in order to help expedite shovel ready projects ready to go.
- Support of childcare services for essential workers.
Building Pathways to the Future
Workforce development and education goals, and bridging business with education are more relevant and necessary than ever as they represent pathways to stability and prosperity.
Hawaii Is Hiring
Lead public-private collaborative effort to launch new website that co-locates employment and training resources for dislocated workers as well as employers that are hiring. Visit Hawaii is Hiring today.
Onramps for Seniors
Support University of Hawaii Community College’s virtual Onramps program that supports high school seniors’ successful transition into education, training or employment.
Promising Credentials in Hawaii
Conduct study to identify most promising Industry-Recognized Credentials in Hawaii using labor market data and employer input.
Virtual work-based learning opportunities through Career Chats
Support student career and technical education by recruiting Hawaii professionals to offer live online career chats.
Support Hawaii P-20’s efforts to ensure Hawaii families complete the FAFSA to maximize funding for college.
Convene healthcare and engineering sector leaders to support COVID response efforts, including training/retraining opportunities in healthcare and student career pathway development in engineering.
Think Local First
Show your support for our local businesses and help them to continue to serve our communities now and in the future.
One808 Initiative - Providing Hope for Hawaii Businesses
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With the delay in tourism opening, the number of businesses statewide who reported they would not survive the COVID-19 crisis rose from six to seventeen percent, a 183 percent increase. A follow-up survey conducted by University of Hawaii Economic Research...
Sherry Menor-McNamara, President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, released the following statement in response to Governor David Ige and Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s reinstatement of the stay-at-home order on Oahu: “Hawaii’s local businesses have taken the...
Today, the City and County of Honolulu announced that an additional $25 million will be added to the Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund, bringing the total funds provided for this program to $50 million. These funds are from the Coronavirus Relief Act of...
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