The Chamber’s 5-Point Plan to Economic Recovery
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 & Masks
Occupancy & Temperature Monitoring
Gym and Workout Facilities Guidelines
Home Service Provider Guidelines
Salon, Spa, Wellness Guidelines
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.
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
Apply for Assistance
Businesses can apply for assistance through the following programs:
Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund
ONE-TIME reimbursement for expenses up to $10,000 to each qualified business that have less than $2,000,000 in gross annual revenue and 50 or fewer employees (once awarded a grant, a business cannot reapply).
Eligible business types:
a. Businesses registered with the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and sole proprietors
b. Non-profit organizations registered with the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and designated as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19)
An eligible business must actually operate in a physical commercial space. Ineligible businesses include home-based businesses, home offices, and businesses with only a post office box or in-car-of address as its business address. An applicant must have a lease dated prior to March 20, 2020 or own the location from which it conducts its operations.
Agricultural businesses are eligible if meeting all qualifications. Eligibility will be determined by assessing Tax Map Key or leas of Tax Map Key associated with location of business operation.
Owner must be Hawaii resident and business must be located in the City and County of Honolulu
This is a REIMBURSEMENT program; proof of payment required: receipts, cancelled check, or other proof of payment needed (an unpaid invoice is not proof of payment and does not qualify; taxes other than sales tax on purchases are not reimbursable)
Fund will not reimburse payments applied from another Federally-funded CARES Act Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), etc.
The fund can also reimburse expenses incurred to implement physical distancing and other safety precautions to comply with business opening and operating guidelines.
Examples of Eligible Expenses:
Physical Distancing Measures
Examples of Safety Precautions:
Increasing physical separation between employees at the worksite
Increasing physical separation between employees and customers
Implementing services remotely (e.g., phone, video, or internet/web)
Costs associated with delivering products through curbside pick-up or delivery
Provide hand cleansers in the workplace, including alcohol-based hand sanitizer at least 60% alcohol
Placing hand sanitizers in multiple locations to encourage hand hygiene.
The Chamber is taking action. Join us.
Click on the icon above to join us for upcoming webinars. Topics include how to access SBA assistance, COVID-19 and new labor laws and how to adapt to a virtual workplace
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