Commencing Commerce…Safely

Hawaii businesses are eager to get back to work. Business operations can and should return to a sustainable level without jeopardizing employees’ or customer safety. We’ve compiled guides, downloadable signage and other resources to help local businesses turn the lights back on and protect their employees and customers.

The Chamber’s 5-Point Plan to Economic Recovery

Prioritizing Safety

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

Wilson Care Group

Occupancy & Temperature Monitoring

Alert Alarm Hawaii

Sneeze Guards

Window Solutions Hawaii

 

 

 

AIHA – Guidelines for Gyms and Workout Facilities
AIHA – Guidelines for Hair and Nail Salons
AIHA – Guidelines for Home Service Providers
American Hotel and Lodging Association
Department of Transportation/Federal Aviation Administration
Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America
Mindbody: How to Reopen Your Salon, Spa, or Wellness Business Post COVID-19
Retail Industry Leaders Association/National Retail Federation
Hawaii Restaurant Association
State of Idaho Recommended Guidance for Salons, Barber Shops and Spas
US Travel Association

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 Guidelines for Customers & Guests

Advocating for Policy Solutions

The Chamber is focused on both immediate relief  measures and a long-term plan to facilitate recovery.

Taxes
  • 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.

FAFSA Completion

Support Hawaii P-20’s efforts to ensure Hawaii families complete the FAFSA to maximize funding for college.

Sector Partnerships

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

The Chamber is taking action. Join us.

Join Our Webinar Series on COVID-19 Assistance

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

Hawaii’s Voice of Business is here for you.

Submit questions through the ask box or by email directly to our President & CEO at sherrymenor-mcnamara@cochawaii.org.

Latest Updates

We’re compiling updates from Hawaii’s business community on COVID-19 postponements, adjustments in service and more.

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Ask us a question.

There’s a lot to learn about how COVID-19 will impact your business. If your question isn’t covered in the FAQs, we’ll help to find the right answer.

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