Free Small Business Help Available July 11 and 25

July 1, 2013, 4:23 PM HST
* Updated July 1, 4:27 PM
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Representatives from the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs will be in Hilo next Thursday, July 11, and again on Thursday, July 25, as part of their twice-monthly Business Action Center outreach to assist people with business registration questions.

A staff person from the Business Action Center, which is part of the business registration division of DCCA, comes to Hilo twice a month to offer assistance to the public at the Hawaii Small Business Development Center.

DCCA usually offers free business help on the first and third Thursday of the month, but since this Thursday is a federal holiday, the schedule has been switched to the second and fourth Thursday for the month of July.

The representative will be available to answer questions about registering trademarks and trade names, as well as different types of businesses, be it a corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship or partnership.

The Business Action Center is a “one-stop-shop” which provides Hawaii’s entrepreneurs with assistance to obtain their general excise license, business registration forms, and information on state, county and federal licensing requirements.


No appointment is required. The free business registration assistance is available on a walk-in basis from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the SBDC office at 100 Pauahi St., Suite 109, in the American Savings Bank Building.


The staff also provides assistance to people needing to register as an employer with the Department of Labor and Industrial Relation. The public can receive and offer comprehensive information on licenses, permits and registration requirements.

For more information call (808) 933-0773 or go to

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