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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 30, 2001 

            Mayor Jeremy Harris announced today that the City will partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to open a Small Business Resource Center, where entrepreneurs can find one-stop help to start, improve or expand their companies.

            The Small Business Resource Center will be officially opened 10:30 a.m. on November 1 at the Chinatown Gateway, 1041 Nuuanu Avenue. Andrew K. Poepoe, SBA district director, will join Mayor Harris to celebrate the opening.

            “The whole idea of this partnership with the federal government is to make it easier for businesses to find the resources to succeed,” said the Mayor.

            The City’s Office of Economic Development expects to better leverage its assistance to small businesses by collaborating with the SBA, which in addition to loans offers business startup information, tax workshops, bookkeeping services, financing options, safety seminars, grant-writing instruction and guidance on obtaining government contracts.

            The mission of the Office of Economic Development is to expand, attract and retain businesses in Honolulu.  The Office oversees such agencies and functions as the Small Business Advocacy Office, Office of Waikiki Development, Honolulu Film Office, sports tourism and community-based economic development.


Wednesday, February 27, 2002

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