May 2019 Newsletter

A Message from our Chair
New SBRRB Members
    As mentioned in our last Newsletter, we are happy to announce two new board members, Messrs. James (Kimo) Lee and Jonathan Shick, as well as the re-nomination of current board member, Garth Yamamoto.  We thank them for their interest in volunteering their time to support Hawaii’s small business community!
           As always, remember to “follow” us on Twitter and “like” us on SBRRB’s Facebook to stay in touch with Hawaii regulations that might impact your small business.
I wish all the small business owners a happy, safe, and healthy Memorial Day week-end.
                                             Anthony Borge, Chair
Garth Yamanaka
Jonathan Shick
James Kimo Lee
Did you know?

National Small Business Week is May 5th-11th, 2019

According to the Small Business Administration, 99.7% of companies—which works out to 27.9 million different firms—qualify as small businesses. Not only do small businesses create a ton of jobs, we all rely on them in our day-to-day lives. They’re your favorite restaurant, the person who plows your driveway, the neighborhood market you shop at, the team that paints your house, your barber.

Since 1963, America has honored its small businesses during National Small Business Week, which will be celebrated May 5th - 11th this year. National Small Business Week is an annual celebration of over 28 million entrepreneurs and small business owners in the United States.

How to Celebrate Small Business Week?
5 Ways to Celebrate National Small Business Week
  1. Share your story. You started your business for a reason — probably the same reason that motivates you to get out of bed in the morning, roll up your sleeves, and get the job done. ...
  2. Say thank you to the people who keep your business going. ...
  3. Invest in education. ...
  4. Partner with another small business. ...
  5. Get the word out.

2019 Legislative Update

      Senate Bill 1348 SD1 HD1, CD1 Relating to the Small Business Regulatory Review Board sailed through Conference Committee.   
    This measure clarifies the intent of the SBRRB when reviewing state and county administrative rules that impact small business by removing “ordinances.”  The amendments of this measure provide clarification to the SBRRB’s statute and verifies the Board’s Legislative intended purview.
 Contact Information
Telephone: (808) 586-2419 

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   “Update on Hawaii Small Business Conference Maui Arts & Cultural Center - May 8th and 9th
        Sponsored by Maui Economic Development Board, as expected, this conference did not disappoint!  On May 8th, County of Maui Mayor Michael Victorino began the conference by proclaiming May 8, 2019 as “Hawaii Small Business Conference Day.”   
       The remainder of the day was filled with superb speakers that spoke on “Moving Service from “Extra Ordinary” to Extraordinary,” “Succession Planning and How Do You Prepare for Retirement,” “The Future is Here - Technology You Should Know About,” and “When Bad Things Happen to Good Companies.”
       Throughout the day, SBRRB member Mary Albitz from Maui, and DBEDT Staffer Dori Palcovich spoke with small businesses about what the SBRRB does for small businesses.

(see pictures below)
Maui Mayor Michael Victorino
Board member Mary Albitz and DBEDT Staffer Dori Palcovich
DBEDT Staffer Dori Palcovich and Small Business Conference Attendee

Events at the Capitol
Legislative Wrap-Up

May 8, 2019
Hawai‘i State Capitol Auditorium


On Wednesday, May 8, Civil Beat hosts Civil Cafe: Legislative Wrap-Up 2019. Chad Blair, Civil Beat's opinion and politics editor, will moderate a panel discussing what happened in the 2019 legislative session. You may submit your questions for the panelists ahead of time

Learn more here:

 This month, the SBRRB meeting is scheduled for
May 16, 2019
10:00 am
Leiopapa A Kamehameha building – State Office Tower, Conference Room 405, 235 South Beretania Street, Honolulu.

We hope to see you there!


It will feature the following Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR):

Before Public Hearing:

1. Amendments to HAR Title 11 Chapter 218, Communication Access Services for Persons who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf/Blind, promulgated by Department of Health

2. Amendments to HAR Title 15 Chapter 37, Solar Water Heater Variance, promulgated by Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

After Public Hearing

1. Amendments to HAR Title 13 Subtitle 11 Ocean Recreation and Coastal Areas, promulgated by Department of Land and Natural Resources, as follows:
  • Part I Small Business Boat Harbors -- Chapter 234 Fees and Charges
  • Part II Ocean Waters, Navigable Streams and Beaches – Chapter 253 Catamaran Registration Certificate, Other Registration, and Commercial Use Permit Fees
2. New Rules and Regulations for Kauai County Code, Section 18-5.3, Revocable Permits to Vend Within County Right-of-Ways, promulgated by Department of Parks and Recreation / County of Kauai

Also, if you are interested in submitting written testimony on any of the measures, please send to:
Click here to view AGENDA
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