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May 6, 2022
National Small Business Week Celebrates Entrepreneurship in the Face of Adversity
“National Small Business Week is a time to honor and celebrate America’s entrepreneurs and innovative startups. This year’s theme, ‘Building a Better America through Entrepreneurship,’ celebrates the resiliency and tenacity of America’s entrepreneurs who are doing their part to power our nation’s historic economic comeback,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. “We are on a path toward building a better, more competitive American economy centered around families, workers, and small businesses”
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A Complete Guide to the Dream Big Awards 2022

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize the very best in American small business. 

Every year at The Big Week for Small Business, the Dream Big Awards program honors the achievements of small businesses and highlights their contributions to America’s economic growth. 

The 2022 Small Business of the Year award winner will receive national recognition and a $25,000 cash prize. Click here to apply.
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Hawaii Legislature Passes Bill Raising Minimum Wage to $18/Hour by 2028

Hawaii lawmakers passed legislation Tuesday that would hike the state's minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2028, potentially the highest in the nation. 

Advocates say the raise is badly needed in a state that routinely tops lists for most expensive housing and cost of living. But some businesses are warning they will have to cut staff or even close because they won't be able to afford the greater pay.
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Hawaii Hospital Group Now Calling Recent COVID Increase a ‘Surge’

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There are currently 71 people statewide hospitalized with COVID. While that’s still a manageable number, the Healthcare Association of Hawaii is now calling this a surge.

Less than a month ago, there were no cases in the ICU — as of Thursday, there are five.

This surge still pales in comparison to the Delta and Omicron surges, where roughly 30% of all hospital patients had COVID. Right now, that number stands at about 3%.

The state Department of Health reported in its last weekly update 4,249 new COVID-19 cases and 10 additional deaths. Though the number may not be an accurate representation of cases in the islands due to at-home tests, it shows a steady rise in infections over the past few weeks.
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Hiring Now Virtual Job Fair
Thursday, May 12, 2022 

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Connecting Local Jobseekers to Local Job Opportunities Across Hawaii

For more information and to register,

 click here.
Business After Hours presented by Treehouse Coworking Kahala
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 

5:30 - 7:30 PM

Tree House Coworking

Kick-off the summer by joining us for networking and beverages by Flying Embers.

For more information and to register, 
click here.
CEO Leadership Series with Southwest Airlines CEO Bob Jordan
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 

8:30 - 10:00 AM
The Pacific Club

Managers, Directors, VPs and C-Suite executives are invited to join this exclusive conversation and networking session with Southwest CEO, Bob Jordan.

For more information and to register, 
click here
29th Annual Employment Law Seminar
Friday, August 26, 2022 

7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sheraton Waikiki

Presenters from 
Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek Attorneys at Law have extensive firsthand experience and knowledge on some of the most pressing legal issues that impact employers.

For more information and to register,
click here
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