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USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) – The USDA announced a second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) beginning 9/21/2020 and running through 12/11/2020.  They have added several Hawaii centric fruits and vegetables to the “Specialty Crop” category which were not part of round one.  You can view the full press release here.

Emergency Agricultural Loan Program – The Hawai`i Board of Agriculture approved an emergency loan program for farmers, growers and ranchers across the state who are suffering economically due to the COVID-19 situation. Eligible farmers may now apply for emergency loans of up to $150,000. To apply, call (808) 973-9460.

This Resources for Hawaii’s Agriculture Industry (PDF) provides summary information about major provisions that could offer critical support for the Agriculture Industry.


Free PPE SuppliesThere is a program led by Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) to provide free PPE for certain qualified recipients. To learn more, check out the announcement here.

Hawaii Pacific Health Business Hotline is a resource available to businesses from 7am to 4pm.  Businesses can call 808-763-2720 to speak with a health professional about COVID-19 preparedness, precautions and responses for your business.

Buy Hawaii, Give Aloha is an initiative launched by The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) to showcase products made in Hawaii.  Buy Hawaii, Give Aloha supports local businesses by providing a free platform for kama‘aina and visitors to find their favorite brands and discover new products.  To learn more or to sign up as a featured business, check out their website: https://invest.hawaii.gov/buy-hawaii/

Kauai Rise Initiative The County received a Rural Business Development Grant through the USDA to assist local businesses that are expanding or pivoting their business model. The grant funding will be used to pay for a business mentor who can work one-on-one with these growing businesses. Ultimately, this program aims to create new job opportunities for residents on the island. If your business is interested, you can email OED@kauai.gov for more information.

Aloha Connects Innovation (ACI) Workforce Hawaii Program is a new initiative led by the Economic Development Alliance of Hawaii (EDAH) to connect workers to and prepare them for job opportunities in Hawaii’s emerging industries and innovation sectors.  To learn more about the program and to sign up to become a host organization or participant, check out their website: https://www.edahawaii.org/aloha-connects-home

Small Business Development Center provides one-on-one business advice at no cost.  You can also view the calendar of business events here.

Kauai Chamber of Commerce has created a COVID-19 website with information and resources for Kauai businesses: https://www.covid19kauai.com/

Small Business Administration (SBA) has a business guidance and resources list here.

ProService Hawaii has several re-opening guides for Hawaii businesses on their website including: The-New-Normal_How-to-Make-a-Comeback-Plan

SimplicityHR by ALTRES COVID-19 Employer Resource site, is a website designed to help Hawaii businesses navigate the challenges you and your workforce are facing due to COVID-19. On this site you will find Employer News, Toolkits, Quicklink Resources and Articles and to help guide your efforts.  https://www.simplicityhr.com/covid-19/

The Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act: This guide can help you understand the federal resources available for small businesses as part of the CARES act, including:

  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advances are available.  To learn more, visit the SBA website.
  • Paycheck Protection Program  – The PPP program is not taking new applications, however, the SBA is currently offering webinars to understand the forgiveness portion of PPP.

Previous programs:

  • Small Business Boost Grant: The County of Kauai partnered with local credit unions to provide $7,500 grants to local businesses.
  • Rise to Work: The County of Kauai launched the Kupa`a Kaua`i Rise to Work program to create short-term employment opportunities for displaced workers on Kauai.
  • Aloha For Kaua‘i: this campaign offers digital marketing and promotional support to local restaurants and retailers. 
  • Kauai Financial Resources Webinar: The County of Kauai co-hosted a Financial Webinar in April. If you missed the live event, a recorded version is available here

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