Business Advice

At the Hawai‘i SBDC, we are passionately committed to helping entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses at every stage in the company’s life-cycle.

Through a combination of advice, in-depth analysis and plan development, we provide business owners with the tools for success

Our professional business advisors have extensive, practical experience in varied fields including marketing, finance, human resources and operations. Many have been business owners themselves, most have advanced degrees, and several have lived and worked internationally.

Our clients come to us with diverse and varied needs and include the following:

  • Early Stage Entrepreneurs
    As an early stage entrepreneur you are beginning to build your business or have a deep commitment to starting one. You are interested in knowing and understanding what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, how to conceptualize the details of a product idea, how to write an effective business plan, and how to compare the various options for financing.

  • Entrepreneurs with Established Businesses
    As an entrepreneur with an established business you have had success in generating income from an existing business with substantial and predictably recurring sales. However you continually explore avenues to improve productivity, financial efficiency and revenue growth. Your business and the markets around you are a
    lways changing and in transition.

  • Emerging Technology Entrepreneurs
    As an entrepreneur leading or as a member of a team you have deep technical or industry knowledge in the market in which the business will or does compete. You have reasonable expectations to protect your  intellectual property. Many such teams eventually seek venture capital to grow their businesses to have nationwide or global reach. Emerging technology entrepreneurs seek assistance to apply key business tools and frameworks relating to strategy, operations, marketing and finance to further conceptualize the business and move it into the commercial marketplace.
  • Government Contracting
    Whether a direct supplier of goods or services to the government, or as a sub-contractor, the federal government can become your most important customer.  Learn how to enter the system.


The Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a program of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

This web site provides general information about the Hawai'i SBDC and other resource partners. The information contained in this website is not necessarily complete and does not constitute a contract. Information is subject to change at any given moment without prior notice and at the Hawai‘i SBDC's discretion. 

The Hawai‘i SBDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Hawai‘i SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency as well as reasonable accommodations can be made for persons with disabilities.