Report Title:

Appropriation to the Small Business Development Center

 

Description:

Appropriates $1,225,000 to extend the economic development program of the Small Business Development Center at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2000

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

making an appropriation for small business development.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. The legislature finds that 24.4 per cent of small business owners in Hawaii believe their lack of knowledge of how to operate a business negatively impacts their business. This represents 9,500 small businesses in the State out of approximately 39,000. The Small Business Development Center of the University of Hawaii at Hilo provides entrepreneurial skills development by facilitating knowledge transfer and planned change using individual consulting, management training, research, and advocacy.

The legislature further finds that recession and the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has magnified the need to develop new entrepreneurial skills and to create and save jobs. The Small Business Development Center has demonstrated the ability to respond to these needs. The Center is a statewide partnership between the University of Hawaii at Hilo and the U.S. Small Business Administration in its twelfth year of operation. With its current resources, the Small Business Development Center works with approximately 1,000 small businesses annually or 10.5 per cent of those expressing a need.

The purpose of this Act is to appropriate moneys to the University of Hawaii at Hilo to extend the delivery of the Small Business Development Center services to an additional 1,700 small business owners annually. The Center will expand services to assist small business owners in better managing their own businesses, which in turn will contribute to the State's economic success.

SECTION 2. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $1,225,000, or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2002-2003, to extend the economic development program of the Small Business Development Center at the University of Hawaii at Hilo as follows:

1. $78,800 for the east Hawaii center in Hilo to add one consultant position and one part-time statewide training position;

2. $163,000 for the west Hawaii center in Kailua-Kona to fund one consultant and one administrative assistant position plus office expenses;

3. $24,000 for the Kauai center in Lihue to fund rental expenses to correct a deficiency in the current facility;

4. $58,700 for the Maui center in Kihei to add one consultant position;

5. $58,700 to establish a central Oahu satellite in Wahiawa or environs by adding one consultant position;

6. $100,800 for the downtown Honolulu center to fund one consultant and one administrative assistant position;

7. $58,700 to establish an east Oahu satellite in Kaimuki or environs by adding one consultant position;

8. $151,500 to establish a leeward Oahu center in Waipahu or environs by adding an administrative assistant position and an office;

9. $58,700 to establish a windward Oahu satellite in Kailua or environs by adding one consultant position;

10. $47,200 to increase the statewide research capabilities of the Business Research Library in Kihei by adding one research assistant position;

11. $184,200 to continue the statewide rural development center program in Hilo by continuing a consulting director position and an administrative assistant position; and

12. $240,700 to create a statewide high technology center program in Manoa by adding a consulting director position, a consultant position, and an administrative assistant.

SECTION 3. The sum appropriated shall be expended by the University of Hawaii for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2002.

INTRODUCED BY:

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