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  • 15 Jun 2020 12:30 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Click here to see the Job Description.

  • 11 Jun 2020 1:00 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Coffee is not yet eligible for relief under CFAP (we are working on it), but the attached will help you prepare for the application, if/when coffee is made eligible.

    See the slides from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Producer Webinar.

  • 11 Jun 2020 12:00 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Guide

    Above you will find an updated resource guide for Hawaii’s Agriculture Industry from Senator Hirono.

    It is very similar to the last one but provides updated information (since April 27th) on available federal relief. In it you will find updated information about USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), SBA Programs (both PPP and EIDL/EEIG), Residential Mortgage Provisions, and Federal Tax Provisions.

    As programs are dynamic and details are subject to change, this guide provides links to websites where you can access up-to-date information from the relevant federal agencies. 

  • 04 Jun 2020 1:04 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Beginning last week, members of the Hawai'i Coffee Association worked with the Oregon Coffee Board to create a "Coffee Industry COVID-19 Playbook". Because each state and county has adopted different measures and guidelines, we have created this Playbook specifically for cafes & roasteries reopening this month in Hawai'i as others have adopted the same outlines for their regions. This document is provided to all members of HCA and we wholly encourage you to share it with your fellow coffee colleagues within the state, including all staff and employees of cafes and roasteries. In it, you will find useful information regarding Tips for Business Owners, Relief Package Updates, New Sales Channels, Cafe & Roastery Guidelines, Workers' Rights, Unemployment Information and much more.


  • 01 Jun 2020 8:05 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 (For Stakeholders and the Public)
    Time: 2 PM Eastern

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans may receive funding under USDA Business & Industry (B&I) CARES Act Program provisions included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

    B&I CARES Act Program loans must be used as working capital to prevent, prepare for or respond to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The loans may be used only to support rural businesses, including agricultural producers, that were in operation on Feb. 15, 2020.

    The Department began accepting applications on May 22, 2020. Applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern Daylight Time on September 15, 2021, or until funds are expended. Program funding expires Sept. 30, 2021.

    Eligible applicants may contact their local USDA Rural Development State Office in the state where the project is located.

    Eligible Program Applicants: Federal or State-Chartered Banks, Savings and Loans, Farm Credit Banks, Credit Unions

    Webinar Topics: Program and Application Requirements, Program Resources, Guidance on How to Apply.

    Who Should Attend:

    Rural Lenders, Stakeholders and the General Public

    Register Here

  • 20 May 2020 8:25 AM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Aloha HCA Members and Friends,

    We hope this message finds you well.

    We are trying to measure the impacts of COVID 19 on Hawaii’s Coffee industry.

    Please help us by completing the survey questions below. We need to understand the scope of the impacts so that we can best access and advocate for relief.

    Thank you for your prompt attention.

    Stay well,

    Christopher A. Manfredi
    President
    Hawaii Coffee Association
    president@hawaiicoffeeassoc.org


  • 20 May 2020 8:00 AM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Aloha!

    The Covid-19 virus pandemic has had multiple impacts on people and their families within the farming and agriculture networks in Hawaii, some more significantly than others.  Please tell us how this pandemic has affected you and your families.

    Your participation will help us identify where help is needed, and how we can best assist individuals and families in the community with which the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources works or partners.  

    Here is the web link for the online survey.  It takes about 15 minutes to complete.

     

    The survey will close on Friday, June 5 at noon.

     

    Mahalo!

    Michael Cheang

    Associate Professor

    Human Development & Family Studies 

    Department of Family & Consumer Sciences

    College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources

    cheang@hawaii.edu

    (808) 956-2252

     

    Lynn Yamashita

    Lecturer

    Human Development & Family Studies 

    Department of Family & Consumer Sciences

    College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources 

    georgia@hawaii.edu

    (808) 956-0803

  • 15 May 2020 9:39 AM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Original Source of the Article

    The purpose is to reimburse small businesses for costs incurred from business interruption due to Emergency Proclamations and help small businesses implement safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The City and County of Honolulu has been allocated funds under the Coronavirus Relief Fund, with Federal guidance that authorizes application of a portion of these funds for expenses associated with the provision of economic support in connection with the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    The fund will be called “Small Businesses Relief and Recovery Fund” or SBRRF, to provide grants to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency and provide one-time grants of $10,000 to each qualified business. Beneficiaries of this Relief Fund would include businesses greatly injured by the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency such as boutiques, food establishments, accommodations, entertainment and recreation establishments, personal care services, auto transportation, retail businesses, and other businesses

    The City and County of Honolulu through the Office of Economic Development (OED) will partner with participating local credit unions who will distribute the grant funds.

    The partner Credit Unions are:

    ·        Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union

    ·        Hawaii State Federal Credit Union

    ·        Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union

    ·        Honolulu Federal Credit Union

    Read the full press release here.

    Guidelines, Application, and other details will be added on this website as they become available. The program will launch on Monday, May 18th.

  • 13 May 2020 2:52 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Original Source of the Article

    The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) and the Pacific Urban Resilience Lab (PURL) at the University of Hawaii, supported by the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and community partners, conducts research and develops training courses for first responders and emergency mangers. They are conducting this brief survey on the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Hawaii. The information from this survey will be used to understand the spread and impacts of the infection. WE ENCOURAGE ALL RESIDENTS TO TAKE OR RETAKE THE SURVEY AS CIRCUMSTANCES MAY HAVE CHANGED. We hope that you can help to distribute the questionnaire more widely. They need to hear more from neighbor island communities and from high risk and under-represented groups. The questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete and your participation is Voluntary.

    For more information about the survey see the attached PDF.

    Here is the SURVEY.

    If you have any question regarding this research project, please contact:

    Eric Yamashita (ericyama@hawaii.edu)
    Jiwnath Ghimire (jiwnath@hawaii.edu)
    National Disaster Preparedness Training Center
    Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii at Manoa
    2424 Maile Way, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822, USA.
    Phone number: 808-956-5007

    Mahalo,

    Marcia Yoshiyama
    Marcia Yoshiyama
    Economic Development Technician
    County of Hawaii
    Department of Research and 
    Development
    25 Aupuni Street, Room 1301
    Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720
    Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720
    Direct Line: (808) 961-8085
    Email: Marcia.Yoshiyama@hawaiicounty.gov

  • 05 May 2020 8:43 AM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    The following pamphlet, called “A Guide for Our Community,” was developed to provide information of what programs are available, including financial assistance, food assistance, medical assistance, help for seniors and other resources. 

    If you are an essential business that is open at this time and would like to provide the guide to your customers and staff, please email chresdev@hawaiicounty.gov with your mailing address and the number of copies, and we will mail you copies.

    Find help for your small business at  www.hawaiicounty.gov/covidbusinesshelp

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