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2018 Maui HiSTEP Export Program, Dec. 8

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HPEC Award Group. Photo Courtesy

The Hawaiʻi Pacific Export Council and the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism announced it will host the 2018 HiSTEP Export Program with a series of seminars and one-on-one sessions.

HPEC, DBEDT and some of Hawaiʻi’s successful small businesses have streamlined the most important and practical knowledge from a wide range of experts and will educate Hawaiʻi’s small businesses on how to grow and succeed globally.

One member said that recently a Hawaii Island candy company didn’t properly fill out their customs forms for exporting to Japan. Instead of getting their goods out, the candy sat on a dock and melted. In this program, experts will teach businesses how to avoid such costly mistakes in a way that’s easy to absorb and based on real experiences.

The HiSTEP Kick-Off includes a series of free seminars – on each of the main islands.

2018 Hi-STEP Seminar Kick-Off:

Dec 5 – Kauaʻi
Dec 6 – Oʻahu
Dec 7 – Hawaiʻi Island (Kona & Hilo)
Dec 8 – Maui

HPEC and DBEDT are welcoming companies from all industries that are seeking to export products and services, including architecture and software and tech companies. Experts will be on-hand explaining many different areas and specifics covered by the Hi-STEP program and offering opportunities for one-on-one training sessions.

The HiSTEP program has three key components:

In September, HPEC was awarded the prestigious 2017 District Export Council of the Year Award in Washington, D.C (beating 63 others). It was the first time Hawaiʻi won the award.