Ask the Mayor: Where Can I Get Info About Starting a Business?

February 18, 2018, 12:01 PM HST · Updated February 16, 3:44 PM

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the questions submitted to his staff.

Submit your own questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa at [email protected], (808) 270-7855 or mail them to 200 S. High St., 9th Floor, Wailuku, HI 96793.

Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask the Mayor” column.

Dear Mayor,


Q: I am thinking about starting my own business. Where would I go to obtain information and assistance?

A: A great place to start is the Maui County Business Resource Center (MCBRC). You can access information both online and in-person at the center, located at the Maui Mall across from IHOP.

The MCBRC is an extension project of the Office of Economic Development, and serves as a resource for new and existing business owners who need assistance and consultation.

The Kuha`o Business Resource Center, located in Kaunakakai, serves business owners on Moloka‘i.

To access online business research tools, browse business publications, obtain forms and applications for business licenses and download a handbook on starting a business in Maui County, visit To view the calendar of workshops from the MCBRC webpage, click on “Training Opportunities.”

You can call the MCBRC at (808) 873-8247 for more information on services provided at the center.


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