We’ve outlined some resources new business owners and entrepreneurs can take advantage of in Hawaii and beyond. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BusinessLawCorps for daily updates, tips, and resources.
This is a work in progress and as we find more great resources, we’ll be sure to pass along the information.
Please note that any information provided below has been prepared for general informational purposes only. It does not constitute legal or tax advice, advertising, or a solicitation. This information is not a substitute for professional legal or tax advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. There is no duty to keep any information conveyed here confidential or forego representation adverse to your interests.
The Business Action Center
The Business Action Center (BAC) is a division within Hawaii’s Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. The BAC has offices in Honolulu, Kahului, and Hilo and offer greats information and services to help you register a business, trade name, trademark, or submit other filings with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. In addition, the BAC can help you obtain tax licenses, permits and other registration requirements. Most importantly, every Thursday from 11am to 1pm, the BAC at their Nimitz location on Oahu offer business owners the chance to speak to business law attorneys for free and get basic guidance. Find out more information on their website at http://hawaii.gov/dcca/bac
Legal Forms Online
Getting the advice and just speaking with an attorney can be invaluable to the success of your small business. That is why we always recommend you see a lawyer as soon as possible and we offer the BLC as a service to those business owners that cannot afford to pay for legal representation. That being said, there are a lot of websites out there that offer free templates of legal documents for your business. These can be a good starting point for you, but be aware that without seeing a lawyer you never really know if the documents suit your business and are protecting you properly. Here are some websites we think have some good templates/information to start with:
Bloomberg Businessweek, Small Business Forms & Contracts:
U.S. Small Business Administration:
SCORE, Templates and Tools:
Brandmaker News, Resources:
Orrick’s Form Library: