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KoHana Hawaiian Agricole Rum has joined the growing ranks of local companies who are making and donating coronavirus-killing, alcohol-based hand sanitizers to healthcare workers, first responders, the elderly, the homeless and workers performing essential services in sectors from food and education to prisons.
Help is on the way especially for our local small businesses. Congress passed the CARES Act, the stimulus package that includes $349 billion for small business loans.
At T&L Muumuu Factory, employees are working overtime to fill all of the orders for face masks. The manager Tony Truong said the company typically makes dresses and aloha shirts, but these are not typical times.
Hawaii banks have secured $1.6 billion dollars to save more than 100,000 jobs so far, through the Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program. That’s thanks to local banks getting more than 7,500 businesses’ applications approved so far, within just 8 days since the national program launched. About 20,000 local businesses have applied, and approvals are ongoing.
Hollander is most hopeful about a program to cover small-business payrolls approved by the federal government March 27 and being deployed by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Paycheck Protection Program offers small-business loans up to $10 million to primarily cover up to eight weeks of payroll expenses. The loans, which also can be used for mortgage, rent and utility expenses, can be completely forgiven.
Pipeline Bakeshop and Creamery utilized its social media following and online ordering system to help generate poke bowl sales for Kyung’s Seafood.
With the lack of face mask and other supplies in store, small businesses are stepping in to help with the demand. Local business owners are volunteering their time and dedication to help those in need.
Richard Jones, V.E.T.S. program director and associate professor of science education at UHWest Oʻahu, is collaborating with faculty, staff, students and community partners to create 3D-printed face shield headbands and face masks in an effort to address a shortage and need for personal protective equipment (PPE) for Oʻahu’s front line medical workers.