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Luana Hospitality Group cooks up ways to help employees

Small Business Matters: Business in post-pandemic Hawaii

Smack dab in the middle (hopefully, at least) of the current pandemic there’s a lot we don’t know. We don’t know if many small businesses will reopen; of those that do reopen, we don’t know how many can maintain themselves. We don’t know what will happen when the PPP money is gone. We don’t know where the horrendous unemployment numbers we’re looking at now will level off and where they’ll end up. We don’t know if we’re in for a “W-shaped” coronavirus curve with a recurrence of infections, or if we’re on a stable downward slope towards pre-pandemic infection rates. We don’t know when tourists will be free to travel and if they’ll have the money and will feel safe enough to do so. We don’t know what the exploding U.S. deficit will do to tax burdens, cuts in services, and the future of the national economy. We don’t know when we’ll have a vaccine.

Crossing the rubicon into tax suspension

In an article in this space just a couple of weeks ago, we growled and grumbled about the possibility that our governor, having already suspended laws and chapters in the Hawaii Revised Statutes in a listing 17 pages long, would start monkeying with the tax code.

‘A whole new ballgame’

Volcano residents and business owners continue fighting through the COVID-19 pandemic as restrictions persist and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed.

TP shortage: When will it end?

Paper goods giant Georgia-Pacific is cranking out 1.5 million more rolls of toilet paper a day than two months ago, but George Bugg still can’t find it on the shelves of the Decatur, Ga., stores where he shops.

PPP/EIDL: The next round of funding upon us

As I write this, Congress is voting on the second tranche of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. The bill, which includes other funding provisions, is certain to pass. It then goes for Presidential signature and the wheels start turning to open the application portals. By the time you are reading this, hopefully those wheels are in motion.

Taxing medical practice to death

By now everyone knows that we’re in a state of emergency. There’s a virus spreading through the population and killing people. There’s no vaccine, and no confirmed effective therapy such as drugs, so if you get sick from it there’s a chance that it will be game over for you.

Small Business Matters: Business life after the deluge

I know it seems hard to imagine, but this too shall pass. And what will small businesses look like when it does? While no one knows for sure and generalization is an obvious mistake, a probable answer for many is, a lot different than they looked before. Hopefully we will have learned something about adaptation in this period that will inform how we look at the future.