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Bi-annual Small Business Fair helps start up local businessesUPDATED 6:32 PM HST Oct 12, 2013Video Transcript
It's been a bi-annual event aimed to help local entrepreneurs launch their business ventures. This year the Small Business Fair is also focusing on how the government shut down and the Affordable Care Act could impact local businesses. KITV 4's Cam Tran explains how. For Brandi Kaulupali, it's stressful enough trying to start her own maid and cleaning service. That's why she's here at the Small Business Fair at Chaminade University attending free classes on how to grow her budding business. BRANDI KAULUPALI, B AND K ISLAND WIDE CLEANING SERVICE IN: 10:26 THE VENDORS THAT ARE HERE ALLOW US TO GET INFORMATION THAT HELPS US TO BUILD IT WHETHER FINANCIALLY OR SEEKING OTHER OPPORTUNITIES WITH PEOPLE. In addition to financial opportunities she has to consider how federal mandates like the Affordable Care Act could affect her. 10:40 BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE EMPLOYEES YET, I HADN'T BURDENED US YET BUT I'M SURE IT WILL BECOME A LATER ON 10:48 That's why the Small Business Fair had consultants and experts like the Hawaii Health Care Connector on hand to explain the impact. Joseph Burns, Small Business Development Corp. IN: 4:06 THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAS A MANDATE SO THESE BUSINESS REALLY NEED TO EDUCATE THEMSELVES ABOUT WHAT'S GOING TO BE REQUIRED OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THE TERMS OF PROVIDING HEALTH CARE AND OR PAYING A FINE 4:19 More than 200 local entrepreneurs signed up for the bi annual fair which helps local owners with everything from accounting, securing loans to social media sales. Also with the government shut down, the fair offered classes to help businesses owners re-market themselves, especially those who work with government contracts. JOSEPH BURNS, SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORP. IN: 5:56 THE LOCAL BUSINESSES WHO ARE SELLING TO THE GOVERNMENT HAVE A PROBLEM BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET PAID THEY CAN'T PERFORM THEIR SERVICES OR PROVIDE THEIR PRODUCTS 6:02 IN: 7:47 YOU WANT TO HAVE MORE OPTIONS ON WHERE TO GO WITH YOUR BUSINESS AND WHAT KIND OF IDEAS YOU MAY HAVE FOR STARTING A BUSINESS AND IT CAN ONLY HELP IN AN UNCERTAIN ENVIRONMENT 7:57 STANDUP PKG: 19:45 THE PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN HAS AFFECTED THE SMALL BUSINESS FAIR THIS YEAR. THREE FEDERAL ORGANIZATION S INCLUDING THE USDA, SBA AND THE IRS ARE NOT HERE TODAY BECAUSE THEIR WORKERS HAVE BEEN FURLOUGHED. REPORTING FROM CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY, CAM TRAN, KITV4 NEWS Who needs fast food?