Fit Small Business says Hawaii ranks 31st best state for women entrepreneurs.

Here's what they took into consideration -- start up survival rate, cost of living, women's health and safety and investment funding.

Colorado ranked number one.

Hawaii Energy has launched a new electric vehicle charging incentive program.

The Pacific Business Journal reports the state-funded project will award a total of $400,000 in rebates for EVCs installation projects completed between January 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, on behalf of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission.

Both offices hope that the incentives will serve to expand Hawaii's network of stations.

For many families, the cost of childcare is approaching the cost of rent, says Freddie Mac.

High childcare costs could pressure parents, especially mothers, to leave the workforce, and make it harder for families to save for down payments.

While inflation-adjusted housing costs have raised by 14 percent since 1993, according to federal data, childcare costs have risen by 49. The average family that pays for childcare spends $715 a month, compared to the national median rent of $899.

The Department of Defense expanded shopping privileges at its commissaries to a number of new groups, including purple heart recipients, former prisoners of war, all veterans with service-connected disabilities, and individuals approved as the primary family caregivers of eligible veterans.

Commissaries are discounted grocery shopping facilities located on bases.

The expanded eligibility went into effect January 1.