Starting a Business

Steps to Starting a Business

Thinking of starting a business? Read this helpful guide from the Business Registration division for a general overview of what’s required to start a business in Hawaiʻi.

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Use this search to check if the business name you want is available and not already registered by another business.

Note: if you are registering a business entity name, never assume the name is available until you have received a response from the Business Registration Division.

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Register a Business Online

Hawaiʻi Business Express is the quick and easy way to start a business online. Simply make an account and log in to instantly submit a filing and receive a receipt. Over time, you can continue to use the site to manage ongoing requirements such as filing your annual report and submitting any changes for your business.

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Registration Forms, Fees and Information

In Hawaiʻi, corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and limited liability partnerships are registered with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Business Registration Division (BREG).

See more information about each type of business filing, including a complete fee schedule.

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Business Action Center

The Business Action Center has offices in Honolulu, Maui, and Hawaiʻi counties. By visiting an office you can:

  • Register a business entity, trade name, trademark, or submit other filings with the Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs’ Business Registration Division
  • Get help with applying for a general excise tax (GET) license from the Department of Taxation and receive information on how to apply for a federal employer identification number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service
  • Obtain information about registering online as an employer with the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Learn about business counseling and workshops offered by other agencies and other resources available to business owners
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