INFORMATIONAL MEETING ON THE RESTAURANT REVITALIZATION FUND GRANT



The local office of the Small Business Administration (SBA) will be holding an informational meeting on the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grant on Thursday, May 13, 2021.


The event, which will be conducted in person from 2:30p.m. - 4:00p.m at the ʻAiea Elementary School cafeteria, will be also streamed live via Microsoft Teams.


The forum is particularly aimed at restaurant owners on the west side of Oahu but is open to all restaurant owners in the Honolulu City and County area. There are special outreach efforts for small family-owned businesses whose owners may face language barriers.


The webinar will be available in 17 difference languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Ilocano.


Expected to attend will be Senator Bennette E. Misalucha, Representatives Aaron Ling Johanson, Sam Kong, Gregg Takayama, and Roy Takumi, Council Member Brandon J.C. Elefante, the Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism, and the City & County of Honolulu Office of Revitalization.


“This event will be beneficial to restaurant owners who may have been intimidated by the paperwork due to language or digital constraints; these factors would have otherwise prevented them from applying for the grant,” said Senator Misalucha (Senate District 16 - Pearl City, Momilani, Pearlridge, ‘Aiea, Royal Summit, ‘Aiea Heights, Newtown, Waimalu, Halawa, Pearl Harbor). “By assisting them with the application process, my hope is that this will help put these businesses one step closer to regaining financial stability and prosperity.”


Following the webinar, attendees will have the opportunity to make an appointment with either the Small Business Development Center, the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership, or the Veteran’s Business Outreach Center for assistance in submitting grant applications.


Those interested in attending the webinar can register now on Eventbrite at sbahi.eventbrite.com.


For those who prefer to attend the meeting in person, email valerie.kubota@sba.gov or call 808-460-8968 to reserve a seat at the ‘Aiea Elementary School cafeteria.