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Thumbtack.com surveyed 75 hundred small business owner-operators across the whole nation.  HAWAII BUSINESS FRIENDLINESS Ease of starting a business 50 Ease of hiring 48 Overall regulations 48 Labor regulations 50 Tax regulations 48 Licensing...
America's biggest retailers by annual sales. 1. Walmart $375 billion. 2. Kroger $116 billion. 3. Amazon $103 billion. 4. Costco $93 billion. 5. Home Depot $92 billion. 6. Walgreens $83 billion. 7. CVS (Longs) $78 billion. 8. Target $72 billion. 9....
2 months 1 week ago | Hawaii News Now - SmartMoney
A lot of people go into autopilot when it comes to paying their mortgage every month.  They don't even think about refinancing. Today we're discussing one of the best things you can do for your home and yourself: refinancing your mortgage! ...
We're looking at air capacity, just to Kona, just this month. LAX 42,116 (inc. 4,648 to Hilo) SFO-OAK-SJC 28,343 SeaTac 13,704 (+1,685 from Portland)...
Someone at Business Insider has way too much time on their hands. They spent some serious time graphing when the Pumpkin Spice Latte rolls out each year. This started with Starbucks employees leaking that this rollout date is August 28. That turns...
County – credit card debt - % of Income Kauai $3,896 13.5% Oahu $3,834 11.9% Maui Co. $4,067 13.3% Big Island $3,821 14.8% Warning: Different measurements of credit card debt vary a lot, some much higher. I saw one that put average credit card debt...
When you hire, there are two things you typically want – a choice of applicants – and the option to hire fast. The lower unemployment goes, the harder this becomes. Number of unemployed per job opening: 2010 – 7 2011 – 6 2012 – 4 2013 – 3.5 2014 – 3...
For a long time there was a saying in the personal investment business – that $1 million was the gold standard for retirement savings. But GoBankingRates.com calculated how long $1 million will last and found it varies a lot, depending on where you...
2 months 2 weeks ago | Hawaii News Now - SmartMoney
Buying your first home is such an exciting time in your life, but it can also be nerve-wracking.  Where should someone start? In this week's  Smart Money Monday, we're going to learn about taking your first step towards living the American Dream....
Mark Kimura teaches at UH Hilo. He worked out those likely losses, and kindly explained how he arrived at his figures. He started with projected visitors for May plus June. That was 320,092 visitors. Then he counted actual visitors for those months...
Bloomberg News did a beautiful series of land use charts and maps. The largest chunk of the 48 contiguous states is pasture and range land for livestock. The next largest is forest. Then cropland. But where is this land, really? Farms and ranches...
Yesterday we gave you Matson second quarter financial results. Today, a closer look at how much business Matson does, and where. Hawaii containers 38,600...
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says his department is looking at it – a proposal to start indexing the capital gains tax for inflation. Dialing out inflation would reduce the capital gains tax. And Mnuchin says he's trying to figure out if he can...
The Wall Street Journal published a list showing legroom in economy by airline. JetBlue 34 inches Alaska 31-36 inches Southwest 31-33 inches American 30-32 inches Delta 30-32 inches United 30-31 inches They didn't measure Hawaiian...
2 months 3 weeks ago | Hawaii News Now - SmartMoney
With National Dog Day coming up in August, today's Smart Money Monday, we'll be diving into one of the furriest financial decisions you'll ever face – pet ownership! When it comes to adding a new animal to our lives, money is usually the last thing...
Hold onto your pants! It's Crisis at a Glance! The California state Supreme Court rules unanimously that Starbucks has been bad.
Based on spring filings, these are the big spenders. Top five corporate lobbies: U.S. Chamber of Commerce $15.2 million. Google* $5.8 million. Business Roundtable $5.8 million. American Chemistry Council* $3.6 million. Amazon* $3.5 million...
Using spring results, just out from Hawaiian Airlines, let look at how an airline works. Hawaiian spring revenue was more than $700 million. More than nine tenths of that came from passenger revenue, ticket sales and fees. The rest was revenue in...
3 months 2 days ago | Hawaii News Now - SmartMoney
A lot of people struggle with making ends meet and keep going deeper into debt. So what can someone do?  The first thing you need to do is really get a handle on how much debt you really have and who you owe. Start by making a list. List every...
Hiring is up and unemployment is low. But hiring is up OR down depending on which KIND of job you’re talking out. Look at certain June job counts compared to the same time LAST year. Hotels and Food Service 115,300 (110,700) +4,600 Healthcare 72,100...

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