State announces worker training, PPE supply chain funds for small businesses

Posted on Sep 29, 2020 in Capitol Connection, Featured
Two different job training tracks are offered in conservation or innovation sectors.

Two different job training tracks are offered in conservation or innovation sectors.

The state is launching a new job training program for up to 650 workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic, using $10 million in federal CARES Act funds. The program, coordinated by the Department of Business Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT), matches workers with companies in sectors such as conservation, renewable energy, agriculture, creative arts, aerospace, entrepreneurship and STEM fields. The programs offer on-the-job training (to Dec. 15), wages starting at $13 to $15 an hour, health care benefits, and mentoring. To be eligible, you need to be a displaced worker or recent high school or college graduate. There are two different tracks in innovation or conservation sectors. To learn more, go to https://dbedt.hawaii.gov/blog/20-21/.

Local small businesses can receive funding to manufacture PPE.

Local small businesses can receive funding to manufacture PPE.

Three local companies producing face shields and hand sanitizers were among the first group of businesses to receive funding to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) under a program administered by the Hawai‘i Technology Development Corporation and DBEDT. Awards can range from $10,000 to $500,000, with larger awards possible. The program uses $10 million in federal CARES Act funds appropriated by the state Legislature. The PPE Supply Chain program provides the grants to local small businesses with 50 employees or fewer. Online applications are being accepted now at www.htdc.org until Oct. 26, 2020.  Contact [email protected] for more assistance and information.

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