ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker

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The last show of the year focuses on tax reform and Hawaii’s economic diversification, or lack thereof. Very fast paced discussion.

Tax reform – Something for almost everyone, especially small businesses.  Most individuals will save on their 2018 taxes.  Some will save a lot.  Be prepared and work with your tax preparer to maximize the benefits.


Economic Diversification – As a member of the Hawaii Chambers Board of Directors we dealt with this issue about 25 years ago.  And we still are.  We missed an opportunity with Healthcare and then again with Education.  Let’s not miss another opportunity with Ocean Energy or Technology.



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Reg Baker, CPA PFS, is a nationally recognized expert, advocate and writer for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses (SMB’s). He serves on the national board of directors for the Small Business Administration’s Regulatory Fairness Board and is the Chairman of Region IX which includes California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam and American Samoa. Baker also served on the Hawaii Small Business Regulatory Review Board which reviews all small business rules and regulations at the State and County level and makes recommendations to the Governor and respective Mayors. He Co-Chaired the combined Small Business and Entrepreneur & Economic Development and Invocation Committees of the Hawaii state Chamber of Commerce and hosted the weekly TV show Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker. Mr. Baker has been named twice as the SBA's Financial Advocate for the state of Hawaii. He has over 35 years’ experience both owning small businesses and advocating for SMB’s and their owners. He focuses on taking companies to the next level with higher profitability and sales and provides Wealth Management services to the SMB owners.

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