May 12, 2021, 1:53 PM HST
* Updated May 12, 4:46 PM
A new option for product marketing and brand expansion is now available to Big Island entrepreneurs.
The newest online portal to support Hawai`i Island businesses went live this week. Shopbigisland.com was created by the Hawai´i Island Visitors Bureau to be a free platform where local businesses can host their information, including current specials.
The goal of the directory is to provide a platform that connects local shoppers and visitors with Big Island businesses, helping to ensure the money they spend stays within the Hawai`i Island community. When local consumers “shop Big Island,” whether it’s for products or services, they support their friends and neighbors and help them make a bigger economic impact on their communities. In Hawai`i, the 125,000-plus small businesses make up 99.3% of Hawai`i’s business force, leaving consumers with plenty of options for supporting their community with their dollars.
Supported in part by the County of Hawai`i, the portal is the perfect place for those who want to shop and support local, as well as those who are looking for great deals. On the site, visitors can browse all listings, browse by business/service type, and even browse by regions of the Island.
Businesses are encouraged to sign up for a free listing on the site. The only requirement for a listing is that the business be physically located on Hawai`i Island. The online form allows businesses to upload their contact information, logo, online platforms (including social media), and their current specials at no cost.