"Construction Connection" is your source for monthly information on industry news and events to keep you in the know. BIA-Hawaii is The VOICE of the construction industry and we work diligently to promote our members through advocacy and education and provide community outreach programs to enhance the quality of life for the people of Hawaii.
NAHB Legal Win Allows PPP Loans to be Forgiven
Following a recent legal victory, all members of the NAHB who received a Paycheck Protection Program loan over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic can apply to have their loan forgiven, regardless of whether it was made in contravention of the Small Business Administration’s eligibility rules.

As with any other business that received PPP money, loans may be forgiven in full if they were spent on qualifying expenses, such as payroll, rent/mortgage, and utilities.

SBA has launched a streamlined application portal for borrowers with loans of $150,000 or less.
Learn How to Participate at the Legislature
With Public Access Workshops

The Public Access Room (PAR) is offering a series of online workshops on Wednesday evenings in preparation for the upcoming session. Workshops are one hour or less. Just click the RSVP button below to let them know which workshops you’re interested in and you will receive a Zoom link with the meeting particulars. You can also email par@capitol.hawaii.gov or call 808-587-0478.

“Your Voice”: Wed, Oct. 27, 5:00 p.m.
Overview of the legislature and how to add your voice to the process

“The Bill to Law Process”: Wed, Nov. 3, 5:00 p.m.
Walk through the legislative process with an imaginary bill

“Using the Legislature Website’s Interactive Features”: Wed, Nov. 10, 5:00 p.m.
Testifying, tracking, signing up for hearing notices, and searching for bills

“Communicating with Legislators”: Wed, Nov. 17, 5:00 p.m.
Tips on advocacy and communicating with lawmakers
Creating a COVID-Safe Economy
and Supporting Local Businesses is Vital to O‘ahu’s Recovery

Did you know there is Free Help & Resources available to all Hawaii businesses via the Business and Constituent Educators? Team members work one-on-one with local businesses to connect them with government and private sector resources and help companies build a path a success.

Contact them at 768-CITY (2489) or backonthewave@honolulu.gov to schedule a conversation. 
Applications Are Open For 2022 The Best of IBS Awards

Each year, the NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) recognizes the outstanding building products and services from exhibiting companies in eight categories with The Best of IBS Awards:

  • Best Energy Efficient Product
  • Best Home Technology Product
  • Best Kitchen & Bath Product
  • Best Indoor Product
  • Best Outdoor Product
  • Best Window & Door Product
  • Most Innovative Building Material
  • Most Innovative Construction Tool

The application deadline is December 3, 2021.
Construction & Design Industries Webinar
Virtual Address from a National Perspective
FREE Event on October 28, 2021 at 9am

The construction industry is facing ongoing challenges with access to building materials and labor supply that are constraining growth. Two nationally distinguished economists will provide valuable insights into the causes of these conditions and the future outlook for the industry at this free virtual event. BIA-Hawaii and GCA of Hawaii are pleased to join forces for a shared approach to solving industry issues faced by our members.


Ken Simonson
Chief Economist, Associated General Contractors of America

Robert Dietz
Chief Economist, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
National Guardrail Safety Week is Oct. 18-22, 2021. Take time to assess your job site for fall hazards and guardrails and Put Your Guard Up.

Read blog articles and view training resources & videos that you can use on your job sites to educate employees and visitors about the importance of guardrail safety. Join us in changing the safety culture.

Learn more at www.putyourguardup.com
Willis is excited to introduce brand new Corian® Design aesthetics!

Making Everyday Extraordinary is the ambition of the recently unveiled Corian® Quartz and Corian® Solid Surface colors. These aesthetics move beyond mere surfaces to create a sense of experience and captivating style.

Focus ON: Membership Value

There are many benefits of BIA-Hawaii membership. Each month we will highlight benefits to ensure you are getting the most value from your membership.

Learn more about BIA-Hawaii membership at www.biahawaii.org/value-of-your-membership. Membership questions? Contact trina@biahawaii.org or call 808-847-4666
Now Accepting Reservations
The BIA-Hawaii CTC headquarters in Waipahu has beautiful and convenient space for all of your event needs. Classrooms for trainings and well-equipped rooms for events are available to rent. The event & classroom rental calendar is now open for 2021. Space fills quickly! Secure your preferred dates and times. Contact info@biahawaii.org or call 808-847-4666.
The Construction Training Center of the Pacific (CTC) is a one-stop comprehensive training and educational resource center established by the Building Industry Association of Hawaii as its workforce development arm. The CTC provides academic and vocational training, career counseling, job awareness, and related supportive services that address critical labor shortages in the rapidly expanding construction industry.

BIA-Hawaii offers a full range of seminars and continuing education classes to empower you and your employees with the latest information on industry standards.
Did You Know?
SELECT Education Class Fees Can Be Paid By ETF
About the Employment & Training Fund. In 1991, the State Legislature established the ETF program to address the growing need to upgrade the job skills of Hawaii's workforce, created as part of a national movement that swept the country in the 1980s. Investing in human capital to improve productivity and the nation's quality of goods and services became a top priority. The Employer Referral ("micro") program is for individual businesses that need to upgrade the job skills of their employees. 
BIA-Hawaii is an approved Training Provider. ETF will cover 50% of the Non-Member course fee rate for select courses, up to a maximum of $400.

Contribute to YOUR Newsletter
BIA-Hawaii is offering members the opportunity to promote their business in the monthly newsletter free of charge for the next few months, first come, first served. If you would like to feature your business, please contact info@biahawaii.org.

Do you know a BIA-Hawaii member who has been giving back to the community by volunteering their time, services, labor or supplies to community projects? Please let us know at info@biahawaii.org.

Suggestions are always welcome on the type of articles and content that you would like to see.
Building Industry Association of Hawaii
94-487 Akoki Street, Suite 213
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797