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Posted on Apr 17, 2019 in Latest Department News

HONOLULU – The Department of Commerce and Consumers Affairs (DCCA) has begun airing a public service announcement (PSA) to highlight the BusinessCheck website at The campaign encourages the public to protect themselves from unfortunate circumstances by utilizing BusinessCheck resources to lookup and check on companies, individuals or licensed professionals that they intend to hire or do business with.

“We hope this initiative will encourage consumers to take a minute to research a licensed professional or company before doing business with them,” said DCCA Director Catherine Awakuni Colón. “Doing a search on the BusinessCheck website may help with decision-making before giving your money away.”

Consumers can use BusinessCheck as a one-stop shop to find information on various businesses, individuals, and entities operating within the State of Hawaii. The website offers online resources for consumers including licensee complaints and licensing status, tax and business registration, and other educational materials.

In addition to airing on local broadcast networks, the PSA can be viewed on DCCA’s YouTube channel at

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The mission of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs is to uphold fairness and public confidence in the marketplace, promote sound consumer practices, and increase knowledge, opportunity, and justice in our community. The Department serves the public through a variety of functions, including business registration and professional licensure, monitoring the financial solvency of local financial institutions and insurance companies, and investigating complaints of unfair business practices and license violations.



Media Contact:

William Nhieu
Communications Officer
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Email: [email protected]
Office: (808) 586-7582
Cell: (808) 389-2788