HawaiiWritten by Beverly Creamer On 12 June 2012
State Wins 2 Awards for Mobile Apps that Help Business

Say what you want about how regulations slow down business in Hawaii, but now the state can crow about winning two prestigious awards to prove otherwise. The awards come for a series of mobile apps created by the State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to make it easier to do business here.

The mobile apps are modified versions of services available on the Business Registration website, including business name searches, document purchases and annual filings. To access them, just go to business.ehawaii.gov on any mobile device or tablet. The site will automatically default to the mobile apps.

This suite of apps provide larger text, buttons for touch response, and customized layouts to fit small screens. They also include more than 120,000 annual reports filed by Hawaii businesses and more than 6.5 million unique name hits for the business name search service.

The awards went to DCCA’s Business Registration Division (BREG). The first award — the 2012 Merit Award for Outstanding Innovation — comes from the International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA). The second award comes from the Web Marketing Association, which recently launched a MobileWebAwards competition for the Best Government Mobile Website.

The mobile apps are part of the New Day initiatives by the Abercrombie Administration set forth by the Office of Information Management Technology (OIMT.)

The apps were developed through the eHawaii.gov program, a public/private partnership between the state and the Hawaii Information Consortium that also was recognized by Hawaii Business magazine this year as one of the state’s best places to work.

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Beverly Creamer

A long-time Hawaii writer, formerly with The Honolulu Advertiser, and earlier, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. University of Hawaii graduate; Canadian born.

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