Aloha Chamber members:
Last week, your Chamber was represented at the Council of State Chambers conference in Austin, Texas. CEOs, communications, sales and government affairs Chamber professionals heard from experts on policy issues, communication strategies, and sales and marketing.
I participated in a CEO roundtable to discuss best practices and current issues. One common issue among states is workforce development and improving the talent pipeline. I shared our partnership with the UH System and the Department of Education, as discussed in my column last week.
Next week, I’ll be in Washington D.C. attending the board meeting for the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. I will also be meeting with the Japan Embassy, Departments of Commerce and Treasury, National Association of Manufacturers and the India Chamber of Commerce USA. I look forward to updating you next week.
In an ongoing series covering homelessness and the organizations who are working tirelessly to find solutions to this issue, I’d like to highlight the Institute of Human Services and its upcoming fundraiser, Hawaii for Hawaii. This annual event is on October 22 and will feature a live telethon.
With a $1 million fundraising goal, IHS is currently at $351,150. With 10 days left, please show your kokua by supporting the event with a sponsorship.
In 2015, monies raised from this event reduced homelessness with substantially expanded services. IHS was also able to relocate more than 400 people off the streets.
While we have a long road ahead of us, your support is urgently needed.
Laulima & mahalo,
President & CEO