August 24, 2022
Member News



Inflation is Creating a "Perfect Storm" of Challenges for Small Business Owners
Although inflation levels are showing signs of leveling-off, small businesses are still facing steep challenges and remain uncertain about the economy. 
While the consumer price index saw prices fall slightly in the month of July, inflation remains a 40-year high. The latest U.S. Chamber Metlife small business index revealed that inflation is the top concern for business owners right now. Nearly 7 in 10 say they raised prices to cope with rising input costs. 
The U.S. Chamber spoke with four small businesses across different industries and regions of the country on how they are handling the impacts of inflation. To read about them, click below.
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New Podcast Episode:
How Healthcare Teams Can Enrich a Community

On this episode of the Voice of Business Podcast presented by ALTRES focused on community building in the healthcare sector, Jo McGarry interviews Dr Jill Hoggard Green PHD & RN, President & CEO of The Queens Healthcare System.

Dr. Hoggard Green discusses how the Queens Healthcare System are best serving each person and their ohana, with an understanding that teams and our community can collaborate to improve health and well-being.

Throughout the pandemic, the Queens Healthcare System focused on bringing teams together at a rapid pace to implement protocols that would work across the community. Throughout that time, while constantly learning, the protocols established made a tremendous difference to the state of Hawaii. Coming out of the pandemic, Dr. Hoggard Green sees Hawaii as having incredible abilities to truly improve health and well-being of our families and to create new industry and businesses that can thrive. Listen and learn more about The Queens Healthcare System.

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Navy Blue Angels

This past weekend, the U.S. Navy Blue Angel F/A-18 Super Hornets performed aerial stunts at the 2022 Kaneohe Bay Air Show at the Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH).

The event featured aerial performances as well as static displays, demonstrations and vendors. Mahalo to MCBH for the unique opportunity to witness this show stopping event!  


Join Employers and Educators September 1 for the Annual Hawaii Work-Based Learning Convening


Work-Based Learning (WBL) continues to be a need for educators and young leaders around the state. Hawaii is seeing continued growth in the number of WBL opportunities for learners across the state. We have seen great examples of WBL models from industry partners who embrace WBL as a strategic way to prepare a new generation of talent for the future of work.

We invite all employers to attend this year's virtual Work-Based Learning Convening on Thursday, September 1 from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM hosted by Hawaii P20 Partnerships for Education and the Chamber.

The convening will showcase an employer post-secondary internship, ask-an-educator panel, Sector Partnerships session and more! Sessions are an opportunity to learn how your organization can get involved with our local educators to support WBL opportunities for our young leaders, focusing on workforce planning, talent acquisition and talent development.

If you have any questions on the WBL convening or work-based learning, please send us an email.

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45+ Local College Students Network with 30 of Hawaii's Top Executives


The future looks bright for Hawaii’s rising leaders! Mahalo to everyone who joined the Chamber for our inaugural Kamaaina Career Connect held recently at the American Savings Bank Campus.

Over 45 local college students and recent graduates got to meet and network with over 30 of Hawaii’s top executive leaders representing a variety of industries. Networks were expanded, resumes were shared and students became inspired about the types of job opportunities available throughout the state!

Kamaaina Career Connect aims to help students build their professional networks and gain their interest in pursuing lucrative and in-demand job opportunities available right here at home. A big thank you to all the executive attendees who joined us as well as our sponsors for making this event possible: American Savings Bank, Kamehameha Schools, Hawaiian Telcom, The Queen’s Health Systems and Island Holdings.

Mahalo for your commitment to Hawaii’s leaders of tomorrow!

For more information on Kamaaina Career Connect, send us an email.

Industry Partners Needed to Join DOE Pathway Advisory Councils

Calling on leaders in Cultural Arts, Media & Entertainment, Sustainable Hospitality and Tourism.

The future youth workforce is here and is in need of your expertise! The Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) is looking for committed business leaders to serve on Cultural Arts, Media & Entertainment, and Sustainable Hospitality & Tourism Pathway Advisory Councils (PACs). With students selecting career pathways as early as 8th grade, the DOE needs advisory council members to serve as industry experts to inform student technical skills learning in these K-12 CTE programs of study and curriculum. Partners who represent the following are needed:

 Cultural Arts, Media, and Entertainment  Pathway

  • Digital Design
  • Fashion and Artisan Design
  • Film and Media Production

 Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Pathway

  • Culinary Arts
  • Sustainability Hospitality and Tourism Management 

This is an amazing opportunity to influence the future of work in Hawaii alongside education and post-secondary partners. What’s the commitment? Each member sits on the PAC for two years and will meet twice a year to review technical skills, content in course standards and identify industry-recognized credentials. Interested?

Apply by clicking below by August 31, 2022, by 4:30 PM.

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