In this September 7, 2016 edition:

Learn About The New Healthcare Landscape
Hammack Addresses MAC & Guests at Event
Is Social Media for You?

President's Message

I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day weekend and had time to reflect on the purpose of this holiday. On behalf of the Chamber, I would like to share our appreciation for employers and employees for the hard work you put forth every single day to move our state forward and keep our economic engine running. We also thank all of the first responders and the men and women in uniform for their selfless service.

On Monday, September 12 at noon in Tamarind Park, the Chamber, in partnership with BAE Systems and Anthology Marketing Group, will host a 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony to pay homage to those who lost their lives on that fateful day. We honor our first responders who forged their way on that day without hesitation in order to save lives. We honor the military for their ultimate sacrifices so we can continue to live in freedom. We honor the families who have lost their loved ones and who continue to live with the pain and suffering, but seek to move on to make this place a better one for their children and generations to come.
Please join us to show our appreciation to those who have made the ultimate sacrifices and who continue to protect us, as well as to show our spirit of resilience, pride and freedom as Americans. Although time has passed, 9/11 is a constant reminder of all the sacrifices that have been made and continue to be made, especially in volatile, unstable environments throughout the world.
On another note, as part of the Chamber's ongoing efforts to spur economic growth, on Monday, a few business and community leaders were invited to meet with U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, during his stopover in Hawaii, to discuss the state of the economy and concerns that face our state. We each raised different concerns, however, a common one was access to capital. 

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew, 4th from left, in Hawaii to discuss our local economy with business and community leaders

Secretary Lew mentioned that many of the issues he is hearing about here resonate across the nation, including acknowledgement that with little or no investment in businesses, productivity will be challenged. One of the obstacles, however, is the anxiety and concern resulting from the changing political and economic environments around the world.

He also agreed that Hawaii can serve as a meeting point for Asia-Pacific businesses and more can be done to promote this point. And, emphasized that more public-private partnerships need to be pursued, especially as it relates to operations and maintenance processes. As our state undertakes major infrastructure projects, these partnerships should be actively pursued.

Laulima & mahalo,

Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

Business Advocacy

Learn about the new coordinated care model and how it improves healthcare and drives down cost for employers. Local companies will share how they have benefited from the new landscape in healthcare. 

September 30, 2016
11:00 am - 1:30 pm

YWCA-Fuller Ballroom: 1040 Richards Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Sponsored by:

Learn more about the Chamber's Business Advocacy program.

Military Affairs

Hammack Addresses MAC & Guests at Event

Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment Katherine Hammack addressed members and guests of the Military Affairs Council (MAC) on Aug. 23 at the Pacific Club. Hammack was in Hawaii for the groundbreaking for a 50-megawatt, biofuel-capable generating plant at Schofield Barracks. The project is a partnership between the Army and Hawaiian Electric. 

Hammack discussed the ways in which the Army is partnering with private organizations, including with HECO, as well as privatized through housing, lodging and utility projects. There are also opportunities for local government partnerships with the Army.

Another area of concern for the Army across the nation is its shrinking budget and the impact of sequestration. With only one-sixth of the Army's budget allocated to installations, there are an increasing number of buildings that are underutilized, empty or dilapidated across Army installations worldwide. Hammack has been advocating for base closure and realignment as a way of helping the Army operate more efficiently.

Learn more about the Chamber's Military Affairs program.

Membership News

Social Media for Business

Creating a new social media account can be daunting. We’ve compiled some resources for learning which account(s) are the best for your business and some strategies to consider. View these resources here.

Remember, as a member, you can add the Chamber member logo to your social media platforms, website and communications to show off your membership! Check out this study on the value of showing your customers that you are a Chamber member. 

The Chamber is also on social media, make sure to connect with us on all the channels:
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | YouTube.

Check out our Member Spotlights page and special Member-to-Member discount offers.

Chamber Events:

Sep. 12: The Future of Modern Agriculture in Hawaii

Sep. 14: Captive Insurance 101: How can a Captive help your company?

Sep. 14: Young Professionals Progressive Dinner

Sep. 15: Talk Story with Walter Dods

Oct. 21: Business on the Green Golf Tournament Presented by ALSCO

Member Events:

Sep. 11: Kiahuna Golf Club Patriot Day Golf Tournament

Sep. 17: Supervisor Saturday: Conducting Investigations; Coaching, Discipline & Termination

Sep. 19: HRA 10th Annual Hall of Fame Induction & "Chefs of Aloha" Dine Around

Sep. 21: Patriot Golf Clinic at Leilehua Golf Course

Sep. 29: Scaling Up: Business Growth Workshop, an EO Hawaii Event

Oct. 7: 23rd Annual Hawaii Children & Youth Day

Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary

Neighbor Island News:
Hawaii Island

Hawaii Congressional Delegation News:
U.S. Senator Brian Schatz
U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono
U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard

Other Member News:
2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress Traffic, Info and Updates

Blue Planet Foundation, Hawaii Energy Team Up to Urge Honolulu Retailers to Close Their Doors for the Climate

SBA National Update from Washington DC – Deputy National Ombudsman Yolanda Swift
Check out the Chamber's Young Professionals Program!

Mahalo to our Investors' Circle Members!

Member Discount Offers, Job Postings, Advertising Sponsorship & more.

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