Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
December 23, 2015

In this December 23, 2015 edition:

President's Message
Congress Passes Omnibus Spending Bill
MAC Hosts Annual Partnership Conference
Sponsor the Chamber's Young Professionals Program
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Happy Holidays!

On behalf of your Chamber team, thank you so much for your support. Your membership is our greatest gift as it allows us to effectively advocate for your business so that you can continue to sustain and build your business.
During this pivotal time in our state’s history, we need the business community’s investment so that we can continue to build a strong collective voice to defend ourselves from negative actions and proactively lead the way to help improve the state’s economic climate.
As an opportunity to show your support for the Chamber, we are seeking written testimonials that can be featured in Chamber communications, including our website, member directory and other communication pieces. If you would like to submit your testimonial, please email Bianca Mordasini.    
Also, just a reminder that we have some exciting events lined up in January:

  • Chamber Week:  Launched in 2014, the purpose of this week is to engage members of the business community in the legislative process and our advocacy efforts and, ultimately, invest in Hawaii’s future. Visit our site to learn more about the events lineup, January 19-22, as well as sponsorship opportunities.
  • Military Partnership Conference:  Please join us for this annual conference on January 15, 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hawaii State Capitol. Conference will be followed by a luncheon featuring Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. See Military Affairs column below for more information.

We wish you and your family a safe and joyful Christmas.

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Congress Passes Omnibus Spending Bill

Last week, Congress passed an omnibus spending bill which will benefit Hawaii. 
U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said, “I’m pleased we were able to help secure an across-the-board increase in federal investments for Hawaii.”
“The final agreement invests in Hawaii’s future, and will help families and small businesses succeed…,” said U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono.

Overall, defense spending in Hawaii will increase by more than $200 million and transportation funding will increase by nearly $10 million.
“There are critical investments across the State of Hawaii that are funded in this bill…,” said U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

“This omnibus package translates into real money for Hawaii,” said U.S. Rep. Mark Takai in a statement.
All members of the Hawaii delegation supported the measure. The bill also addressed the nation’s infrastructure by producing a transportation funding bill and reauthorized the Ex-Im Bank. Lastly, and an important issue for Hawaii business, the bill further delayed taxes on healthcare plans. Click here to read the Pacific Business News article. 

Biz Tip: Learn about the Chamber's Manufacturing in Hawaii Initiative which provides resources and seeks to enhance opportunities within the industry. 

MAC Hosts Annual Partnership Conference

The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii’s Military Affairs Council (MAC) will host its annual meeting and partnership conference Friday, January 15, 8 a.m. to 1:30  p.m., at the Hawaii State Capitol. The event is aimed at promoting greater dialogue among government, private sector and military leadership on key issues affecting all.

U.S. Pacific Command and each of its regional component commands will discuss recent developments in the U.S. Pacific Command’s Area of Responsibility during a unique side-by-side chat between the respective commanders during the plenary session.

Based on the success of last year’s format, this year’s conference will highlight breakout sessions focusing on the specific issues of cyber security, energy, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief and environmental/community partnerships where participants will have the opportunity for cross-discussion. The conference will conclude with a luncheon featuring remarks by Governor David Ige and Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., Commander of U.S. Pacific Command.

Registration for non-MAC members is $175. Space is limited with priority given to MAC members. For more information, please email us.

Click here to learn more about the Military Affairs Council (MAC) and MAC members.

Sponsor the Chamber's Young Professionals Program

The Chamber's Young Professionals (YP) Program hosts a variety of sponsorship options which provide marketing opportunities targeted at Hawaii's next generation of leaders.

Sponsorship of the YP Program helps offset the costs of overhead and administrative fees, as well as provide funding to support valuable workshops and seminars-covering topics from work-life balance to entrepreneurship with some of Hawaii's top business executives and innovators. In addition to supporting a great community resource, sponsorship of the YP program will also share your company with highly motivated young professionals.

Click here to download the sponsorship flyer. For inquiries, please email Bianca Mordasini. 

Established in 2011, the YP Program now boasts approximately 200 members, ages 21-39, and provides the training, resources and tools for YPs to advance their professional development and contribute to Hawaii's thriving business community. For more information on the program, click here.

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