Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
December 3, 2014

In this December 3, 2014 edition:

President's Message
SBA Export Roundtable
Navy and PUC Address Hawaii's Energy Concerns
Members Save with Chamber's Hopaco Office Max Program
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

Hawaii is returning to the Hill. Last July, the Chamber partnered with U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono and her team to host the first-ever "Hawaii on the Hill" event which showcased our state's various industries to our nation's Congressional leaders. More than 50 companies from across the islands were represented. The goal of this initiative was to keep Hawaii at the forefront at our nation's capitol by showing that, in addition to being a world-class tourist destination, our state is an attractive place to do business.

With the success of this initiative and the importance of continuing to keep Hawaii on the Capitol Hill radar, the Chamber is returning to the Hill in partnership with Senator Hirono. Next year's Hawaii on the Hill is scheduled for June 9-10 and will, once again, include a legislative summit during which participants can hear from and connect with various agencies, lawmakers and organizations related to their industry. We are working on a few more exciting events to enhance next year’s itinerary. We hope you will be able to join us!
For registration information, click here.
To reserve your spot and for more information, click here.
To check out last year’s Hawaii on the Hill event, click here

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

SBA Export Roundtable

The Small Business Administration (SBA) district office will be hosting an export roundtable on Friday, December 5, from 9-11am at 300 Ala Moana Blvd. 
This is an opportunity for SBA’s Advocacy’s Chief Counsel, Dr. Winslow Sargeant, to hear from import/export business leaders on their challenges and opportunities for operating international businesses in Hawaii, America’s gateway to Asia. 
He is the 6th Chief Counsel of Advocacy to lead the office’s mission in representing the interests of small businesses within federal government. 
The Advocacy office works with other federal partners to examine ways to support more small businesses in accessing the global market.

Navy and PUC Address Hawaii's Energy Concerns

Last week, the MAC facilitated a first-ever meeting of the Navy Facilities Command and the Public Utilities Commission. It was a productive, informational session where the Navy was able to share its requirements, goals and challenges. As the single largest energy customer in the islands, their interests range from adding significant solar power to their renewable portfolio, continuing their demand reduction and efficiency efforts, and serving as a community partner with Hawaiian Electric and Hawaii Gas in the development of a bulk LNG solution. Like all of us in Hawaii, the Navy's goals is lower energy costs and reduce our dependency on fossil fuels.  
An excellent first meeting, with an interest by both parties to continue the discussion for the benefit of all.

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

Members Save with Chamber's Hopaco Office Max Program

Members receive generous discounts of up to 70% on essential office supplies and furniture at Hopaco Office Max. Now through December 26, members receive an additional 15% off on select file cabinets and chairs. Click here to see product specials and for coupon code.
You must be a member and sign up for the Chamber Office Depot discount program to take advantage of ongoing discounts and this special offer. Sign up now!

We also invite you to check out our updated Member-to-Member Offers page and take advantage of special offers and discounts from various local businesses. If you'd like to include a promotion, have an event or news to share, please email submissions to Bianca Mordasini.

Check out our Member Spotlights.

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