Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
August 26, 2015

In this August 26, 2015 edition:

President's Message
Small Biz Academy, Sept. 30, 2015
Joint Venture Education Forum
Chamber 2.0- Helping Businesses Grow
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members,

Small businesses are the lifeline of our economy. As rail construction progresses, many of the companies along the rail lines will be affected. To mitigate the impact, HART today launched its Shop and Dine on the Line, a business outreach program designed to help businesses during the construction process by providing businesses, residents and visitors with special offers to encourage all to visit businesses along the alignment.
Through the program, impacted companies have the opportunity to feature special offers on shopping, dining and services online, through social media and via community groups and organizations that are partnering with HART to help businesses during rail construction. Check out available discounts by clicking here

We encourage your patronage of these businesses, as well as to utilize them for meeting and catering needs. This will be a challenging period for many, but we hope that, collectively, we can support and work together to overcome these challenges and move our businesses forward.

Please forward this information to your networks, as well as promote it on social media.
For more information, contact HART via its 24-Hour Project Hotline at (808) 566-2299 or email

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Small Biz Academy, Sept. 30, 2015

On September 30, from 8:00am to 1:30pm, the Chamber will be presenting its 2nd Small Biz Academy at the Neal Blaisdell Center-Hawaii Suites. 

This half-day event will feature experts with some of Hawaii’s leading companies speaking on topics ranging from Marketing and Social Media to Employment Law 101. 

We are pleased to present a keynote lunch panel with Allan Ikawa, Founder & CEO, Big Island Candies; Kurt Osaki, Founder & President, Osaki Creative Group; and Shelley Wilson, Founder, President & CEO, Wilson Care Group. This distinguished panel will share their experiences on rising from adversities they faced before their businesses could succeed.

To register and for more information click here.

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

Joint Venture Education Forum 

On August 20, the Hawaii Department of Education and U.S. Pacific Command hosted the Joint Venture Education Forum’s (JVEF) 14th Annual Meeting at the Kroc Center. The event was co-sponsored by the Military Affairs Council (MAC) and the Hawaii Business Roundtable, who is also a member of the MAC.

JVEF is a cooperative partnership between Hawaii’s military community, public schools and community organizations. Its mission is to facilitate opportunities to address educational concerns and unique needs of military children and their families, as well as support Hawaii’s public school students.

The event recognized outstanding contributions which had a significant impact on Hawaii’s military and public school students. Senator Jill Tokuda, whose district includes Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), received the JVEF Outstanding Civilian Contributor Commendation Award for her efforts as the Chair of the Senate Committee on Education.

U.S. Coast Guard pilot LT Sam Pemberton was the recipient of the JVEF Outstanding Military Contributor Commendation Award for his service on the Hale Kula Elementary School Community Council. LT Pemberton established online meetings via the school’s Facebook community, which substantially increased parental participation and engagement.

Congratulations to Senator Tokuda and LT Pemberton for their continued support of the JVEF and Hawaii’s public schools.

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

Chamber 2.0- Helping Businesses Grow

The Chamber has recently launched Chamber 2.0, an ongoing event designed to share information about the Chamber and how we're helping businesses grow and thrive. Members and non-members who want to learn more about Chamber membership are encouraged to attend and share this information with colleagues who are not members.

This informal networking event covers how a Chamber membership can support your business goals and expand your networks, as well as information on maximizing membership benefits. Hear from current members on their personal experiences with the Chamber and gain information on the business tools and resources offered through membership.

The next Chamber 2.0 is scheduled for September 22, 7:30-9:00 am, at Premier Business Centers, 1003 Bishop Street, Suite 2700. Complimentary Continental breakfast will be provided. To learn more and to register for this event, please email Randy Cain.  

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