Aloha Chamber members:
Building membership is critical to growing the Chamber’s resources to support members and the business community, as well as to strengthen the Voice of Business. We are proud to report that we have grown to more than 1,600 members strong from 1,300 in July. This is in large part due to the leadership of our membership team, our members and partners across the islands.
We recently launched the Laulima program, a membership partnership with Neighbor Island chambers. To date, Hawaii Island, Kauai and Molokai Chambers have signed on, making the majority of their members a part of our chamber. The Laulima program is an effort to build a more collaborative and unified voice. Mahalo to the leadership of these Chambers. We look forward to building an army of advocates together.
The growth does not stop there. The Chamber’s Young Professionals program grew 45 percent to 230 members in 2016! Under the leadership of YP Chair Stanley Lau of Hawaii Tech Support and Executive Director Cristina Barbata, the Steering Committee has done an amazing job developing forward-thinking initiatives to engage our young professionals. Recently, YP launched its inaugural Mentor Hawaii, a four-month program that matches YP members one-on-one with a senior Hawaii business executive based on their professional and personal goals. Along with Signe Godfrey (S&G Consulting), Tammy Mencel (PBN) and Marty Welch (HEMIC), I am proud to be a mentor for the first cohort of mentees and look forward to working and supporting our young leaders.
On a separate note, we are in full swing with hearings and meetings with legislators at the Capitol. Mahalo to the Legislature for providing the Chamber with the opportunity to express our views, on behalf of our members, on bills that impact business. While we introduced a business package to spur economic development, improve the cost of doing business and invest in our future, we continue to play defense on bills that would negatively impact business, many of which include mandates and minimum wage increases.
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"Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." —Vince Lombardi
Laulima & mahalo,
President & CEO