Chamber of Commerce Hawaii

In this February 8, 2017 edition:

Check Out Committees Speakers This Month
Senate Bill 1259 - Red Hill
Member Spotlight Page Has a New Look!

President's Message

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.  

Please stay tuned and engaged by responding to our Action Alerts. Click here to sign up for this alerts.

"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,

Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

Business Advocacy

Check Out Committees Speakers This Month

Get involved in the legislative process and help defend the business community against harmful bills that would impose more burdens on employers – minimum wage hike; mandated paid family, sick, safe leave; tax increases – and support bills that make Hawaii more business-friendly.

Tuesday, Feb. 14 – ITQ Committee
- Denise Iseri-Matsubara, Sr. Advisor, Office of the Governor 

Friday, Feb. 17 – WDE Committee
- Carol Kanayama, Workforce Dev. Division Program Officer, DLIR
- Elaine Young, Admin. Workforce Dev. Div., DLIR

Thursday, Feb. 23 – WEC Committee
- Sen. Gilbert Keith-Agaran, Chair, Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee
- Linda Chu Takayama, Director, DLIR

Learn more about the Chamber's Business Advocacy program.

Military Affairs

Senate Bill 1259 - Red Hill

For the last few years the Military Affairs Council (MAC) has been opposing state legislation that has sought to create additional rules to regulate the Red Hill underground fuel facility. The Navy is currently adhering to provisions of an Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) that was negotiated between it, the Defense Logistics Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State Department of Health as a result of a fuel leak in 2014.

While Senate Bill 1259, which is being heard this week, seeks to conform state regulations with federal regulations, the measure also attempts to develop rules that go beyond accepted EPA practices. Such regulations are simply not feasible and in some cases create additional challenges toward ensuring future leaks do not occur.

Red Hill is believed to be the largest facility of its kind in the world and is vital to military readiness as it supports all Hawaii-based military actions and a significant share of many more in the Asia-Pacific region. The U.S. military presence in Hawaii is critical to the state’s economy. Its ability to remain “ready to respond” is essential for preserving the military’s presence and our second largest industry. Should this legislation pass, it is almost certain that that Red Hill will close.

For more information about SB 1259 and to submit testimony, click here.  

Learn more about the Chamber's Military Affairs program.

Membership News

Member Spotlight Page Has a New Look!
The Member Spotlight webpage has a new look and a new name! Now called Growing the Voice of Business, we're highlighting new Chamber members who are helping in our effort to bring a strong, unified voice to our policymakers by helping us build a better business climate, spur economic development and enhance the quality of life for the people of Hawaii. 

If you're a new member and would like to have your business spotlighted, please email us!

Check out our Member Spotlight page and special Member-to-Member discount offers.
Chamber Events:
Feb. 9: FocusOn: Increasing Profitability with Financial Analysis

Feb. 9: Manufacturing Seminar - Packaging 2.0: Packaging & Product Inspection

Feb. 9: Business After Hours at Island Club and Spa

Feb. 23: YP 2017 Exec Connect and PDC Launch Party

Mar. 18: Mad About March HORSE Tournament

Member Events:
Feb 1-12: Chinese New Year Festivities

Feb. 13: FIRST 25 GET FREE REGISTRATION: HKBAH's Roundtable Discussion

Feb. 15: 1132 Bishop Street Blood Drive

Apr. 8: YMCA of Honolulu Healthy Kids Day

Neighbor Island Chamber News:
Hawaii Island

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

Other Member News
Urgent Care Hawaii Introduces New Occ Med Employer Portal and Provides Free Training Seminars

Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker - Hawaii Tax Updates


Mahalo to our Investors' Circle Members!

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