Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
August 31, 2016
Chamber of Commerce Hawaii

In this August 31, 2016 edition:

Traffic Impact from the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii from Sept. 1-10
HUBZone Business Program to Benefit Small Hawaii Businesses
Newly Released 2016-17 Employment Law Manual Now Available
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

With ongoing tropical storm and hurricane warnings, it is important that businesses are well-prepared for emergencies. The American Red Cross is offering Ready Rating, a free, web-based membership program designed to help businesses assess their readiness. Complete the online self-assessment and the ARC will provide feedback for improving your preparedness. A few minutes of your time could save your business thousands of dollars.

On another note, volunteers are needed on election day, Nov. 8:

  • Poll Book Audit Team: Verifies turnout matches computer-generated results and audits the poll books to ensure the security and integrity of the vote counting system. Hours are 6:30 pm – approx. 2:00 am the following day.
  • Absentee Ballot Team: Prepares mail ballots for final processing and tabulation. Hours are 6:15 am - approx. 6:00 pm.

Non-profits may volunteer as a fundraiser. For more information, click here

Congratulations to Chamber member, Taubman Centers, on the grand opening of the International Market Place. As a major milestone for Waikiki, the revitalization of the area and the wide array of shops and restaurants will certainly attract both visitors and locals.

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Traffic Impact from World Conservation Congress, Sept. 1-10

The World Conservation Congress will be in Honolulu September 1-10 bringing over 8,000 attendees from 170 countries to discuss the most challenging conservation issues.

Traffic around the Neal S. Blaisdell Center and the Hawaii Convention Center, where the conference will be taking place, will be impacted during this time. Victoria St., Ward Ave. and King St. near the Blaisdell, and Atkinson Dr., Kapiolani Blvd. and Kalakaua Ave. near the Hawaii Convention Center will be affected. 

View a list of the planned road closures, contraflow and TheBus route changes.

HUBZone Business Program to Benefit Small Hawaii Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently made changes to its HUBZone disadvantaged business program which will positively impact Hawaii businesses. The changes allow Native Hawaiian Organizations to own eligible small businesses and extends the eligibility for small businesses located within and around closed military bases. 

The HUBZone gives preferences to eligible small businesses when bidding on federal contracts. With a large military presence in the state, Hawaii small businesses and Native Hawaiian organizations could benefit from the expansion of this program. 

Read more information on SBA's HUBZone program.

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

Newly Released 2016-17 Employment Law Manual Now Available

The 2016-2017 Chamber Desk Manual: Labor and Employment Law for Hawaii Employers is the only publication designed to provide Hawaii employers with a comprehensive and practical reference manual for use when confronted with state and federal employment-related challenges. In this newly revised edition, all chapters have been updated. Copies of this valuable resource can be ordered now by clicking here!

For information about your membership benefits, email Glen Higa, VP of Membership, or call him at (808) 380-2617.

**The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii office will be closed on September 5, 2016 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.**

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