Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
August 5, 2015

In this August 5, 2015 edition:

President's Message
Save the Date: Small Biz Academy, Sept. 30
Joint Venture Education Forum
Network with the Chamber at Business After Hours, Aug. 30
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members,

Today, we held our Employment Law Seminar in partnership with Investors’ Circle member, Torkildson Katz Hetherington Moore and Harris. As one of our most popular events, more than 300 were in attendance, learning about changes and updates to employment laws, on both state and national levels.
Topics included avoiding discrimination claims, legal issues terminating “at-will” employees, preserving key evidence in employment claims, wage theft and AAP changes, immigration, employee leaves of absences under FMLA and disability, courts updates since 2014, internal investigations, and updates on ACA and Obamacare.
Staying current on these laws is particularly important as non-compliance could cost companies thousands, and even, millions of dollars. Many of the updates to the laws stem from changes to administrative rules or bills that pass the Legislature or Congress.
The Chamber’s Business Advocacy Department focuses much of its efforts during the legislative session on stopping bills that would place additional mandates and regulations on businesses. We also provide opportunities for members to participate in the legislative process through Action Alerts and other legislative activities.
On a related note, during the luncheon portion of the Employment Law Seminar, I had the opportunity to serve as keynote sharing information about the changing tides of communication in advocacy. Advocacy has changed dramatically. We need to turn up the volume and aggressiveness of how we deliver our messages so that we can ensure these messages are getting out there as effectively as divergent viewpoints and opposing groups.
Rules have changed. Times and tactics have changed and we have to change with them. 

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Save the Date: Small Biz Academy, Sept. 30

The Chamber will host its second Small Biz Academy on September 30, 2015, 8:00am to 1:30pm at the Neal Blaisdell Center, a popular half-day series of seminars designed to help those who want to start a business and small to medium-sized business owners run their operations more efficiently and profitably. Our keynote lunch panel will include:

  •       Allan Ikawa, Founder and CEO, Big Island Candies
  •       Kurt Osaki, Founder and President, Osaki Design Group
  •       Shelley Wilson, Founder, President and CEO, Wilson Care Group

More information coming soon, but please mark your calendars.

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

In 1999, the Joint Venture Education Forum (JVEF) was established as a partnership between the Hawaii Department of Education (DOE), military and community stakeholders as a venue to address mutual concerns through meaningful discussion as well as establish relationships to promote educational opportunities for Hawaii’s children.
The JVEF 14th Annual Meeting, which will be hosted by the DOE and U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) and co-sponsored by the Military Affairs Council (MAC) and the Hawaii Business Roundtable, is scheduled for August 20, 2015 at the Kroc Community Center in Kapolei.
The theme for this year’s event is “Partnerships: Celebrate and Accelerate.” The event will celebrate the incredible partnerships that have been developed between the community and the military to improve Hawaii public schools. Additionally, the forum will address how we can expand existing partnerships to ensure success moving forward.
For more information on JVEF, please click here

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

Network with the Chamber at Business After Hours, August 20

Join the Chamber for an evening of networking and business-building at our Business After Hours at JN Chevrolet on Thursday, August 20. Here's your opportunity to meet other Chamber members and make valuable connections, check out JN Chevrolet’s latest exotic vehicles, as well as win an exotic car driving experience package. Pupus and two beverage tickets are included in the registration fee, as well as hosted valet parking available in JN Chevrolet’s lot.
$25 for Chamber members, $15 for Young Professional members, $35 regular rate. Registration deadline is Monday, August 17. An additional fee of $15 will be incurred to those registering after the deadline. Click here to register.

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