Chamber of Commerce Hawaii

The Voice of Business in Hawaii: April 12, 2017 edition

UH VP for Research & Innovation to Speak at EDI Committee Meeting
MAC Visit to PACAF’s Air Operations Center
Small BIZ Academy - New Format This Year

President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

When you eat a cookie, drink a bottle of water or buy a locally-made window, do you realize what it takes to make that single unit? Starting from raw materials to the equipment, supply chain, distribution, marketing and the work of manufacturing employees, it goes through multiple steps until it ends up in your hand. 
After touring various manufacturers over the past two days with our special guest, Jay Timmons, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), I have a greater appreciation for what we consume on a daily basis.

As NAM’s exclusive state partner, the Chamber had the honor of hosting Jay on a variety of manufacturing tours, including Diamond Bakery, Hawaiian Host, La Tour Bakehouse, who also provided an amazing lunch at its restaurant, Pacific Allied Products and Coastal Windows. Tour also included a stop at Leeward Community College where Jay learned about its Mechatronics program to prepare future workers.

We also met with state leaders, including Senate President Ron Kouchi, Senate Majority Leader Kalani English, Senator Glenn Wakai (Economic Development, Technology and Tourism Chair), Speaker Joe Souki and Rep. Mark Nakashima (Economic Development and Business Chair), to thank them and the Legislature for their tremendous support of the industry over the past couple of years, which has resulted in a revitalization of this area in jobs and investments. Meetings also included DBEDT Director Luis Salaveria, Mayor Bernard Carvalho of Kauai, HTDC Executive Director Robbie Melton and members of the Hawaii Food Manufacturing Association board.

Jay also participated in media interviews with KHON, Hawaii News Now and Hawaii Public Radio, providing a pulse on activities at the federal level, particularly under the new Administration.

Chamber members also got to meet Jay at a reception sponsored by HTDC/INNOVATE Hawaii, which was also attended by Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and Philippine Consul General Gina Jamoralin.

The manufacturing landscape has evolved over time. Sure, in Hawaii, we don’t have heavy manufacturing like automobiles, but we do have other types that help promote the Hawaii brand around the world and create products for Hawaii. Innovation is a key component in the growth of the manufacturing industry which makes STEM education initiatives an even more important focus in building our future workforce.
As Jay Timmons remarked in a recent speech, manufacturing jobs are building our future. Mahalo, Jay, for visiting with us in support of the growth of our local manufacturing industry. And to Bernie Coleman, President of Pacific Allied Products and Chair of our Manufacturing in Hawaii initiative, for co-hosting Jay’s visit.

Check out photos of Jay’s visit here.

Laulima & mahalo,

Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO
Many hands working together in collaboration and striving for a common goal.

Business Advocacy

UH VP for Research & Innovation to Speak at EDI Committee Meeting
Vassilis L. Syrmos, VP for Research & Innovation, will be speaking at the Economic Development and Innovation Committee meeting on April 17th, 12pm. Vassilis has been a key leader at the University of Hawaii in growing Hawaii’s innovation economy. For more information or to RSVP, click here.

Learn more about the Chamber's Business Advocacy program.

Military Affairs

MAC Visit to PACAF’s Air Operations Center
The Military Affairs Council (MAC) Air Force Support Committee visited the U.S. Pacific Air Force’s (PACAF) Air Operations Center last Friday at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam hosted by PACAF Vice Commander Major General Mark Dillon.

MAC members learned about the ever-changing threat in the Eastern Pacific and PACAF’s increasing number of responsibilities as a result of such threats. With the exponential growth of China’s anti-access and area denial and ballistic and offensive air capabilities, the U.S. is becoming increasingly concerned with China’s willingness to exert its military and paramilitary assets in a blatant attempt to ignore internationally-recognized norms.

With this information, it became clear how important preserving the Red Hill Fuel Facility is to military operations throughout the region. More importantly, it is apparent that state issues are becoming national security issues. As a result of this visit, the MAC will continue to highlight how such issues are affecting ongoing military operations.

It is the MAC’s hope that General Terrance O’Shaughnessy,  PACAF Commander, will be able to brief MAC members later this summer. Mahalo to General Dillon and the PACAF staff for hosting the MAC.

Learn more about the Chamber's Military Affairs program.

Membership News

Small BIZ Academy - New Format This Year
This year's Small BIZ Academy (SBA) will be during National Small Business Week! The 4th annual event features seminars geared for small and medium-sized businesses. This year, SBA will be held on three separate days – 8:30-11:20 am – with each session focused on a specific track: Finance (May 2), Marketing (May 4) and Management (May 5). Packed with great information and featuring experienced experts, you won't want to miss this year's SBA!

Register for one track, or save on registration for all three tracks here.
Check out our Member Spotlight page and special Member-to-Member discount offers.
Chamber Events:
Apr. 19: Business After Hours at Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach

Apr. 20: FocusOn Seminar: Small Biz Marketing Tools

Apr. 25: YP Anniversary Party

Apr. 27: Employment Law Update

Member Events:
Apr. 13: Diving Deeper into Information Systems and Technology

Apr. 15 & 16: FREE Easter Activities

Apr. 16: Easter Brunch by The Plaza Club

Apr. 20: Principles of Lean Manufacturing

Apr. 22: Waikiki Health 50th Anniversary Fundraising Gala

Apr. 22: Brews By the Beach Hyatt Regency Waikiki

Apr. 26: Administrative Professional's Luncheon by The Plaza Club

Apr. 27: SBA Resource Day

Apr. 27: Stars and Stripes Veteran Charity Golf Tournament

Apr. 29: Hospice Hawaii's Fundraising Event

May 6: The American Cancer Society Presents Hope Gala

May 20: HFMA 2017 TASTE Awards

May 25: Hawaii Business Magazine's SmallBiz Academy: Windward Oahu

Jun. 20-22: VERGE Hawaii: Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit

ProService HR Training Schedule 
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:
Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Workers Compensation Updates

DBEDT Congratulates Local Entrepreneur as Six Tons of Hot Sauce Heads for Japan

Mahalo to our Investors' Circle Members!

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