Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
April 20, 2016

In this April 20, 2016 edition:

President's Message
Work Environment 2.0 Survey
Hawaii Island Chamber Military Affairs Committee
Celebrate the YP's 5th Anniversary, April 22
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

Manufacturing in Hawaii is a steadily growing industry with potential for further expansion. Over the last few years, we’ve seen a revitalization of our local manufacturing industry thanks, in part, to the national effort of bringing manufacturing back to the United States, as well as the support of government agencies, including High Technology Development Corporation and Innovate Hawaii, the Hawaii State Legislature and the administration.
This is why we are pleased to be a part of a new collaborative branding program. The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA), along with the State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), with the support of the Chamber, will be promoting the Made in Hawaii with Aloha branding program for local manufacturers, farmers and exporters. 
The Made in Hawaii with Aloha brand was created for local manufacturers and farmers to promote their products to the local community, as well as to the larger tourism industry. Many visitors come to the islands seeking true, locally made products; this branding program makes it easy for visitors to identify which products are made in Hawaii. HDOA and DBEDT encourages companies to be certified and to proudly display this logo mark. Visit HDOA’s Made with Aloha website.
To learn more about the Chamber’s Manufacturing in Hawaii Initiative, please click here or email Jenny Lee.

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Work Environment 2.0 Survey

The Chamber is asking its members and their employees to take the Work Environment 2.0 survey to help employers understand the current and future needs of the workforce. With unemployment around 3% and millennials comprising the majority of the workforce in a few years, employers need to create a work environment that can meet the diverse needs of this group. 
Please consider taking a 5-minute confidential survey to provide businesses with the information needed to create a better workplace environment and attract and retain the best employees. A summary of the results will be available to members.
Survey can be found here. Please email Jenny Lee if you have any questions.

Biz Tip: Learn about the Chamber's Manufacturing in Hawaii Initiative which provides resources and seeks to enhance opportunities within the industry. 

Hawaii Island Chamber Military Affairs Committee

The Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce recently announced the formation of its Military Affairs Committee (HIMAC). In last week’s announcement, HIMAC Chair Jason Fujimoto remarked that his committee would serve as the Hawaii Island partner for the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii’s MAC and serve our mission to preserve, promote and protect the military’s presence in Hawaii through outreach, education and partnership. Along those same lines, the HIMAC has aligned its mission with the MAC’s by focusing its priorities on the 3Cs—Commerce, Communications and Culture.

While the MAC is a statewide organization, remaining engaged with stakeholders on the neighbor islands has proven to be a considerable challenge. The formation of the HIMAC will allow us to better understand the local issues that may have a greater impact on the entire state. 

Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) on Hawaii Island is important to training and readiness for the U.S. Military and the Hawaii National Guard. Due to this importance, the HIMAC will play a critical role in engaging the community in discussions about PTA. The MAC is pleased to have this opportunity to support and partner with the HIMAC.

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

Celebrate the YP's 5th Anniversary, April 22

The Chamber's Young Professionals (YP) are celebrating their 5th Anniversary this Friday, April 22nd at the Aston Waikiki Coconut Club.

We invite you to join the YPs for a memorable evening of fireworks, delicious pupus, great networking, prize giveaways and fun as we commemorate the growth of the program over the last year.

Registration includes two beverage tickets and pupus. Validated parking is available at the Aston Waikiki. Cost is $40 for Young Professionals, $45 for Chamber members and $50 for non-members. Pricing increases by $5 at the door. Click here to sign up and for more information. 

Mahalo to our sponsors:

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