Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
February 18, 2015

In this February 18, 2015 edition:

President's Message
First Lateral at the Legislature
Attend Upcoming Women in Leadership Forum, March 16
Promote Your Company by Advertising with the Chamber
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

The Chamber truly values and appreciates your membership investment which allows us to continue to advocate for you and build a better business climate in Hawaii. When our membership team talks to potential new members, a commonly asked question is, “What is the value of being part of the Chamber?” Asked of Chambers across the nation, the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) commissioned a study to determine, “The Real Value of Joining a Local Chamber of Commerce.” Here’s a recap of the findings:

  • Being active in your local Chamber is an effective business strategy. It communicates that a company uses good business practices, is reputable, cares about its customers and is involved in its community.
  • If a company is highly involved in its local Chamber (e.g., sits on the board), consumers are 10% more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition.
  • When consumers know that a restaurant franchise is a Chamber member, they are 68% more likely to eat at the franchise in the next few months.
  • When consumers know that an insurance company is a Chamber member, they are 36% more likely to think favorably of the company.
  • When consumers know that a small business is a Chamber member, they are 49% more likely to think favorably of it and 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.
  • Positive impacts of Chamber membership have remained the same and even increased over time.

Please share this information with potential members and join us in achieving our goal of 2,000 members by 2016. The more members we have, the stronger the “Voice of Business” will be in our state. Thank you for your support.

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

First Lateral at the Legislature

First Lateral is the first major deadline of the session. We have already testified on more than 100 bills and will continue to support bills that will improve the business climate and oppose bills that would increase the burden of doing business in Hawaii. Currently, our package is moving forward, but we will need your help to keep the momentum going. To get more involved, please contact Pono Chong, Vice President of Business Advocacy & Development.
Complimentary Event - Reframing Energy Efficiency as a High-Yield, Low-Risk Investment

Get informed by national speaker Mark Jewell, Founder and CEO of EEFG and Co-founder of the Efficiency Sales Professional Institute, who advises companies such as Honeywell and PG&E on overcoming barriers, implementing efficiency projects and why it makes sense. The event is on February 25th from 7:30-9:00 am and is complimentary for both Chamber members and non-members. For more information or to register, click here.

Attend Upcoming Women in Leadership Forum, March 16

The Military Affairs Council’s (MAC) Quarterly Briefing is scheduled for Monday, March 16th.  The theme for the briefing is “Women in Leadership” with featured speakers General Lori J. Robinson and Rear Admiral Cari B. Thomas.
Less than a century ago, it was rare to see women in the military. Today, women make up 15 percent of our armed forces and, for the first time in Hawaii's history, we are home to two female senior military leaders. 
General Robinson is Commander, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) and is responsible for Air Force activities spread over half the globe in a command that supports more than 46,000 Airmen serving principally in Japan, Korea, Hawaii, Alaska and Guam. 
Rear Admiral Thomas assumed duties as Commander, Fourteenth Coast Guard District in 2013. Her area of responsibility spans over 12.2 million square miles and includes the Hawaiian Islands, Guam, American Samoa and activities in Saipan, Singapore and Japan. 
They will be discussing their command responsibilities as well as the challenges and opportunities for women in the military. This event is open to both MAC and non-MAC members, with limited seating. Click here to download the registration form. 

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

Promote Your Company by Advertising with the Chamber

Market and extend the reach of your company throughout Hawaii’s business community by advertising with the Chamber!
With a variety of options to meet any budget, consider advertising on the Chamber’s  website, which draws  17,000+ visitors monthly, as well as our weekly e-Voice of Business Newsletter, with approximately 4,000 subscribers, comprised of members and non-members.
Advertising options start at an investment of only $150 for four weeks on our website, with discounted pricing for 12 weeks, and start at $250 for four weeks in our e-Voice of Business newsletter, with discounted pricing for a 12-week run.  Website and e-Voice of Business advertisements are exclusive to one member per each engagement.
Please click here for details and additional information. 

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