Chamber of Commerce Hawaii

In this March 15, 2017 edition:

Min. Wage Increase Dead. Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Still Alive
Potential U.S. Coast Guard Budget Cut in 2018
February Another Great Month for Membership!

President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

While the local manufacturing industry is varied, food is one of the most popular categories and serves to promote the Aloha State's brand globally.

Our partnership with the Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association and INNOVATE Hawaii is integral to ensuring that this industry continues to be supported.  

As part of this effort, we are proud to highlight this partnership with HFMA and one of the association’s most coveted and popular event - the 4th Annual TASTE Awards Saturday, May 20, 6:00-9:30pm at Dole Cannery's Pomaika'i Ballroom. 

The TASTE Awards celebrates the achievements in Hawaii’s food manufacturing industry and highlights the stories behind successful companies and their products. 

In addition to the award presentations, a Battle of the Chefs will feature Chef Shaymus Alwin of Azure Restaurant at The Royal Hawaiian, Chef James Aptakin with Layers of Flavor, and Chef Russell Siu of 3660 on the Rise and Kakaako Kitchen. Mark your calendars and reserve your table today by visiting! Get your taste on!

Showcasing the progress of the industry, Manufacturing Day is Monday, March 20, 10:30am-1:30pm on the 4th floor of the State Capitol. This is an opportunity for the general public to learn about our local manufacturing industry and the wide variety of products that are produced here, as well as network with legislators.

With their support and that of the Administration, a manufacturing grant has helped revitalize the industry. And, we are already seeing the returns on this investment.
Finally, stay tuned for more details about an upcoming visit by the National Association of Manufacturer’s President and CEO, Jay Timmons.

Laulima & mahalo,

Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

Many hands working together in collaboration and striving for a common goal.

Business Advocacy

Min. Wage Increase Dead. Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Still Alive

Minimum Wage Increase: This bill is dead for this session. We appreciate our members who participated in our Action Alerts and contacted legislators. We would also like to thank key legislators for understanding the concerns of our member businesses. This, along with the increase in prepaid healthcare premiums (Hawaii is the only state that mandates this on employers), would’ve added an hourly benefit of $3.45 to $7.00/hour. With next year’s scheduled minimum wage, the total benefit will amount to $13 to $17 per hour

Paid Sick/Family Leave: There are two bills moving through the legislature to mandate employers provide paid sick and family leave. While many employers already offer some form of paid leave, we believe that mandating paid sick leave will hurt employers and potentially impact employees’ compensation package, including flex time and other optional benefits.

Learn more about the Chamber's Business Advocacy program.

Military Affairs

Potential U.S. Coast Guard Budget Cut in 2018

On Thursday, the Trump administration is expected to submit a 2018 budget to Congress that cuts the U.S. Coast Guard’s funding by $1.3 billion dollars at a time when the department is being asked to do more than ever before. In anticipation of this move, a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the House recently sent a letter to their colleagues on the appropriations committee asking them to reject the proposal from the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

This letter, signed by Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, states that this reduction directly contradicts the White House’s stated goals to rebuild the military. While it is believed that this cut to the Coast Guard’s budget is being pushed to fund the strengthening of the nation’s southern border, these lawmakers point out that doing so puts national security at risk.

A similar letter from a group of U.S. Senators, including Senators Schatz and Hirono, was sent to OMB last week. Locally, such cuts will impact Coast Guard operations. This could include personnel, steaming hours and logistics.

To read the letter from House lawmakers, click here.

Learn more about the Chamber's Military Affairs program.

Membership News

February Another Great Month for Membership!

The membership team is proud to report highlights from February, goals met and great forward progress being made!
  • Added 271 new members, including 253 Kauai Chamber Laulima Partnership members
  • 39% above new business revenue goal 
  • 7th consecutive month the membership team exceeded its monthly goal
  • 5th month this fiscal year to reach stretch goal (33% above monthly goal)
  • An estimated 250 new members will be added in March and April – thanks, again to Laulima Partnership with the Hawaii Island, Kauai, Molokai and Kona-Kohala Chambers of Commerce
Welcome to our new members and mahalo to all of our members for your continued support!
Check out our Member Spotlight page and special Member-to-Member discount offers.
Chamber Events:
Mar. 23: YP Professional Development Class: Importance of Business Networking in Hawaii

Mar. 30: Business Valuation Seminar

Apr. 6: Step into Spring Networking Event

Apr. 19: Business After Hours at Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach

Member Events:
Mar. 16: SmallBiz Academy: The Trump Effect

Mar. 18: Pualeilani Festival

Mar. 31: Hawaii's BBB Torch Awards 2017

Apr. 8: YMCA of Honolulu Healthy Kids Day

Apr. 22: Waikiki Health 50th Anniversary Reach for the Stars Fundraising Gala

Apr. 27: Stars and Stripes Veteran Charity Golf Tournament

Apr. 29: Hospice Hawaii's 8th Annual Hot Pursuit Fundraising Event

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: A Quarterly Commentary - Business News in Review

Urgent Care Hawaii Introduces New Occupational Medicine Employer Portal

Mahalo to our Investors' Circle Members!

Member Discount Offers, Job Postings, Advertising Sponsorship & more.

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