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Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
April 6, 2016

In this April 6, 2016 edition:

President's Message
Full STEM Ahead: May 10
Military Affairs Council Offers Fellowship Program
FocusON: Small Biz Marketing Tools, April 21
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

Cyber security is no longer just a threat to national security or big corporations, it’s a threat to companies of all sizes, in the public and private sectors, and in our professional and personal lives. I’m sure many of us have either been hacked on Facebook or know of someone who has had their username, password, credit card or customer data illegally obtained, or their identity or business records stolen. Associated costs also include investigation, brand and reputation recovery, and obtaining technology to mitigate another occurrence.
 
Cyber threats disrupt our livelihood. Now, more than ever, we need to be proactive and diligent in protecting our identify and information, especially with the improving sophistication of these attacks.  
 
Jeff Cornelius, Executive Vice President of Darktrace, a global company specializing in Enterprise Immune System technology for cyber security, will speak at an informational briefing at the State Capitol on April 14 at 2 pm in room 329. This is an opportunity to learn about preventive measures you can take to help prevent cyber attacks, as well as what steps to take when you become a victim of a cyber attack. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here.

Laulima & mahalo,
 
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Full STEM Ahead: May 10

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 10 to join us at the YWCA Honolulu from 11:30am-1:30pm to hear key leaders discuss how we should focus on educating and attracting the workforce of tomorrow.

The distinguished panel includes: Dr. Timothy Cotrell, Headmaster, Iolani School; Captain Cliff Bean, USN, Commander of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service Hawaii; Suzanne Mulcahy, Assistant Superintendent, Department of Education; and Isla Young, Director, Women in Technology.

Gain insight from these educational leaders on how we can better prepare tomorrow’s workforce, particularly with the critical role that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics plays in U.S. competitiveness and future economic prosperity. Click here to register and for more details. Mahalo to our event partner, Microsoft.  

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

Military Affairs Council Offers Fellowship Program

The Military Affairs Council (MAC) is offering a fellowship opportunity to provide Chamber members with a greater understanding about the MAC’s mission to promote, preserve and protect the military presence in Hawaii, as well as the significant role the MAC plays in supporting this vital economic sector.
 
From May-September 2016, fellows will have the unique opportunity to attend MAC meetings and briefings, participate in visits to military sites and engage with military leaders at MAC events.
 
Fellowship candidates must be a Chamber member in good standing, agree to attend at least one MAC meeting or event each month during the duration of the program (5 minimum) and develop a report that summarizes the entirety of his or her experience. Additionally, candidates who are selected as fellows will be required to pay $350 to cover costs associated with their participation.
 
Interested candidates should email VP of Military Affairs Kamakana Kaimuloa by April 20. Space is limited and acceptance into the program will be determined on a case-by-case basis. We encourage members to apply for this unique opportunity.

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


FocusON: Small Biz Marketing Tools, April 21

Join us on Thursday, April 21, 8:00-10:30 am for our FocusON: Small Biz Marketing Tools. Three experts will discuss how implementing simple marketing strategies can increase your company brand recognition and boost overall sales.

Panelists include Reg Baker, CPA PFS, a nationally recognized small and mid-sized (SMB) specialist; Natalie Cook, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Marketing, Olomana Loomis, ISC; and Andrew Rosen, President, SummitMedia Hawaii.

This event is complimentary for Chamber and YP members. $15 general admission. Fee includes light Continental breakfast and refreshments. Recommended paid parking at Alii Place. Click here to register and for more information.

Mahalo to our sponsors:

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