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The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii
e-Voice of Business
February 26, 2014

In this February 26, 2014 edition:

President's Message
Update on 2014 Legislative Session
Hawaii's Military-Impacted Public Schools Continue to Excel
Win a Trip to Paris with ONE AND DONE Membership Drive

President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members:

2,000 by 2016! This is the goal we announced a few months ago and we are excited to finally launch the Chamber’s membership drive campaign, ONE AND DONE.
 
ONE AND DONE is a drive to double our membership from 1,000 organizations to 2,000 by the year 2016. The campaign challenges each of the Chamber’s 1,000 member organizations and all of their employees to bring in one new member, with a wide variety of prize awards as incentives to participate.
 
For more than 163 years, the Chamber has been working on behalf of our members to advance the state’s economic climate and help businesses succeed. By joining the Chamber, members are investing in a thriving and dynamic future for Hawaii, which is why we set forth with an aggressive membership goal.
 
Our membership drive is designed to get our members actively involved in achieving our goal of doubling our membership over the next two years and in sharing the benefits of a Chamber membership. If every one of our 1,000 members brings in just ONE new member, our campaign to double our membership is DONE, which is why we’re calling it our ONE AND DONE campaign.
 
At our Annual Luncheon on July 17, we will announce the biggest recruiters as well as the winner of our grand prize.
 
Get on board for this exciting and adventurous ride with us, and recruit your ONE (or more) member! Check out Membership news below for ONE AND DONE details and to meet COCHi, our campaign mascot.

Laulima & mahalo,
 
Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

 

Update on the 2014 Legislative Session 

We are almost at the halfway point of the legislative session. First Crossover is Thursday, March 6. We will issue a report next Wednesday to reflect which bills will be moving from the originating house to the opposite house. Below are some of the approximately 100 bills we are testifying on:
  • Minimum wage: HB 2580 has been deferred and SB 2609 was scheduled for decision-making today at 10:35 am with the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, but has been postponed to tomorrow at 9:10 am.
  • Chamber’s package: Some of the bills introduced as part of the Chamber’s pro-business package are moving forward strongly. HB 1960 and SB 2365 proposes to limit the overcharging of prescription drugs that are repackaged and sold at much higher rates than pharmacies. HB 2626 and SB 3082 proposes a temporary credit to provide assistance to manufacturing expenses incurred for equipment and training. We also support a number of early childhood learning bills moving forward in both houses.
  • New mandated benefits on prepaid healthcare: Several bills this year look to increase mandated benefits provided by employers to their employees. While we understand the intent of these bills, we do not support them because, in total, these bills could increase costs to employers by as much as $100 million each year. They include HB 2174 (Autism spectrum disorder benefits), HB 2061 and HB 2355 (in vitro fertilization benefits). 
The Federal Reserve: How it Effects Your Business and the Economy
We have an upcoming event on March 19th at the Plaza Club from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Peter Ho, Chairman, President, and CEO of Bank of Hawaii, and Member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, will be providing opening remarks and thoughts on serving on the Federal Reserve Board. We will also hear from Jody Hoff, Senior Manager of Economic Education at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, who will be sharing her insight on the Federal Reserve, its background and policies, and how federal policy affects our economy.

Hawaii's Military-Impacted Public Schools Continue to Excel

The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) program encourages high school students to enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) classes and take AP exams. 
 
Four military impacted public high schools - Campbell, Mililani, Leilehua and Radford - launched the NMSI Comprehensive AP program with support from Exxon Mobil, the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The results for the school year 2012-13 were outstanding, as these schools showed a 65% combined increase in the number of students taking the math, science and English AP exams. Additionally, these students combined for an 89% increase in AP scores of three or higher, which potentially qualifies them for college level credit. These gains were made over a two-year period from 2010-12.
 
Gregg Fleisher, chief academic officer at NMSI, stated that the incredible AP results of the four high schools is proof that a state can work together with school and business leaders to help students succeed. 
 
Hawaii continues on the upward trend in AP success as yet another military-impacted public school, Kalaheo High School, will implement the college readiness program next school year and was awarded a $112,000 NMSI grant. Hawaii schools superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi commented that the partnership with NMSI and DODEA affirms Hawaii’s commitment to equip students of military families with consistent, high quality math, science and English education. This would not be possible without the support of DODEA, ONR and Exxon Mobil.

Earn Travel and Other Awards by Recruiting a New Member

The Chamber invites you to participate in our ONE AND DONE membership drive which runs from February 26-June 30, 2014 and is open to all Chamber member organizations and their employees, with prizes awarded depending upon the level of new membership dues that a member brings in. Awards range from restaurant gift cards to weekend trips to San Francisco and Seattle, with a grand prize drawing for a trip to Disneyland, Rome, Paris or Tokyo.
 
Join the drive and recruit ONE member to help us get DONE with our goal and have others benefit from a Chamber membership. Visit our website for more information, member recruitment materials, award levels and other information.
 
Mahalo to our sponsors: Big Island Candies, DFS, Double Tree Alana, Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, Ilima Hotel, Kyo-ya Hotels, Morton's The Steakhouse Honolulu, Soul de Cuba Café, The Modern Honolulu, United Airlines and Vivint Solar. 

Meet COCHi, Our ONE AND DONE Mascot
In 1949, the Chamber held a membership campaign where each board member was responsible for taking care of a live goat, dubbed “Gloomy Goat,” until a new member was recruited. Once a member was recruited, the board member passed Gloomy on to the next board member for caretaking until he or she recruited a member.
 
Honoring that history, we embarked on a worldwide (Internet) search for a life-sized replica of Gloomy and found COCHi in Texas. This time around, each of the Chamber’s board members must house COCHi in his/her office until each is able to recruit a new member, after which COCHi is delivered to the next board member.
 
COCHi is an abbreviated version of the Chamber name and is pronounced “ko-chi.” She will be making appearances around the islands throughout our ONE AND DONE campaign. Where’s COCHi now? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out!

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