Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
August 27, 2014

In this August 27, 2014 edition:

President's Message
Examining Industry Clusters in Manufacturing
Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Ramps Up Recruiting
Young Professionals Welcomes New Chair

President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members:

With the new school year starting, parents are shopping for supplies to give their children the necessary tools to succeed. For some, the ability to buy supplies doesn't come as easily.
This is why non-profit organizations, such as the Aloha United Way, serve an important role in our community. The Chamber has and continues to be supportive of AUW's School Supply Drive. For the past several years, we have encouraged our members to participate in this drive. This year was no different. As the drive closes, we would like to thank all of the companies and individuals who donated and dropped off supplies at the Chamber office. Mahalo AUW for your good work.
On another note, as citizens of Hawaii, we, too, serve an important role in our community - and that role is as a voter. The upcoming election has many important races that will determine the future of Hawaii. The Chamber recognizes the importance of participation and, accordingly, will be planning a series of events and communication pieces that will be part of our Your Vote, Your Voice 2014 campaign to be launched in the next week. As a business person and as a citizen, we challenge you to exercise your right to vote and have a say in our democracy. Election outcomes are determined by those who engage and help shape the future of our state. 

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Examining Industry Clusters in Manufacturing

The Chamber’s Manufacturing in Hawaii Group is forming sub-groups focusing on 5 major industries within manufacturing: fashion, apparel & textiles manufacturing; food & beverage manufacturing; light industrial manufacturing & technology; small & component manufacturing; and support organizations. Each sub-group will convene its first meeting of various stakeholders to discuss specific issues that need to be addressed in order for the industry to flourish.

If you are interested in attending any of the sub-group meetings, please visit the events page on our Manufacturers’ Portal to get more details or e-mail Jenny Lee to RSVP. We encourage your participation to benefit the manufacturing industry and help your business thrive.

Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Ramps Up Recruiting 

A delegation of the Chamber’s Military Affairs Council (MAC) members led by Lt. General Jeff Remington, USAF-Ret, BAE Systems’ Alan Hayashi and UH Dean of Engineering Dr. Peter Crouch, joined by state legislators and city representatives, visited the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard recently to receive an update. Shipyard Commander Captain Brian Osgood and Executive Director Randy Sawyer discussed current operations and guided the delegation on a tour of the waterfront. 

The delegation learned that the shipyard suffers from a shortage of skilled technicians, engineers and contracting officers, which could influence meeting important production goals that measure the shipyard’s efficiency. The shipyard will conduct job fairs and ramp up its recruiting program in an effort to double to 250 its annual recruitment of apprentices. For more information on the shipyard and its apprentice program, click here.

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

Young Professionals Welcomes New Chair

The Chamber’s Young Professional (YP) group welcomes Jennifer Hee as its 2014-2015 Steering Committee Chair. In this role, she will also serve on the Chamber’s board of directors. As Divisional Executive Director of The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands, Jennifer has been an active YP member since the program’s inception in 2011, involved in both the Events and YP Steering Committees.
The YP program, comprised of dynamic young professionals ages 21-39, offers these members an opportunity to foster key business relationships and hone professional development skills. YP activities range from seminars and intimate talk-story sessions with Hawaii’s business executives to lively mixers and team-building activities that provide opportunities for these professionals to exchange ideas, grow professionally and share common interests. Click here for more information and to check out upcoming events

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