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Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
February 10, 2016

In this February 10, 2016 edition:

President's Message
1% Increase in GE Tax Up for Hearing
MAC Testifies in Support of Military Bills at the Legislature
Showcase Your Discount Offers with ChamberMaster
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

The legislative session is in full swing. Our team has been actively testifying on a number of bills related to our Business Package, which focuses on spurring economic development, investing in our future and addressing the cost of doing business. We’ll be providing an update after the first major deadline.

Last week, I mentioned the launch of Chamber Master (CM), the market leader in Chamber software. It’s live, as of Monday! We encourage you to take advantage of this valuable tool to help you promote your business. As mentioned, features include:

  • Personalized, secure log-ins
  • Member Information Center where members can:
    • Update their company profile or employee information
    • Create a mini website by adding photos, videos, map, social media links, etc.
    • Promote job openings, discount offers and events
  • Expanded events registration process
  • Expanded reporting features, including utilization and marketing reports 
  • Mobile application

Check out this member profile to see how this member is taking advantage of CM and watch this short overview video to maximize your benefits.  
 
With CM, you’ll be able to access your account from anywhere online. To learn more about this exciting opportunity to further engage with the Chamber and promote your business, click here. If you have questions, please email us at: support@cochawaii.org.

Laulima & mahalo,
 
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

1% Increase in GE Tax Up for Hearing

Session is in full swing and we have been busy monitoring hearing notices and testifying on your behalf to ensure the Voice of Business is heard! One of the primary bills that would negatively impact businesses is SB 2599, proposing a 1% increase to the General Excise tax with additional revenue going towards the Department of Education operations. The Chamber will be opposing this bill, as it would significantly increase costs for businesses, increasing taxes by about $780 million.
 
We have already testified on over 80 bills, with many of our package bills moving forward. Click here to see bill numbers for our updated 2016 legislative package.

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

MAC Testifies in Support of Military Bills at the Legislature

With the 2016 Legislative Session in full swing, here are a few of the bills that the Chamber’s Military Affairs Council (MAC) has testified on in support:
 
HB 2197 RELATING TO A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AT POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA ON THE ISLAND OF HAWAII: This measure, if passed, will finance the design and construction of a warehouse at the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA). This facility will provide much needed storage at PTA for the Hawaii Army National Guard, increase training opportunities for the Guard at Pohakuloa and decrease the costs of transporting equipment to the site. Additionally, as a result of this legislation, there will be fewer convoys to the training areas that significantly impact the flow of traffic between Kona and Hilo. 
 
HB 2491 RELATING TO VIETNAM WAR COMMEMORATION: This bill appropriates funding to the State Department of Defense for the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.  

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


Showcase Your Discount Offers with ChamberMaster

We encourage all members to utilize and take advantage of ChamberMaster to offer discounts to other Chamber members and the community at large. 

To do so, simply login to your ChamberMaster Member Information Center. Once logged in, click on the left hand tab labeled "Member Offers," which will display all current active offers. To add and manage your own offers, click on buttons at the top which will allow you post a new offer. Complete all necessary fields and even add your own graphics and logo to make it stand out. After you submit your offer, it will display on our member offers page and also within your online directory listing.

If you haven't done so already, please watch this short instructional video on how to navigate ChamberMaster and your Member Information Center. 

Please note that all submissions are subject to approval and may be edited prior to publishing. If you have trouble logging in, questions, comments or feedback, please email us at support@cochawaii.org.  

Check out our Member Spotlights and special Member-to-Member discount offers