Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
September 23, 2015

In this September 23, 2015 edition:

President's Message
Manufacturing Week: Bus Tours & $2M Grant Program
Military Affairs Council (MAC) Provides Updates
Tune in to the Voice of Business, Tuesdays on KHVH
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members,

In the past two weeks, I attended the Council of State Chambers and Committee of 100 meetings, comprised of executives from state and regional Chambers, as well as from other business and economic development organizations. It was a great opportunity to connect and build networks with peers, promote Hawaii and learn what other states are doing to advance forward.
At the Council of State Chambers, many topics and issues facing other states are similar to ours, including energy, development, workforce development and education, among others. There were many takeaways and our team looks forward to developing initiatives to address some of these issues.
What came out of both meetings was that we cannot stand still and do nothing, not only on business issues, but civic, military and international issues, as well. The world is getting smaller, but the problems are getting larger. For example, at the Committee of 100 meeting, a former CIA Acting and Deputy Director, discussed the issue of cyber security and how it is becoming increasingly pervasive on the international level, on our home front and in our own backyard. It was frightening to learn how easily hackers can access our technology systems.
This is why it is critical that the Chamber continue to strengthen its Military Affairs Council and business advocacy efforts, so that we can better serve our communities, protect businesses and be a catalyst for positive change. You, our investors, are the heartbeat of our organization and, as a member, enable us to do this work on your behalf.

As a reminder, please support our students by making a donation to Hawaii 3Rs to help defray the cost of providing portable A/C units for Hawaii public schools. Chamber member Central Pacific Bank Foundation kick-started this campaign with a $25,000 donation.

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Manufacturing Week: Bus Tours and $2M Grant Program

Join our bus tour in conjunction with National Manufacturer’s Day and learn how local manufacturers are a vital part of our community and how they contribute to the state and national economy.

Oahu Tour will include: Coastal Windows, Meadow Gold, Maui Divers and the UH College of Engineering-Maker Space. RSVP now to save your seat!

For more information on bus tours on other islands and on presentations regarding proposed guidelines for the $2 million Manufacturing Grant Program, please visit our Manufacturing Portal.
MAKE STUFF + GET FUNDED: Members Save $80 on Manufacturing Conference

The Chamber is a proud partner with High Technology Development Corporation–INNOVATE Hawaii for the first Hawaii Advanced Manufacturing Conference and the 14th Biennial Hawaii Small Business Innovation Research/ Small Business Technology Transfer Conference, October 20-23, 2015 at the Sheraton Waikiki. Register now with special Chamber member rate!

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 (MAC) Provides Updates

Chamber Vice President of Military Affairs Kamakana Kaimuloa and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Economic Liaison Mike Yadao were featured guests on this week’s Voice of Business radio segment on KHVH’s Rick Hamada Show.
The conversation focused on the VA’s Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI) that is aimed at connecting veterans seeking employment and employers seeking to hire veterans, as well as the Chamber’s efforts to promote the program and all of the associated resources to its members.
Additionally, the Military Affairs Council (MAC) will be featured on the iHeart Media stations this Sunday, September 27th at 7:00 am on its Community Matters program. Kamakana will be discussing the MAC, its mission and the organization’s current initiatives. Please tune in.

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

Tune in to the Voice of Business Tuesdays on KHVH

Tune in every Tuesday from 8:00-8:30am for the Chamber’s newly launched Voice of Business segment on KHVH News Radio 830 on the Rick Hamada Show. Each week, our staff, members and other guests will discuss topical issues to keep the community informed on the pulse of business.
Past interviews include Sherry Menor-McNamara, Chamber President and CEO, who provided an update on recent Chamber activities, as well as an overview of what’s ahead; and Reg Baker, Chair of the Chamber’s Small Business and Entrepreneurship Advocacy Committee and Regional Chair, Small Business Association, who discussed the small business climate in Hawaii.

Click here to listen to previous interviews. 

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