Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
September 3, 2014

In this September 3, 2014 edition:

President's Message
Your Voice, Your Vote 2014
Military Opportunities for Small Businesses
YPs Benefit from Progressive Dinner
Check Out Our New Members

President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members:

Only 61 days until the General Election on November 4. We can all agree that the 2014 election includes pivotal races that will determine the course of Hawaii’s future. From Congressional District One and the Governor’s race, to state and local seat races, candidates are vying to serve as policymakers and to represent you. This is why it is critical that the business community and all citizens become engaged in the election process. We strongly urge you to learn about the candidates, encourage your employees and co-workers to vote, and select the candidate that best represents your interests.
As the state’s largest business organization with 1,000 employers representing more than 200,000 employees, it is important that we facilitate opportunities for our members to hear from the candidates on how they will support Hawaii’s businesses and economy, as well as what their vision is for our state.
On September 23, the Chamber will be holding two candidate forums, during which you will have the opportunity to hear directly from the three leading  gubernatorial candidates – Duke Aiona, Mufi Hannemann and David Ige – and Congressional District 1 candidates – Charles Djou and Mark Takai – on how they will support business. The forum will start at 5:30 p.m. and be held at the Plaza Club. Registration will open soon. Please take the time to attend this event to make “Your Voice, Your Vote 2014” count!
On another note, the Chamber ‘ohana bids farewell this Friday to Kyle Okamura, our Events Manager. Kyle has decided to change his career path, joining the property management field. We wish him the very best and thank him for his hard work and contributions to the Chamber. 

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Your Voice, Your Vote 2014

The general election is coming up quickly on November 4th – are you registered and ready to have your voice heard?  Of the 697,033 registered voters in Hawaii, only 289,398 people actually voted in the August 9th Primary. With a turnout of only 41.5%, this is considered to be an all-time low for the state. 

Please make sure your voice is heard. Voting early and by mail is the easiest way to vote. Register here to have this year’s ballot mailed to you. If you would like to have your ballot mailed on a regular basis, register for Permanent Absentee here.

If you are not registered to vote, please register here today. The deadline to register for voting is October 6.

To help the public make an informed vote, we will be holding a forum with gubernatorial candidates followed by a forum with CD1 candidates on Tuesday, September 23rd from 5:30-8:00 pm at the Plaza Club. Save the date and stay tuned for more details.

Military Opportunities for Small Businesses

The American Logistics Association (ALA), in collaboration with the Defense Commissary Agency, Navy Exchange Service, and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, conducted the annual ALA Hawaii Conference & Exhibition recently at the Pacific Beach Hotel.
This annual event provides Hawaii’s food manufacturers an opportunity to merchandise their products for sale in commissary and exchange outlets in Hawaii. The three-day event includes seminars on doing business with the commissaries and exchanges, a food show to display and demonstrate products and services, and individual sessions with commissary and exchange buyers on the selection of businesses for contract awards. A total of 74 local vendors participated this year.
For more information on ALA and its services, click here.

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

YPs Benefit from Progressive Dinner 

On Wednesday, September 10, from 5:30-8:30 pm, the Chamber’s Young Professionals will host its Executive Progressive Dinner at Restaurant Row, giving these YP’s the opportunity to have some face-to-face time with some of Hawaii’s most prominent business executives. Participating executives include: Terri Fujii, Audit Partner, CW Associates; Lance Mizumoto, President and Chief Banking Officer, Central Pacific Bank; and David Tumilowicz, Director of Business Engagement, Kaiser Permanente.
The evening kicks off at M Nightclub for appetizers, transitions to Vino for the entrée and ends at Hiroshi’s for chef-selected desserts. This event is open exclusively to YP members. Click here to register and click here to learn more about becoming a YP member. 

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