Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
December 17, 2014

In this December 17, 2014 edition:

President's Message
Chamber Week - Join Us for Leg Walk Around
MAC Building Partnerships
Businesses Needed for Job Shadow Day
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President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

At approximately 3:45pm last Saturday, all eyes in Hawaii and beyond were glued to the Heisman Trophy broadcast to see who was going to be announced as this year’s winner. The stats supported that Marcus Mariota was likely going to clench it. However, nothing beats the thrill of the moment when his name was announced and we instantly felt an overwhelming sense of pride and connection. Mariota delivered some emotional sentiments that reinforced this connection:  “If one is successful, the entire state is successful” and “to Hawaii nei, thank you for teaching respect and humility.” At that moment, I’m sure there weren’t many dry eyes in the house, restaurant, bar or office. He has certainly made Hawaii proud, as the first person from our great state to win college football’s most prestigious individual award.
Mariota represents one of many Hawaii success stories and attributes. Whether it’s in sports, music, film, politics, government or business, our state has, and continues to produce, talent, products and services that are admired and showcased around the world. We should be proud of our state’s accomplishments and take the opportunity to “toot our horn.”
In this spirit, the Chamber has prepared a handout highlighting Hawaii as a Place to Conduct Business as the gateway to Asia-Pacific and with its innovation, entrepreneurship, diverse population and skilled workforce. As the Voice of Business in Hawaii, the Chamber takes advantage of every opportunity to support our members and businesses in Hawaii by sharing this information in meetings, with other chambers and companies or at promotional events, conferences and seminars.
If you have any suggestions for highlighting our attributes, please feel free to email me.

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Chamber Week - Join us for Legislative Walk Around 

Chamber Week 2015 is right around the corner! Like last year, we will have an entire week packed with events to kickoff the start of session. See a complete list of Chamber Week events here.

One of our key events is the Legislative Walk Around at the Hawaii State Capitol on Thursday, January 22 from 9:00-11:00am. This event is an opportunity for Chamber members to stop in and greet legislators and their staff and ask them to support the business community.  

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please click here for more information. 

MAC Building Partnerships

The MAC partnered with the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies and the Pacific Forum CSIS to present a meeting with General Emmanuel Bautista, the former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and former Commanding General of the Philippine Army, to get perspective on current security and defense issues in the Asia Pacific. GEN Bautista spoke about the Armed Forces of the Philippines' Internal Peace and Security Plan that emphasizes winning peace, while transforming the armed services to be a source of national pride by 2028. 

GEN Bautista, a five-time recipient of the Distinguished Service Star and numerous other awards for his outstanding service to the Philippines, was in Hawaii to receive the "Alumnus of the Year" award by the Asia-Pacific center for Security Studies. 

2015 MAC Annual Meeting & Partnership Conference - January 9, 2015
The MAC Annual Meeting and Partnership Conference has been re-designed to facilitate greater dialogue between our government, private sector and military leadership to chart more paths forward together. Featured speakers include: Lt. General Anthony Crutchfield, General Vincent Brooks, Admiral Harry Harris and Governor David Ige. Register by January 2, 2015

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

Businesses Needed for Job Shadow Day

The Chamber, in partnership with Junior Achievement and the Department of Education, is launching a Job Shadow Day for middle schoolers on February 2, 2015 from 9:00 am-noon. This initiative connects students with companies from to help them identify potential high school and college pathways.
The program pairs an employee with a student who spends the day job shadowing the employee and getting hands-on experience, as well as valuable educational and career development advice. Participating organizations have included those within the health care, hospitality, financial, technology and government sectors.
To learn more or to have your company participate as a Job Shadow site, please click here and complete the registration form. All participating companies will be included in the PR and communications efforts for this event.

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