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Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
e-Voice of Business
May 28, 2014

In this May 28, 2014 edition:

President's Message
Save Money on HITS Event! Today is the Last Day for Early Bird Pricing
Get Involved in the Chamber's MAC 2.0
Chamber and Facebook Offer First-Ever Business Boost Event

President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members:

The Chamber is excited about our “Hawaii on the Hill” trip to Washington DC, July 22 -23. This initiative provides a unique opportunity for Hawaii’s food, culture and industries to be presented to a national audience showing that, in addition to our number one industry, tourism, our state is uniquely positioned as an economic hub for other industries. This is the first time Hawaii will be showcased on the Hill (see Honolulu Star-Advertiser coverage). Mahalo to our Underwriter Sponsors, Ansaldo Honolulu and Innovate Hawaii
 
If you are interested in participating in this initiative, please complete information form by June 13.
 
With other states competing for federal support, it is critical that we keep Hawaii front and center by supporting our Congressional Delegation’s efforts and establishing and maintaining communication lines with various stakeholders at our nation’s Capitol.  
 
On another note, we are preparing for our office move! The Chamber’s office will still be located at 1132 Bishop Street, but will be relocated from the 4th to the 21st floor, to accommodate a tenant occupying the entire 4th floor. Stay tuned for details about a visit to our new “home.” As a result of this move, our office will be closed this Friday and staff will have limited access to emails. 

Laulima & mahalo,
 
Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO


Save Money on HITS Event! Today is the Last Day for Early Bird Pricing 

June 25: Hawaii Infrastructure and Transportation Summit is a full-day event which will include speakers from the mainland: John Manavian of Robertson Properties Group and Paul Jablonski, CEO of San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. See full program here.

Legislative Wrap-Up: Prep for 2015
Overall, the Chamber's voice was heard this session. Our legislative package made an impact, with three of our strategic areas passing through with bills: drug repackaging, military affairs support and early childhood learning. Join one of our 5 policy committees as we start preparing for next session. Learn more about our committees and see a tentative schedule of meetings here.

Get Involved in the Chamber's MAC 2.0

With the military being Hawaii’s second largest industry with an $8.8 billion investment to Hawaii in 2012 alone, the Military Affairs Council (MAC) advocates, supports and seeks to preserve the military presence in Hawaii. Open to all businesses, unions and individuals in Hawaii, we encourage your involvement in protecting and preserving our military installations, working to develop public-private partnerships and job creation opportunities, and improving the overall quality of life experience for our valued service members and their families. 
 
Please click on the links below to learn more about the MAC 2.0 and how to get involved. 

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

Chamber Partners with Facebook to Offer First-Ever Business Boost Event

Yesterday, the Chamber partnered with Facebook to co-host the first-ever Small Business Boost event in Honolulu. With more than 101 million mobile users on Facebook, and another 38% of consumers on Facebook influenced to purchase goods based upon a “like” or “share,” social media has allowed many small businesses to reach new customers.
Here are some key takeaways:

  • Post engaging page content. Find out what this means to your audience by publicly posing questions, asking for their input and starting a conversation. Offer ‘sneak peeks’ and special access to insider news, host online contests and encourage participation through content submissions.
  • Post content at least 2-3 times per week, at a minimum.
  • Businesses can export email contacts to find out who’s using Facebook and invite these customers to “like” the page.

For additional tips on how to optimize your Facebook’s business page, click here

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