Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
August 6, 2014

In this August 6, 2014 edition:

President's Message
Preparing Your Business for a Natural Disaster
Military Training Key to Sustaining Peace and Stability in Asia Pacific
Don't Miss Out: 21st Annual Hawaii Employment Law Seminar

President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members:

A new Chamber year has begun. Today, we held our 164th Annual Membership Luncheon. In addition to the membership voting on nominees to the Board of Directors, we featured a year-in-review video, “Hawaii on the Hill” video highlights, remarks by U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono and an outstanding presentation by our keynote speaker, Steve Case.
Mahalo to our valuable sponsors, guests and to all of you who made this luncheon a “sold-out” event. Also, thank you to Chamber board member Bernie Coleman of Pacific Allied Products for providing the Chamber-branded bottled water from its Personalized Bottled Water program.
Congratulations to our incoming BOD members, we're pleased to welcome you aboard!

The Chamber ohana looks forward to another year of exciting and new initiatives for our membership, and encourages all of you to get involved so, together, we can make a meaningful difference for the betterment of our state. As I mentioned in my speech today, with the ambitions plans and goals ahead of us, IT’S TIME TO GET ROLLING. 

With weather fronts Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio on the radar for Hawaii, please check National Weather Service Hawaii for preparedness tips and updates. See HR info related to office closures due to inclement weather.

And, be sure to vote in Saturday’s Primary Election. Click here for polling locations and hours.

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Preparing Your Business for a Natural Disaster

With the impending arrival of weather front Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio following closely behind, it is important to ensure that your business is just as prepared as your household.

The Small Business Administration provides guides and tips to ensure that your business will be ready when confronted with an emergency. Emergency preparedness will help your business lessen the impact of unexpected disasters and resume quickly after the disaster passes.

Visit the SBA Emergency Preparedness site for general information on preparations as well as for tips on how to handle specific disasters. Being properly prepared for unexpected circumstances is key to helping your business minimize any losses.

Military Training Key to Sustaining Peace and Stability in Asia Pacific

Unlike other parts of the world, peace and stability prevail in the Asia Pacific. This isn’t happenstance. It takes collective commitment by peaceful nations.
The recent Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) training exercise builds a stable foundation for international commitment to peace. Twenty-two nations from the Atlantic to South and Central America and throughout the Pacific joined with India, Canada and the U.S. in a combined training exercise to improve interoperability of military competencies and enhance cooperation among peaceful nations. 
Participating nations gained invaluable training that will aid in deterring armed conflicts, resolving international disputes peacefully, and keeping vital international sea lanes free and open. These partnerships also facilitate humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to needy nations.  

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

Don't Miss Out: 21st Annual Hawaii Employment Law Seminar

Our 21st Annual Hawaii Employment Law Seminar is next week, August  12, at the Hawaii Convention Center.  In partnership with Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington and Harris, this event will cover everything businesses need to know about employment law and personnel trends. Keynote speaker, Paul Quintiliani, Senior Director for Kamehameha School’s Commercial Real Estate Division, will present on “The Future of Kaka’ako.” Attendees will also receive the newly revised 2014-2015 Chamber Desk Manual, as well as complimentary online access. Click here to register and for more information.
PEM Business Achievement Awards
The Fourth Annual Pacific Edge Magazine Business Achievement Awards will take place on September 25, 2014, which means nominations are now due by August 14!

The exclusive red-carpet soiree will recognize the state’s most influential business leaders, organizations and non-profits while celebrating the company’s eighth anniversary. Local business and community leaders are encouraged to submit nominations by August 14. Self-nominations are encouraged. For more information on the various categories and to nominate online, please visit

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