Aloha Chamber members:
The 4th annual Chamber Week was a success and our team is so grateful for the increased engagement and interest by the business community, legislators and other organizations. Check out photos from the events on our Facebook page and the Walk Around at the Capitol Highlights video (Video production by RKT Media).
Mahalo to premier sponsors, Island Movers and The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, as well as event sponsors 1132 Café, Central Pacific Bank, HART, Moku Kitchen, Move Oahu Forward, Target and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for your outstanding support.
Chamber Week was a statewide effort due to the partnership and support of Neighbor island Chambers who brought their members to the events. As such, we presented a unified voice to our legislators. Finally, I would like to thank our team for their hard work and energy put forth during the week.
In addition to the Leg 101 Class, Walk Around at the State Capitol, and Leg Meet and Greet, Chamber Week included two new events. Inside Look at Rail provided over 100 attendees an opportunity to tour the Rail Operation Facility and the trains. Mahalo to Move Oahu Forward, HART and Ansaldo Honolulu. In light of the new presidential administration, we offered Outlook at the Federal Level 2017 to provide our members with more information about how this will impact Hawaii.
Chamber Week is scheduled in conjunction with the opening of the legislative session, which is well underway. We are busily reviewing the 2,000+ bills that got introduced and identifying those that impact business. Once our policy committees identify which bills to track, a list of those bills will be sent to our members.
One version of a few bills that got introduced on minimum wage, increases it to $22/hour. If you are being impacted by the current increase, please email us your story. Throughout session, we will issue Action Alerts so you can send in testimony and letters to legislators on those bills that most impact your business.
We look forward to hearing your voice at the Capitol.
Laulima & mahalo,
President & CEO