Chamber of Commerce Hawaii

In this January 25, 2017 edition:

2017 Legislative Session Kicks Off
Senator John McCain's White Paper: Restoring American Power
Joining a Chamber is a SEO Benefit

President's Message

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,

Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

Business Advocacy

2017 Legislative Session Kicks Off

The 2017 Legislature opened last week and we are reviewing all of the bills that have been introduced. There are several bills raising the minimum wage as high as $22 per hour. There are also bills related to new employer mandates, new regulations and other bills that affect your business and our economy.  

As a member, you can participate in any of our five Policy Committees that help steer the Chamber’s position on these and many other important issues. To participate in our advocacy efforts in support of your business and for more information, click here.

Learn more about the Chamber's Business Advocacy program.

Military Affairs

Senator John McCain's White Paper: Restoring American Power

Last week U.S. Senator John McCain proposed a $640B a base defense budget for 2018. A white paper recently released by Senator McCain, chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, provides actionable recommendations for the Trump administration and Congress. As such, the proposal is limited to the next five years (FY2018 to FY2022), but represents a $430B increase above current plans over the course of five years.

The proposal has two broad priorities—“modernizing the joint force for the new realities of deterring conflict and competing with great powers that possess advanced military forces” and “regaining capacity for our military.” Senator McCain suggests that the U.S. could realistically procure 59 ships (18 more than the Obama administration’s defense plan), increase the number of Marines to 200,000 (18,000 more than current force) and increase the number of soldiers by 8,000 each year until 2022 (40,000).

While these increases are categorized as “realistic” by Senator McCain and are inline with early plans from the Trump administration, the plan would require the repeal of spending caps mandated by the sequester that resulted from the 2011 Budget Control Act.   

For those who support the military presence in Hawaii there is a cautious optimism. To read Senator McCain’s white paper, click here.

Learn more about the Chamber's Military Affairs program.

Membership News

Joining a Chamber is a SEO Benefit
A tactic that is both cost-effective and already optimized for a local market is joining a Chamber of Commerce. It’s a great way to get local customers to a small business’ website.

For example, one benefit is when a business joins a Chamber, it is added to its online business directory. With the business’ contact information included in the directory, web appearance and search engine optimization (SEO) increases.

Read more about the SEO benefits of joining a local Chamber of Commerce.

Check out our Member Spotlights page and special Member-to-Member discount offers.

Chamber Events:
Feb. 9: FocusOn: Increasing Profitability with Financial Analysis

Feb. 9: Business After Hours at Island Club and Spa

Feb. 23: YP 2017 Exec Connect and PDC Launch Party

Member Events:
Jan. 28: Chinese New Year Celebration at Royal Hawaiian Center

Jan 28-Feb. 12: Chinese New Year Festivities

Feb. 1: Kanpai – Beverages of Japan Dinner at Alan Wong's Honolulu

Feb. 15: 1132 Bishop Street Blood Drive

Neighbor Island Chamber News:
Hawaii Island

Hawaii Congressional Delegation News:
U.S. Senator Brian Schatz
U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono
U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa
U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard

Other Member News
Locations Hawaii Has New Renovated Website

Mahalo to our Investors' Circle Members!

Member Discount Offers, Job Postings, Advertising Sponsorship & more.

Copyright © 2016 Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, all rights reserved.

1132 Bishop Street  |  Suite 2105
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
(808) 545-4300  |

update your preferences or unsubscribe