Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
October 29, 2014

In this October 29, 2014 edition:

President's Message
Please Support Constitutional Amendments that Support Business
MAC Legislators Visit Defense Assets and Installations
Public Health Fund Grant Applications Due December 15
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President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members:

Approximately 85% of the Chamber’s membership is comprised of small business, the heart of our economic engine. Small businesses in Hawaii represent 96.4% of all employers and employ 54.1% of the private-sector workforce.
In many instances, owners and their employees have to wear different hats to keep their door opens and have limited time to expend their energy elsewhere. This is why we launched our first-ever Small BIZ Academy today, to provide small businesses owners and managers with tools and resources – in one day and in one location – to help them succeed and ensure they are up-to-date with the latest trends in running a business.
As we move forward, the Chamber would like to hear from you about how we can further provide benefits and helpful resources to ensure that your investment in the Chamber pays off. Please email your ideas to Randy Cain, your Membership Relations Executive. We look forward to hearing from you.

On a final note, I invite you to join me in celebrating the premiere of Rise of the Wahine, an important historical sports documentary that chronicles pioneers from Hawaii and UH who helped radically change athletic opportunities for women in the nation.

On behalf of the Chamber O’hana, a BIG mahalo for all that you do and for keeping the entrepreneurial spirit alive in our community.

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Please Support Constitutional Amendments that Support Business

Amendment 2:  Supports Low-Cost Financing for Hawaii Agriculture
Gives agricultural enterprises, on any lands, access to low-interest special purpose revenue bonds, which would help Hawaii agriculture and overall sustainability. These bonds are funded by private investors, not the state or taxpayers.

Amendment 4:  Supports State Funding for Private Early Childhood Education Programs
Expands early learning opportunities in the public and private sectors, a well-needed change to ensure the success of Hawaii’s future.
Amendment 5: Supports Low-Cost Financing for Dam and Reservoir Owners
Gives owners access to low-interest special purpose revenue bonds to maintain their dams. Agricultural enterprises rely on the existence of these dams and reservoir systems. These bonds are funded by private investors, not the state or taxpayers.

MAC Legislators Visit Defense Assests and Installations 

One of the MAC’s goals is to encourage visits by our legislators to critical military bases and activities. On October 21st, MAC members and legislators visited the Asia Pacific Center for Strategic Studies and were able to join an Advanced Security Cooperation course conversation with109 fellows representing 34 countries, with significant representation from Laos, Malaysia and Mongolia.  It was a great opportunity to witness the power of collaboration and building common ground, which helps to set the stage for diplomatic solutions.  

MAC members and legislators were treated to an exciting day on Maui on October 24th with a visit to the Air Force's Space Situational System atop Haleakala to track space debris and "mischief.”  Back in Kihei, members visited the High Performance Computing Center and the Joint Information Technology Center, both amazing military high tech assets.  
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Click here to learn more about the Military Affairs Council (MAC) and our MAC members.

Public Health Fund Grant Applications Due December 15

The Chamber is currently accepting grant applications for meaningful public health education and research initiatives on Oahu, with a preference for projects that require collaborative effort and for which funds are not available from other sources.
Twice a year, the Chamber, as trustee of the Public Health Fund, grants money to a variety of Oahu non-profits to support health-related programs, projects and services.

The deadline for grant applications is December 15, 2014. Interested applicants can download the application form at or email

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