Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
e-Voice of Business
April 23, 2014

In this April 23, 2014 edition:

President's Message
Register Now for Upcoming Events in May
Defense Communities Encouraged to Rally Support for Bases
Take Advantage of our Business After Hours Mixer

President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members:

As a statewide business organization, we feel it is important to get a pulse of Oahu, as well as the neighbor islands. This is why we are excited about our upcoming “State of the Counties” scheduled on May 8, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Café Julia at the YWCA Laniakea. This is the first time that the Chamber is hosting such an event, with all four county mayors presenting to our membership about their respective initiatives and providing insight on the future direction of their counties.
We hope you will be able to join us for this informative event. 
Also, Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day to our executive assistant, Kimi Houston-Sur, for your dedication, hard work and contribution to the Chamber. We appreciate all that you and the many administrative professionals do to keep organizations running efficiently. As Shakespeare said, "I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks…"   

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

Register Now for Upcoming Events

May Events
May 1 - Dr. Carl Bonham, along with other business leaders, will speak at State of the Economy at The Plaza Club. Mahalo to our sponsor ProService Hawaii.

May 8 - State of the Counties will feature all four mayors who will offer insight on where their respective counties will be moving towards and future initiatives. Café Julia, YWCA Laniakea. Mahalo to our sponsor, CH2MHill.

Click on the links to register. Sponsorships are still available, please contact Pono Chong.

Final Stretch
After a busy legislative session, we're finally heading into the last week of conference committees. We are down to a handful of bills that we are monitoring closely: minimum wage, as well as a number of our pro-business package bills.

Defense Communities Encouraged to Rally Support for Bases

With most discussions on the nation’s budget pointing towards sequestration, cutting the DoD budget by upwards of $1.0 trillion, the Pentagon is gearing up to reduce the size of the force by unprecedented levels, curtail modernization and R&D initiatives, and seriously delve into service member’s pay, benefits and entitlements. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s report this week on the Navy laying three cruisers “at rest,” reducing the number of active surface ships based at Pearl Harbor, is a recent example. But all is not “bad news,” as Hawaii’s defense communities receive top honors. 

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

Register for Business After Hours

Business After Hours
Be sure to attend our next Business After Hours mixer on Thursday, May 1, at Waialae Country Club. Open only to Chamber members, our BAHs provide a great opportunity to network, make valuable connections and share information about your company.  Mahalo to our sponsor, Sandwich Isles Realty. Click here for more information and to register.
Welcome New Members
The Chamber is pleased to welcome new members: Copiers HawaiiKroc Center of HawaiiPacific Beach Hotel and Tiare Teiti.

COCHi Candids Winner!
Congratulations to Kimberly Canepa of Junior Achievement Hawaii who is the winner of our COCHi Candids Facebook contest! She's earned a Grand Prize Raffle Ticket for a chance to win a trip to Paris, Rome or Tokyo!

Learn more about how you can win amazing prizes, including free trips, restaurant and retail gift cards and more with our ONE AND DONE campaign by clicking here.

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