Chamber of Commerce Hawaii

In this October 12, 2016 edition:

Youth Tackle Hawaii's Issues
Please Participate in the Community Impact Survey
Have You Set Up Your ChamberMaster Account?

President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

Last week, your Chamber was represented at the Council of State Chambers conference in Austin, Texas. CEOs, communications, sales and government affairs Chamber professionals heard from experts on policy issues, communication strategies, and sales and marketing. 

I participated in a CEO roundtable to discuss best practices and current issues. One common issue among states is workforce development and improving the talent pipeline. I shared our partnership with the UH System and the Department of Education, as discussed in my column last week.
Next week, I’ll be in Washington D.C. attending the board meeting for the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. I will also be meeting with the Japan Embassy, Departments of Commerce and Treasury, National Association of Manufacturers and the India Chamber of Commerce USA. I look forward to updating you next week. 
In an ongoing series covering homelessness and the organizations who are working tirelessly to find solutions to this issue, I’d like to highlight the Institute of Human Services and its upcoming fundraiser, Hawaii for Hawaii. This annual event is on October 22 and will feature a live telethon.
With a $1 million fundraising goal, IHS is currently at $351,150. With 10 days left, please show your kokua by supporting the event with a sponsorship. 
In 2015, monies raised from this event reduced homelessness with substantially expanded services. IHS was also able to relocate more than 400 people off the streets.
While we have a long road ahead of us, your support is urgently needed. 

Laulima & mahalo,

Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

Business Advocacy

Youth Tackle Hawaii's Issues 

The aio Foundation, the Chamber and Hawaii Crop Improvement Association are sponsoring the 3rd Annual Hawaii Next 50 contest, engaging youth in our state's most pressing issues. 

Youth statewide are being called on to upload their ideas on issues like access to affordable housing, achieving food sustainability and expanding innovative industries. All students grades 4 – 12 are eligible to submit their solutions now through January 31, 2017. Winners will be honored on the floor of the Hawaii State House of Representatives, attend a luncheon with key legislators and receive a monetary prize.

Learn more about the Chamber's Business Advocacy program.

Military Affairs

Please Participate in the Community Impact Survey

In July 2015 the U.S. Army announced that it would reduce active-duty personnel in Hawaii by 1,200 by the end of fiscal year 2018. In response to this announcement, the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment awarded a grant to the City & County of Honolulu to conduct a study that would reveal what kind of impact such an action would have on Oahu.

As part of this study, known as the Comprehensive Community Impact Assessment and Analysis, Weston Solutions and Jeffrey Donohoe Associates are asking Oahu residents to complete a short survey
While the survey’s reach extends beyond the economic impact the force reductions will have here, the Chamber is being asked to support these efforts to ensure that the business community has a voice. As such, it is important for our members to complete this survey so that the City can have a baseline regarding the importance of the military locally. The survey is very short and should not take more than a couple of minutes. We hope you will help us do our part and complete the form by clicking here.

Learn more about the Chamber's Military Affairs program.

Membership News

Have You Set Up Your ChamberMaster Account?

As a Chamber member, you have access to our online membership tool, ChamberMaster. Make sure to take advantage of all the valuable resources ChamberMaster provides such as:
  • paying invoices (such as membership renewals) online
  • showcasing your business and posting events
  • updating your personal page on our online directory, including adding photos and videos
  • making changes to your personal profile

If you have not yet set up your online account with a username and password and need assistance, please contact us at

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

Chamber Events:
Oct. 21: Business on the Green Golf Tournament Presented by ALSCO

Oct. 26: 3rd Annual Small Biz Academy

Oct. 28: Young Professionals Professional Development Class: Social Media Marketing Seminar

Nov. 3: YP November Exec Connect Luncheon: Shelley Cramer, Margery S. Bronster & David Striph
Member Events:
Oct. 12-14: Hawaii Captive Insurance Council Annual Education Forum

Oct. 14: Encouraging Wellness in the Hawaii Workplace

Oct. 15: Second Annual University of Phoenix Hawaii Technology and Business Conference

Oct. 20: Equipment Leasing for Your Office, Fleet or Facility

Oct. 22: 2nd Annual Hawaii for Hawaii Fundraiser & Live Telethon on Hawaii News Now

Nov. 11-12: Exclusive 2-Day Golf Experience & 1-Night Stay at Four Seasons Ko Olina

Fall Open House: St. Andrew's School (Oct. 16, 23 & Nov. 6)

Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary

Neighbor Island News:
Hawaii Island

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

Other Member News:
CEOs ‘Sleepout’ at Hawaii State Capitol

Inaugural National Energy Efficiency Day Celebrated

Hawaii Energy Joins Nation in Commemorating October as Energy Awareness Month

Scott Ingwers of Trump International Hotel Waikiki Inducted as 2016-2017 Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association Chairperson

Intel Selects Hawaii Start Up as One of 8 Start Ups Nationwide to Join Cohort

Check out the Chamber's Young Professionals Program!

Mahalo to our Investors' Circle Members!

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

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