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Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
October 8, 2014

In this October 8, 2014 edition:

President's Message
VOTE Yes on 4: Support Early Education Initiative for ALL of Hawaii's Keiki
Mayor's Military Council Formed
Chamber Welcomes New Staff
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members:

In January, the Chamber launched its Manufacturing in Hawaii initiative to support an industry that helps grow our economy, provides well-paying jobs and raises the standard of living for all the people of Hawaii. With approximately 1,000 manufacturers in Hawaii, the industry exported nearly $425.5 million in manufactured goods in 2013. This is significant as it promotes the Hawaii brand to an international audience, which in turn, brings exposure and dollars into our economy.
 
To build the initiative, we have been working with various stakeholders and organizing and participating in events. Last Friday was National Manufacturing Day, a grassroots movement to raise awareness of the industry and how it contributes to our economy. As the exclusive affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers, the Chamber, for the first time, participated in this movement in partnership with INNOVATE Hawaii, and hosted our first-ever bus tour of local manufacturers. U.S. Senator Hirono, State Senators Kidani and Nishihara, Representative Oshiro and Chamber members visited Pacific Allied Products, Rengo Packaging, Jams World and Hawaiian Chip Company to observe first-hand how the “Made in Hawaii” products are manufactured for Hawaii and abroad. Check out coverage about the tour here
 
Our Chamber o’hana would like to welcome two new team members: Kelly Lum Ho, Membership Sales Executive, and Matt Spencer, Director of Events & Special Projects (see article below). We are excited to have them join us to serve our members.

Laulima & mahalo,
 
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

VOTE Yes on 4: Support Early Education Initiative for ALL of Hawaii's Keiki

Q. Why is this important?
A. 90% of a keiki’s brain is developed before s/he turns 5 years old. Nearly half (42%) of our keiki in Hawaii have not attended preschool before kindergarten. Children who go to quality preschools are more likely to read on grade level by 4th grade and are 80% more likely to graduate from high school!
 
Q. Do other states use state money for community-based preschools?
A. 40 of the 50 states in the U.S. do. Hawaii is the only state with a constitution that currently prohibits contracts with community-based preschools.
 
As a reminder, register now for our Small Biz Academy on October 29, with seminars available at no charge.

Mayor's Military Council Formed 

On September 29, Mayor Kirk Caldwell welcomed the “mayors” from the military bases on Oahu to Honolulu Hale to discuss how the C&C of Honolulu can work more effectively with the military.

Colonel Richard Fromm (Army Garrison Hawaii), Captain Stan Keeve (Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam), Colonel Eric Schaefer (Marine Corps Base Hawaii), Colonel Randall “Randy” Huiss (15th Wing at Hickam) and Captain Patrick McElligatt (Coast Guard) discussed a variety of issues with Mayor Caldwell, including opportunities to improve coordination during emergencies, such as Hurricane Iselle; bringing city services, like motor vehicle registration, on a pilot basis to the bases and the recent Blue Angels show. This is an important first step in strengthening the communication and coordination between the C&C of Honolulu and the military on Oahu. The Mayor's Military Council plans to meet on a quarterly basis.  
 
BayFest Hawaii is back!
BayFest Hawaii will take place on October 17-19 at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii. After taking a break due to sequestration, BayFest is returning for its 23rd year with entertainment, carnival rides and games, fireworks, displays and fun! General admission is $5 per day (does not include concert and rides).

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


Chamber Welcomes New Staff Members

Matt Spencer, Director of Events and Special Projects, oversees the execution, planning and implementation of all of the Chamber’s events, as well as the Chamber’s Young Professionals program. He most recently served with DTRIC Insurance in marketing and events and has broad event planning experience with UH Athletics and Hawaii Winter Baseball, Isle Concierge and Aloha Agency. Matt received his bachelor’s in fine arts and master’s of educational technology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
 
Kelly Lum Ho is the Chamber’s new Membership Sales Executive. She most recently worked for KHON2 as a Digital Account Executive, and also served as a media consultant with Paradise YellowBook, as well as with Sprint PCS Hawaii and Pacific LightNet, Inc. in customer service and sales.  

Check out our Member Spotlights.

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