Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
April 29, 2015

In this April 29, 2015 edition:

President's Message
Economic Outlook and Future of Hawaii's Timeshare Industry
Governor Ige Honors Outstanding Community Volunteers
May 20 FocusON: eCommerce, eMarketing & All Things Business
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

I had the honor of serving as keynote speaker for the Kauai Chamber and, just yesterday, for the Hawaii Island Chamber's membership meeting. Both events recognized the 2014 Small Business Administration winners.
When the winners spoke, it was obvious that their passion, work ethic and doing good, not only for their business, but for Hawaii, were common denominators. While each business in our state should be recognized for being a part of Hawaii's economic engine and job creators, we congratulate those who were recognized by SBA for 2014.
One of the highlights of working for a Chamber is meeting small business owners across the state and hearing their stories about how they started, how they managed to overcome challenges and what keeps them going.
As I have mentioned before, my mother is a small business owner. I've witnessed her trials and tribulations, which is the case for all business owners across our state who have their own stories.
It is these stories that inspires our Chamber team to work hard towards fulfilling our mission and ensuring that our members' investment in the organization is put to good use. So, on behalf of our Ohana, thank you for being a part of the Chamber so we can effectively advocate for you.
Equally important, however, is that we encourage you to make your voice heard, regardless of your position, but do it with ALOHA.
Let's all join the effort to make Hawaii a better place and SPEAK UP WITH ALOHA (SUWA)!

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Economic Outlook and Future of Hawaii's Timeshare Industry

Join us on Monday, May 11th for Tourism 2.0:  New Wave of Timeshare Customers. Hear from top industry leaders on how Hawaii’s timeshare industry has changed over the decades, along with Hawaii's economic outlook.  

The industry has changed from accommodating a routine family vacation to an opportunity for young travelers to accumulate points vacation in a new location each time.

Dr. Carl Bonham of the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, Daniel Nahoopii of the Hawaii Tourism Authority and Howard Nusbaum of the American Resort Development Association will be moderated by Howard Dicus of Hawaii News Now as they discuss the future of Hawaii’s timeshare industry on a local, national and global level.

Click here for more information on this lunchtime event at Plaza Club on May 11th.

Biz Tip: Free lighting retrofits available to help cut costs. Click on the Hawaii Energy link on our site for more information

Governor Ige Honors Outstanding Community Volunteers

On Friday, May 8, Governor Ige will host a ceremony at his office to kickoff Hawaii Military Appreciation Month. During the ceremony, seven individuals will be recognized as the Outstanding Community Volunteer for the respective military commands they are assigned to.
The honorees are IT1 Erich Bull (U.S. Pacific Command), SPC Alina Zamora (U.S. Army Pacific), BM1 Charles Palmer (U.S. Coast Guard District 14), SPC Melody Bell (Hawaii Army National Guard), Sgt Jonathan McDonald (U.S. Marine Forces Pacific), HM2 Samuel Torres (U.S. Pacific Fleet) and SrA Stephanie Torres (U.S. Pacific Air Forces).
Each honoree has been selected by their leadership for demonstrating a strong commitment to community service. Their volunteer work has included, but not limited to, environmental stewardship, coaching youth sports, coordinating support for local non-profit organizations and providing medical outreach to homeless families.
This year will mark the 30th year that the Military Affairs Council and the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii have recognized the outstanding service our men and women in uniform are performing to enrich our community. Congratulations to all of the honorees!
As a reminder, please share your appreciation for our military members and their families by participating in May's Hawaii Military Appreciation Month. Click here to participate

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

May 20 FocusON: eCommerce, eMarketing & All Things Business

Our next FocusON seminar, eCommerce, eMarketing & All Things Business, will cover everything you need to know about e-commerce, search engine optimization (SEO), website building and management, and using social media to help leverage sales. This informal and collaborative panel discussion format encourages attendees to ask questions and engage with guest panel speakers.
We’re hosting an informative line-up of speakers, including Jerome Coudrier, CEO and President,; Daniel Hildebrandt, CEO, DTH Internet Marketing Consulting, also known as the “German Google Guy”; Peter Kay, Founder and President, CyberCom Inc. and the voice behind Your Computer Minute; and Brian Park-Siart, eCommerce Project Manager, Polynesian Adventure Tours.
This event is complimentary for Chamber and YP members (*does not include e-memberships), regular rate is $15. Click here for more information and to register. 

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

Upcoming Chamber Events:

May 11: Tourism 2.0 & Economic Update

May 20: FocusON: eCommerce, eMarketing & All Things eBusiness

May 2015: Participate in Military Appreciation Month 

June 9-10: Hawaii on the Hill


Upcoming YP Events:

April 30: YP 4th Anniversary Party

Upcoming Member Events: