Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
October 1, 2014

In this October 1, 2014 edition:

President's Message
Yes on 4: Support Early Education Initiative
PTA Live Fire Training Ensures Mission Readiness
Celebrate Oktoberfest with the Chamber!
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President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members:

Last year, a CNN report ranked Hawaii 8 of the top 10 most entrepreneurial states. According to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, these top states saw more startup activity than anywhere else. Hawaii’s 2012 startup rate was 400 per 100,000 adults.
In support of this, the Chamber is excited to announce a new partnership with Honolulu Founder Institute, the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program. Through their four-month program, aspiring entrepreneurs can “learn by doing” and launch a company through structured training courses, practical business-building assignments and expert feedback from a large network of business mentors.  

Our members are being offered a complimentary application fee ($50 value) with the best member applicant receiving the “Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Fellowship” to participate in the program for free ($900 value). Apply at the link below by the early application deadline of October 5. To learn more about the Institute, check out their upcoming free startup events:
The Chamber has supported other startup initiatives, including the state’s Hawaii Growth Initiative, with the goal of helping to grow the job base, promote creativity, recruit local talent and build a thriving economy, with the ultimate goal of creating an environment that will keep these startups in business. The Chamber supports this through our advocacy efforts and events, including our upcoming Small BIZ Academy on Oct. 29.   
As a daughter of a small business owner, I’m keenly aware of the challenges small businesses face, which is why we must continue to seek ways to support and assist them with various resources.  

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Yes on 4: Support Early Education Initiative

What is Yes on 4?
On November 4, Hawaii voters will be asked to consider voting ‘YES’ on ballot question #4, which would enable the state to contract with community preschools and expand access to high-quality preschool to more of Hawaii’s keiki.
Will this mean mandatory preschool for all four-year-olds?
NO. Passage of ballot question #4 only ensures that, in the future, the state has the option of contracting participating preschools. Preschool would be an option for parents; no parent will be required to send their child to preschool if they don’t want to.
As a reminder, register now for our Small Biz Academy on October 29, with seminars available at no charge.

PTA Live Fire Training Ensures Mission Readiness

Hawaii Adjutant General Major General Darryll Wong recently hosted Representatives Cindy Evans, Richard Onishi, Clift Tsuji and Ryan Yamane, Governor’s Chief of Staff Bruce Coppa and MAC members Bill Wilson (Training & Readiness Chair), Maria Carl (Strategic Communications Chair), Crissy Gayagas (Strategic Communications Vice Chair) and Russell Hata at Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA).


Lt. Col. Jacob Peterson, PTA Commander, explained that PTA served the training needs of 125,000 members from all services in the last year. PTA is unique in that it provides an opportunity for joint combined arms training, which is critical for missions.


While at PTA, the delegation also observed live fire training being conducted by the men and women of the Hawaii Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery Battalion. The 1-487th was at PTA to learn how to operate the newly acquired state-of-the-art, game changing weapons systems to ensure that they would be mission-ready to deploy when called upon. 


The men and women of the 1-487th demonstrated that they live up to their motto: Hiki No! (Certainly, It Can Be Done). 

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

Celebrate Oktoberfest with Us! Business After Hours, Oct. 16

Celebrate Oktoberfest at our upcoming Business After Hours on Thursday, October 16 at the Oahu Veterans Center. Guests will enjoy Oktoberfest-themed appetizers, beer and spirits while networking with Hawaii’s business community, engaging in meaningful conversation and making valuable connections.
Ticket includes open buffet and two drinks. $25 for Chamber Members, $15 for Young Professionals and $35 for non-members. $15 late registration fee will be applied after Friday, October 16. Click here for more information and to register. 

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