Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
October 15, 2014

In this October 15, 2014 edition:

President's Message
VOTE Yes on 4
Army Listening Sessions: January 26-27, 2015
Connect with Young Professionals
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members:

Growing up, I witnessed the hardships and challenges that my mother encountered running a small business. Because of her strong work ethic, pure determination and tremendous sacrifices, 36 years later, she still has her company in Hilo despite the changing industry environment and the limited resources she had starting and running her business.
I'm sure this rings true for many women-owned small businesses, which is why the Chamber supports the Small Business Administration's National Women's Small Business Month of October and the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Women's Business Ownership Act of 1988 that established the Women's Business Center Program and the National Women's Business Council.
While we still have much work to continue the growth of this sector, the landscape for women in business has changed due to women trailblazers. Former U.S. Representative, the honorable Patsy Mink, once said "We have to build things that we want to see accomplished, in life and in our country, based on our own personal experiences..."
So, it is with great honor, on behalf of the Chamber, to thank and recognize our hardworking women business owners for making a significant impact on Hawaii's economy and for blazing your own trails to create a better environment for all of the people of Hawaii.

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

VOTE Yes on 4

Will Yes on 4 hurt public schools?
No. Voting “Yes” on ballot question #4 will ultimately help Hawaii’s K-12 schools. Children who attend a high quality preschool are more likely to be reading at grade level by the time they reach 4th grade and are 80% more likely to graduate from high school. Expanding preschool and early learning opportunities depends on both the public and non-profit sectors – neither can do it alone.

Will Yes on 4 raise my taxes?
No. Passage will simply give our state the option to contract with high quality preschool providers. No money is attached to this vote. Legislators would have to approve funds for any future contracts with providers or any expansion of public preschool in our state.
As a reminder, register now for our Small Biz Academy on October 29, with seminars available at no charge.

Army Listening Sessions: January 26-27, 2015

The MAC is preparing for the Army's 2020 Force Structure Realignment Special Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA) listening sessions on Oahu January 26 & 27, 2015. The SPEA evaluates the potential impact of a 19,800 reduction in Army personnel for Fort Shafter and Schofield Barracks.


MAC member Dr. Geoffrey Bannister analyzed the potential impact of this loss, focusing on the five zip codes around Schofield. He found that the loss of 16,000 people at Schofield – 38% of the population – will have a dramatic impact on Wahiawa, Waialua, Schofield, Mililani and Kunia. The loss of about 20,000 jobs in these areas will affect well over half of the households – equivalent to losing the state’s largest non-government employer three-times over. This loss will impact construction, retail, restaurants, real estate and professional, scientific and technical service professions.


There is a lot of work to be done in the next few months to prepare for the listening sessions. As reported in a recent Honolulu Star-Advertiser article, MAC member Lt. Gen. Frank Wiercinski said, "If we want the military here, we need to show it. And now is the time to do it." 


Please mark your calendar for listening sessions on Oahu January 26 & 27 and show your support for the Army in Hawaii.


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Connect with Young Professionals

The Chamber’s Young Professionals (YP) program features networking and professional development seminars that allow members to have one-on-one, personal experiences with some of Hawaii’s most experienced business executives and connect with fellow up-and-coming leaders to make valuable, long-lasting connections.

We encourage young professionals, ages 21-39, to attend these upcoming YP events:

For more information about the YP program, including how to join, get involved as a mentor or participate as a sponsor, please visit their website

Check out our Member Spotlights.

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