Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
e-Voice of Business
April 9, 2014

In this April 9, 2014 edition:

President's Message
Save the Date: May 1, 2nd Annual State of the Economy 
MAC Aims to Protect State from Collapse of Defense Industry
Submit Your COCHi Candid Photo by Friday, April 11

President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members:

In an earlier message, I indicated that the Chamber will be more proactive with initiatives that promote Hawaii as a global hub and as a place to invest, do business and hold meetings, by increasing our outreach to fellow chambers, business organizations and other stakeholders around the world, especially within Asia Pacific.
To that end, we have formed an unprecedented partnership with Meet Hawai`i, a collaboration between the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, and the Hawaii Convention Center responsible for attracting offshore conventions to the state. The marketing efforts of Meet Hawai`i are overseen by the Hawai`i Tourism Authority. Click here to read how you can get involved in this effort.
Also, this July, we are taking “Hawaii to the Hill.” Each state is afforded an opportunity to showcase its products and services to lawmakers on Capitol Hill throughout the year. We have been invited by Senator Mazie Hirono to take the lead on this initiative and bring Hawaii’s specialties to Washington D.C. In addition to promotional opportunities, we will also be coordinating advocacy meetings and events around Hawaii’s industries. Please stay tuned for information on how you can be a part of this effort.  
Finally, congratulations to Chamber members who received Hawaii Business magazine's, “Best Places to Work” awards. We are proud to have you as a member.

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

Save the Date: 2nd Annual State of the Economy

Upcoming Events
Save the date for the Chamber’s 2nd annual State of the Economy on May 1. More details will be provided shortly.

Minimum Wage Update
SB 2609 SD1 HD2 will be moving into conference. See below for a comparison of the bill with HD2 and SD1 versions:

Here are other bills that we are monitoring: HB 1678 (Historic Preservation), HB 1741 (County Infrastructure), HB 1814 (Payment of Wages), HB 1866 (HCDA), HB 2581 (State Innovation Waiver), HB 2626 (Manufacturing Tax Credit), SB 2054 (Autism Spectrum Disorders) and SB 2365 (Drug Repackaging).

MAC Aims to Protect State from Collapse of Defense Industry

A community-wide effort is planned to protect Hawaii’s $14.8 billion defense industry and the more than 100,000 jobs that are enabled by defense spending and report annual household incomes totaling $8.6 billion.
The Chamber’s Military Affairs Council has contracted Jennifer Sabas, former chief of staff for Senator Inouye, to reorganize the MAC into a statewide membership organization that supports the military’s prominent presence in Hawaii. We’ve already gained more than 30 businesses and labor organizations and 20 individual supporters. Those interested in protecting Hawaii’s economy and workforce are encouraged to email Jennifer or Rona Suzuki.

Submit Your COCHi Candid Photo by Friday

This Friday, April 11, is the last day to submit your COCHi Candids photos to us and enter our Facebook contest! Chamber member organizations and all of their employees are encouraged to participate and take a photo with COCHi, our membership drive goat mascot.

Entries will be posted on the Chamber’s Facebook photo album and the member with the most “LIKED” photo is eligible to win the trip of a lifetime to Rome, Paris or Tokyo. For details, please click here.  


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