Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
August 13, 2014

In this August 13, 2014 edition:

President's Message
Upcoming Small Business Academy
Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) Key to Economy on Oahu's Windward Side
Network with Hawaii's Business Community, August 28

President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members:

One of the messages that I delivered in my Annual Luncheon speech was our goal of continuing to seek ways to leverage our strategic location as the gateway to the Asia-Pacific region. This position serves a critical role for economic, military and political reasons, which is why, for the first time, we extended invitations to the Counsel Generals to attend our luncheon and will continue to work with them and other stakeholders to move this initiative forward.
Other takeaways from our Annual Luncheon was recapped by Pacific Business News' editor, Kam Napier (read takeaways here). Speaking of PBN, one of our new initiatives this year is to keep the business community informed about issues that impact business, recognize Chamber members' efforts, and provide resources and tools to help businesses succeed. So, we are proud to launch our monthly Chamber Voice page this Friday, with Hawaii's leading weekly business publication, PBN.

This week, some of your Chamber team members are attending the American Chamber of Commerce Executives conference in Cincinnati to meet with colleagues from across the nation to share best practices and leverage resources. We are excited to share the Aloha Spirit and promote Hawaii.
We look forward to announcing other exciting initiatives as we continue our plans for our new fiscal year.
At this time, our team and I would like to extend a warmest farewell to the Chamber’s CFO, Geri Walker, who will start a new chapter in her life, retirement, after eight years with the Chamber. We wish her well and appreciate all she has contributed to keep the Chamber in solid financial standing. Mahalo, Geri!   

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Upcoming Small Business Academy

The Chamber is preparing for its first Small Business Academy in late October. The program will offer various workshops on how to start a business, how to build your business and resources to aid in business management.

Planned topics include: utilizing government grants to save money on your energy bill, utilizing a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) to save money and crowd-funding. The half-day Academy will feature a number of expert speakers who are either business owners or representatives of organizations dedicated to the growth of small businesses. More information coming soon!

Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) Key to Economy on Oahu's Windward Side

A delegation of state legislators and members of the Chamber’s Military Affairs Council (MAC) visited MCBH recently to meet with base commander Colonel Brian Anniacharico and his staff to discuss progress of military construction (MILCON) projects to upgrade infrastructure for its aviation units and training areas.
Prime topic was the urgent need for training areas for infantry, artillery and aviation units. The Marine Corps is especially concerned about the limited availability of training areas on Oahu and the millions of dollars that would be needed to subsidize the high cost of travel to the Pohakuloa Training Area on Hawaii Island.
MCBH accounts for more than $1.5 billion flowing into the local economy annually and is the largest employer on the windward side, which is one of the reasons why the MAC and Chamber members are working to promote, preserve and protect military in Hawaii. For more information on the MAC and joining this effort, visit our website

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

Network with Hawaii's Business Community, August 28

Join our Business After Hours on August 28th for a sunset view from the rooftop deck of Dave & Buster’s. With our last BAH drawing approximately 100 attendees, this mixer offers the opportunity to network with fellow Chamber members, make valuable connections, engage in meaningful conversation and have fun!

$25 for Chamber members, $15 for Young Professionals and $35 for non-members. Registration includes Mediterranean-themed buffet and two drinks. Free parking available. Click here to register.

PBN’s Fastest 50 Event
Pacific Business News’ 20th Annual Fastest 50 Event on Thursday, August 14 recognizes 50 of the fastest growing small businesses across the state of Hawaii. Click here for more information and to register. 

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