Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
June 3, 2015

In this June 3, 2015 edition:

President's Message
Business Disaster Preparedness: Are You Ready?
MAC Recognizes Hawaii Military Academy Appointments
Save the Date: Employment Law Seminar, August 5
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President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

As the exclusive association for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) for local manufacturers in Hawaii, the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii continues to build our Manufacturing in Hawaii initiative, which will be part of Hawaii on the Hill as we showcase to our Congressional leaders the various products that are made in our great state. In addition to grants from INNOVATE Hawaii and the Economic Development Agency, the Legislature recently passed a bill in support of our initiative. We are also working on enhancing our Manufacturer’s Portal to help connect businesses around the world with local manufacturers.
In addition to NAM, the Chamber recently joined the Council of State Chambers, an organization comprised of representatives with state Chambers, in an effort to share best practices, discuss policy issues and find solutions to similar issues. For example, we recently posed a question to other Chambers to see what kinds of economic development revitalization efforts they’ve undertaken, as well how they may be addressing homelessness. We’re also a member of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, an organization that supports Chambers of all sizes, from local to regional, as well as international, providing us with management and operational tools, including identifying and analyzing the trends affecting our communities, establishing benchmark studies and, again, sharing best practices. 
These are just a few ways your Chamber is staying connected with its counterparts throughout the nation to ensure that we support your business and our community in the best ways possible.
Stay tuned to next week’s e-VOB as we report to you on our Hawaii on the Hill initiative from Washington, DC!

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Business Disaster Preparedness: Are You Ready?

Hurricane season is upon us and businesses need to be ready, not just now, but throughout the year. Business disaster preparedness gets companies at the ready for major disasters (natural or man-made), as well as smaller and more likely ones, such as a flooded street or knocked down utility pole.

Below are some resources that can help you get prepared. Stay tuned for a related Chamber event coming soon. For additional resources, click here
Biz Tip: Free lighting retrofits available to help cut costs. Click on the Hawaii Energy link on our site for more information

MAC Recognizes Hawaii Military Academy Appointments

On May 27, the Military Affairs Council (MAC) hosted its 2nd Annual Academy Student Recognition Reception. This annual event recognizes Hawaii’s young men and women who have accepted appointments to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. 
Each year, thousands of graduating seniors, as well as enlisted service members from active duty, reserves and National Guard, apply for admission to service academies,but only a small percentage are accepted into these highly ranked academic institutions. Historically, Hawaii has sent an extraordinarily large number of appointees to the respective academies, with 2015 being no exception.
31 of Hawaii’s 40 appointees were recognized before an audience of 150 attendees including their families, elected officials, service academy representatives, MAC members and active-duty military officers. Keynote speakers included Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Lt. Gen (Ret) Jeff Remington and General (Ret.) David Bramlett, who spoke to the appointees about service to the nation, leadership and the importance of their decision to attend the service academies.
Mahalo to Dennis Francis and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for donating a full-page ad recognizing these future military leaders.

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

Save the Date: Employment Law Seminar, August 5

Our 22nd Annual Hawaii Employment Law Seminar takes place on August 5 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and is presented by Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris.
As the most well-attended and comprehensive employment law seminar in Hawaii, attendees will receive an update on personnel law trends, including discrimination and harassment, as well as an update from some of Hawaii’s most respected labor law professionals, on court decisions in labor and employment cases. In addition, all attendees will receive a complimentary copy and online access to the newly updated 2015-2016 Chamber Desk Manual.
Discounted pricing available for Chamber and SHRM members. Exhibit space is also available for members.
More information will be forthcoming. 

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