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Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
December 9, 2015

In this December 9, 2015 edition:

President's Message
2016 Chamber Policy Committee Meetings
MAC Inaugural Holiday Reception
Nearly 200 Guests Anticipated at Chamber's YP Holiday Party
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Happy Holidays!

As we enter the holiday season, the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii is busily preparing for the 2016 Legislative Session. During the session’s opening week, the Chamber will host its 3rd Annual Chamber Week, January 19-22, to engage members and the local business community in the legislative process and keep them informed of important issues and the Chamber’s business advocacy activities. We’re pleased to announce that The Hawaii Group is returning as Premier Sponsor for Chamber Week and we look forward to their partnership.
 
Chamber members and all members of the business community are invited to participate in Chamber Week’s schedule of events and bring a collective voice of business to our state legislators. The Chamber will, once again, be introducing a pro-business package this session in support of lowering the cost of doing businesses, spurring economic development and investing in the future of Hawaii.
 
The week kicks off on January 19 with a Legislative 101 Class where attendees learn how the legislative process works, how to get involved and utilize resources that are available to use their legislative voice. Chamber Week also features a State of the Economy forecast and opportunities for participants to meet with legislators and share their thoughts and concerns about business in Hawaii through our Walk Around at the Capitol and Legislative Meet and Greet events, among others.
 
To register for Chamber Week events, click here. For more information about the week’s activities or to become a sponsor, please contact our Director of Events, Cristina Barbarta.
 
With the recent court decision on TMT and other pressing issues, now, more than ever, we need the business community to stand together with one voice and engage in the Chamber’s activities. 

Laulima & mahalo,
 
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

2016 Chamber Policy Committee Meetings

The Chamber policy committees have been meeting over the past few months to develop a legislative package for the upcoming session. We are finalizing the package of legislative priorities, which will be ready in the new year.
 
It’s never too late to participate in our committees and make your voice heard! All Chamber members are welcome to participate in as many policy committees as they wish; email Connor McKenzie for more information. Below is a list if January 2016 committee meeting dates.

  • Infrastructure, Transportation & Quality of Life – Tuesday, January 26th
  • Small Business & Entrepreneurship Advocacy Committee & Economic Development & Innovation Committee – Monday, January 11th
  • Workforce Development & Education – Friday, January 29th
  • Workplace Environment & Competitiveness – Thursday, January 28th

For a list of upcoming policy committee meetings, click here.

Biz Tip: Learn about the Chamber's Manufacturing in Hawaii Initiative which provides resources and seeks to enhance opportunities within the industry. 

MAC Inaugural Holiday Reception

On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, the Military Affairs Council (MAC) of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii hosted its inaugural holiday reception. The event was held at the Aloha Tower Marketplace's Waterfront Lanai and served as a thank you to all of the many individuals who helped the MAC have a successful 2015.

In attendance were distinguished guests, including Pacific Air Forces Commander General Lori Robinson and Marine Corps Forces Pacific Commanding General Lieutenant General John Toolan. 
 
Unfortunately, MAC Chair David Carey was unable to attend, but Dennis Gibson of Booz Allen Hamilton and member of the MAC leadership, provided remarks that highlighted the many accomplishments of the organization during the year.
 
A special thanks goes out to Dr. Geoff Bannister, HPU President, for providing the wonderful venue. We hope that you will be able to join us next year.

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


Nearly 200 Guests Anticipated at Chamber's YP Holiday Party

The Chamber’s Young Professionals (YP) program will celebrate the year’s success with a holiday party Friday, December 11th at Buho in Waikiki. With nearly 200 anticipated guests, including YP and Chamber members, members of the Chamber’s board of directors and the business community, the event promises to be an evening of networking and great conversation, delicious pupus and beverages, as well as an opportunity to learn more about the Chamber’s YP program. Guests will also have an opportunity to win fabulous door prizes, including restaurant certificates, membership passes, retail gift cards and more.
 
$40 for Chamber and YP members, $45 for non members, $50 at the door. Online registration closes today, Wednesday, December 9, at 5:00pm. Click here to sign up. Mahalo to our sponsor, Redmont Group

Check out our Member Spotlights and special Member-to-Member discount offers