Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
e-Voice of Business
March 19, 2014

In this March 19, 2014 edition:

President's Message
2014 Legislative Update 
Pentagon Announcements Mark Vulnerability of Hawaii's Defense Industry
Young Professionals Celebrates 3rd Anniversary on March 27

President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members:

On Saturday, the Chamber team participated in the American Diabetes Association "Step-Out" Walk to Stop Diabetes. We had a great time supporting a worthy cause and were gratified to be walking alongside some of our members who were also participating.
We constantly witness and are humbled by the generosity of our members. According to Hawaii Business magazine, Hawaii companies contribute millions of dollars to charities and non-profits, and also support our community with in-kind and employee donations, and time volunteered.

Thank you to our member companies who participated in this event and for all that you do to support charitable causes, critical to the functioning of our society.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone about our ONE AND DONE membership drive, during which members are encouraged to recruit new members to the Chamber. In addition to new members benefiting from a Chamber membership, recruiting members have the opportunity to earn great prize rewards. We encourage you to spread the word to your employees and colleagues.
Our team also challenged our board to engage in and have fun with the campaign. Each of our board members is required to take care of COCHi, our ONE AND DONE campaign mascot, until he or she brings in a new member. If not, they are subject to being included in the "Goat Gallery" at our annual luncheon or pay a fine. It appears to be working because several of our board members have already brought in new members!
Let's positively shape our business climate and give the "Voice of Business" the strength of numbers by helping us reach our goal of 2,000 members by 2016.

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO


Legislative Update

Minimum Wage Update
SB 2609 SD1 was heard by the House Committee on Labor & Public Employment on March 18. The HD1 increases the minimum wage to $10.10 over four years ($0.50 in 2015, $0.75 in 2016, $0.75 in 2017, and $0.85 in 2018). The tie to the Consumer Price Index remains omitted in this version, and a tip credit in the amount of $1 is added.

Other bills that are still gaining traction at the legislature are SB 2365 (Drug Repackaging), SB 3082 (Manufacturing Tax Credit), HB 1814 (Payment of Wages), HB 2529 (Health Connector), SB 2054 (Autism Spectrum Disorders), HB 1678 (Historic Preservation), HB 1741 (County Infrastructure) and HB 1866 (HCDA).
Manufacturer’s Portal
If you haven’t already done so, visit our Manufacturer’s Portal – Phase 1 of the Chamber’s Manufacturing in Hawaii Initiative. The portal contains resources and information to promote manufacturing in our state. Check back for updates on meetings, manufacturing news across the country and useful tools to help you start your own business or to help you promote and enhance your existing business. Coming soon – we’ll have a Marketplace that enables manufacturers throughout the state to reach out to one another.

Pentagon Announcements Mark Vulnerability of Hawaii's Defense Industry

The $265.5 million in military construction cutbacks announced on Monday in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser signal the urgency of actions to reorganize the Chamber’s Military Affairs Council (MAC) into a proactive statewide advocacy group. The cutbacks to Hawaii’s military translate to a potential loss of more than $425 million in state revenues next year, not to mention a loss of upwards of 3,500 jobs. This is especially disconcerting when $238 million was intended for Marine Corps aviation buildups in direct support of the announced security rebalance to the Asia Pacific.
These announced cuts do not take into account the news article’s reference to the Army’s 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team based at Schofield Barracks being vulnerable for relocation outside Hawaii. This would result in the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team being the only combat unit on Schofield and make it vulnerable, along with the Army’s combat aviation unit on Wheeler Army Airfield that is in direct support of both units. These Army realignments would result in the loss of thousands of soldiers and their families, and devastate the economies of Wahiawa/Mililani/North Shore. 
More importantly, they would signal the start of a series of military realignments that could increase risks and challenges to our national security as well as those of our Asia Pacific partners. 
The MAC seeks support from community stakeholders and state and county government to protect Hawaii’s multi-billion dollar defense industry and workforce jobs. 

Register for YP's 3rd Anniversary Party at the Republik

More than 100 Young Professionals (YPs), the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii’s program for members ages 21-39, will celebrate its 3rd anniversary at the Republik. The event will honor the success of the YP Program and review accomplishments over the past year, as well as introduce a newly refreshed logo, representative of the group’s innovation and forward-moving progress.
Attendees will have an opportunity to network, socialize with friends and colleagues, enjoy refreshments, as well as participate in the ‘COCHi Candids’ Twitter photo contest, which will earn the winner a Grand Prize raffle ticket for chance to win a trip to Paris, Rome or Tokyo as part of the Chamber’s ONE AND DONE membership drive.
The YP Program has grown in its first three years to represent more than 200 young entrepreneurs and young professionals from small, medium and large organizations in Hawaii, as well as provide professional development seminars and opportunities to connect with business leaders through our mentorship program, YP mixers and Exec Connects events.
Founded in 2011, the YP program provides members with the opportunity to engage in meaningful networking, professional development opportunities and community service, and to get an insider’s view on Hawaii’s business scene.
The anniversary party is open to both Chamber and YP members, as well as the general public. We invite you to bring your friends and colleagues to celebrate and learn more about the YP program. For a limited time only, we’re offering a special rate of $30 entry for two guests. Click here to learn more and register.

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