Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
March 2, 2016

In this March 2, 2016 edition:

President's Message
$2 Million Grant for Manufacturers - Apply Now!
Join Military Affairs Council for Quarterly Briefing, March 29
YPs Host Kam Napier of Pacific Business News, March 15
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

Studies show that team building activities promote better communication, better relationships and increased productivity, which is why the Chamber is pleased to provide our members with the opportunity to do just that.

Our newest event, Mad About March HORSE basketball tournament on March 12, promotes friendly competition, while fostering collaboration and bonding among your employees. Several spots are left, so we encourage businesses to enlist an employee participant and cheerleaders to take advantage of this motivational, fun opportunity.

Every year, the Chamber organizes events of all sizes and types to ensure that our members have opportunities to learn, network, and promote and grow their businesses. Other upcoming events include our Young Professionals Exec Connect Luncheon and Professional Development Class, connecting our YPs with top business executives; 2016 Health Summit, in partnership with Alston Hunt Floyd and Ing and Kaiser Permanente, and their expert panelists, with keynote speaker Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman & CEO of Kaiser Permanente; our Employment Law Update sponsored by Torkildson Katz Moore Hetherington & Harris with their attorney presenters; and our 3rd Annual Hawaii on the Hill.

We encourage you to visit our website at on a regular basis for information on Chamber news and events, member offers and events, and other updates.

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

$2 Million to Manufacturers - Apply Now!

We are pleased to announce that Governor Ige has approved the rules for the Chamber’s Manufacturing Assistance Program, with grants administered by the High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC). The application is now live and open to applicants!
The Manufacturing Assistance Program is available for qualifying companies applying for reimbursement on equipment purchase, training, energy efficiency and manufacturing feasibility studies. Grants provide a 20% reimbursement up to $100,000. This is the program the Chamber pushed for in the 2014 Legislative Session and is pushing for an extension this session. 
We recommend starting early and gathering all of the necessary documents and information to submit your application. Click here to see a complete list of required documents/company information, as well as to view the application. For questions, please contact

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

Join Military Affairs Council for Quarterly Briefing, March 29

The Chamber’s Military Affairs Council (MAC) will be hosting its first Quarterly Briefing of 2016 on Tuesday, March 29, 7:30 - 9:00 am at The Pacific Club Card Room. Guest speakers include Mr. Riki Ellison, Chairman and Founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Agency (MDAA), and Captain Bruce Hay, Commanding Officer of the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai.

The event has been titled “Only One Shot:  Missile Defense in Hawaii.” Mr. Ellison has called for the United States to operationalize the Aegis Ashore site at PMRF as a result of North Korea’s recent nuclear test and impending long range missile launch this spring. As a renowned expert in missile defense, Ellison will discuss the need for this capability in Hawaii. In turn, Captain Hay will provide the Department of the Navy’s perspective during what will be a thought-provoking discussion.

Registration deadline is March 21Chamber members are being offered a discounted rate of $40.00. Seating is limited, so please register early. For more information or to register, please contact We look forward to seeing you at this unique event.

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

YPs Host Kam Napier of Pacific Business News, March 15

The Chamber’s Young Professionals (YP) will host A. Kam Napier, editor in chief of Pacific Business News, on Tuesday, March 15, 7:45-9:00am, for a discussion on leveraging local media. Topics of discussion will include how the media works, effectively speaking with reporters and garnering interest in your story, as well as building your brand. Those interesting in learning more about media in Hawaii, as well as how to pitch your events and industry expertise, are encouraged to attend.
The event will be held at The Pacific Club and includes buffet breakfast and refreshments. Free parking available onsite. $20 for YP members and $25 for non-members.
Click here for more information and to register. Mahalo to Professional Development Class sponsor, Kaiser Permanente. 

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