Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
August 10, 2016

In this August 10, 2016 edition:

President's Message
Hawaii's Growing Innovation Economy

MAC Briefing from the Honorable Katherine Hammack
YP Welcomes New Steering Committee Members
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

The upcoming election has many important races that will determine the future of Hawaii, from the presidential to mayoral, state house and senate, and city council.
As the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, we look to candidates who support issues we care about and who understand the concerns of our members and the local business community.

As a business person and as a citizen, we challenge you to exercise your right to vote and have a say in our democracy. Election outcomes are determined by those who engage and help shape the future of our state. It is our hope that voters will take into consideration issues that affect business and ask candidates how they stand on key issues.

Your vote is your voice. When you vote, you are letting candidates and elected officials know how you feel about issues that are important to you.
Healthy businesses create jobs, grow our economy and build a better quality of life for residents of Hawaii – and that’s in everyone’s interest.
So, if you haven’t voted yet, we encourage you to make your voice heard by voting this Saturday. Go to to identify your voting location.
Check out the Chamber's Hawaii News Now editorial in advance of this election season.

Also, if you haven’t registered for the Chamber’s Employment Law Seminar on August 18, held in partnership with Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris, you may register here. Don’t miss this important update on employment rules and regulations.

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Help Determine Chamber's Leg Agenda

August marks the start of the Chamber’s Policy Committee meetings for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Policy Committee meetings are your opportunity, as a member, to discuss legislative and community issues, and help determine the Chamber's legislative priorities. Meetings are open to members and will take place from 12-1:30 pm,  with lunch and validated parking included. Meeting dates are:

  •          Infrastructure, Transportation and Quality of Life (ITQ) – August 16th
  •          Small Business and Entrepreneurship Advocacy (SBE) – August 17th
  •          Economic Development and Innovation (EDI) – August 23rd
  •          Manufacturing in Hawaii Group (MIHG) – August 24th
  •          Workplace Environment and Competitiveness (WEC) – August 25th
  •          Workforce Development and Education (WDE) – August 26th

Click here for more information on each committee. Email to join a committee.

MAC Briefing from the Honorable Katherine Hammack

The Chamber’s Military Affairs Council (MAC) will host a Quarterly Briefing on Tuesday, August 23rd at the Pacific Club, 7:00 to 8:30 am. The featured speaker will be the Honorable Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment (ASA IE&E). Hammack is expected to discuss the Army’s priorities for Hawaii-based installations.
Hammack was appointed as the ASA IE&E by President Obama in 2010. She is the primary advisor to the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army on all matters relate to installation policy, oversight, and coordination of energy security and management.
Other topics that are likely to be discussed are the Army’s urging to Congress that a round of Base Realignment and Closure are necessary, privatization of utilities and the development of a 50-megawatt, in cooperation with Hawaiian Electric, and the biodiesel power plant at Schofield Barracks.
Registration details can be found by clicking here.  Please register by August 15th. We hope you will join us for this important discussion.

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

YP Welcomes New Steering Committee Members

The Chamber’s Young Professionals (YP) program is pleased to welcome two additions to its Steering Committee:  new Executive Director Cristina Barbata, who also serves as Director of Events for the Chamber, and new YP Chair Stanley Lau, CEO of Hawaii Tech Support.
As Director of Events, Cristina is responsible for developing, planning and executing the Chamber's events program. With her added role as YP Executive Director, she will oversee all aspects of the program, including initiatives and events, leading its 10-member Steering Committee, and monitoring the overall success and growth of the program.
Stan brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the program, being a small business owner and seasoned entrepreneur, founding Hawaii Tech Support in 2004 and with more than 20 years of experience in IT and consulting. He has been involved with the YP program for several years, including the communications committee and, most recently, serving as Vice Chair, providing consultation on the program’s key initiatives and helping to oversee budget needs.
The YP program looks forward to building its membership and initiatives with Cristina and Stan. For more information about the program, please click here.

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