The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii
e-Voice of Business
October 16, 2013

In this October 16, 2013 edition:

President's Message
The Affordable Care Act: What You Need to Know and How to Prepare
Chamber's Military Affairs Department Advocates for Employment of Veterans
Spread the Word About Your Business on Social Media

President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members:

An editorial in the Pacific Business News last Friday, “Chamber seeks to raise the voice of business in Hawaii,” addressed our goal of increasing membership to 2,000 by 2016, in essence, doubling our current roster.
Undoubtedly, this target is ambitious, but we are excited about working with our membership to achieve this objective. Looking at our current membership of approximately 1,000, all it would take is for each member to bring in one member for us to reach our goal.
To that end, we will be launching an exciting membership drive in January. But that doesn't mean you need to wait to make referrals. If you have referrals now, please e-mail us with your list of prospective members and our staff will follow up with them. There is strength in numbers, particularly with our business and legislative advocacy efforts, so growing our number of members is a high priority.
On another note, the Chamber celebrated its 163rd anniversary yesterday. Throughout our history, the Chamber has been a key advocate for business and celebrated many successes. To read fun facts about our historical past, LIKE us on Facebook for our "Throwback Thursdays" postings.  
Finally, mahalo to those who submitted stories about how the government shutdown has impacted your business and to those who signed the petition. We are keenly aware of the significant financial hardship it has caused, thus far, and are keeping our congressional delegation informed about the business landscape in Hawaii. We look forward to the end of the shutdown and lifting of the debt ceiling without further delay.  

Laulima & mahalo,

Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO


Attend the Affordable Care Act Implementation 2014 Seminar 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is very complicated with many moving parts. For Hawaii businesses, it is even more complicated when overlaid with the Hawaii Prepaid Healthcare Act (HPHA) law which, in many cases, will limit your options.

Next Wednesday, on October 23, 7:45am to 11:30am, we will be hosting a seminar bringing together the top experts in Hawaii from various fields to talk about ACA and HPHA, and how they affect your business. Ample time for Q&A will be set aside to make sure any questions specific to your business are answered. People who register by tomorrow will be able to submit questions prior to the event, which will be passed on to the panel, ensuring your area of interest is covered. Lastly, CPA’s can earn 3.5 CPE credits at this event. 

Seminar will cover:

  • Employer requirements in 2014 and beyond. What employers need to do and plan for.
  • How ACA’s age rating system will impact your premiums. 
  • How ACA will impact HPHA and your present plan.
  • Who qualifies for ACA tax credits and how can you find out if you qualify. 
  • What plans will be offered through the Hawaii Health Connector and how it affects you.
  • What are some of the benefit options for your employees’ dependents. 

7:15am-7:45am - Registration and breakfast

7:50am - Affordable Care Act Update & Implementation 2014 - Panel Discussion
  • Anna Elento-Sneed, Attorney, Alston Hunt Floyd and Ing
  • Tom Matsuda, ACA Implementation Manager, State of Hawaii
  • Patty Murray, Sales Manager, HMSA
  • David Tumilowicz, Director of Business Engagement, Kaiser Permanente, Hawaii Region
9:00am - Break

9:10am - Effects on your plan and what you need to know?
  • Patty Murray, Sales Manager, HMSA
  • Reg Baker, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operations Officer, HMAA
  • Gavin Swain, Actuary, Kaiser Permanente, Hawaii Region
  • Nelson Befitel, Corporate Counsel, ProService HR Company
10:25am - Break

10:30am - ACA Tax Credits for Small Business: Do you qualify? 
  • Roshan Rodriguez, Project Coordinator, Hawaii Health Connector
  • Ron Heller, Attorney, Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris
11:30am - Pau

Employing Our Veterans Makes Good Business Sense

Alex Horton served as an Army infantryman in Iraq and later a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He recently wrote of the duality of experiences America’s newest veterans face upon completion of honorable service in the military. Horton wrote of the, “standing ovations given for veterans during the Super Bowl on one side, and on the other, a general unease as civilians confront those veterans who went to war for them repeatedly over the last decade.”

Horton, referencing a 2012 survey by the Center for New American Security (CNAS), found that more than half of the 69 company respondents practiced caution in hiring veterans due to stereotypes of a population riddled with mental illness caused by combat experiences. Former soldiers are being labeled as “troubled veterans” whose military training and combat experiences render them prone to mental illness and violence.    

The truth of the matter is that our U.S. military produces leaders. The 2012 CNAS report concluded, “Hiring veterans serves those who serve our Nation. It is also plain good business.”

We encourage our members to choose to employ our veterans, building a skilled workforce and helping our economy thrive. The Chamber’s Military Affairs department collaborates on the planning of workshops and job fairs that encourage Hawaii’s business leaders (big and small) to post job vacancies and hire veterans, and co-sponsors events that recognize employers – these include:  Hawaii Hires HeroesEmployer Support of the Guard and Reserves and Hero 2 Hired.   

To get involved in these Military Affairs initiatives, please email: if your company employs veterans or has job vacancies.

Check out these heroes who were hired:  The Heroes

Submit Your Photos and News to Us
The Chamber is dedicated to providing our membership with the tools and resources needed to help promote and drive people to their businesses, which is why we are working on revamping our website and introduced our e-Voice of Business newsletter. We also engage the business community and the general public via social media outlets, including Facebook and Twitter. To further bolster our efforts to support your business, if you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter so that we can keep abreast of what’s happening with your business and share the news, as well.

As part of this effort, we will be introducing “Member Mondays,” highlighting a Chamber member via social media to include information about the member’s business and special promotions, and directing users to the member’s website and/or social media outlets, as well as "Throwback Thursdays," which will share information about the Chamber's varied historical past and little-known facts.

To keep content pertinent and engaging, we need your help! Please let us know about any company news you have to share - this may include company photos showing your employees engaged in community work or team-building activities, or if your business has received special recognition or award or has valuable business-related tips to share.

Please email photo and information to our Director of Communications and Marketing, Bianca Mordasini, at or call 545-4300, ext. 313. Please note that The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii reserves the right to edit, modify or change content as deemed necessary and that not all submissions may be utilized. 

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