Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
March 18, 2015

In this March 18, 2015 edition:

President's Message
Make Your VOICE Heard at the Legislature
MAC Hosts Women in Leadership Event
Extend Your Marketing Reach with the Chamber
Check Out Member Spotlights

President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

We continue to work on initiatives that will strive to enhance Hawaii’s position as a global hub, emphasizing our geographical position to major international markets as a way to expand export opportunities for the business community, attract conferences and meetings, and draw investments to our state.
So far, the Chamber has formed a Sister-Chamber agreement with Chigasaki Chamber in Japan, met with Consul Generals located in Hawaii, created and is utilizing a handout highlighting Hawaii as a place to do business, is working with our Chamber counterparts and Congressional Delegation, and is leading Hawaii on the Hill effort to showcase our products, services and industries on Capitol Hill, among other efforts.

Next week, I’ll be traveling to D.C. to attend the SelectUSA Investment Summit. The Chamber led a delegation to its inaugural conference in October 2013. SelectUSA was created at the federal level to showcase the U.S. as the world’s premier business location and to attract investment to create jobs, spur economic growth and advance our competitiveness. The summit provides an opportunity to connect with foreign and domestic investors, senior administration officials, state and local officials, and businesses from around the world. The Chamber’s mission will be to promote Hawaii as a place to conduct business. We’ve already received inquiries from companies to meet and learn more about investment opportunities.
I look forward to reporting to you from D.C.  

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Make Your VOICE Heard at the Legislature

Bills mandating new benefits are moving at the Capitol, including those that would increase an employer’s administrative burden and cost of doing business. We need your voice at the Capitol. Click on links below to email legislators and make your voice heard on bills outlined below.
SB 129 mandates employers provide paid sick leave for service workers as well as paid leave for employees to care for an ill child and spouse.
SB 1174 changes the Independent Medical Examination process by mandating that a physician be selected by mutual agreement of both parties in a Workers’ Compensation claim. If this bill passes, it is likely to increase the amount of dispute on selecting an IME and increase an employer’s premiums.
HB 1467 requires small businesses with less than 100 employees to provide ACA plans.
For additional information on other bills, visit our Legislative Action Center or email Jenny Lee.

Biz Tip: Free lighting retrofits available to help cut costs. Click on the Hawaii Energy link on our site for more information

MAC Hosts Women in Leadership Event 

On March 16, the Military Affairs Council (MAC) hosted its first quarterly briefing for 2015. In conjunction with March’s designation as Women’s History Month, the theme for the event was “Women in Leadership.” Less than a century ago, it was rare to see women in the military. Today, women make up 15 percent of the armed forces.

For the first time in Hawaii's history, the state is home to two female senior military leaders:  General Lori J. Robinson, Commander of Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), and Rear Admiral Cari B. Thomas, Commander of the Fourteenth Coast Guard District.

During their remarks, General Robinson and RDML Thomas discussed their command responsibilities. Following their remarks they engaged in a discussion with the audience about the opportunities for women in the military, the challenges they faced during their military careers and how they, as female officers, were able to overcome such challenges. The candid nature of their remarks made this unique event a memorable one for those in attendance.

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

Extend Your Marketing Reach with the Chamber

Exclusive to Chamber members only, the Chamber offers several affordable, targeted advertising options providing you with a measurable ROI. With our e-Voice of Business newsletter reaching approximately 4,000 individuals weekly and our website generating 17,000+ views per month, Chamber members have a variety of marketing options—including two-week, monthly and three-month commitments—to get their message across to Hawaii’s business community.

The Chamber’s website is continually attracting new visitors, with approximately 35% returning and 65% new visitors to the site. Approximately 56% of visitors find our site via organic search (e.g., Google), with another 24% finding our page via a direct search.
For more information on advertising opportunities, contact Bianca Mordasini. Download ad rates here

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