e-Voice of Business June 5, 2019

President’s Message

Aloha Chamber members,

We are just one week away from the 6th Annual Hawaii on the Hill–our partnership with Senator Mazie K. Hirono, which has become Capitol Hill’s most popular state showcase.

Over the next week, over 100 Chamber members and 400 boxes of made in Hawaii products will arrive in Washington, D.C. to show, once again, that Hawaii is engaged in national decisions that affect our business community.

Attendees will hear from nationally-recognized experts at our Policy Summit, including Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Japan and Korea Marc Knapper and Mr. Scott Mulhauser, Founder of Apeture Strategies and Professor at Georgetown University. 

And at our Taste of Hawaii on Capitol Hill, we once again will welcome a record crowd with orchid lei, live Hawaiian music and products and information from several of our state’s most important industries. Attendees truly experience a taste of the Aloha Spirit and learn why continued support for our business community is so important.

Hawaii on the Hill is only possible thanks to the support of our nearly 70 participating Chamber members. With an 80% return rate and many of our original partners still with us, we are pleased that members continue to see value in ensuring that the Aloha State is represented in our Nation’s Capital. 

Laulima & mahalo,


Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

“Laulima”
Many hands working together in collaboration and striving for a common goal.

Advocating for Business

WalletHub: Hawaii Ranked 48th Worst State Economy

A recent report by WalletHub ranked Hawaii as having the fourth worst state economy in the country. The report, compares all 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions: economic activity, economic health and innovation potential.
 
Reports like this consistently confirm what we know about the difficulties businesses face in Hawaii. The Business Advocacy team will continue to work during the interim of the legislative session to come up with legislative ideas to help address the hardships business owners face. If you’d like to contribute any ideas, please feel free to reach out to the BA team.

Supporting our Military

Military Affairs Council Congratulates Hawaii Service Academy Nominees
 

Service Academy nominees gather at a MAC reception last week
 

To conclude this year’s Military Appreciation Month, the Military Affairs Council (MAC) honored 26 Hawaii students who will attend U.S. Service Academies in the fall. The students will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The event also recognized 11 students who will attend Service Academy Prep Schools. 

Building our Membership

FocusON Attendees Learn Marketing Essentials

 
The Chamber heard from two marketing and public relations experts, Ellis Garcia, Regional Manager of Worldmedia Interactive, and Jackie Jaques-Smythe, Executive Vice President at Anthology Public Relations, at Thursday’s FocusON: Upgrading Your Marketing Strategy. The FocusON seminar series is made possible by American Savings Bank and is complimentary for Chamber, YP Program and HFMA members. 
 

FocusON attendees with speakers Ellis Garcia of WorldMedia Interactive, Jackie Jaques-Smythe of Anthology Public Relations and moderator Katey Mobley from American Savings Bank