e-Voice of Business March 13, 2019

President’s Message

Aloha Chamber members,

We are in the third quarter of the legislative session – a critical period when bills that are still alive will likely go through to the fourth quarter. As such, it is very important that the business community gets engaged in the process by submitting testimony, meeting with legislators and encouraging colleagues to voice their position. Sign up to receive our Legislative Action Alerts by emailing us. These alerts are emailed to you when your action is needed during session and enable you to easily send testimony on bills scheduled for hearings and letters to your legislators.
We’ve been talking about the minimum wage bills since the beginning of the legislative session. The Senate is holding a critical hearing tomorrow, March 14 at 2:45 pm at the Hawaii State Capitol conference room 224. This is one of the last chances to submit testimony.
As the Voice is Business, we will wholeheartedly and fiercely defend you and all the businesses that provide opportunities and jobs in our communities. Updates on our advocacy work and priority bills can be found by clicking here.
Remember, bills that pass the Legislature will have an impact on Hawaii now and in the future. Our Future is Our Business.

Laulima & mahalo,

Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

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Advocating for Business

Chamber Supports Education, Innovation Bills

This week, the Chamber continues to weigh in on important legislation that would affect members throughout the state.We have been focused on making sure that our members’ voices have been heard during debate on a number of bills that have made it through crossover.
While much of the focus has been on raising concerns with the minimum wage bills, a GET increase and plastic bans, we wanted to highlight a few of the bills that we’ve supported:
  • Support for the Airports Corporation Bill, which would authorize the establishment of the Hawaii Airport Corporation within the Department of Transportation.
  • Support for a number of bills related to research and development that will help to promote and foster innovation research and development in Hawaii.
  • Support for education initiatives to help with creating a curriculum-to-career-pipeline to help make sure that our students are adequately trained and prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation from high school. 

Supporting our Military

Community Invited to “Music on the Lawn”


The U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii invites the community to attend “Music on the Lawn,” a free concert by Army Music Hawaii on Friday, March 15.

Click here for more information.

Building our Membership

Chamber’s Work on Teacher Retention Featured

Hawaii Business magazine included the Chamber’s work with the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation to provide students with more work-based learning opportunities and to address Hawaii’s teacher shortage.


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