Join the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii for weekly conversations with Hawaii’s business community. Hosted by Jo McGarry, this podcast will tell the story of business in Hawaii, and will address the challenges of adapting to an ever changing economy. The podcast will also serve as a valuable resource to anyone looking to grow their business, or hear the inside story of some of Hawaii’s most influential employers.
Our podcast episodes range from 15-20 minutes in length, so it’s perfect to listen to on your morning drive, while working out, or just doing chores around the house.
Episode 27: Elevating Fashion and Small Business with Allison Izu
On this episode, hear from fashion designer and small business owner Allison Izu on her journey of being a small entrepreneur and petite fashion designer in the big fashion industry. Allison is an inspiration to many as she bravely took on the fashion industry to design clothing for the average-sized women. Learn how she pushed through the “no’s” and shifted to get the “yeses” for a great reminder that persistence is the key to success.
Allison Izu, Owner and Fashion Designer of The Allison Izu Company. Born and raised in Honolulu and a graduate of Sacred Hearts Academy. She studied fashion in New York where her dream to design clothing for petite women was born. Allison Izu was featured in Oprah Magazine in 2010, and her brand was featured in Lucky Magazine, The Denim Blog, Refinery 29 and Style.com.
WEDNESDAY, January 12, 2022
Episode 26: Building a Sustainable Community Through Music with Dave Moss of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra
On this episode learn how the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra pivoted during the pandemic to create a renewed sense of community, doubled their donor base and is bringing more awareness to art education for our youth.
Dave Moss, Executive Director for the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, joins the Voice of Business podcast to discuss his passion for music, organizational growth and the community.
WEDNESDAY, January 5, 2022
Episode 25: It Takes Many Hands with Susan Furuta with Helping Hands Hawaii
On this episode, Susan Furuta shares how her team of 75 inspires hope to thousands of local families by providing guidance, household goods and opportunities for empowerment and connection.
Susan Furuta is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Helping Hands Hawaii. Born and raised in the historic Ewa plantation, Susan is a graduate of James Campbell High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
WEDNESDAY, December 22, 2021
Episode 24: Unlocking the Hidden Value in People Through Habit-Based Leadership with Josh Ellis of The Initiatives Group
During challenging times (like during the COVID-19 pandemic), skillful leadership became even more critical. What are the qualities and habits that a great leader must possess to move a company forward?
On today’s episode, we sat down with Josh Ellis, Director of Digital Programs for The Initiatives Group, to break down how habits work, and how you as a leader, can develop them to improve your leadership style.
For more information on the Initiatives Group and their Leadership Execution Accelerator Program (LEAP), visit https://go.theinitiativesgroup.com/leap.
Download General Bill Martin’s free guide to motivating your team here.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2021
Episode 23: Knowing the Signs of Alzheimer’s in Your Loved Ones with LJ Duenas of Alzheimer’s Association
with LJ Duenas
How does one know the signs of Alzheimer’s disease in a loved one? With more than three million cases per year in the US, it’s important to understand the signs at an early stage.
LJ Duena, Executive Director for the Alzheimer’s Association, joins us to talk about the signs, treatments that are available, and how Alzheimer’s Association can provide necessary resources to help navigate through these difficult challenges.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2021
Episode 22: Is Outsourcing Right for Your Business? with Tim Mobley of Connext Global Solutions
Are you currently facing staffing challenges? Have you considered outsourcing positions?
Join us for this episode as we welcome Tim Mobley, who currently serves as the President of Connext Global Solutions.
Tim graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY where he studied economics and mechanical engineering. He earned the Distinguished Cadet award during each of his four years there. He then earned a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School, also earning academic honors.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2021
Episode 21: Corporate wellness changes due to the pandemic with Alice Inoue
Darren “Kai” Oshiro is currently a 1LT in the Hawaii Army National Guard and deployed with 1-487FA to Afghanistan in 2019-2020. Kai bought his first printer, a Prusa MK2, in 2016 and has been a 3D printing enthusiast ever since.
On this episode, learn about Kai’s mission with his company, Simply 3D Hawaii, and how various industries have benefited from using the tool.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2021
Episode 20: Corporate wellness changes due to the pandemic with Alice Inoue
Happiness U’s mission is to teach that which was not taught in a traditional classroom about how to live a heart-centered life. With the pandemic, Alice’s teachings of mindfulness has been even more important and relevant for the mental wellbeing of working individuals.
On today’s episode, we are joined by nationally award-winning author and life expert, Alice Inoue. She is Hawaii’s thought leader and celebrated expert on creating a meaningful and joyful existence, and has helped thousands of organizations and individuals over the past 20 years.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2021
Episode 19: An Unexpected Journey to Becoming the Owner of Chocolea with Erin Kanno Uehara
Chocolea’s mission is “Bringing Peace to our world, one chocolate at a time.” In 2021 when Hawaii locked down due to COVID, owner Erin Kanno Uehara felt helpless that she couldn’t deliver on her mission.
That’s when she started writing to, who she now calls her “chocolate friends,” and even ended up publishing a book about her experience as a local business owner dealing with the difficulties of COVID-19.On this episode, sit down with this local girl whose dream was to help make this world a better place by connecting with people and investing in relationships. A chance encounter with a long-lost family member taught her to make chocolates, which has led her to her journey today.
WEDNESDAY,SEPTEMBER 8, 2021
Episode 18: How Unite Us Works to Address Social Needs and Improve Health Across Communities with Carol Hayashida
Unite Hawaii is a coordinated care network of health and social service providers working together to address social factors affecting people’s well-being and improve health in our communities.Based in Mililani, HI, Carol Hayashida is a Community Engagement Manager at Unite Us with a diverse background in healthcare sales and social service. Her passion lies in connecting partners together to see communities transformed in Hawaii.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2021
Episode 17: Granting Life-Changing Wishes for Children with Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s President & CEO Trini Kaopuiki Clark
Research shows a wish can give kids the strength to fight against and even overcome a critical illness.
As President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Hawaii, Trini Kaopuiki Clark leads a team of nearly 30 staff and more than 700 Hawaii volunteers to support the organization’s mission of creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. A University of Hawaii graduate, Clark is an accomplished local professional with nearly 20 years of communication experience in the Hawaii television industry and 10 years of nonprofit leadership.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2021
Episode 16: Talking Story About Murphy’s Bar & Grill with Don Murphy
In 1987, Don Murphy purchased what was then the Royal Hawaiian Saloon and opened Murphy’s Bar and Grill. Since then, Don and Marion Murphy have been giving customers a taste of the Irish homeland.
Learn about how Don got his start at Murphy’s, how they continue to give back to the community, and some of the signature dishes that you need to try when you make your trip to Murphy’s.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2021
Meet our Host: Jo McGarry
Jo McGarry is considered one of the foremost specialists in restaurant commercial real estate in Hawaii. With a background in the food and beverage industry spanning more than 25 years, McGarry has a unique approach to the world of restaurant real estate . She was the restaurant specialist at Honolulu Star Advertiser and the publisher of Gusto Magazine for ten years, and the former food columnist with MidWeek, She is also the former owner of the successful Edinburgh Soup and Sandwich Bar,” McGarry’s”, a well loved part of downtown business district life in the capital city of Edinburgh, Scotland . She also has her own podcast called “Radio MoJo.“