Annual Membership Luncheon & Virtual Summit, PUSHING FORWARD, Together (Presented by First Insurance Company)

Annual Membership Luncheon & Virtual Summit, PUSHING FORWARD, Together (Presented by First Insurance Company)

October 28, 2020 Edition

Updated State and County Guidance Infographics

MAC Webinar: Overview of Marine Priorities in Hawaii

Promising Credentials in Hawaii Report Aligns Education with Employer Needs

Hawaii Business Pivot Grant Now Accepting Applications

President's Message

Aloha Chamber Members:

We are less than two weeks from our virtual Annual Membership Luncheon, PUSHING FORWARD, Together, presented by First Insurance Company. While our team was excited to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii in person, a momentous milestone, we are going virtual.

However, that doesn’t mean a less dynamic program. We added a Summit that will cover current and future issues: THE WORKFORCE REVOLUTION, THE GREAT ECONOMIC RESET, and ACTIVISM IN THE SPIRIT OF COLLABORATION panel discussions with dynamic thought leaders and change makers. Guest speakers include Governor Ige and former mayor of Hawaii Island, Billy Kenoi. The keynote speaker during the luncheon program is Peter Schwartz, Senior VP for Strategic Planning and Chief Future(s) Officer, Salesforce.   

The Chamber’s largest event of the year will also feature speed networking, exhibitor booths and even a scavenger hunt for an opportunity to win two round trip tickets from Alaska Airlines. And, if you purchase a sponsorship package, depending on the level, you can enjoy delicious meals from Roy’s, Highway Inn, Zippy’s or Domino’s while watching the live event!

We continue our advocacy and collaborative efforts with Governor Ige’s administration and legislative leaders on programs including and, to support small businesses.

Also, last Friday, we mobilized and convened a group of small and local business owners from various industries including gyms, bars, personal services, restaurants, retail, wedding, floral, helicopter, events, sporting goods and the travel industry, statewide, to virtually meet with Governor Ige to discuss how they have been operating in a safe and healthy way to protect their employees and customers, and how they can continue to do so without a blanket shutdown, as well as other challenges they face during this time. The meeting was productive and we will continue to meet to discuss collaborative solutions towards economic recovery.

Laulima & mahalo,

Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

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

Advocating for Business

Updated State and County Guidance Infographics

As the counties continue to implement differing rules and guidance regarding COVID-19, the Chamber team has compiled infographics comparing these rules and guidance into one-pagers to share and use. As new rules and proclamations are signed, these infographics will be updated accordingly.

Copies of the state and county regulations, as well as other infographics, can be found at this link.

Supporting our Military

MAC Webinar: Overview of Marine Priorities in Hawaii
Pictured from L to R: Lieutenant General Steven Rudder, Senior Executive Service Mark Hashimoto, Colonel Speros Koumparakis
The MAC was pleased to host its 7th webinar, which occurred on October 26, with the new U.S. Marine Team here in Hawaii. The webinar provided an overview of Marine priorities from "Team Marine," which consists of Lieutenant General Steven Rudder (Marine Forces Pacific Commander), Senior Executive Service Mark Hashimoto (Executive Director) and Colonel Speros Koumparakis (new Marine Corps Base Hawaii Commander).

Education & Workforce

Promising Credentials in Hawaii Report Aligns Education with Employer Needs

National data shows only 18% of credentials earned by
K-12 students in the US hold real value to employers. How does Hawaii compare and what changes can we make to better match student preparation with workforce demand?  
Promising Credentials in Hawaii, a first-of-its-kind analysis for our state, looks at whether the credentials students can earn actually matter in the real world to local employers.
The report is now available on the Hawaii Career Pathways website at The report includes the list of Promising Credentials, Promising Occupations and recommended actions. One-page Credential Resource Sheets for each of the individual credentials are also available. 
Thank you to the many Chamber members who participated in the survey and focus groups. And mahalo to our partners Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, Hawaii
P-20 and Kamehameha Schools for joining with the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii to produce this report.

Building our Membership

Hawaii Business Pivot Grant Now Accepting Applications

If your business changed its operations due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for an up to $10,000 reimbursement through the Hawaii Business Pivot Grant Program. Eligible companies can receive up to $10,000 for expenses like social media marketing, website development and other operational costs. The grant application will remain open until November 23, 2020, as funds are available.
In addition to the grant reimbursement, the program will offer technical assistance to companies through workshops, training and consultant resources as they adjust their operations. There will also be an online marketplace for companies to access products and services to support operational changes. These costs may be eligible for reimbursement under the grant program.
Welcome to Our New Member:
- Hyperspective

Mahalo to Our Renewing Members:
- Beecher Carlson Insurance
  Services, LLC
- Capitol Consultants of
  Hawaii LLP
- Cumming
- Gentry Homes Ltd.
- Hawaii Association of
  Realtors (HAR)
- Hawaii Tech Support
- Hawaiian Cool Water, LLC
- King & Neel, LLC
- RIM Architects, LLC
- Schweitzer Consulting
- Shriners Hospitals for
  Children – Honolulu
- Ulupono Initiative
- U.S. Small Business
- Waianae Coast
  Comprehensive Health
Chamber Events:

Oct 30: Business Pivot Workshop

Nov 2: Developing a Recurring Revenue Model "Deep Dive" Workshop

Nov 2: Restaurant Possible: How Some Restaurants Are Pivoting Their Business Model During COVID

Nov 5: Creating Marketing Uniqueness "Deep Dive" Workshop

Nov 6: 170th Annual Membership Luncheon & Virtual Summit

Nov 7: Business Pivot Webinar

Nov 9: Growing My Business "Deep Dive" Workshop

Nov 12: Restaurant Possible: How Some Restaurants Are Pivoting Their Business Model During COVID

Nov 16: Scaling My Business "Deep Dive" Workshop
View all upcoming Chamber events

Neighbor Island Chamber News:

Hawaii Island
Hawaii Congressional Delegation News:

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz
U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono
U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard
U.S. Representative Ed Case
Member News:

Click here for a collection of COVID-19 member offers and updates
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