Get your vaccine and let's push forward towards economic recovery

Get your vaccine and let's push forward towards economic recovery

July 28, 2021



Aloha Chamber Members,

As the delta variant continues to spread across the nation and here in Hawaii, we must continue to stay vigilant against the virus, and, at the same time, push forward towards economic recovery. More than ever, continuing to vaccinate residents in Hawaii is critically important.
While the economy continues to rebound, some local businesses are still struggling, and many are working to recover from the financial blows dealt by the pandemic.  
Here are some go to resources:

We can get through this together. Let’s continue to encourage vaccination efforts. Get vaccinated. Save lives. 

Laulima & mahalo,


SBA to Revamp PPP Forgiveness

With the Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) officially ended, it’s time for business owners who secured PPP funding to apply for loan forgiveness. 
The new initiative aimed at encouraging borrowers with loans of $150,000 or less to apply for loan forgiveness. The ability to convert PPP loans into grants in exchange for maintaining payroll was a critical feature of the small business rescue. 
The SBA has notified banks — which were responsible for issuing the government-backed loans and processing forgiveness requests — that the agency is setting up its own online, consumer-facing forgiveness platform. 
The SBA plans to 
launch the site on a pilot basis today and have it go live around Aug. 4. It will provide a unified place for forgiveness, simplifying the process for both small business owners and lenders and hopefully prodding those who have not yet applied for forgiveness for their 2020 loans to start that process.


25th Infantry Division Welcomes
Brigadier General Joe Ryan

This past week, Brigadier Joe Ryan (right in the picture) took command of the 25th Infantry Division from Major General Jamie Jarrard. Ryan most recently served as deputy chief of staff for operations for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and has commanded units at various level in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Maj. Gen. James Jarrard, who has commanded the 25th since November 2019 now heads south on the island to become chief of staff for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.


Hawaii is Hiring Celebrates One Year of Connecting Local Residents to Employment, Training and Education Opportunities 
Hawaii is Hiring was created in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal was to create a one-stop resource for local residents who have been directly impacted by the pandemic to get connected to existing employment and training opportunities throughout the state. Since then, we've seen an outpouring of support from dedicated community partners and served as a platform for sharing up-to-date information on employment, short-term credentialing programs and other training opportunities designed to get Hawaii on track to economic recovery. 

Now, one year later, we've served 58,000 local residents and are honored to continue supporting you as we move through and beyond the pandemic, together. No matter what stage of your professional career you're in, Hawaii is Hiring is here to connect you with your next exciting opportunity. 

Mahalo to our generous sponsors: Workforce Development Council, American Savings Bank, University of Hawaii Community Colleges, Anthology Marketing Group and Hawaii Executive Collaborative.


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