Please join us for another public outreach meeting in our new location: Koko Head District Park, 423 Kaumakani Street, Honolulu, HI 96825. This is mauka of the Public Library heading toward the crater. Follow the Hawaii Kai Strong signs to the main building. The program will start at 7:00 p.m. and is all about Detection, Warning and Response to disasters. There is also an opportunity to become trained as a Red Cross Volunteer to assist in a shelter during a disaster. If you are interested in this 3-hour training, please reply to this email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a link to sign up. I will also discuss this at our meeting, but there is a process to signing up as a volunteer that should be started soon. I sent our specific information to those who have already expressed an interest in this training. The training session will be held on April 15 here in East Honolulu.
Courtesy of PBN and Kent Hoover Washington Bureau Chief
A big political fight is coming over U.S. trade policy, but the head of of the Small Business Administration and her four most recent predecessors agree that trade promotion authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership would be good for small businesses.
In this op-ed, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet is joined by former SBA administrators Karen G. Mills, Steve Preston, Hector Barreto and Aida Alvarez in making the case for new trade agreements:
By 2030, more than 2 billion Asian consumers are expected to join the global middle class. In 15 years, the Asian market is projected to be six times larger than the U.S. market. Increasingly, we see an exploding Asian middle class adopting many of the same tastes and appetites for consumer goods that have long been hallmarks of American middle class life. Mexico and several Latin American economies are not far behind.
More than 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside of the United States, and only 1 percent of our small businesses are selling to them. If we’re going to maintain our global economic leadership as a nation, that must change.
We come from different political parties, and we have led the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) at different junctures, but on this point we all agree: Congressional approval of trade promotion authority (TPA) and completing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) sought by President Barack Obama would constitute a significant victory for America’s small businesses.
One out of every five American jobs is tied to exports. These jobs generally pay better, nearly 20 percent better. Passing new trade agreements would be critical to our smaller exporters, which don’t have offshore affiliates to help them overcome trade barriers and gain market access.
Maunalua: Past, Present, Future.
“Hawaii Kai Chamber of Commerce”
Tuesday, March 3rd @ 7:00pm on Channel Olelo #53
A monthly show focusing on Maunalua non-profits/community conservation,
Please tune-in to see our beloved new 2015 president, Gindi french, discuss topics that are near-and-dear to the hearts and minds of the board and the members of the Hawaii Kai Chamber of Commerce. We are all working very hard to improve the business community of Hawaii Kai and East Oahu! We hope you can watch and share for the benefit of all of us. Aloha! If You Miss it! View the Additional Airing of the show: March 4th, 2015 @ 10:30 pm OLELO-53