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General Membership Meeting

Presented by The Honorable Eddie Baza Calvo, Governor of Guam

November 4, 2016

Guam Economic Outlook 2017

Presentations by David John, President, ASC Trust Corporation and Gary Hiles, Chief Economist, Department of Labor

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General Membership Meeting

Presentation by Glenn Leon Guerrero, Director, Department of Public Works

July 8, 2015

GYP General Membership Meeting

2015 Chamber Events

June 24, 2015

Opportunities in the CNMI

 

Special Events - Annual Christmas Festival

Nov 24

4th Quarter Events

Nov 14

Annual Meeting & Board Elections, 11 a.m., Guam Marriott Resort & Spa

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Oct 12

Atlas Shrugged Movie Premier, Agana Stadium Theatres

Oct 5

AFC 14th Annual Salute to the U.S. Armed Forces in Guam, Outrigger Guam Resort

June 27, 2013

March 14, 2013

16th Annual Guam Chamber of Commerce Amateur Golf Tournament

 

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May 04, 2013

89th Anniversary Gala Celebration

 

Every evening through Jan 03, 2013

A Christmas to Remember - 20th Annual Christmas Festival

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Everyone is invited to enjoy the holiday lights at Skinner Plaza in Hagåtña every evening through January 3,2013

 

General Membership Meeting Presentations

May 27, 2015 Annual Door Knock Spring 2015

Presentation Available for Download.

 

April 29, 2015 Procurement 2015 Winds of Change

Presentation Available for Download.

 

March 25, 2015 General Membership Meeting

Maria S. Connelley, Acting Director
Guam Department of Labor

Sam Mabini, Ph.D., Acting Director
Agency for Human Resources Development

Presentation Available for Download.

 

February 25, 2015 Chamber Program of Work

Presented by:
Jeffrey B. Jones
Chairman of the Board

Presentation Available for Download.

 

May 28, 2014 General Membership Meeting

Guest Speaker: Captain Philip Old

Presentation Available for Download.

 

February 26, 2014 General Membership Meeting

Guest Speaker: Rear Admiral Tilghman D. Payne

Topic:Joint Region Marianas Brief to the Guam Chamber of Commerce

Presentation Available for Download.

 

October 30, 2013 General Membership Meeting

Guest Speaker: Simon Sanchez II, Chairman, Consolidated Commission on Utilities

Topic:Community Challenges Facing Utilities

Presentation Available for Download.

 

August 28, 2013 General Membership Meeting

Guest Speaker: Special Agent Cyrus Kam, Federal Bureau of Investigations

Topic: The FBI on Guam

Presentation Available for Download.

 

July 31, 2013 General Membership Meeting

Guest Speaker: Alexander R. Sablan, President, Saipan Chamber of Commerce

Topic: We're Open for Business - Investing in Saipan

Presentation Available for Download.

 

May 10, 2013 (AFC General Membership Meeting)

Guest Speaker: Mark G. Calvo, Director, Guam Military Buildup Office, Special Assistant to the Governor of Guam

Topic: Pacific Military Realignment Program Status Update

Presentation Available for Download.

 

March 27, 2013

Guest Speaker: Capt. Kevin Haws (Ret), COO, Guam Regional Medical City

Presentation Available for Download.

 

February 27, 2013

Guest Speaker: Joaquin Flores, P.E., General Manager, Guam Power Authority

Presentation Available for Download.

 

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Chamber News Releases and Announcements

Aid For The Philippine Flood Victims Sought

Our thoughts and prayers go out to our neighbors in the Philippines who have been through extremely inclement weather, which has devastated several communities. Flooding in Manila and in neighboring provinces have taken lives and threaten more with the potential for disease outbreaks. Chamber member, National Office Supply, has graciously volunteered to receive all donations to help flood victims in the Philippines.

How you can help:

*All monetary donations are currently being accepted at National Office Supply's Tamuning location, Monday ~ Saturday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm;

*All in-kind donations of canned goods, blankets, towels, bed sheets and other non-perishables are being accepted at the National Office SupplyBarrigada Warehouse location, Monday ~ Saturday from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. (Used clothing & bottled water are discouraged)

Please feel free to contact Mr. Emelio Uy at National Office Supply for further information: (671) 646-6613/ 646-7903 or email: uyemelio@yahoo.com

Thank you for your support!

 

A Christmas to Remember at the Plaza

October 5, 2012

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced its 20th Annual Christmas Festival event, “A Christmas to Remember," is scheduled for Saturday, November 24 at Skinner Plaza in Hagåtña. Members of the Chamber of Commerce are hosting its Annual Christmas Festival providing the community with a festive event featuring holiday lights and displays, spirited entertainment, kid friendly activities, and other attractions to enjoy throughout the evening.

This year's festive theme, "A Christmas to Remember” will commemorate 35 years of the Chamber's hosting a holiday event in appreciation for the general public's patronage of its members and the Chamber's activities and programs throughout the year. The evening event will be the first community holiday jamboree and begins a month-long lighting display at the renowned park in the heart of Hagåtña.

"Our planning committee is in the midst of preparing a spectacular event for the entire island—residents and visitors alike are welcome to enjoy Guam’ s best and most beloved holiday kick off event at Skinner Plaza. This Festival captures the true holiday experience so we invite the entire community to enjoy some wholesome family fun and create their own Christmas to remember," says Marilyn Borja, committee chairwoman.

The Christmas Festival is for children of all ages. Every member of the family can look forward to Santa's Workshop and a mini-parade with grand marshals, Santa and Mrs. Claus, arriving in a carabao drawn cart. Additional on-site attractions include a Dear Santa Station, lively cultural and holiday performances from our island youth and cultural attractions.

For more information regarding available sponsorships or participation, please contact the Guam Chamber of Commerce at 472-6311/8001 or Festival Committee Chairperson Marilyn Borja at 688- 2484. Sponsorship deadline is October 12th. First Lady Christine Calvo and the Guam Visitors Bureau are community partners of the annual festival event.

 

Bankruptcy Attorney To Speak At Chamber Meeting

September 25, 2012

The Guam Chamber of Commerce will be holding its monthly General Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 27, 2012, 11:30 a.m. at the Onward Beach Resort, Oasis Ballroom. Attorney Curtis Ching, Assistant United States Trustee, is prepared to speak on "Bankruptcy - Law and Trends in Guam and Hawaii."

Fee for members and their guests is $18.00 per person, and will include a lunch buffet. Contact the Chamber Office to reserve a seat for the September 27th meeting at Tel: 472- 6311/8001 or via email: info@guamchamber.com.gu. Send your RSVPs by no later than 3:00 p.m. September 26, 2012.

 

Meet The Candidates At Gyp Events - Incumbents Take The Stage

September 18, 2012

HAGÅTÑA - The Guam Young Professionals (GYP), a Committee of the Guam Chamber of Commerce, will be holding a special membership luncheon featuring the Incumbent Senators vying to retain their seats in the 32nd Guam Legislature. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Outrigger Guam Resort, Fort San Jose Ballroom. All 14 Senators running for re-election have been confirmed to participate. They are:

  • Speaker Judith T. Won Pat
  • Vice Speaker Benjamin Cruz,
  • Senator Tina Muña Barnes,
  • Senator Tom Ada,
  • Senator Judith Guthertz,
  • Senator Adolpho Palacios,
  • Senator Sam Mabini,
  • Senator Aline Yamashita
  • Senator Chris Duenas
  • Senator Dennis Rodriguez
  • Senator Mana Silva-Taijeron
  • Senator Tony Ada
  • Senator Ben Pangelinan
  • Senator Rory Respicio

This luncheon is the second of three membership meetings in the GYP’s “You Decide: Election Series 2012” at which members of the Guam Young Professionals will have the opportunity to meet the Congressional and Senatorial Candidates, hear their platforms, and make an informed decision during the November election. The first meeting, which took place on August 22nd, featured Congressional Candidates. The last meeting will take place October 24th, and will feature the new candidates running for office. Additionally, GYP will be holding a “Meet the Candidates” Mixer on October 24th beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Outrigger Bamboo Lounge.

Reservations are now being accepted for the September 19th meeting. Fee for GYP members and Chamber members is $20.00 per person, and will include a lunch buffet. Contact the Chamber Office to reserve a seat via email: info@guamchamber.com.gu. Send your RSVPs by no later than 12:00 Noon, September 18, 2012.

 

Meet The Candidates At GYP Events

August 21, 2012

HAGÅTÑA - The Guam Young Professionals (GYP), a Committee of the Guam Chamber of Commerce, will be holding a special membership luncheon featuring Congressional Candidates: Senator Frank Blas, Jr., Karlo Dizon, and Jonathan Diaz on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Outrigger Guam Resort, Fort San Jose Ballroom. This is the first of three membership meetings in the GYP’s “You Decide: Election Series 2012” at which members of the Guam Young Professionals will have the opportunity to meet the Congressional and Senatorial Candidates, hear their platforms, and make an informed decision during the November election. The next two membership meetings will take place on September 19th and October 24th, and will feature the incumbents and the new candidates running for office. Additionally, GYP will be holding a “Meet the Candidates” Mixer on October 24th beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Outrigger Bamboo Lounge.

Reservations are now being accepted for the August 22nd meeting. Fee for GYP members and Chamber members is $20.00 per person, and will include a lunch buffet. Contact the Chamber Office to reserve a seat at Tel: 472-6311/8001 or via email: info@guamchamber.com.gu. Send your RSVPs by no later than 12:00 Noon, August 21, 2012.

 

Companies Commit To Buy Local Movement

August 10, 2012

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM ­ The Guam Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Guam Economic Development Authority, and the University of Guam Pacific Center for Economic Initiatives, would like to recognize local companies who signed the Buy Local Commitment today, Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at the Guam Economic Development Authority Conference room in the ITC Building.

The Buy Local Commitment is a company's pledge to "Think Local, Support Local, Buy Local." Think local would ask companies to think about a local product, company, or organization before any other, Support Local by contributing to major non-profit organizations on island, and Buy Local by shifting at least 10% of a company's on-line or off-island purchase to local businesses whenever possible. This small shift to buy local positively impacts the economy.

The following companies/organizations were recognized for signing the Buy Local Commitment in support of the Buy Local Movement:

  • O&M Safety Analysis
  • Xerox Corporation

The cooperative encourages all local companies to join the Buy Local Movement through their support and signature of the Buy Local Commitment.

If your company is interested in signing the Buy Local Commitment or are interested in more information, contact the Chamber office, Tel: 472-6311/8001 or via email: info@guamchamber.com.gu .

 

Procurement Expert To Address Chamber

July 24, 2012

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 11:30 a.m. at the Chamorro Ballroom, Guam Marriott Resort & Spa. Professor Danielle M. Conway, Director, Hawaii Procurement Institute will speak on "Hawaii's Experience with Buy Local - Tips and Lessons for Guam."

Fee for members and their guests is $18.00 per person, and will include a lunch buffet. Chamber members are urged to contact the Chamber Office to reserve a seat for the June 27th meeting via email: info@GuamChamber.com.gu. Send your RSVPs by no later than 5:00 p.m. July 24, 2012.

 

Motiva Training & Consulting Recognized For Small Business Excellence

June 26, 2012

TUMON BAY, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce recognized Motiva Training and Consulting for its Small Business Excellence today during the organization’s 8th Annual Small Business Expo event held at the Guam Marriott Resort & Spa. “The Chamber is pleased to present its Third Annual Small Business Excellence Award honoring a member company that has made a noteworthy contribution to the growth of small business in Guam with innovative and highly interactive professional development training programs," said Rodney Webb, Small Business Focus & Development Committee Chairman. "Motiva Training, owned by Ms. Toshie Ito, exemplifies excellence in its commitment to good and ethical business practices, its involvement in providing guidance and support to a multitude of small businesses, providing consistent and excellent service. Toshie is very deserving of this award - especially in light of her contributions to the programs of the Chamber's small business committee.”

"Toshie is a highly respected member of the business community for her customer service oriented and managerial workshops, and for her respect of others as well," said Chamber President David Leddy. “Her business caters to both small and large companies providing the essential tools and training techniques to transform the company into a well-rounded organization. Motiva Training and Consulting is an asset to the Chamber and its clients, and truly deserving of the Small Business Excellence Award.”

The presentation took place during the Chamber’s Annual Small Business Expo, an event of the Small Business Focus & Development Committee, which featured over 30 member exhibitors and also featured a Seminar on "Investing in Our Island."

 

Four More Companies Commit To Buy Local Movement

June 26, 2012

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Guam Economic Development Authority, and the University of Guam Pacific Center for Economic Initiatives, would like to recognize local companies who signed the Buy Local Commitment today, Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at the Guam Economic Development Authority Conference room in the ITC Building.

The Buy Local Commitment is a company's pledge to "Think Local, Support Local, Buy Local." Think local would ask companies to think about a local product, company, or organization before any other, Support Local by contributing to major non-profit organizations on island, and Buy Local by shifting at least 10% of a company’s on-line or off-island purchase to local businesses whenever possible. This small shift to buy local positively impacts the economy.

The following companies/organizations were recognized for signing the Buy Local Commitment in support of the Buy Local Movement:

  • Budget Car Rental
  • Paradise Auto Spa
  • Payless Car Rental
  • Thrifty Car Rental

The cooperative encourages all local companies to join the Buy Local Movement through their support and signature of the Buy Local Commitment.

If your company is interested in signing the Buy Local Commitment or are interested in more information, contact the Chamber office, Tel: 472-6311/8001 or via email: info@guamchamber.com.gu.

 

Delta Air Lines Executive To Address Chamber

June 25, 2012

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 11:30 a.m. at the Chamorro Ballroom, Guam Marriott Resort & Spa. Jeffrey S. Bernier, Managing Director - Asia Pacific, Delta Airlines, will speak on “Building a Better Airline, not Just a Bigger One.”

Fee for members and their guests is $18.00 per person, and will include a lunch buffet. Chamber members are urged to contact the Chamber Office to reserve a seat for the June 27th meeting via email: info@GuamChamber.com.gu. Send your RSVPs by no later than 2:00 p.m. June 26th.

 

Professor Danielle M. Conway To Be Featured In Procurement Events

June 22, 2012

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM ­ John Thos. Brown, Chair of the Guam Chamber of Commerce Procurement Committee, announced that the Bank of Hawaii has again generously donated $5,000 to the Chamber to sponsor another three-day program of procurement seminars and events, in the last week of July.

Last year Bank of Hawaii's donation was used to co-sponsor, along with the Chamber, the Guam Bar Association and the Guam Judiciary, a series of seminars and lecturers by Professor Steven Schooner from George Washington University.

Brown announced that this year's visiting procurement expert will be Professor Danielle M. Conway. Professor Conway is the Michael J. Marks Distinguished Professor of Business Law and director of the University of Hawai'i Procurement Institute at the William S. Richardson School of Law, with more than 16 years experience practicing and teaching procurement. She is the author of "State and Local Government Procurement", recently published by the American Bar Association.

Professor Conway earned her J.D. law degree cum laude from Howard University and her LL.M. from the George Washington University Law School. She is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, and has served as an Assistant Counsel for Procurement at the Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Office of the Chief Counsel's Honors Program.

Brown said the program this year will include a full day seminar on Monday, July 23, with topics to include such matters as procurement planning and needs assessment, market research and effective specification, contract administration, and infrastructure procurement.

Brown said, in cooperation with the Guam Procurement Advisory Council, a second half day seminar will be held on Tuesday, July 24 and address topics such as procurement ethics, contract basics for procurement practitioners and Hawaii's experience and lessons learned with its Procurement Advisory Council and Procurement Institute.

Professor Conway also intends to address students at GCC and UOG about the opportunities for education and careers in private and public procurement, and meet with faculty and staff in a roundtable discussion about possibilities and requirements for a Guam Procurement Institute the morning of Tuesday, July 24.

Professor Conway will address the monthly General Membership Meeting of the Guam Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, July 25. Brown has asked that she offer her perspective on Hawaii's "Buy Local" policies, law and practices. Brown said CLE credits for lawyers will be available and that more details will be forthcoming.

 

Chamber To Host 8th Annual Small Business Expo And Outreach Event

June 21, 2012

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that its 8th Annual Small Business Expo and Outreach Event is scheduled on THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2012 at the Chamorro Ballroom, Guam Marriott Resort & Spa from 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. Small business owners, managers, and companies interested in meeting professionals and acquiring strategic partners are encouraged to attend this annual event. The table top expo will feature over 30 companies and organizations from the private sector, local and federal government agencies such as GEDA, Small Business Development Center, Veterans Business Outreach Center and the Department of Defense such as Naval Facilities Marianas and Navy Exchange.

There are several highlights for this year’s event including two pre-expo seminars: the first, presented by HEDCO, will focus on US SBA’s 504 Loan Program and will take place from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. The second seminar, Investing in our Island, will feature a panel of representatives from Guam’s leading businesses who will lend their insight on how companies can grow their business as they support other businesses on Guam. This seminar is scheduled for 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Both will take place at the Guam Marriott Resort & Spa. A small registration fee will be assessed for the second seminar. Seating is limited and RSVPs are required for both events.

Another highlight of the Expo event includes an After Hours Mixer from 5:30 - 7:30 pm co- hosted by the Chamber, the Guam Contractors Association and the Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association. The Chamber will also announce the winner of the Small Business Excellence Award. The Expo event is designed to bring business professionals together to connect and expand their business opportunities. The Chamber would like to recognize the event’s sponsors: Bank of Guam, Black Construction, M80 Systems, Small Business Know-How and Security Title.

For additional information about the 8th Annual Small Business Expo on June 28th, please contact the Guam Chamber of Commerce at (671) 472-6311/8001 or email: info@GuamChamber.com.gu

 

Guam's Leading Businesses Featured In Œinvest In Our Island Seminar At Chamber Expo

June 14, 2012

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM ­ The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that representatives from Guam¹s leading businesses will participate in the "Investing in Our Island" seminar to be held in conjunction with the Small Business Expo on June 28, 2012 at the Guam Marriott Resort & Spa in Tumon.

The panel will be made up of:

  • Bank of Guam: Lou Leon Guerrero, President, CEO, and Chair of the Board
  • Black Construction: Leonard K. Kaae, Senior Vice-President & General Manager
  • Mobil Oil Guam: Anthony Wenceslao, Area Manager
  • United Airlines: Quentin Koch, Director Sales
  • Triple J Enterprises: Jeffrey B. Jones, Executive Vice-President
  • DZSP 21 LLC: Wayne L. Cornell, Project Director

The panel discussion will be moderated by Clifford Guzman, President of Galaide Group LLC and, Vice President, Technical Operations for GFS Group.

Investing in our island community is not only about support through monetary means, but also through support of local talent to maintain a strong workforce, which is an integral aspect of the Buy Local Movement. When companies hire local they support the growth of Guam's economy. With the panel members comprising some of Guam's largest private sector employers, their participation can lend insight on how those in business can grow as they support Guam's small businesses. All are encouraged to bring their questions and register to attend the seminar.

Admission fee for the June 28th seminar is $10.00 for Chamber members and $20 for non-Chamber members. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Registration forms are available for download at www.guamchamber.com.gu. Interested parties may contact the Chamber Office at Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, Email: info@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 27, 2012.

The seminar is one of two seminar highlights featured in this year¹s Small Business Expo event. The other seminar will feature a presentation on the 504 Loan Program presented by the Hawaii Economic Development Corporation (HEDCO) beginning at 1:00 p.m. There is no fee to attend this seminar however due to limited seating, RSVPs are required. The Small Business Expo is an event developed by the Small Business Focus & Development Committee of the Guam Chamber of Commerce.

 

National Expert On The Art And Impact Of Networking Returns To Guam

June 5, 2012

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM ­ The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that Ron Sukenick, nationally renown expert on networking and business relationship strategies and best selling author of "Networking Your Way to Success" and co-author of "The Power of Connection" will be on Guam on June 14th & 15th. Mr. Sukenick will present a 3-hour workshop on Thursday, June 14th, for business professionals interested in improving the results of their networking activities. He offers a unique approach in his presentation that teaches individuals how to develop and maintain business and personal relationships that far exceed the typical networking experience. His workshops are highly engaging, interactive, and powerful.

On Friday, June 15th, Mr. Sukenick will present a follow-up workshop on making the connection. This 4-hour presentation will provide an overview of the many strategies that will give participants a boost to strengthen business and personal relationships from their networking experiences. “We are pleased to offer the business community an opportunity to be with Mr. Sukenick who is a dynamic speaker, master business coach and author,” said Chamber President, David Leddy. “We encourage members of the Chamber and the entire business community on Guam and the Region to take advantage of his expertise in the short time he is here. We don’t often have an opportunity to bring professionals of Mr. Sukenick’s caliber to Guam and it would be a shame to miss out on this experience.”

Each event will take place at the Hilton Guam Resort and Spa. The fee to participate in the June 14th & 15th workshop is $90 each, or $149 for both. Doors open at 8:00 am and the workshop will take place promptly at 8:30 a.m. RSVPs are required for both events as seating is limited. Please contact the Guam Chamber of Commerce to RSVP: Tel: (671) 472-6311/8001 or email: info@GuamChamber.com.gu.

 

President & Ceo Of Guam Regional Medical City To Address Chamber

May 22, 2012

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM The Guam Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 11:30 a.m. at the Ocean Sirena Ballroom, Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort. Margaret A. Bengzon, President and Chief Executive Officer, Guam Healthcare Development, Inc. Guam Regional Medical City, is poised to update the Chamber membership on the project's progress as well as the economic impact of the new hospital to Guam and our region.

Fee for members and their guests is $18.00 per person, and will include a lunch buffet. Chamber members are urged to contact the Chamber Office to reserve a seat for the May 23rd meeting via email: info@GuamChamber.com.gu. Send your RSVPs by no later than 2:00 p.m. May 22nd.

 

Chamber Honors Business Leaders

May 4, 2012

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced the selection of Leo and Connie Slotnick, as the 2012 Individual Laureates, and Guam Premier Outlets as the 2012 Business Laureate to be admitted into the Guam Business Hall of Fame this year. The Guam Business Hall of Fame induction will take place during the Guam Chamber of Commerce’s 88th Anniversary Gala Celebration on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Guam Grand Ballroom. A video commemorating the accomplishments of the Laureates will be featured that evening. A significant part of the Chamber’s Anniversary Celebration will be the recognition of Chamber member companies celebrating 20 years plus (in five year increments) of doing business in Guam. A special award will be presented to 36 member companies celebrating 20 to 65 years of servicing the Guam community.

Mark J. Sablan, Chairman of the Board, said, "The Guam Business Hall of Fame has paid tribute to Guam's outstanding business leaders who have contributed positively to our island's economic growth since 1992. This year's Laureates are truly deserving of this great recognition. The Slotnicks are entrepreneurial role models who found a niche market and grew it into an enterprising venture, leaving a legacy for future generations. Guam Premier Outlets has dedicated itself to providing outstanding service to the Guam community for nearly 40 years."

Chairman Sablan added, "We thank the community of Guam for its continued support of the Guam Business Hall of Fame. It is our hope that all of Guam’s outstanding business role models and visionaries will be given the honor and recognition they truly deserve." The Guam Business Hall of Fame is located at the Guam Chamber of Commerce office in Hagåtña [173 Aspinall Avenue, Suite 101, Ada Plaza Center].

 

Chamber Announces 8th Annual Small Business Expo & Outreach Event On June 28, 2012

April 26, 2012

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Focus & Development Committee has announced the upcoming 8th Annual Small Business Expo & Outreach to be held on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at the Guam Marriott Hotel & Spa's Chamorro Ballroom.

The event will begin with a seminar from the Hawaii Economic Development Co. on the 504 Program beginning at 1:00 pm followed by a panel discussion on "Investing in Our Island." featuring panelists from the island’s largest employers. The fee to attend is $10 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members.

The Expo, featuring exhibitors of organizations and executives representing all industry segments, is free and open to the public and will begin at 4:00pm.

Please join us for the Joint After Hours Mixer from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The mixer is free and open to the public.

For more information regarding the announcement of the Expo, please contact the Chamber office at 472-8001/6311 or e-mail us at info@guamchamber.com.gu.

 

Eb-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program Topic At Chamber Meeting

April 24, 2012

The Guam Chamber of Commerce will be holding its monthly General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 11:30 a.m. at the Chamorro Ballroom, Guam Marriott Resort & Spa. Minakshi V. Hemlani, Esq. of Fisher & Associates will provide the membership with information on how this program strengthens local economies. The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) administers the Immigrant Investor Program, which was created by Congress in 1990 to invigorate job creation and capital investment in the U.S. by foreign investors.

Fee for members and their guests is $18.00 per person, and will include a lunch buffet. Contact the Chamber Office to reserve a seat for the April 25th meeting at Tel: 472- 6311/8001 or via email: info@guamchamber.com.gu. Send your RSVPs by no later than 2:00 p.m. April 24th.

 

Companies Commit to Buy Local Movement

April 11, 2012

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Guam Economic Development Authority, and the University of Guam Pacific Center for Economic Initiatives, would like to recognize local companies who signed the Buy Local Commitment today, Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at the Guam Economic Development Authority Conference room in the ITC Building.

The Buy Local Commitment is a company's pledge to "Think Local, Support Local, Buy Local." Think local would ask companies to think about a local product, company, or organization before any other, Support Local by contributing to major non-profit organizations on island, and Buy Local by shifting at least 10% of a company’s on-line or off-island purchase to local businesses whenever possible. This small shift to buy local positively impacts the economy.

The following companies/organizations were recognized for signing the Buy Local Commitment in support of the Buy Local Movement:

  • Guam Reef Hotel
  • Market Wholesale Distributors, Inc.

The cooperative encourages all local companies to join the Buy Local Movement through their support and signature of the Buy Local Commitment.

If your company is interested in signing the Buy Local Commitment or are interested in more information, contact the Chamber office, Tel: 472-6311/8001 or via email: info@guamchamber.com.gu.

 

Chamber Members Commit To Buying Local At Press Conference

February 29, 2012

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Guam Economic Development Authority, and the University of Guam Pacific Center for Economic Initiatives, recognized Chamber member companies who signed the Buy Local Commitment at a Buy Local Press Conference held on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 1:15 p.m., at the Guam Marriott Resort & Spa, Guahan Ballroom.

The Buy Local Commitment is a company's pledge to "Think Local, Support Local, Buy Local." Think local would ask companies to think about a local product, company, or organization before any other, Support Local by contributing to major non-profit organizations on island, and Buy Local by shifting at least 10% of a company’s on-line or off-island purchase to local businesses. The cooperative discussed how buying local positively impacts the economy.

The following Chamber members were recognized at the press conference for signing the Buy Local Commitment in support of the Buy Local Movement:

  • ASC Trust Corporation
  • Benson Guam Enterprises, Inc.
  • Cars Plus
  • Construction Resources
  • Cycles Plus
  • Deloitte & Touche, LLP
  • First Hawaiian Bank
  • Galaide Group, LLC
  • GPSI Guam
  • Guam Cornerstone
  • Inspire Ad Agency
  • International Distributors, Inc.
  • M-80 Systems, Inc.
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Pacific Telestations, Inc. dba: KUAM
  • Perez Bros., Inc.
  • Pika’s Cafe'
  • Puppy Love Guam
  • Security Title, Inc.
  • SEI Guam
  • Triple J Enterprises
  • Triple J Five Star Wholesale Foods, Inc.

The Chamber encourages all local companies to join the Buy Local Movement through their support and signature of the Buy Local Commitment.

In cooperation with the Guam Economic Development Authority and the UOG Pacific Center for Economic Initiatives, this event marks the beginning of an island wide launch and will kick-off a road- show of presentations to various island organizations throughout the month of March.

If your company is interested in signing the Buy Local Commitment or are interested in more information, contact the Chamber office, Tel: 472-6311/8001 or via email: info@guamchamber.com.gu.

 

Now Accepting Nominations For The Reina A. Leddy Guam Young Professional Of The Year Award

November 29, 2011

HAGÅTÑA - The Guam Young Professionals is celebrating its second year as an official committee of the Guam Chamber of Commerce. The committee, made up of individuals between the ages of 21 and 40, is seeking nominations for the Reina A. Leddy Guam Young Professional of the Year Award.

A selection committee made up of members of the Guam Chamber of Commerce will review all nominations and make a final selection. An official nomination form can be downloaded from the Chamber's web site: www.GuamChamber.com.gu.

Criteria set forth for the OEGYP of the Year include:

  • Nominee must be a GYP member (21 to 40 Years of Age);
  • An individual must be nominated by an employer or person known to them. An official nomination form must also be completed and submitted to the Guam Chamber of Commerce by January 6th, 2012; and,
  • Nominee must be in good standing with the GYP and the Guam Chamber of Commerce and cannot hold an official position within the Executive Committee of the Guam Young Professionals. The Executive Committee includes the following offices: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Sub-Committee Chairs.

The GYP of the Year will be recognized with the Reina A. Leddy Award at the Guam Young Professionals EVENT OF THE YEAR on Friday, January 27, 2012. The program opens at 6:00 p.m. and will highlight the send-off of retiring members of the Guam Young Professionals who have reached the over 40 benchmark!

For more information about Guam Young Professionals visit their website: GuamYoungProfessionals.com, or contact the Guam Chamber of Commerce at 472-6311/8001 or via email: gyp@guamchamber.com.gu.

 

Road Closure Announcement

November 25, 2011

HAGÅTÑA - This Saturday, the Guam Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 2011 "The Gift of Christmas" holiday festival from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Skinner Plaza in Hagåtña.

The streets immediately surrounding Skinner Plaza will be closed from 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., including:

  • West Soledad Avenue and Seaton Boulevard;
  • West Soledad Avenue and Murray Boulevard;
  • Chalan Santo Papa and Archbishop Flores Street; and,
  • Chalan Santo Papa to the corner of Aspinall Avenue.

The Festival activities begin at 4:00 p.m., followed by the Christmas Tree and Park Lighting Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. Food booths, entertainment and other activities will continue through the festival close at 9:00 p.m. Parking for disabled persons will be available behind the Old Legislature Building and the entrance to this parking area will be from Archbishop Flores Street.

The Christmas Festival is an alcohol-free, smoke-free, drug-free event. Any individual possessing or consuming such items will be barred from entering or escorted off the premises. The festival is supported by First Lady Christine Calvo, Guam Visitors Bureau, the 31st Guam Legislature and the Mayor's Council of Guam.

 

Chamber Elects 2012 Board of Directors

November 16, 2011

HAGÅTÑA — The Guam Chamber of Commerce elected eight (8) Board Directors to fill open seats in 2012 during its Annual Membership meeting today. The six (6) voting directors elected to serve a three-year term are:

  1. Jay Rojas, Executive Vice President, SEI Guam, Managing Director, Construction Resources
  2. Bartley A. Jackson, Chief Operating Officer, B&G Pacific LLC.
  3. Michael R. Ady, President, M80 Office Systems, Inc.
  4. Gerald S.A. Perez, Proprietor & Vice President, MicroMed Suppliers
  5. Valentino G. Perez, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
  6. Lee Webber, President, Micronesian Divers Association

The two (2) Alternate Directors elected to serve a one-year term are: Jim Herbert, General Manager, Triple J Five Star Wholesale Foods, Inc. and Jehan'Ad G. Martinez, Principal, Corporate Secretary & Treasurer, Blair Sterling Johnson & Martinez, P.C. Jay Rojas was the highest vote-getter and will automatically serve on the Chamber's Executive Committee in 2012.

The eight (8) Directors elected today will join twelve (12) holdovers and comprise the 2012 Chamber Board. The holdovers are:

  1. Lucy Alcorn, President, GFS Group
  2. Joe Arnett, Partner, Tax Services, Deloitte & Touche, LLP
  3. John Thos. Brown, Vice President, General Council, Director, Jones & Guerrero Company, Inc.
  4. Laura-Lynn Dacanay, SVP/Guam-CNMI Region Manager, First Hawaiian Bank
  5. Charlene Goo, General Manager, Outrigger Guam Resort
  6. Lou Leon Guerrero, President, CEO, Chair of the Board, Bank of Guam
  7. Monte Mesa, General Manager, Guam Premier Outlets, LLC
  8. Kaleo Moylan, Director, Investments & Contracts, Moylan's Insurance Underwriters, Inc.
  9. Annmarie Muna, President & General Manager, AM Insurance
  10. Maureen Maratita, Publisher, Glimpses Publications, Glimpses of Guam
  11. Mark Sablan, VP/Business Development, South Pacific Petroleum Corporation
  12. Ron Young, Secretary/Treasurer, Security Title, Inc.
 

38 Nights Of Christmas Lights At The Plaza

November 10, 2011

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced ³The Gift of Christmas² is scheduled for Saturday, November 26 at Skinner Plaza in Hagåtña, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Members of the Chamber of Commerce are hosting its 19th Annual Christmas Festival providing the community with a festive event featuring holiday lights and displays, spirited entertainment, kid friendly activities, cultural delicacies, and other attractions to enjoy throughout the evening.

This year's festive theme, "The Gift of Christmas" will commemorate 33 years of the Chamber's hosting a holiday event in appreciation for the general public's patronage of its members and the Chamber's activities and programs throughout the year. The evening event will be the first community holiday jamboree and begins 38 nights of half a million twinkling Christmas lights and displays in the heart of Hagåtña.

"Our planning committee is in the midst of preparing a spectacular event for the entire island‹residents and visitors alike are welcome to enjoy Guam's best and most beloved holiday kick off event at Skinner Plaza. We are encouraging everyone to carve out a few hours to enjoy some wholesome family fun and to celebrate the unity of our community," says Kristine Lujan, committee co-chair.

The Christmas Festival is for children of all ages. Every member of the family can look forward to Santa's Workshop, where they will receive a gift from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Other on-site attractions include a Dear Santa Station, lively cultural and holiday performances, sweet treats, kids rides and activities, and the Christmas tree lighting and park illumination ceremony with the magic of snow. The First Lady¹s Office and the Regalu Foundation will also be setting up a life-size Nativity Display. In addition to the great activities, Fly Guam will be raffling two (2) Roundtrip tickets to Palau at the end of the night.

For more information regarding festival participation, please contact the Guam Chamber of Commerce at 472-6311/8001 or Festival Committee Co-Chairs Kristine Lujan at 688-5845, or Tes Reyes at 687-8525. First Lady Christine Calvo and the Guam Visitors Bureau are community partners of the annual festival event.

 

Guam's Quest For Economic Stability

September 12, 2011

(HAGÅTÑA, GUAM) — The Guam Young Professionals of the Guam Chamber of Commerce is proud to present GUAM'S QUEST FOR ECONOMIC STABILITY: How Our Economy is Affected by Our Political Status on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Guam. This educational roundtable will be held between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm and will be followed by the Guam Young Professionals' quarterly mixer.

The roundtable will feature discussion among Guam’s top economists and leading experts in political status concerning the relationships between the island's political status options and its economy, trade and commerce. "This will be an epic event which we hope will be the catalyst for important discussion about the true options of Political Status," claims Jay Rojas, Chairman of the Guam Young Professionals and moderator for the event, "and how it will relate to the everyday lives of the people of Guam."

Some of the other topics to be discussed include how a new political status will affect issues such as Customs, Immigration, the Jones Act, Taxes, as well as the Organic Act and how this will relate to today's and tomorrow’s economy.

The roundtable discussions will feature Joseph Bradley, Chief Economist, Bank of Guam; Juan-Carlos Benitez, President, Washington Pacific Economic Development Group; Neil Weare, Litigation and Policy Council, Constitutional Accountability Center, Washington DC; Michael Phillips, Attorney, Phillips & Bordallo PC; and Dr. Claret Ruane, Professor, University of Guam.

Reservations and tickets are now available through the Guam Chamber of Commerce office (173 Aspinall Avenue, Hagåtña, Guam, Tel: (671) 472-6311/8001). Ticket prices are $35 for Guam Young Professional Members, $40 for non-members, and $25 for students with valid student identification.

 

Chamber Announces Procurement Seminar In September

August 29, 2011

The Guam Chamber of Commerce Procurement Committee, in cooperation with the Guam Bar, the Judiciary of Guam, the US District Court and the Guam Bar Association will be presenting a seminar entitled, “The Mythconceptions of Procurement Autonomy,” featuring John Thos. Brown, Vice President and General Counsel for Jones & Guerrero Co., Inc., and Chairman of the Procurement Committee. The Honorable F. Philip Carbullido, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Guam, will be providing opening remarks. The procurement seminar will be held on Friday, September 16, 2011 from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Guam, Ballroom A.

This seminar will provide an in-depth analysis of Guam’s procurement law history to discover who really holds which authority to do what in our procurement system. Be prepared to have your own beliefs challenged as the lore of procurement autonomy comes face to face with the law of procurement authority. Find out why the procurement regulations adopted by government agencies have no authority. Learn which procurement powers agencies really have, and more! All participants will be given a CD containing the power point course and other materials.

The Guam Bar Association has advised that this seminar qualifies for 3 general CLE Credit Hours with a administrative fee of $15. The cost of the September 16 procurement seminar will be $35 per person, or $50 per person plus CLE fee, and includes a continental breakfast. Registration is now being accepted the seminar. Registration forms are available at the Chamber office and is downloadable from the Chamber website: GuamChamber.com.gu

 

Customs Fee Topic At Chamber Meeting

August 29, 2011

The Guam Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its monthly General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 11:30 a.m. at the Guam Marriott Resort & Spa, Chamorro Ballroom. Customs Officer, Johnric Mendiola and the Guam Customs & Quarantine Team will address the membership on the proposed Customs Fee increase scheduled for October 1, 2011.

The fee to attend the August 31st meeting is $16.00 per member, and will include a lunch buffet. Contact the Chamber Office to reserve a seat at the June 29th meeting at Tel: 472-6311/8001 or via email: info@guamchamber.com.gu. Send your RSVPs by no later than 3:00 p.m., August 30th.

 

Chamber Seeks Applicants For Dave J. Santos Scholarship

July 27, 2011

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - Juniors and Seniors enrolled in the University of Guam School of Business and Public Administration are invited to apply for the Guam Chamber of Commerce Dave J. Santos Scholarship.

This scholarship is made available to outstanding business majors of the University of Guam who evidence the knowledge and desire to excel as entrepreneurs on Guam upon attaining an Undergraduate degree from UOG’s School of Business and Public Administration.

The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, fees and books for the SY 2011-2012. The recipient will also be provided an internship with the Guam Chamber of Commerce for the duration of the scholarship term.

This scholarship is sponsored and funded by members of the Guam Chamber of Commerce in recognition of the achievements of the late Dave J. Santos, an entrepreneur, past Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the 1993 Small Business Person of the Year.

"We encourage all eligible students enrolled in UOG's School of Business and Public Administration to apply for this scholarship and internship program," said Kaleo Moylan, Chairman of the Board. "This is a unique opportunity for the scholarship recipient to network directly with business executives and entrepreneurs who may be future employers or business associates."

The University of Guam Financial Aid Office will receive and evaluate applications for eligibility and score all applications according to a standardized point system.

All scored applications will be forwarded to the Guam Chamber of Commerce where a scholarship committee comprised of the Chamber president, education committee chairperson and a designated member of the Chamber will review the applications and recommend scholarship recipients to the Board of Directors for award.

The University of Guam Financial Aid office will begin accepting applications immediately. The deadline to submit applications for the 2011-2012 Academic Year is Monday, August 8, 2011. Additional information on the Dave J. Santos and the application process will be available at www.GuamChamber.com.gu or at http://www.uog.edu/dynamicdata/EMSSFinancialAidHome.aspx?siteid=1&p=563

 

Guam Young Professionals Holds Buy Local Mixer

July 18, 2011

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Young Professionals (GYP), a committee of the Guam Chamber of Commerce, will be holding a mixer this Wednesday, July 20th at the Cars Plus Showroom in Maite from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The group themed the mixer "Buy Local". The "Buy Local" initiative is a collaborative effort between the Guam Chamber of Commerce, GEDA, and the UOG Pacific Center for Economic Initiatives and is focused on encouraging the stimulation of Guam's economy by shifting 10% of purchases towards supporting local companies. The Guam Young Professionals’ Be Influential Committee has been an active force in promoting the program around the island.

"Attendees will get a chance to see exhibits from local artists and entrepreneurs, and learn about locally grown produce as part of the Buy Local initiative,"says Jay Rojas, Chairman of the Guam Young Professionals. The event is $10 for Chamber and GYP members and $15 for non-members and includes hors d'ouvres and beverages. Special thanks to Pika's Café, Foremost Foods/Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Lorea Industries, Ambros Inc., and International Distributors, Inc.

Please send your RSVPs by no later than 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 20 to the Chamber office. For more information regarding the mixer or the Guam Young Professionals please contact the Guam Chamber of Commerce at 472-8001/6311.

 

Business Tax Planning Topic At Seminar

July 1, 2011

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that its Small Business Focus & Development Committee is hosting its monthly seminar titled "Tax Planning for Small Business." This Small Business Management Seminar will feature Edgar Aguilar and Jennie Chiu of Deloitte & Touche, LLP. The event will be held on Friday, July 15, 2011, 8:30 a.m. at the Fort San Jose in the Outrigger Guam Resort, Tumon.

Learn to manage your small business taxes from the experts. Get the latest tax updates to keep your business in line. Sign up for this seminar to learn more. The seminar is part of a monthly Small Business Management Seminar Series developed by the Chamber's Small Business Focus & Development Committee in cooperation with the Guam Small Business Development Center.

Admission fee for the July 15th event is $10 for Chamber members and $20 for non-Chamber members. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Registration forms are available for download at www.GuamChamber.com.gu. Interested parties can contact the Chamber Office via Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or send your RSVP to Email: info@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 3:00 p.m., Thursday, July 14, 2011

 

M-80 Office Systems Recognized For Small Business Excellence

July 1, 2011

TUMON BAY, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce recognized M-80 Office Systems for its Small Business Excellence today during the organization's 7th Annual Small Business Expo event held at the Hyatt Regency Guam. "The Chamber is pleased to present its Second Annual Small Business Excellence Award honoring a member company that has made a noteworthy contribution to the growth of small business in Guam with the development of sustainable practices, products and services," said Rodney Webb, Small Business Focus & Development Committee Chairman. "M-80 Office Systems exemplifies excellence in its commitment to good and ethical business practices, its involvement in providing guidance and support to a multitude of small businesses, providing consistence and excellence in products and services and employing innovative technologies in advancing product designs and solutions to stay current in a growing and competitive industry."

"In its 16 years as a family-owned business, M-80 Office Systems has gained and earned the respect and confidence of the community," said Chamber President David Leddy. "By providing exceptional products and services to the Guam Community, M-80 has proven its strength in a competitive marketplace. M-80 Office Systems is an upstanding role model and truly deserving of the Small Business Excellence Award."

The presentation took place during the Chamber's Annual Small Business Expo, an event of the Small Business Focus & Development Committee, which featured over 20 member exhibitors and also featured a Seminar on "Buy Local. Build Partnerships."

 

Chamber To Announce 2nd Annual Small Business Excellence Award Winner June 30 Expo

June 28, 2011

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce will announce the winner of the Small Business Excellence Award at its June 30th Small Business Expo & Outreach event at the Hyatt Regency Guam. The announcement is scheduled to take place at 5:00 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom. The recognition is in its second year and recognizes a small business member of the Chamber that has shown exemplary success within its industry, proven response to adversities, contributed to the socio-economic development of the community and displayed a high level of community involvement and corporate citizenship.

The Chamber's 7th Annual Small Business Expo, an event of the Small Business Focus & Development Committee, will feature over 30 exhibitors, a pre-expo seminar focusing on "BuyLocal, Build Partnerships" and an after hours mixer, which will take place immediately following the Small Business Excellence Award announcement. There is no fee to attend the Expo event. A fee and RSVPs are required to attend the pre-Expo seminar. For more information, please call the Guam Chamber of Commerce at 472-6311/8001.

 

Chamber Announces Principles Of Procurement Seminars

June 26, 2011

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that its Small Business Focus & Development Committee is holding a "Buy Local. Build Partnerships." Seminar featuring Guam industry leaders on June 30, 2011. The event is a special feature of the Chamber’s 7th Annual Small Business Expo & Mixer and will take place from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Guam in Tumon.

The "Buy Local" program is a result of the collaborative efforts of the Chamber, GEDA, UOG's Center for Economic Initiative & the Small Business Development Center. The seminar will feature a selection of Guam's Buy Local experts: Mike Ady (M-80 Systems), Shana Pangelinan (IDI), Mike Benito (Pay- Less), Dr. Anita Borja-Enriquez (UOG), Mike Makio (TRM Architects), Jay Rojas (SEI Guam) and Charles Geer (DZSP 21), who will introduce participants to the "Buy Local" campaign: the facts, the benefits, and the overall positive economic outcome local purchases will have on Guam. All Businesses cannot afford to miss out on this special event with the opportunity to engage in the "Buy Local" initiative. All who are interested in how the program will benefit their businesses or benefit the island are encouraged to bring their questions and register to attend the seminar.

Admission fee for the June 30th seminar is $10.00 for Chamber members and $20 for non-Chamber members. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Registration forms are available for download at www.guamchamber.com.gu. Interested parties may contact the Chamber Office at Tel: 472 - 6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, Email: info@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

The seminar is part of the a monthly Small Business Management Seminar Series developed by the Chamber’s Small Business Focus & Development Committee in cooperation with the Guam Small Business Development Center.

 

Chamber Announces Principles Of Procurement Seminars

June 13, 2011

The Guam Chamber of Commerce Procurement Committee, in cooperation with the Guam Bar, the Judiciary of Guam, the US District Court and the Guam Bar Association will be presenting a series of procurement seminars on June 27 and 29, 2011 at the Guam Marriott Resort & Spa, sponsored by the Bank of Hawaii.

Professor Steven L. Schooner will be the featured speaker at the seminars. Prof. Schooner is the Nash & Cibinic Professor of Government Procurement Law and Co-Director of the Government Procurement Law Program at George Washington University, Washington D.C., and a worldrenowned expert on procurement law, practice and policy.

Although all public and private procurement participants and other interested persons are invited to attend, the Guam Bar Association has advised that these seminars will also qualify for CLE credits for attending Guam attorneys upon payment of applicable GBA fees.

On June 27, the seminars will focus on local GovGuam procurement:

  • Principles of Procurement and the procurement lifecycle, overview of the review process, particular issues such as responsiveness vs. responsibility;
  • The ABA Model Code, its origin, shared principles with federal contracting law, and its evolution from 1979 to present, including amendments for e-procurement and infrastructure projects; and the
  • The need for trained and educated and professional private and public procurement staff and the means to achieve that, including a Procurement Institute and models for certification, followed by open Q&A.

On June 29, the seminar will focus on federal contracting and the means by which local contractors can become involved in that process. The panel will include Mr. Paul Fisher, General Counsel COMNAVMAR, Prof. Schooner and other experienced procurement professionals. Topics will include:

  • Getting the federal government contract
  • Challenging the award, in a nutshell
  • Contract fraud, False Claims and Qui Tam
  • Small business preferences for the Guam contractor

The cost of the local procurement seminar on June 27 will be $50, including lunch, and the federal procurement seminar on June 29 will be $30. Registration is now being accepted for participation at one or both of the seminars. Registration forms are available at the Chamber office and is downloadable from the Chamber website: GuamChamber.com.gu

Professor Schooner will also be the Guest Speaker at the monthly Guam Chamber of Commerce membership meeting on June 29, 2011.

 

Building Teamwork Topic At Seminar

June 3, 2011

To develop a cooperative team that is willing to give, share, contribute and bring the best results, all team members need to treat peers with respect as internal customers. When you apply the basics of customer service philosophy and skills to internal communications and work relationships, a sense of belonging is achieved among members. It is important that all employees feel appreciated and valued by all team members - whether they are new employees or seasoned employees. People are able to give to others and contribute more, when his/her cup is full. This course will introduce the following topics to help participants learn how to build a cooperative team: 8 common reasons for team building failures; Criticism vs. making requests and sharing concerns; Understanding codependent communication and behavior patterns; Setting standard for internal customer service and etiquette; Clarifying roles and responsibilities as a team player; and much more.
The seminar is part of a monthly Small Business Management Seminar Series developed by the Chamber’s Small Business Focus & Development Committee in cooperation with the Guam Small Business Development Center.

Admission fee for the June 10th event is $10 for Chamber members and $20 for non-Chamber members. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Registration forms are available for download at www.GuamChamber.com.gu. Interested parties can contact the Chamber Office via Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: info@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 3:00 p.m., Thursday, June 9, 2011.

 

Business Enhancing Web Tools Topic At Seminar

May 24, 2011

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that its Small Business Focus & Development Committee is hosting its monthly seminar titled "Enhancing Your Business with NEW Web Tools." This Small Business Management Seminar will feature A.J. Rosario, iCON Corporation, and Jessie Rosario and Marie Rios, Graphic Center. The event will be held on Friday, May 27, 2011, 8:30 a.m. at the Fort San Jose in the Outrigger Guam Resort, Tumon.

Web site presence is so crucial in these current economic times. The market has become extremely saturated with sites popping-up every day all over the world. As there are new ways of developing and maintaining Web sites in order to compete on-line, there are also new Web 2.0 tools available to keep you competitive. Participants will learn how to deliver impactful cross media marketing campaigns and grow their businesses profitability with such powerful technology. Harness the power of the latest technology to track, analyze and improve marketing in a whole new way. The seminar is part of a monthly Small Business Management Seminar Series developed by the Chamber’s Small Business Focus & Development Committee in cooperation with the Guam Small Business Development Center.

Admission fee for the May 27th event is $10 for Chamber members and $20 for non- Chamber members. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Registration forms are available for download at www.guamchamber.com.gu. Interested parties can contact the Chamber Office via Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: info@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 3:00 p.m., Thursday, May 26, 2011.

 

Chamber Honors Business Leaders

April 29, 2011

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced the selection of John L. Kerr, as the 2011 Individual Laureate, and Perez Bros., Inc. as the 2011 Business Laureate to be admitted into the Guam Business Hall of Fame this year.

The Guam Business Hall of Fame induction will take place during the Guam Chamber of Commerce's 87th Anniversary Gala Celebration on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Guam Grand Ballroom. A video commemorating the accomplishments of the Laureates will be featured that evening. A significant part of the Chamber's Anniversary Celebration will be recognition of Chamber member companies celebrating 20 years plus (in five year increments) of doing business in Guam. A special award will be presented to 35 member companies celebrating 20 to 60 years of servicing the Guam community

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Kaleo S. Moylan, Chairman of the Board, said, "Since 1992 the Guam Chamber of Commerce has, through the Guam Business Hall of Fame, paid tribute to outstanding business leaders who have contributed positively to our island's economic growth. We thank the community of Guam for the continued support of the Guam Business Hall of Fame. It is our hope that all of Guam's outstanding business role models and visionaries will be given the honor and recognition they truly deserve." The Guam Business Hall of Fame is located at the Guam Chamber of Commerce office in Hagåtña [173 Aspinall Avenue, Suite 101, Ada Plaza Center].

 

Guam Young Professionals To Host "Rummage For Recovery"

March 17, 2011

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Young Professionals (GYP) is taking action to provide relief and recovery for the victims of Japan’s tragic events this month. The group will be hosting "Rummage for Recovery," a rummage sale in the parking lot of the Tumon Sands Plaza on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 6:00 am to 10:00 am.

"The GYP would like to convey our thoughts and condolences to the people of Japan for the devastating quake and tsunami that has left the country in turmoil," said Jay Rojas, Chairman of the Guam Young Professionals. The group has already confirmed much support from Guam’s local businesses and will welcome more support from those individuals and businesses willing to give. Rojas added, "For those of us who wish to turn over our treasures towards recovery efforts, we will gladly take them off your hands."

The Guam Young Professionals is requesting that items contributed for the cause be in sellable condition. For inquiries of support, logistics and contributions please contact the GYP at gyp@guamchamber.com.gu. Contribution deadline is the week of April 11, 2011. All proceeds from the sale will be contributed toward disaster relief efforts for Japan.

The Guam Young Professionals is a committee of the Guam Chamber of Commerce. The Guam Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization and has continued to serve the Guam community for the past 87 years. For additional information about the Chamber and its committees or outreach programs please visit GuamChamber.com.gu or contact info@guamchamber.com.gu or call (671) 472-8001/6311. For additional information about the Guam Young Professionals please visit GuamYoungProfessionals.com.

 

Chamber Spearheads Drive For Supplies To Japan

March 17, 2011

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that Chamber member companies have stepped forward with their desire to place basic supplies directly into the hands that need them the most in the areas effected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Kyowa Shipping Co., Ltd. and Marianas Steamship Agencies, Inc. will deliver containers at no cost filled with supplies by wholesale companies Ambros, Inc, Dickerson & Quinn, Jones & Guerrero Wholesale and Mid-Pacific Distributors.

Dewitt Moving & Storage, Pacific Island Movers and Ambros have volunteered to accept unused goods and products for shipping. The Chamber is working with Japan based organizations to distribute these much needed supplies to the people.

"On behalf of the Chamber Board and Membership, I would like to thank our member companies who are contributing towards this global effort in helping our neighbors in Japan. These supplies of blankets, futons, canned food, water, baby essentials and additional products are just what is needed the most," said Chamber President, David Leddy. "The outpouring of support for our friends in Japan is heartwarming and we encourage the community to continue to collaborate with the many organizations and businesses on Guam who are lending their assistance for this cause." The Chamber will accept unused contributions of dry goods, blankets and non-perishable items from March 28 to April 15.

The Chamber"s Guam Young Professionals (GYP) is planning a "Rummage for Recovery" effort by holding a yard sale on April 16th from 6:00 - 10:00 a.m. at the Tumon Sands Plaza parking lot in Tumon. Contributions are currently being accepted. All proceeds from the April 16th sale will be contributed towards disaster relief efforts for Japan. Please contact gyp@guamchamber.com.gu for inquiries and contributions.

"The Chamber is also accepting financial contributions," said Kaleo Moylan, Chairman of the Board. "Monetary amounts from individuals of $25, $50, $100 and from businesses of $500, $5000, $10,000 and more will be accepted as the need is so great. Any contribution would be a big help to aid in the recovery, rebuilding and stabilization of Japan." Checks should be made to the American Red Cross and marked as "Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Relief."

The Guam Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization and has continued to serve the Guam community for the past 87 years. For additional information on Chamber outreach programs and activities please visit GuamChamber.com.gu.

 

Guam Economic Outlook Topic At Seminar

March 14, 2011

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that its Small Business Focus & Development Committee is hosting its monthly seminar titled "Regional Economic Development and Cooperation." This Small Business Management Seminar will feature a panel of speakers from known Economists on Guam: Dr. Roseann Jones, University of Guam; Gary Hiles, Guam Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor and Statistics; and Joseph Bradley, Bank of Guam. The event will be held on Friday, March 25, 2011, 8:30 a.m. at the Fort San Jose in the Outrigger Guam Resort, Tumon.

With all of the change and upheaval taking place in the world today, how will our regional economy be affected? Guam’s leading economists will each present the very latest in economic information, together with their perspectives on the economic outlook for Guam and Micronesia. A panel discussion and Q&A will follow with seminar participants. This is a "must attend" event for business leaders, senior managers, leading business and public policy advisors, economic planners and more. The seminar is part of a monthly Small Business Management Seminar Series developed by the Chamber’s Small Business Focus & Development Committee in cooperation with the Guam Small Business Development Center.

Admission fee for the March 25th event is $10 for Chamber members and $20 for non-Chamber members. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Registration forms are available for download at www.GuamChamber.com.gu. Interested parties can contact the Chamber Office via Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: info@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 24, 2011.

 

Atalig Named Guam Young Professional Of The Year

January 20, 2011

HAGÅTÑA - The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced Ignacia S. Atalig, Vice President and Guam Business Banking Manager of Bank of Hawaii, Guam Young Professional of the Year at The Event of the Year on Friday, January 14th, hosted by the Guam Young Professionals, a committee of the Guam Chamber of Commerce, at the Fiesta Resort Guam in Tumon. "The Chamber is pleased to present its first ever Guam Young Professional of the Year Award honoring an individual who exemplifies professionalism and integrity in all aspects of her life, from the office to the community, Nacia, is the roll model of a young professional on Guam," said Chamber President, David Leddy.

“Nacia has been a very active member of the Guam Young Professionals (GYP),” said GYP Chairman, Jay Rojas. “She is a charter member of the Committee who drafted the organization’s by-laws. She’s participated as a speaker in workshops the GYP has sponsored for University of Guam college students, she’s conducted several seminars for the Bank of Hawaii, Sanctuary and the Small Business Committee of the Guam Chamber of Commerce. She has also helped the group in several of our beautification efforts.”

Ms. Atalig is a recipient of the Step Up to Excellence Annual Award from the Bank of Hawaii and a recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Lender of the Year in 2006. She is an active member of the Chamber’s Small Business Focus & Development Committee and is a recent retiree of the Guam Young Professionals. In her position with Bank of Hawaii she oversees business transactions and loan requests, supervises a team of business banking officers and promotes the U.S. SBA’s guaranty program for underserved segments in the Guam community.

President Leddy added “The Chamber would like to recognize each of the nominees and their respective businesses, as they are deserving of this esteemed recognition:

  • Beatrice P. Limtiaco, President & Owner, Guam Cornerstone Guam;
  • Joaquin L.G. Cook, Vice President & Upper Tumon Branch Manager, Bank of Guam; and
  • Erika Garrido, Toyota Rental Car Manager, Atkins Kroll Guam.

We would like to encourage other young business professionals in the community to consider membership with the Guam Young Professionals for the various opportunities for growth and enrichment.”

 

Moylan Elected 2011 Chairman

January 19, 2011

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that the Board of Directors elected its officers for the 2011 Administrative Year.

Kaleo Moylan, Director, Investments & Contracts, Moylan’s Insurance Underwriters, Inc. was unanimously elected Chairman of the Board; Mark J. Sablan, VP, Business Development, South Pacific Petroleum Corporation, was elected Vice Chairman; and, Joe M. Arnett, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP, was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer.

Immediate Past Chairman David John, President, ASC Trust Corporation; Special Executive Committee Member Ronald Young, Secretary/Treasurer, Security Title, Inc. and, Guam Chamber of Commerce President David P. Leddy will join Moylan, Sablan and Arnett to comprise the Executive Committee effective January 19, 2011.

 

2010 Tax Changes & Compliance Topic At Seminar

January 18, 2011

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that its Small Business Focus & Development Committee is hosting its first seminar of 2011 titled "2010 Tax Changes & Compliance." This Small Business Management Seminar will feature a presentation by Lance Kamigaki and Edmund Brobesong of Ernst & Young, LLP. The event will be held on Friday, January 21, 2011, 8:30 a.m. at the Fort San Rafael in the Outrigger Guam Resort, Tumon.

Presenters will help participants understand the new tax laws and how to apply it to their respective businesses. They will also cover topics such as tax entity classifications and self-employment tax. The seminar is part of a monthly Small Business Management Seminar Series developed by the Chamber’s Small Business Focus & Development Committee in cooperation with the Guam Small Business Development Center.

Admission fee for the January 21st event is $10 for Chamber members and $20 for non-Chamber members. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Registration forms are available for download at www.guamchamber.com.gu. Interested parties can contact the Chamber Office via Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: staffassistant@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 20, 2011.

 

Guam Young Professionals announce the nominees for the Young Professional of the Year

January 6, 2011

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Young Professionals, a committee of the Guam Chamber of Commerce, announced today the nominees for the first Young Professional of the Year award.

The nominees for the Guam Young Professional (GYP) of the Year are (in no particular order):

  • Nacia Atalig, Vice President of Guam Business Banking, Bank of Hawaii
  • Beatrice P. Limtiaco, President & Owner, Guam Cornerstone Guam
  • Joaquin L.G. Cook - Vice President & Upper Tumon Branch Manager, Bank of Guam
  • Erika Garrido - Toyota Rental Car Manager, Atkins Kroll Guam

The GYP of the Year will be recognized with a special award at the Guam Young Professionals EVENT OF THE YEAR on Friday, January 14, 2011 at Fiesta Resort’s Fiestan Tåsi Ballroom in Tumon. The program opens at 6:00 p.m. and will highlight the send-off of retiring members of the Guam Young Professionals who have reached the over 40 benchmark.

Tickets are $40 and includes dinner and live entertainment! Individuals interested in attending the event are encouraged to contact the office of the Guam Chamber of commerce at (671) 472-6311/8001. For more information about Guam Young Professionals visit their website: GuamYoungProfessionals.com, or contact the Guam Chamber of Commerce at 472-6311/8001 or via email: gyp@GuamChamber.com.gu

 

Guam Young Professionals looks for its first "Guam Young Professional of the Year" - Nominations will be accepted until January 5, 2011

December 14, 2010

HAGÅTÑA - The Guam Young Professionals is celebrating its first year as an official committee of the Guam Chamber of Commerce. The committee, made up of individuals between the ages of 21 and 40, is seeking nominations for the Guam Young Professional of the Year.

The Guam Young Professionals has surpassed major milestones in its inaugural year. Its mission is to provide young, driven professionals and career-minded individuals with opportunities to connect with each other. The GYP stands committed to leadership development, career placement and advancement, networking, getting involved in economic and legislative issues and most importantly, dedication and service to our community.

The Guam Young Professionals is currently accepting nominations for the first ever "GYP of the Year." A selection committee made up of members of the Guam Chamber of Commerce will review all nominations and make a final selection. An official nomination form can be downloaded from the Chamber’s web site: GuamChamber.com.gu.

Criteria set forth for the "GYP of the Year" include:

  • Nominee must be a GYP member (21 to 40 Years of Age);
  • An individual must be nominated by an employer or person known to them. An official nomination form must also be completed and submitted to the Guam Chamber of Commerce by January 5th, 2011; and,
  • Nominee must be in good standing with the GYP and the Guam Chamber of Commerce.

"We are very pleased with the amount of progress made by the Guam Young Professionals in it’s first year," states David Leddy, President of the Guam Chamber of Commerce. "GYP has surpassed our initial expectations and continues to provide an important voice for the Chamber and our community."

"By recognizing the individual accomplishments of members of the Guam Young Professionals, we showcase and honor what embodies the mind and spirit of Guam’s young and future business leader," adds Jay Rojas, Chairman of the Guam Young Professionals.

The GYP of the Year will be recognized with a special award at the Guam Young Professionals EVENT OF THE YEAR on Friday, January 14, 2011 at the Fiesta Resort Ballroom in Tumon. The program opens at 6:00 p.m. and will highlight the send-off of retiring members of the Guam Young Professionals who have reached the over 40 benchmark!

Tickets are $40 and will include food, refreshments, and live entertainment! Individuals interested in attending the event are encouraged to contact the office of the Guam Chamber of commerce at 671.472.6311.

For more information about Guam Young Professionals visit their website: GuamYoungProfessionals.com, or contact the Guam Chamber of Commerce at 472-6311/8001 or via email: gyp@guamchamber.com.gu.

 

Business Holiday Planning & Legal Issues Topic At Seminar

December 2, 2010

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM — The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that its Small Business Focus & Development Committee is hosting a seminar titled "Holiday Planning: Legal Issues " This Small Business Management Seminar will feature presentations by Meredith Sayre, Elyze McDonald Iriarte, and Marcia Schultz, partners in the law firm of Carlsmith Ball LLC. The seminar will take place Friday, December 10, 2010, 8:30 a.m. at the Fort San Jose Room, Outrigger Guam Resort, Tumon.

’Tis the season to be planning for the holidays, which can be overwhelming for many companies. Attorneys from Carlsmith Ball will be discussing a variety of legal issues that often arise around Christmas time, such as the holiday bonus and parties, and religious practices and discrimination. The seminar is part of a monthly Small Business Management Seminar Series developed by the Chamber’s Small Business Focus & Development Committee in cooperation with the Guam Small Business Development Center.

Admission fee for the December 10th event is $10 for Chamber members and $20 for non-Chamber members. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Registration forms are available for download at GuamChamber.com.gu. Interested parties can contact the Chamber Office via Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: staffassistant@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 4:00 p.m., Thursday, December 9, 2010.

 

Tiempon Minagof! Poster And Ornament Creation Contest Winners

November 29, 2010

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM — The Guam Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Christmas Festival Poster and Ornament Creation Contests held in conjunction with the 2010 Annual Christmas Festival holiday kick-off at Skinner Plaza on Saturday, November 27, 2010. Each year the Chamber invites all schools to participate in its annual poster and ornament contests. The festival theme this year focused on the island’s culture. Students were challenged to create an ornament or draw a picture relating to the theme of "Tiempon Minagof!" — Time of Joy. The posters and ornaments were displayed and judged at the Agaña Shopping Center on November 13th.

All winners of the poster and ornament creation contest were recognized during the awards ceremony at the Chamber’s Christmas Festival held last Saturday, November 27th. Winners shared in prizes valued at over $1000.

Poster Contest Winners:

Pre-Kindergarten Grade Level (Ages 3-4 years)
1st Place: Annika Luis Miclat, Dominican Catholic School
2nd Place: Isabella Uncangco, Dominican Catholic School
3rd Place: Evonne Maanao, Dominican Catholic School

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Level (Ages 5-8 years)
1st Place: Elijah J. Lizama, St. Anthony Catholic School
2nd Place: Amare S. Manibusan, St. Anthony Catholic School
3rd Place: Raina Lujan, Merizo Elementary School

3rd - 5th Grade Level (Ages 9-11 years)
1st Place: Dana Dalmacio, St. Anthony Catholic School
2nd Place: Masi J. Sanchez, St. Anthony Catholic School
3rd Place: Michael Arroyo, Bishop Baumgartner Memorial Catholic School

Ornament Creation Contest Winners:

Elementary School (1st - 5th Grade)
1st Place: Christine Milallos, Liguan Terrace Elementary School
2nd Place: Dion Santiago, Bishop Baumgartner Memorial Catholic School
3rd Place: Yuri Nakao, Bishop Baumgartner Memorial Catholic School

Middle School (6th - 8th Grade)
1st Place: Euriah Patacsil, Dominican Catholic School
2nd Place: Jana Renales, Bishop Baumgartner Memorial Catholic School
3rd Place: Seth L Barcarse, Bishop Baumgartner Memorial Catholic School

High School (9th - 12th Grade)
1st Place: Matåo Concepcion, Southern High School
2nd Place: Eddie Lee Lorenzo, Southern High School
3rd Place: Shadene Blas, Southern High School

Honorable Mention
1st Place: Mineri Gomez, Upi Elementary School
2nd Place: Francesco Camisura, C.L. Taitano Elementary School
3rd Place: Jon Barcarse, Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School

The Chamber thanks the many schools and youth organizations that participated in this year’s event, as well as the individuals who volunteered their time to judge the contest. For additional information please contact the Chamber Office at (671) 472-6311/8001.

 

Chamber Elects 2011 Board of Directors

November 17, 2010

HAGÅTÑA — The Guam Chamber of Commerce elected seven (7) Board Directors to fill open seats in 2011 during its Annual Membership meeting today. The five (5) voting directors elected to serve a three-year term are:

  1. Joe Arnett, Partner, Tax Services, Deloitte & Touche, LLP
  2. Ron Young, Secretary/Treasurer, Security Title, Inc.
  3. Annmarie Muna, President & General Manager, AM Insurance
  4. Maureen Maratita, Publisher, Glimpses Publications, Glimpses of Guam
  5. John Thos. Brown, Vice President, General Council, Director, Jones & Guerrero Company, Inc.

The two (2) Alternate Directors elected to serve a one-year term are: Brian Artero, President & Operating Owner, Pacific Dining LLC dba: Lone Star Steakhouse and Lee P. Webber, President, Micronesian Divers Association. Joe Arnett was the highest vote getter and will automatically serve on the Chamber's Executive Committee in 2011.

The seven (7) Directors elected today will join thirteen (13) holdovers and comprise the 2011 Chamber Board. The holdovers are:

  1. Michael R. Ady, President, M80 Office Systems, Inc.
  2. Lucy Alcorn, President, GFS Group
  3. Paul. L. Blas, General Manager, Seabridge, Inc.
  4. Laura-Lynn Dacanay, SVP/Guam-CNMI Region Manager, First Hawaiian Bank
  5. Charlene Goo, General Manager, Outrigger Guam Resort
  6. Lou Leon Guerrero, President, CEO, Chair of the Board, Bank of Guam
  7. David J. John, President, ASC Trust Corporation
  8. Monte Mesa, General Manager, Guam Premier Outlets, LLC
  9. Kaleo Moylan, Director, Investments & Contracts, Moylan's Insurance Underwriters, Inc.
  10. Gerald S.A. Perez, Vice President, MicroMed Suppliers
  11. Stephen C. Ruder, President, Ruder Integrated Marketing Strategies
  12. Mark Sablan, VP/Business Development, South Pacific Petroleum Corporation
  13. Sinforoso "Rossi" Tolentino, Administering Partner, Carlsmith Ball LLC
 

Managing Business Growth Opportunities Topic At Seminar

October 7, 2010

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that its Small Business Focus & Development Committee is hosting their monthly seminar "Managing Growth: A Panel Discussion on Facilities, Staffing/Training, and Finances." This Small Business Management Seminar will feature a panel of three speakers: Michael Ady of M-80 Office Systems, Grace Donaldson of Solutions, and Rodney Webb of Small Business Know-How. The event will take place Friday, October 15, 2010, 8:30 a.m. at the Fort San Jose Room, Outrigger Guam Resort, Tumon.

With any business, the opportunity for growth and change will present itself, and learning how to manage that growth is key to a company’s success. Participants will get useful tips on how to plan their facilities to meet their needs, to retain and properly reward valuable employees, and to manage financial capacity and future expansion. The seminar is part of a monthly Small Business Management Seminar Series developed by the Chamber’s Small Business Focus & Development Committee in cooperation with the Guam Small Business Development Center.

Admission fee for the October 15th event is $10 for Chamber members and $20 for non- Chamber members. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Registration forms are available for download at www.guamchamber.com.gu. Interested parties can contact the Chamber Office via Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: gchamber@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 4:00 p.m., Thursday, September 09.

 

Tiempon Minagof At The Plaza

October 7, 2010

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced "Tiempon Minagof!" (time for joy and happiness) is scheduled for Saturday, November 27 at Skinner Plaza in Hagåtña. Members of the Chamber of Commerce are hosting its 18th Annual Christmas Festival providing the community with a festive event featuring holiday lights and displays, spirited entertainment, kid friendly activities, cultural delicacies, and other attractions to enjoy throughout the evening.

This year’s festive theme, "Tiempon Minagof!" will commemorate 33 years of the Chamber’s hosting a holiday event in appreciation for the general public's patronage of its members and the Chamber’s activities and programs throughout the year. The evening event will be the first community holiday jamboree and begins a month-long lighting display at the renowned park in the heart of Hagåtña. "Our planning committee is in the midst of preparing a spectacular event for the entire island—residents and visitors alike are welcome to enjoy Guam’s best and most beloved holiday kick off event at Skinner Plaza. We are encouraging everyone to carve out a few hours to enjoy some wholesome family fun and experience a taste of our Chamorro way of celebrating Christmas," says Kristine Lujan, committee chairwoman.

The Christmas Festival is for children of all ages. Every member of the family can look forward to Santa's "island-style" Workshop and a mini-parade with grand marshals, Santa and Mrs. Claus, arriving in a carabao drawn cart. Other on-site attractions include a Dear Santa Station, lively cultural and holiday performances and for the first time, local holiday sweets and cultural attractions. The Festival event also comprises competitive contests including a pre-school mini-float contest, a poster contest for elementary school aged students, and an ornament creation contest for elementary, middle and high school students. Judging and display of the poster and ornament contests will be held at the Agana Shopping Center on November 13th and winners will be announced at the festival kick-off at Skinner Plaza on November 27th.

For more information regarding available sponsorships or participation, please contact the Guam Chamber of Commerce at 472-6311/8001 or Festival Committee Chairperson Kristine Lujan at 688- 5845. Sponsorship deadline is October 28th. First Lady Joann Camacho and the Guam Visitors Bureau are community partners of the annual festival event.

 

Call Out To Members

September 12, 2010

The Guam Chamber of Commerce, The Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association, The Employers Council, The Guam Contractors Association and the Japan Guam Travel Association have teamed up to sponsor a Gubernatorial Forum. The Forum will be held on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at a special joint membership luncheon at the Sheraton Laguna Resort And Spa.

This Forum will focus on the candidates’ perspectives related to our economy, general business and private sector issues. The forum will be limited to candidates for Governor only and will follow a format that was used in the 2008 presidential debate series.

The Forum will be conducted at a joint luncheon on October 6, 2010 at the Sheraton Guam Resort and Spa and will be moderated by Mr. Ray Gibson. Seating will be limited to active members of the various organizations and will be pre-recorded and broadcast on television that same evening.

To this end, each of our organizations is soliciting questions from their members that may be asked during the forum. Please note that due to time constraints, all questions will be combined and a limited number of questions will be pulled at random by the moderator during the event.

We are asking each of our members to submit a specific question related to our economy, general business and private sector concerns. We have attached a simple form for submission of your question or concern that you can fax or email to any of the organizations to which you or your company is an active member in. However, please note that only one question per member will be considered no matter how many organizations you belong to.

Please submit your question or concern to the Chamber no later than 5:00 PM, Monday, September 20. [Fax: 472-6202/ Email: gchamber@guamchamber.com.gu]

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Chamber Sponsors Small Business Sales Opportunities Seminar

August 30, 2010

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that its Small Business Focus & Development Committee is sponsoring a Growing Sales Opportunities with Business Partners Seminar featuring Guam industry leaders on August 31, 2010. The event is a special feature of the Chamber’s 6th Annual Small Business Expo & Mixer and will take place from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Guam in Tumon.

While many large companies in Guam are keen to partner with small businesses, a suitable match is not always easy. At this seminar, a selection of Guam's leading companies to include Chugach World Services Inc., dck pacific guam, LLC, Jones and Guerrero Company Incorporated, and Hyatt Regency Guam, will explain to you directly what they are seeking from their small business partners. The panel will be moderated and there will be ample time for Q & A. Small Businesses cannot afford to miss out on this special event with the opportunity to grow their sales by solidifying partnerships with leading companies on Guam.

Admission fee for the August 31st seminar is $10.00 for Chamber members and $20 for non-Chamber members. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Registration forms are available for download at www.guamchamber.com.gu. Interested parties may contact the Chamber Office at Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, Email: gchamber@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 30, 2010.

The seminar is part of the a monthly Small Business Management Seminar Series developed by the Chamber's Small Business Focus & Development Committee in cooperation with the Guam Small Business Development Center.

 

Carabaos On Vacation Essay Contest Winners

July 13, 2010

HAGÅTÑA - The Guam Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners of the 2008 Carabaos on Vacation Essay Contest.

Carabaos on Vacation is an island-wide campaign celebrating culture and color, introduced by the Guam Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee. Guam businesses purchased albino fiberglass carabaos, painted and decorated them, and placed them at various locations around the island. Students in all grade levels were invited to participate in the Carabaos on Vacation Essay Contest in 2008 for a chance to win cash prizes. Each essay featured the student’s favorite Carabao on Vacation.

Essay Contest Winners:

Elementary School Division
1st Place: Cristina Terlaje, Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School
2nd Place: Joel Aranas, Jr., Santa Barbara Catholic School
3rd Place: Isabella Claire Gonzales, Santa Barbara Catholic School

Middle School Division
1st Place: Liane Josephine Pareja, Santa Barbara Catholic School
2nd Place: JeAnn Blas, McCool Middle School
3rd Place: Argie Borja Flores, Santa Barbara Catholic School

High School Division
1st Place: Kimberly Borja, Okkodo High School
2nd Place: Phyllicia Saltzgaber, St. John’s School
3rd Place: Jenna Lynn Dudan, Okkodo High School

College Division
1st Place: Carlos G. Anderson, University of Guam
2nd Place: Kriszel Merjilla, University of Guam
3rd Place: Lauren Vic Hollingsworth, University of Guam

Award presentations for the 2008 Carabaos on Vacation Essay Contest are ongoing. For more information please contact the Chamber office at 472-6311/8001.

 

Guam Young Professionals initiated by The Guam Chamber of Commerce

January 21, 2010

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that it has initiated a new standing committee, The Guam Young Professionals.

The Guam Young Professionals is a group of individuals from each of the island's industries who will energize, engage, and empower the young professionals of our island to be influential, be inspired and be connected.

"Young professionals offer compelling influence within our businesses and our community each day. We are proud to offer a voice and a forum for this emerging group in the form of a standing committee within the Chamber to bring meaningful and impactful insight to the organization and to our island. These individuals are the future leaders of Guam," says David Leddy, President of the Guam Chamber of Commerce.

The group will be lead by Jay Rojas, Executive Vice President of SEIGuam: Slotnick Enterprises its Chairman, and Robert Stoll, Associate Resident Director, VP of Merrill Lynch its Vice Chair. Rounding out the Executive Committee are its Treasurer Rita Camacho Jugo and its Secretary, Melanie Mendiola.

"The fact that the Guam Chamber of Commerce recognizes the island’' young professionals enough to initiate this organization exemplifies its commitment to the future of the island and its future leaders,” says Rojas. “There are endless opportunities for Guam's Young Professionals today, and we will be instrumental in where the island is tomorrow."

The Guam Young Professionals is open to any individual between the ages of 21-40 years looking to enhance their career, contribute to the island, or to network with others of similar age and interest. An annual membership fee is associated with the membership and is assessed per individual.

The Guam Young Professionals will launch its first event by hosting a mixer for individuals interested in the program at the CarsPlus Chrysler Showroom in Maite from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2010.

Interested Young Professionals are encouraged to RSVP with the Chamber Office at Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: gchamber@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 26, 2010.

 

Company Fraud Protection Topic at Seminar

January 20, 2010

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that its Small Business Focus & Development Committee is sponsoring a seminar entitled “Protecting Yourself and Your Business Against Fraud.” Nacia Atalig, Bank of Hawaii, will be the main presenter at a Small Business Management Seminar on Friday, January 22nd, from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the Fort San Jose Room, Outrigger Guam Resort, Tumon.

Participants will learn how to detect many types of fraud schemes and learn how to enact control measures, policies and procedures to help companies mitigate their risk of internal fraud.

Admission fee for the January 22nd event is $10.00 for Chamber members and $20 for non-Chamber members. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Registration forms are available for down load at www.guamchamber.com.gu. Interested parties can contact the Chamber Office at Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: gchamber@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 21st.

The seminar is part of a monthly Small Business Management Seminar Series developed by the Chamber’s Small Business Focus & Development Committee in cooperation with the Guam Small Business Development Center.

 

Chamber seeks nominations for Business Hall of Fame

January 15, 2010

HAGÅTÑA, Guam -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2010 Guam Business Hall of Fame Laureate Awards--prestigious awards that pay tribute to outstanding companies and business leaders who have made exceptional contributions to business growth in Guam.

There are two categories for the Laureate award: 1) Individual; and, 2) Company. Any individual or for-profit enterprise licensed to do business in Guam is eligible for the award. Laureates to the Guam Business Hall of Fame will be selected on the basis of key criteria.

Individuals must:

- be recognized as a model entrepreneur, having their own money at risk in the spirit of free enterprise, and having made a significant contribution to the success of their company or profession;
- have developed a company or structure that enhanced productivity, quality and profits;
- have served as a role model; encouraged others to be entrepreneurs;
- have demonstrated civic as well as corporate leadership; and,
- have resided or worked in Guam at least 10 years.

Companies must:

- be recognized as having been a successful business for at least 10 years and was/is a credit to their industry;
- have developed a product or service that met community needs;
- have demonstrated successful management of resources to enhance productivity and profitability over an extended period of time;
- have maintained good labor/management relations; encouraged others to be entrepreneurs; and,
- have demonstrated outstanding commitment to community involvement.

Nomination forms are available at the Chamber office (173 Aspinall Avenue, Ada Plaza Center, Suite 101, Hagåtña) and on the Chamber's website at: www.GuamChamber.com.gu. The deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 19, 2010. Selection will be made by a panel of judges comprised of representatives from the business community and the community-at-large.

The 2010 Laureate and Business Laureate will be inducted into the Guam Business Hall of Fame at the Chamber's 86th Anniversary celebration on May 8, 2010. A special program featuring the accomplishments of the awardees will be featured and a symbolic award will be presented.

 

John elected 2010 Chairman

December 9, 2009

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that the Board of Directors elected its officers for the 2010 Administrative Year.

David John, President, ASC Trust Corporation was unanimously elected Chairman of the Board; Kaleo Moylan, Director, Investments & Contracts, Moylan's Insurance Underwriters, Inc. was elected Vice Chairman; and, Joe M. Arnett, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP, was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer.

Immediate Past Chairman Frank J. Campillo, Health Plan Administrator, Calvo's Insurance; Special Executive Committee Member Laura-Lynn Dacanay, SVP/Region Manager, First Hawaiian Bank and, Guam Chamber of Commerce President David P. Leddy will join John, Moylan and Arnett to comprise the Executive Committee effective January 1, 2010.

 

Christmas Poster And Ornament Creation Contest Winners

November 23, 2009

HAGÅTÑA - The Guam Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners of this year's Christmas Festival Poster and Ornament Creation Contests held in conjunction with the 2009 "MAGIC & MUSIC AT THE PLAZA" holiday kick-off festival at Skinner Plaza on Saturday, November 28, 2009.

The contests were judged at the Agana Shopping Center on November 14th and entries will remain on display at the Agana Shopping Center until Christmas.

Winners of the Poster and Ornament Contests will be recognized during an awards ceremony at Skinner Plaza on Saturday, November 28th at 6:15 p.m. Winners will share in prizes valued at over $1000.

Poster Contest Winners:

Pre-Kindergarten Grade Level (Ages 3-4 years)
1st Place: Alphius Jude Dela Rojo, Dominican Catholic School
2nd Place: Evonne Maaonao, Dominican Catholic School
3rd Place: Jae Yong Yoon, Montessori School of Guam

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Level (Ages 5-8 years)
1st Place: Amare' S. Manibusan, St. Anthony Catholic School
2nd Place: Trisha Marquez, St. Anthony Catholic School
3rd Place: Joshua Miller, St. Anthony Catholic School

3rd - 5th Grade Level (Ages 9-11 years)
1st Place: Jonathan Metra, St. Anthony Catholic School
2nd Place: Euriah Patacsil, Dominican Catholic School
3rd Place: Leonardo De Asis, Bishop Baumgartner Memorial Catholic School

Ornament Creation Contest Winners:

Elementary School (1st - 5th Grade)
1st Place: Ke'nanne Balajadia, Bishop Baumgartner Memorial Catholic School
2nd Place: Summer Katsuren, Dominican Catholic School
3rd Place: Chriscelda Caster, Upi Elementary School

Middle School (6th - 8th Grade)

1st Place: Cristina Terlaje, Bishop Baumgartner Memorial Catholic School
2nd Place: Luisa Tenorio, Jose Rios Middle School
3rd Place: Allyson Naputi, Jose Rios Middle School

High School (9th -12th Grade)
1st Place: Jannel Banks, Simon Sanchez High School
2nd Place: Matthew Uy, Simon Sanchez High School
3rd Place: Lannyvelle Buenviaje, Simon Sanchez High School

The public is invited to attend the November 28th Christmas Festival event to enjoy an evening of fun and activities and to cheer the winners on as they receive their official recognition. For more information please contact the Chamber office at 472-6311/8001 or Festival Committee Chairperson Marie Calvo-Monge at 637-5826. Entry forms, contest rules and other information about the Christmas Festival are also available online at the Chamber's website: www.GuamChamber.com.gu.

 

New President for Guam Chamber of Commerce

August 27, 2009

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that the Board of Directors, appointed David P. Leddy as the new president of the Guam Chamber of Commerce. “It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of David as our Chamber’s new President effective September 2009. After conducting a six week search, the Chamber Board of Directors believes it has chosen an excellent leader who will work with the membership, the Board and staff on the many important issues facing the Chamber and the Guam community,” said Chairman of the Board Frank J. Campillo.

“The Board of Directors would like to thank the Executive Search Committee for their work in seeking a successor to Reina Leddy who passed away suddenly on July 2nd. David has ten years of experience in growing a membership organization as Vice President/ Marketing and Business Development Director for Community First Guam Federal Credit Union. He is not a stranger to the demands and challenges of a membership organization. His experience as an entrepreneur gives him necessary insight of the needs and issues of owning and running a business on Guam.”

Leddy, the third Chamber executive in the past quarter of a century, will join Campillo, Vice Chairman David John, Secretary-Treasurer Joe Arnett, Immediate Past Chairman Laura-Lynn Dacanay and Special Executive Committee Member Paul Blas to comprise the Guam Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee.

 

UOG Senior Awarded Prestigious Business Scholarship

August 14, 2009

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the selection of Monica G. Cruz as the Guam Chamber of Commerce Dave J. Santos Scholarship Recipient for the 2009-2010 academic year at the University of Guam (UOG). The scholarship is available to undergraduate juniors and seniors enrolled in the University of Guam’s School of Business and Public Administration.

Monica is a senior majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, Finance and Economics. She expects to graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Guam in the Spring of 2010. Monica’s cost of tuition, fees and books for the fall and spring semesters will be covered under the scholarship. She will also serve an internship at the Chamber from August through May.

"We are excited to have Monica fully engaged in the Chamber operation,” said Frank J. Campillo, Chairman of the Board, Guam Chamber of Commerce. “We hope that this internship will not only give her practical experience in applying the knowledge she has gained in the classroom, but to help her create a network of key business executives who may become future employers or business associates.” Campillo added.

This scholarship is sponsored and funded by the members of the Guam Chamber of Commerce in recognition of the achievements of the late Dave J. Santos, an entrepreneur, past Chairman of the Guam Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the 1993 Small Business Person of the Year.

“This is a generous amount of money we are investing in Monica’s education because we know that education is an important asset for success,” stated David John, Vice Chairman of the Board and Scholarship Committee Chairman, Guam Chamber of Commerce. “The University of Guam has turned out a number of excellent community leaders, and we anticipate Monica to be one of them.”

Information regarding the Guam Chamber of Commerce Dave J. Santos Scholarship may be obtained by contacting the Guam Chamber of Commerce at 472-6311/8001 or by visiting www.guamchamber.com.gu.

Direct contributions to the Guam Chamber of Commerce Dave J. Santos Scholarship may be made payable to:

Guam Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 283
Hagåtña, GU 96932

 

Executive Search Begins for Guam Chamber of Commerce President

July 22, 2009

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - Chairman of the Board Frank J. Campillo announced today that an Executive Search Committee has convened to review candidates to fill the president position at the Guam Chamber of Commerce after the sudden passing of it’s executive officer, Reina A. Leddy.

The search committee is comprised of past Chairmen of the Board, representing large and small businesses in various industry sectors, with intimate knowledge of Chamber operations, programs and its vision and mission. Heading the committee is Mr. Philip J. Flores, Past Board Chairman and Board Director.

Chairman Campillo stated, "The executive will report to the Chamber’s Board of Directors and will be responsible for the full operations of the Chamber. We look forward to identifying the best and brightest candidate capable of leading our premier business organization into the most challenging and exciting time for Guam." Applicants for the position should possess excellent written and oral communication skills and should have knowledge and familiarity with financial statements and budgeting. Additionally, applicants should have an understanding of Guam’s business and government sectors, and have a strong existing bond with the local community.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an résumé to the Guam Chamber of Commerce Search Committee, 173 Aspinall Avenue, Suite 101 Ada Plaza Center in Hagåtña. Résumés can also be emailed directly to Mr. Flores at philipf@bankpacific.com. The Chamber is an equal opportunity employer.

 

State of Guam's Economy topic at Chamber Seminar

July 14, 2009

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that its Small Business Focus & Development Committee is sponsoring a seminar entitled “The Guam Economic Masterclass.” The seminar will feature Guam economists Gary Hiles, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Guam Department of Labor and Joseph Bradley, Bank of Guam. Dr. Anita Borja-Enriquez and Rodney Webb round out the panel of professionals at the seminar. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 17th at the Fort San Jose Room, Outrigger Guam Resort, Tumon.

This seminar will address the state of the economy and outlook from a local, regional and global perspective as it pertains to Guam, including macro-trends that will affect businesses on Guam and the surrounding areas. Admission fee for the July 17th event is $10.00 for Chamber members and $20 for non-Chamber members.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Registration forms are available for down load at www.guamchamber.com.gu. Interested parties can contact the Chamber Office at Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: gchamber@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 16th.

The seminar is part of a monthly Small Business Management Seminar Series developed by the Chamber’s Small Business Focus & Development Committee in cooperation with the Guam Small Business Development Center.

 

Tipping Fees And Economic Outlook Topics At Chamber Meeting

July 14, 2009

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that two guest speakers will be featured at its General Membership Meeting on WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2009, 11:30 a.m., Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort. Mr. David Manning, Special Principal Associate with Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc., and Mr. Joseph Bradley, SVP/Economic & Market Statistics Officer with Bank of Guam, will provide members with information relative to their respective expertise.

The Chamber has continued to monitor GBB’s progress to improve the island’s Solid Waste Management Program, including the effect of the newly implemented commercial tipping fees. David Manning will be presenting a quarterly update on their progress to date and plans for the next few months.

A recent amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, submitted by Hawaii Congressman Neil Abercrombie, has sparked interest amongst the business community and leaders in Congress. Joe Bradley will provide his economic perspective on how this amendment will affect Guam’s economy.

Members and guests should RSVP with the Chamber Office at Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: gchamber@guamchamber.com.guby no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, July 20, 2009.

 

Chamber Sponsors Small Business Marketing Seminar

June 23, 2009

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that its Small Business Focus & Development Committee is sponsoring a Making the Connection Seminar featuring Guam's leading marketing and training professionals on June 25, 2009. The event is a special feature of the Chamber's 5th Annual Small Business Expo & Mixer and will take place from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Guam in Tumon.

Using the basic elements of marketing, this seminar will demonstrate how small business owners and managers can best utilize these components to improve their marketing skills, boost their confidence and grow their business. Two aspects of marketing will be featured: "Small Business Marketing…Connecting the Dots" presented by the Glimpses of Guam Marketing Team; and, "Streetwise Marketing Tools for Small Businesses" presented by Jerry Roberts of Guam Training.com.

Admission fee for the June 25th seminar is $10.00 for Chamber members and $20 for non-Chamber members. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Registration forms are available for download at http://www.guamchamber.com.gu. Interested parties may contact the Chamber Office at Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: gchamber@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2009.

The seminar is part of a monthly Small Business Management Seminar Series developed by the Chamber's Small Business Focus & Development Committee in cooperation with the Guam Small Business Development Center.

 

Guam's Growth and Our Legal System Topic at Chamber Meeting

June 22, 2009

HAGÅTA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that The Honorable Alicia G. Limtiaco, Attorney General of Guam, will be the guest speaker at their General Membership Meeting on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2009, 11:30 a.m., Hyatt Regency Guam Grand Ballroom.

The unprecedented growth prompted by the military build up on Guam over the next decade will impact every facet of our community. The Chamber has invited Attorney General Limtiaco to brief members on how Guam’s legal system is preparing for this future growth.

Members and guests should RSVP with the Chamber Office at Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: gchamber@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 23, 2009.

 

Workplace Violence, Harassment And Abuse Topic At Seminar

June 9, 2009

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that its Small Business Focus & Development Committee is sponsoring a seminar entitled "Drugs, Harassment and Workplace Violence." Human resource professionals Joann Waki Muna, Maryann Cabrera and Grace Donaldson from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) will be the seminar's main presenters. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the Fort San Jose Room, Outrigger Guam Resort, Tumon.

This seminar is intended to provide employers with pertinent information about violence in the workplace and preventing sexual harassment and drug abuse in the workplace. The seminar will assist participants in recognizing some of the signs an employee may exhibit leading to violence. It will assist participants with steps to prevent harassment or prevent claims of sexual harassment. If companies perform certain types of work or has specific contracts with the Federal Government, they may need to be compliant with the Drug-Free Act of 1988. Find out how to ensure that your company is conformed.

Admission fee for the June 12th event is $10.00 for Chamber members and $20 for non-Chamber members. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Registration forms are available for down load at www.guamchamber.com.gu. Interested parties can contact the Chamber Office at Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: gchamber@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 11th.

The seminar is part of a monthly Small Business Management Seminar Series developed by the Chamber's Small Business Focus & Development Committee in cooperation with the Guam Small Business Development Center.

 

Chamber Seeks Applicants For Premier Business Scholarship

June 8, 2009

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - Juniors and Seniors enrolled in the University of Guam School of Business and Public Administration are invited to apply for the Guam Chamber of Commerce Dave J. Santos Scholarship. This scholarship is made available to outstanding business majors of the University of Guam who evidence the knowledge and desire to excel as entrepreneurs on Guam upon attaining an Undergraduate degree from UOG’s School of Business and Public Administration. The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, fees and books for the 2009-2010 academic year. The recipient will also be provided an internship with the Guam Chamber of Commerce for the duration of the scholarship term.

This scholarship is sponsored and funded by the members of the Guam Chamber of Commerce in recognition of the achievements of the late Dave J. Santos, an entrepreneur, past Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the 1993 Small Business Person of the Year.

"It is important to make this scholarship fit the needs of today’s business student," said Reina A. Leddy, President, Guam Chamber of Commerce. "We are not simply making a donation to their education, we are providing them adequate financial resources and exposure within the business community." Leddy added, "The prospect of working at the Guam Chamber of Commerce will provide students the unique opportunity to network directly with business Executives and Entrepreneurs who may end up being their future employers, associates or customers."

Nathan Taimanglo, 2008 scholarship recipient, just completed his scholarship term and internship with the Chamber at the end of May. In an exit interview with the Chamber, Taimanglo expressed his appreciation for having such a tremendous opportunity not only in the financial support for school, but in the training and experience gained in working alongside the decision-makers in Guam's business community.

Taimanglo said, "This is an outstanding program and I encourage fellow business students to apply for this award. There are other scholarship programs available, but I have not seen one that really enhances a student's ability to focus on their program of study as what the Chamber's scholarship has offered me. My internship at the Chamber has been a valuable tool and an eye-opener in terms of what it takes to succeed. I am grateful to have had this opportunity."

The University of Guam Financial Aid Office will receive and evaluate applications for eligibility and score all applications according to a standardized point system. All scored applications will be forwarded to the Guam Chamber of Commerce where a scholarship committee comprised of the Chamber president, education committee chairperson and a designated member of the Chamber will review the applications and recommend scholarship recipients to the Board of Directors for award.

The University of Guam Financial Aid Office will begin accepting applications immediately. The deadline to submit applications for the 2009-2010 Academic Year is Friday, July 24, 2009. Additional information on the Dave J. Santos Scholarship and the application process will be available at www.guamchamber.com.gu or at

Guam Chamber of Commerce 173 Aspinall Avenue, Suite 101 Ada Plaza Center Hagåtña, Guam 96910 Tel: 472-6311/8001

UOG Financial Aid Office UOG Field House 1st Floor Mangilao, Guam 96923 Tel: 735-2284/90

Direct contributions to the Dave J. Santos Scholarship may be made payable to:

Guam Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 283 Hagåtña, GU 96932

 

Success With Federal Contracts Topic At Chamber Seminar

June 2, 2009

HAGÅTÑA, Guam -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that its Armed Forces Committee (AFC) is sponsoring a Success with Federal Contracts seminar on Thursday, June 4, 2009, 8:30 a.m. at the The Westin Resort’s Somnak Ballroom. The workshop will feature topics by representatives of the U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development and will end with lunch featuring keynote speaker, Captain Paul T.Fuligni, CEC, USN Commanding Officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas.

Ms. Brandy Untalan, Customer Service Director, U.S. General Services Administration Federal Acquisition Service will address the GSA Schedules Program, the process of becoming a vendor on a GSA Schedule and the benefits of partnering with GSA.

Mr. Kenneth Lujan, Guam Branch Manager, U.S. SBA and Mr. Jack Corbett, Business Development Specialist, will discuss HUBZONE and 8(a) Certifications and how to increase presence on the federal system as well as making the most of affiliations with off-island companies looking to establish a presence on Guam.

Mr. Joseph Diego, Area Director, USDA Rural Development, will discuss funding opportunities available through the ARRA (American Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009) in addition to business and industry guaranteed loans for eligible projects.

"The Chamber's AFC Subcommittee on Department of Defense Contracting is sponsoring this workshop in response to member requests for more detailed information on how to establish effective results with federal contracting opportunities. Through our working relationship with the U.S. General Services Administration, with U.S. SBA, USDA and with NAVFAC Marianas, we were able to identify and invite knowledgeable professionals to speak on these opportunities” said Joey Crisostomo, Armed Forces Committee Chairman.

Crisostomo added, "We are also pleased to feature at the Seminar a panel of member companies currently doing business with the Federal Government who will speak about their successes and offer tips on what worked for them. Additionally, Captain Paul Fuligni, Commander, NAVFAC Marianas, will speak during lunch about the combined $1.1 billion in U.S. Military and Government of Japan construction projects that are programmed in FY2010. Participants will gain a lot of insight from this half day event.”

Companies interested in registration information are encouraged to contact the Chamber office at Tel: 472-6311/8001 by no later than 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 3, 2009. Registration fee is $25 for Chamber Members, and $35 for Non-Members. Those interested in attending only the lunch portion of the event are required to send their RSVP to the Chamber. A separate fee will apply. Call the Chamber for details.

 

Governor Camacho To Address Chamber Membership

March 25, 2009

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM — The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that The Honorable Felix P. Camacho, Governor of Guam, will be the guest speaker at their General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 11:30 a.m., Ocean Sirena Ballroom, Sheraton Laguna Resort.

Governor Camacho will speak on the topic "Guam's Economy: Recognizing the Challenges, Identifying Opportunities, Finding Solutions"

Members and guests should RSVP with the Chamber Office at Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: gchamber@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2009.

 

Residents Reconfirm Support For Military On Guam

March 24, 2009

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce recently commissioned a professional research company to recalibrate the results of its 2007 Community Poll conducted to ascertain community support for, and attitudes about, the military build up on Guam. QMark Research was commissioned to conduct a quantitative tracking study with Guam residents, to determine the impact on the military presence and exposure to our island, as well as the effects in the upcoming years. This is a tracking study from the Chamber’s initial benchmark study conducted in the first quarter of 2007.

Telephone interviews were conducted from January 31 - February 3, 2009. Respondents were screened to ensure that they are eighteen years of age or older & are residents of Guam. 500 random phone surveys were completed and accounted for in this study. The margin of error for a sample of this size is +/- 4.4 percentage points with a 95% confidence level.

At the outset of the study, Guam residents were asked for their general thoughts on the military buildup on Guam. Each respondent was then asked if they felt the military buildup on Guam would contribute to more jobs and government tax revenues for local residents. Finally, respondents were asked if they felt the relocation of Marines to Guam would improve or worsen the living conditions and/or quality of life on the island. Results from the Chamber's 1st Quarter 2009 survey showed that:

  1. A majority (71%) of Guam residents polled support an increased military presence (13% oppose build up while 11% are indifferent and 5% are unsure how they feel about this issue);
  2. A majority (82%) of Guam residents polled also feel the increasing military presence will result in additional jobs and tax revenue (10% do not feel additional jobs would be created, 2% are indifferent and 5% are unsure); and,
  3. Nearly 60% of Guam residents polled feel the additional Marines on the island will have a positive effect, and ultimately improve the island’s quality of life (19% feel it would have a negative effect and 22% are unsure what impact the Marines would have). These results show almost identical scores to our initial poll conducted in 2007, which reconfirms that a majority of Guam residents support a larger military presence on the island. Chairman of the Board Frank Campillo stated, “The Guam Chamber of Commerce continues to advocate an increase in the military’s presence on Guam. The magnitude of the Department of Defense action to relocate 8000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam will certainly pose its challenges for our community. However, we are encouraged that the Administration, the Legislature and the business community are willing to work together to mitigate any negative impacts, but more importantly prepare our island for the tremendous opportunities the build up will bring for small businesses and all citizens of Guam.” It is interesting to note that the support for an increased military presence on the island is highest among less affluent households. Among those residing in households with combined incomes of $50K or less, 75% support the military buildup (69% benchmark). This number falls to 65% among those living in households earning in excess of this amount (83% benchmark). These results indicate that substantial, broad-based support for increased military activity on the island across all segments of the population continues to prevail.
 

Admiral French To Address Chamber Membership

February 22, 2009

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that RDML William D. French, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas, will be the guest speaker at their General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 11:30 a.m., Chamorro Ballroom, Guam Marriott Resort & Spa.

RDML French will speak on the topic "Guam Region National Defense"

Members and guests should RSVP with the Chamber Office at Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: gchamber@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 25, 2009.

 

Web Site Marketing Strategies Topic At Chamber Seminar

February 20, 2009

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that its Small Business Focus & Development Committee is sponsoring a seminar entitled “Successful web site marketing strategies”. A.J. Rosario, President & CEO will be the main presenter at a Small Business Management Seminar on Friday, February 20th, from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the Fort San Jose Room, Outrigger Guam Resort, Tumon.

Small business owners and entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend the seminar to learn about search engine optimization and changes that can be made to a website to produce the results a company expects in order to grow its business.

Admission fee for the February 20th event is $10.00 for Chamber members and $20 for non-Chamber members. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Registration forms are available for down load at www.guamchamber.com.gu. Interested parties can contact the Chamber Office at Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: gchamber@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 3:00 p.m., Thursday, February 19th.

The seminar is part of a monthly Small Business Management Seminar Series developed by the Chamber’s Small Business Focus & Development Committee in cooperation with the Guam Small Business Development Center.

 

Speaker Won Pat Guest at Chamber Meeting

January 28, 2009

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that Speaker Judith Won Pat will be the guest speaker at their General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 11:30 a.m., Grand Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Guam.

Speaker Won Pat will share her vision on the condition and direction of Guam's economy and the role the Legislature will play as a member of the economic community. As Chairperson of the Committee on Education, Speaker Won Pat will also delve into her thoughts on the future of Guam's education system.

Members and guests should RSVP with the Chamber Office at Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: gchamber@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2009.

 

Campillo Elected 2009 Chairman

January 15, 2009

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that the Board of Directors elected its officers for the 2009 Administrative Year.

Frank J. Campillo, Health Administrator, Calvo’s Insurance Underwriters, Inc., was unanimously elected Chairman of the Board; David J. John, President, ASC Trust Corporation was elected Vice Chairman; and, Joe M. Arnett, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP, was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer.

Immediate Past Chairwoman Laura-Lynn V. Dacanay, SVP/Guam-CNMI Region Manager, First Hawaiian Bank; Special Executive Committee Member Paul L. Blas, General Manager, Seabridge, Inc.; and, Guam Chamber of Commerce President Reina A. Leddy will join Campillo, John and Arnett to comprise the Executive Committee effective immediately.

 

Chamber Elects 2009 Board of Directors

November 19, 2008

HAGÅTÑA — The Guam Chamber of Commerce elected seven (7) Board Directors for the 2009 Chamber year during its Annual Membership meeting today. The five (5) voting directors elected to serve a three-year term are:

PAUL L. BLAS, General Manager, Seabridge, Inc. STEPHEN C. RUDER, President, Ruder Integrated Marketing Strategies GERALD S.A. PEREZ, Vice President, Micromed Supplies MICHAEL R. ADY, M80 Office Systems, Inc. KALEO S. MOYLAN, Director, Moylan’s Insurance

The two (2) Alternate Directors elected to serve a one-year term are: SINFOROSO "ROSSI" TOLENTINO and RINDRATY CELES-LIMTIACO. Paul Blas was the highest vote-getter and will automatically serve on the Chamber's Executive Committee in 2009.

The seven (7) Directors elected today will join twelve (13) holdovers and comprise the 2009 Chamber Board. The holdovers are:

  • LUCY ALCORN, President, Global Food Services, Inc.
  • FRANK J. CAMPILLO, Health Administrator, Calvo’s Insurance
  • LAURA-LYNN DACANAY, SVP/Guam-CNMI Region Manager, First Hawaiian Bank
  • CHARLENE GOO, General Manager, Outrigger Resort Guam
  • JOHN A. LIMTIACO, President, Pacific Unlimited, Inc.
  • MONTY McDOWELL, President, Advance Management, Inc
  • CARL PETERSON, President, Money Resources, Inc.
  • JOE M. ARNETT, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • DAVID J. JOHN, President, ASC Trust Corporation
  • DONNA KLOPPENBURG, Owner & CEO, Kloppenburg Enterprises, Inc.
  • GEORGE LAI, President, Quality Distributors
  • ANNMARIE MUNA, President, AM Insurance
  • JAMES POLK, EVP Pacific Islands Division, Bank of Hawaii
 

Dave J. Santos Scholarship

June 20, 2008

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce enhancements to the Dave J. Santos Scholarship, a premier undergraduate scholarship for outstanding juniors and seniors enrolled in the University of Guam School of Business and Public Administration. The scholarship is now a full scholarship covering the cost of tuition, fees and books for one academic year, as opposed to the previous allotment of \ per semester. An additional benefit with the scholarship is a paid internship with the Guam Chamber of Commerce.

This scholarship is sponsored and funded by the members of the Guam Chamber of Commerce in recognition of the achievements of the late Dave J. Santos, an entrepreneur, past Chairman of the Guam Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the 1993 Small Business Person of the Year. The scholarship is made available to outstanding business majors of the University of Guam who evidence the knowledge and desire to excel as entrepreneurs on Guam upon attaining an undergraduate degree from UOG’s School of Business and Public Administration.

"It was necessary to make adjustments to fit the needs of today's business student," said Reina A. Leddy, President, Guam Chamber of Commerce. "We are not simply making a donation to their education, we are providing adequate financial resources and exposure within the business community." Leddy added, "An internship at the Guam Chamber of Commerce will provide students with the unique opportunity to network directly with business executives and entrepreneurs who may be future employers or business associates.”

The University of Guam Financial Aid Office will receive and pre-screen all applications for eligibility. The top three eligible applications will be forwarded to the Guam Chamber of Commerce where a scholarship committee comprised of the UOG School of Business & Public Administration Dean or designee, Guam Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman of the Board, President, Executive Committee Member and Scholarship Committee Member will review the applications and recommend scholarship recipients to the Board of Directors for award.

The University of Guam Financial Aid Office will begin accepting applications immediately. The deadline to submit scholarship applications for the 2008-2009 Academic Year is Thursday, July 3, 2008. Additional information on the Dave J. Santos Scholarship and the application process will be available at www.guamchamber.com.gu or at

  • Guam Chamber of Commerce 173 Aspinall Avenue, Suite 101 Ada Plaza Center Hagåtña, Guam 96910 Tel: 472-6311/8001
  • UOG Financial Aid Office UOG Field House 1st Floor Mangilao, Guam 96923 Tel: 735-2289

Direct contributions to the Dave J. Santos Scholarship may be made payable to: Guam Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 283 Hagåtña, GU 96932

 

Guam Chamber To Host Regional Business Conference

February 8, 2008

HAGATNA, Guam — The Guam Chamber of Commerce will host delegates of the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) during their annual conference, March 13-15, 2008, at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa. Member organizations voted in favor of Guam as the host venue for the 2008 conference during the APCAC Board of Directors meeting in Vietnam last year. Key factors were Guam's strategic importance to national security and the unique opportunity members would have to see first hand the work of the U.S. government in protecting the economic interests in the region. APCAC leaders also felt Guam would be attractive to high-level officials in the U.S. Department of Commerce, State, as well as the Department of Defense.

APCAC consists of 25 member American Chambers of Commerce, which represents the growing interests of 10,000 businesses and 50,000 executives in 19 countries and economies of the Asia-Pacific region. The APCAC membership manages trade volumes in excess of US\ billion and direct investments (FDI) of over US$200 billion. APCAC’s mission is to improve the competitiveness of U.S. businesses in the Asia-Pacific Region.

The key objective of the March 13-15, 2008 conference on Guam will be to formulate solutions to issues and concerns that have worked against U.S. business investment and growth in the region. APCAC’s position statements will then be presented to Members of Congress and top officials in the Bush Administration during the June 2008 APCAC Washington Doorknock.

The Guam Chamber of Commerce’s 11th Annual Amateur Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, March 12, 2008, the day before the start of the APCAC conference. The tournament, which begins at 11:30 a.m. at Starts Guam Golf Resort in Dededo, provides APCAC delegates with another venue to build friendships and valuable relationships with local Chamber members.

“This is a great opportunity for Guam to showcase the island and it’s strategic importance in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as an opportunity for our local Chamber membership to network with the AmCham members from these Asia countries, as we address the issues that we all face in this changing environment”

“Hosting the conference in Guam was one of our late president Eloise Baza’s visions for the Chamber, a bid she spearheaded in 2006 with Governor Felix Camacho and the Chamber Board. Carrying out the project has been a real team effort by the planning committee whose membership includes GEDCA, GVB and the Office of Congresswoman Bordallo.”

Registration forms for both the APCAC conference and the golf tournament are available at the Chamber office (173 Aspinall Avenue, Ada Plaza Center, Suite 101, Hagåtña) and on the Chamber’s website at www.guamchamber.com.gu. Deadline to submit registration forms is 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 15, 2008. You must be a Chamber member to participate.

 

Unique Solutions To Guam's Labor Shortage Topic At Chamber Meeting

January 28, 2008

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM — The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that leaders from the Guam Department of Labor, the GCA Trades Academy and the Center for Micronesian Empowerment will speak to its membership on their assessment of unique solutions to Guam’s growing labor shortage issue at its General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, January 30, 2008, 11:30 a.m., Ballroom A, Hyatt Regency Guam.

Featured speakers are Maria Connelly, Director, Guam Department of Labor, Dr. Bert Johnston, Executive Director, GCA Trades Academy and Monty A. McDowell, Vice Chairman of the Board, Center for Micronesian Empowerment.

Members and guests should RSVP with the Chamber Office at Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: gchamber@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 30th.

 

Chamber Seeks Nominations For Business Hall Of Fame

January 22, 2008

HAGÅTÑA, Guam -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2008 Guam Business Hall of Fame Laureate Awards--prestigious awards that pay tribute to outstanding companies and business leaders who have made exceptional contributions to business growth in Guam.

There are two categories for the Laureate award: 1) Individual; and, 2) Company. Any individual or for-profit enterprise licensed to do business in Guam is eligible for the award. Laureates to the Guam Business Hall of Fame will be selected on the basis of key criteria.

Individuals must:

  • be recognized as a model entrepreneur, having their own money at risk in the spirit of free enterprise, and having made a significant contribution to the success of their company or profession;
  • have developed a company or structure that enhanced productivity, quality and profits;
  • have served as a role model; encouraged others to be entrepreneurs;
  • have demonstrated civic as well as corporate leadership; and,
  • have resided or worked in Guam at least 10 years.

Companies must:

  • be recognized as having been a successful business for at least 10 years and was/is a credit to their industry;
  • have developed a product or service that met community needs;
  • have demonstrated successful management of resources to enhance productivity and profitability over an extended period of time;
  • have maintained good labor/management relations; encouraged others to be entrepreneurs; and,
  • have demonstrated outstanding commitment to community involvement.

Nomination forms are available at the Chamber office (173 Aspinall Avenue, Ada Plaza Center, Suite 101, Hagåtña) and on the Chamber’s website at: www.guamchamber.com.gu. The deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 22, 2008. Selection will be made by a panel of judges comprised of representatives from the business community and the community-at-large.

The 2008 Laureate and Business Laureate will be inducted into the Guam Business Hall of Fame at the Chamber's 84th Anniversary celebration on May 3, 2008. A special program featuring the accomplishments of the awardees will be featured and a symbolic award will be presented.

 

Federal Vs. Local Minimum Wage Hike

March 31, 2007

As you are aware, Congress passed and the President is expected to sign into law legislation which would raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour. Under the proposed law, the federal minimum wage will increase to $5.85 per hour 2 months after the President signs the bill into law. The federal minimum wage will increase to $6.55 per hour one year later, and increase to $7.25 per hour one year after that.

The first federal minimum wage hike will occur after a minimum wage hike is scheduled to go into effect for Guam under P.L. 28-140. Under P.L. 28-140, the minimum wage in Guam shall increase to $5.75 per hour effective July 1, 2007. According to Guam law, the minimum wage for Guam shall be the higher of the minimum wage established by either federal law or Guam law. Chamber members are urged to plan for these upcoming wage increases. Remember, the local minimum wage increase to $5.75 per hour will take effect on July 1, 2007. The first federal minimum wage hike would take effect some time in August 2007. New wage and hour posters should be available once the federal minimum wage increases take effect.

Also, according to published news reports, the federal bill includes $4.84 billion in tax relief to help small businesses mitigate the impact of the increases. The Chamber will look into the tax relief package to see if any of it applies to Guam small business by virtue of the Federal Income Tax Code being mirrored on Guam.

We thank Board Director Sinforoso (Rossi) M. Tolentino for his assistance in preparing this member advisory.

Regards, ELOISE R. BAZA President

 

Partnership With Judiciary Topic At Chamber Meeting

March 27, 2007

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that a presentation on its partnership with the Judiciary of Guam will be made at their General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, March 28, 2007, 11:30 a.m., Chamorro Ballroom, Guam Marriott Resort & Spa.

Chief Justice F. Philip Carbullido, Superior Court of Guam will give brief remarks to be followed by a special presentation on the Guam Chamber of Commerce Partnership with the Judiciary: 1) Guam Juvenile Drug Court; and, 2) Adult Drug Court.

Members and guests should RSVP with the Chamber Office at Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: gchamber@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than close of business, Tuesday, March 27, 2007.

 

Chamber Sponsors Tenth Annual Golf Tournament

March 08, 2007

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced plans for its Tenth Annual Amateur Golf Tournament. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 11:30 a.m. at Starts Guam Golf Resort in Dededo. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Chamber's Armed Forces Committee (AFC) programs and activities. The AFC was established in 1998 to promote development of Guam's business and commerce with the U.S. military.

The inaugural Guam Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament event was held on November 12, 1998. More than 100 participants took to the course in support of this fundraiser, which benefited the Chamber’s scholarship for University of Guam business students.

Golf Committee member Roland Franquez said, "Two new components will be introduced at this year’s tournament. First, a three-putt putting contest that offers the winner \ for making putts from distances of 10 feet, 30 feet, and 50 feet. Second, we will be selling Supertickets to encourage one-stop buying of tickets for mulligans, the putting contest and a need-not-be present to win raffle ticket."

The March 14th tournament will be followed by a banquet where tournament winners will be presented with their award and prize packages. The reception will be held from about 5:00 p.m. at the Club House restaurant at Starts.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for the membership to enjoy an afternoon of golf," said Frank Campillo, Chairman of the Chamber’s Golf Tournament Committee. "By taking part in the tournament, participants are helping the efforts of our Armed Forces Committee while networking with business associates. This fundraising event will help to further the AFC’s goal of increasing military investment in Guam."

Campillo said, "Events such as this are only possible through the participation and sponsorship of generous individuals and organizations." The two-man team entry fee of $250 includes green fees, cart, the evening banquet, a raffle coupon and ditty bag. Commemorative golf shirts co-sponsored by PacSports will be given to all players. Lone Star Steakhouse, Ambros and Foremost will be providing on-course refreshment. The grand raffle prize is a round trip ticket courtesy of Labtech.

Major sponsors of the tournament are companies that support the efforts of the Armed Forces Committee: Black Construction, First Hawaiian Bank, GTA, Hilton Guam Resort & Spa, Mobil Oil Guam, Atkins Kroll, Triple J, CarsPlus, South Pacific Petroleum Corporation, Yamaha, PacSports and Northwest Airlines. Hole sponsors include: BankPacific, Calvo’s Insurance, ECC, Global Food Services, Inc., Guamcell Communications, Guam Shipyard, Island Business Systems, IT&E, Outrigger Guam Resort, Pacific Daily News, Royal Orchid Hotel, Security Title Inc. and TakeCare Insurance Co.

 

Ruder Elected 2007 Chairman

January 19, 2007

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM - The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that the Board of Directors elected its officers for the 2007 Administrative Year.

Stephen C. Ruder, President, Ruder Integrated Marketing Strategies was unanimously elected Chairman of the Board; Brian Artero, President, Pacific Dining LLC dba Lone Star Steakhouse was elected Vice Chairman; and, Jerold W. Filush, Partner, Audit and Assurance, Deloitte & Touche LLP, was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer.

Immediate Past Chairman Michael T. Benito, General Manager, Payless Supermarkets, Inc.; Special Executive Committee Member Frank J. Campillo, Health Plan Administrator, Calvo’s SelectCare; and Guam Chamber of Commerce President Eloise R. Baza will join Ruder, Artero and Filush to comprise the Executive Committee effective immediately.

 

Chamber Elects 2007 Board of Directors

November 29, 2006

HAGÅTÑA--The Guam Chamber of Commerce elected eight (8) Board Directors for the 2007 Chamber year during its Annual Membership meeting today. The six (6) voting directors elected to serve a three-year term are:

  1. FRANK J. CAMPILLO, Health Plan Administrator-Calvo’s SelectCare, Calvo’s Insurance Underwriters, Inc.
  2. CHARLENE GOO, Vice President-Operations, Pacific Region, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts/Ohana Hotels & Resorts
  3. L.CARL PETERSON, President, Money Resources, Inc.
  4. LUCY ALCORN, President/CEO, GFS Group
  5. MONTY A. McDOWELL, CEO & Principal Broker, Advance Management, Inc.
  6. JOHN A. LIMTIACO, President/COO, Pacific Unlimited, Inc.

The two (2) Alternate Directors elected to serve a one-year term are: MARK CHAMBERLIN, President/CEO, Guamcell Communications and LEE P. WEBBER, President & Publisher, Pacific Daily News. Frank Campillo was the highest vote-getter and will automatically serve on the Chamber's Executive Committee in 2007.

The eight (8) Directors elected today will join twelve (12) holdovers and comprise the 2007 Chamber Board. The holdovers are:

  1. PETER "SONNY" ADA, President, Ada’s Trust & Investment, Inc.
  2. JAMES L. ADKINS, President, East West Rental Center
  3. BRIAN ARTERO, President, Pacific Dining LLC dba Lone Star Steakhouse
  4. MICHAEL T. BENITO, General Manager, Payless Markets, Inc.
  5. PAUL L. BLAS, General Manager, Seabridge, Inc.
  6. LAURA LYNN DACANAY, Regional Manager-Guam & CNMI Region, First Hawaiian Bank
  7. JEROLD W. FILUSH, Partner-Audit, Deloitte & Touche, LLC
  8. PHILIP J. FLORES, President & CEO, BankPacific
  9. GERALD S.A. PEREZ, Proprietor, Micromed Suppliers
  10. GREGORY D. PEREZ, Vice President, Perez Bros., Inc.
  11. STEPHEN C. RUDER, President, Ruder Integrated Marketing Strategies
  12. SINFOROSO "ROSSI" TOLENTINO, Administrative Partner, Carlsmith Ball LLC
 

Chamber To Host Annual Membership Meeting And Board Of Directors Election

November 27, 2006

HAGÅTÑA -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce Annual Board of Directors Election will be held during the Chamber's Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 11:30 a.m. (Voting begins at 11:00 a.m.), Marianas Ballroom, Hilton Guam Resort & Spa. Members elected to fill eight (8) available seats will join twelve (12) holdovers to comprise the 2007 Board of Directors. Results of the election will be announced at the close of the meeting.

Also at the meeting, Michael T. Benito, Chairman of the Board will deliver his End-of-the-Year Address and Chamber President Eloise R. Baza's written Annual Report of 2006 Activities will be distributed.

Members and guests should RSVP with the Chamber Office at Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: gchamber@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 9:00 a.m., November 29, 2006.

 

Christmas Festival Costume Contest Winners

November 25, 2006

HAGÅTÑA - The Guam Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners of this year's Christmas Costume Contest held during the 2006 "A CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS OF AROUND THE WORLD"holiday kickoff festival at Skinner Plaza on Saturday, November 25th. The contest was judged just before the Parade of Nations mini-parade at Skinner Plaza earlier this evening.

Costume Contest Winners

Pre-Kindergarten - Kindergarten (Ages 3-5 years)

  • 1st Place: Daniel L. Perez Elementary PreSchool GATE Program
  • 2nd Place: Jake Guevara
  • 3rd Place: Jonah Guevara

Elementary School (Ages 6-11years)

  • 1st Place: Janhvi Bhojwani, Harvest Christian Academy
  • 2nd Place: Katieshaye Bilamang, Price Elementary School
  • 3rd Place: Corinna Dumale, Price Elementary School

For more information, contact Festival Committee Chairperson Marie Calvo-Monge at 637-5826 or the Chamber Office at 472-6311/8001. Skinner Plaza will be lit every evening until January 2, 2006.

 

Road Closure Announcement - Streets Around Skinner Plaza Will Close On November 25th At 2:00 P.M.

November 21, 2006

HAGÅTÑA - This Saturday, the Guam Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 2006 "A CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD" holiday festival from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Skinner Plaza in Hagåtña.

Guam Police Department officers will begin monitoring traffic at 2:00 p.m. The streets immediately surrounding Skinner Plaza will be closed from 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., including:

  • West Soledad Avenue and Seaton Boulevard;
  • West Soledad Avenue and Murray Boulevard;
  • Chalan Santo Papa and Archbishop Flores Street; and,
  • Chalan Santo Papa and Aspinall Avenue.

The Festival activities begin at 4:00 p.m., followed by a Mini-Parade at 5:30 p.m., and Park Lighting at 6:00 p.m. Food booths, entertainment and other activities will continue through the festival close at 9:00 p.m.

This year's festival is supported by First Lady Joann Camacho and the Guam Visitors Bureau.

 

Christmas Poster And Ornament Creation Contest Winners

November 20, 2006

HAGÅTÑA - The Guam Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners of this year's Christmas Festival Poster and Ornament Creation Contests held in conjunction with the 2006 "A CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS OF AROUND THE WORLD" holiday kick-off festival at Skinner Plaza on Saturday, November 25th. The contests were judged at the Agana Shopping Center on November 18th and entries will remain on display at the Agana Shopping Center (Payless Supermarkets entrance) until Christmas.

Winners of the Poster and Ornament Contests will be recognized during an awards ceremony at Skinner Plaza on Saturday, November 25th at 7:50pm. Winners will share in prizes valued at over $1000. In addition, First Place Winners in each Poster Contest category will be invited to ride in the Holiday Train during the Christmas Festival Mini-Parade on November 25th beginning at 5:30pm.

POSTER CONTEST WINNERS: Poster Contest Winners

Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 3-4 years)

  • 1st Place: Reenah, D. Leong, Dominican Catholic School
  • 2nd Place: Colin Valencia, Dominican Catholic School
  • 3rd Place: Rojin Jung, Harvest Elementary School

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Level (Ages 5-8 years)

  • 1st Place: Charles Milan, St. Anthony Catholic School
  • 2nd Place: Aloysius Benedict Dela Rojo, Dominican Catholic School
  • 3rd Place: Euriah Patacsil, Dominican Catholic School

3rd - 5th Grade Level (Ages 9-11 years)

  • 1st Place: Ralph Patacsil, Dominican Catholic School
  • 2nd Place: Noel Bien Carlos, St. Anthony Catholic School
  • 3rd Place: Kevin Roy Istanlac, St. Anthony Catholic School

Ornament Creation: Contest Winners:

Elementary School (1st - 5th Grade)

  • 1st Place: Vannah Ritalyn K. Guzman, C.L. Taitano Elementary School
  • 2nd Place: Ailea Bonto, Dominican Catholic School
  • 3rd Place: Kayuana Herrero, C.L. Taitano Elementary School

Middle School (6th - 8th Grade)

  • 1st Place: Takaya Hirate, St. Anthony Catholic School
  • 2nd Place: Paula Cepeda, St. Anthony Catholic School
  • 3rd Place: Louis Schmelzinger, Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School

High School (9th -12th Grade)

  • 1st Place: Leana Peters, George Washington High School
  • 2nd Place: Daisy Ramirez, George Washington High School
  • 3rd Place: Jenny Calilung, George Washington High School

A third festival competition, the Parade of Nations Costume Contest, will be judged and featured during the Christmas Festival Mini-Parade at Skinner Plaza on November 25th. The entry deadline for this contest has been extended to 5:00pm, Wednesday, November 22, 2006. For more information, contact Festival Committee Chairperson Marie Calvo-Monge at 637-5826 or the Chamber Office at 472-6311/8001. Entry forms, contest rules and other information on the Christmas Festival are also available online at the Chamber's website: www.guamchamber.com.gu.

 

Chamber Sponsors Christmas Ornament Creation Contest

October 17, 2006

HAGåTÑA -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce is introducing a new and colorful competition to the 2006 A Celebration of Christmas Around the World holiday festival. Elementary, Middle and High School students are invited to enter the Ornament Creation Contest, a major component of the 2006 Christmas Festival scheduled on Saturday, November 25, 2006 at Skinner Plaza in Hagåtña.

Parents may enter their children into categories ranging from 1st grade through 12th grade for the Ornament Creation Contest. Entries must be registered with the Chamber Office by November 15, 2006 at 5:00 p.m. to be eligible. The Chamber would like to thank Foremost Foods and Agana Shopping Center for their support of this competition.

Ornament entries will be on display and judged at the Agana Shopping Center on Saturday, November 18, 2006. Winners of the Ornament Creation Contest will share in prizes valued at over $500 and awards will be presented at the Christmas Festival kick-off on November 25th at Skinner Plaza.

The Guam Chamber of Commerce invites all interested teachers and parents to contact their office for registration, judging, and other information. Please contact the Guam Chamber of Commerce office at 472-6311/8001 or Email: gchamber(gc)guamchamber.com.gu, or Festival Committee Chairperson Marie Calvo-Monge at 637-5826. Entry forms, contest rules and other information on the Christmas Festival are also available online at the Chamber's website: www.guamchamber.com.gu.

 

Speaker Forbes To Speak On Gpss Future

August 28, 2006

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced that Speaker Mark Forbes, Twenty-Eighth Guam Legislature will be the guest speaker at their General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 11:30 a.m., Matapang Ballroom, Holiday Resort Guam.

Speaker Forbes will address the membership on the topic, “The Immediate Future of the Guam Public School System.”

Members should RSVP with the Chamber Office at Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: gchamber(gc)guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 5:00 p.m., August 29th.

 

2nd Annual Small Business Expo: A Matchmaking Event

June 19, 2006

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that the 2nd Annual Small Business Expo: A Matchmaking Event is scheduled for THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2006 at the Hyatt Regency Guam Grand Ballroom from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Small business owners, managers, individuals interested in becoming self employed and companies interested in meeting professionals and acquiring strategic partners are encouraged to attend this matchmaking event.

Attendees will benefit by networking with a diverse mix of Chamber member professionals in an informal atmosphere. The Expo will feature representatives from government agencies such as the U.S. Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Center and federal government contracting offices who can answer questions about doing business with the federal government.

For additional information about the 2nd Annual Small Business Expo, please contact the Guam Chamber of Commerce at 472-6311/8001.

 

Bank Of Guam To Be Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

April 11, 2006

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced the selection of Bank of Guam as the 2006 Business Laureate to be admitted into this year's Guam Business Hall of Fame.

Bank of Guam will be inducted during the Guam Chamber of Commerce's 82nd Anniversary Gala Celebration on Saturday, April 29, 2006 at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa. A video commemorating the accomplishments of the 2006 Business Laureate will be featured that evening and a symbolic award will be presented.

A significant part of the Chamber's Anniversary Celebration will be recognition of Chamber member companies celebrating 20 years plus (in five year increments) of doing business in Guam. A special award will be presented to 26 member companies celebrating 20 to 55 years of servicing the Guam community.

Chamber President Eloise R. Baza said, "Since 1992, the Guam Business Hall of Fame has paid tribute to Guam's outstanding business leaders who have contributed positively to our island's economic growth. It is our hope that all of Guam's outstanding business role models and visionaries will be given the honor and recognition they truly deserve. We thank the community of Guam for their continued support of the Guam Business Hall of Fame."

The Guam Business Hall of Fame is located at the Guam Chamber of Commerce office in Hagåtña [173 Aspinall Avenue, Suite 101, Ada Plaza Center].

 

Chamber Seeks Nominations For Business Hall Of Fame

January 18, 2006

HAGÅTÑA, Guam – The Guam Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2006 Guam Business Hall of Fame Laureate Awards--prestigious awards that pay tribute to outstanding companies and business leaders who have made exceptional contributions to business growth in Guam.

There are two categories for the Laureate award: 1) Individual; and, 2) Company. Any individual or for-profit enterprise licensed to do business in Guam is eligible for the award. Laureates to the Guam Business Hall of Fame will be selected on the basis of key criteria.

Individuals must:

  1. be recognized as a model entrepreneur, having their own money at risk in the spirit of free enterprise, and having made a significant contribution to the success of their company or profession;
  2. have developed a company or structure that enhanced productivity, quality and profits;
  3. have served as a role model; encouraged others to be entrepreneurs;
  4. have demonstrated civic as well as corporate leadership; and,
  5. have resided or worked in Guam at least 10 years.

Companies must:

  1. be recognized as having been a successful business for at least 10 years and was/is a credit to their industry;
  2. have developed a product or service that met community needs;
  3. have demonstrated successful management of resources to enhance productivity and profitability over an extended period of time;
  4. have maintained good labor/management relations; encouraged others to be entrepreneurs; and,
  5. have demonstrated outstanding commitment to community involvement.

Nomination forms are available at the Chamber office (173 Aspinall Avenue, Ada Plaza Center, Suite 101, Hagåtña). The deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 17, 2006. Selection will be made by a panel of judges comprised of representatives from the business community and the community-at-large.

The 2006 Laureate and Business Laureate will be inducted into the Guam Business Hall of Fame at the Chamber's 82nd Anniversary celebration on April 29, 2006. A special program featuring the accomplishments of the awardees will be featured and a symbolic award will be presented.

 

U.S. SBA Increases Small Business Size Standards

December 14, 2005

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Small Business Administration has increased its small business size standards to account for inflation, restoring small business eligibility to those firms that may have lost their small business status because of inflation since February 2002.

SBA has adjusted its dollar based small business size standards, which are based on receipts, net worth and financial assets, to reflect inflation that has occurred since February 2002, when SBA last adjusted them for the same reason. Since the February 2002 inflation adjustment, prices have generally increased 8.7 percent. SBA increased the familiar "anchor" size standard from $6.0 million to $6.5 million. Size standards that are higher than $6 million also reflect similar percentage increases.

"These changes to our size standards and eligibility criteria will ensure that growing small businesses whose growth has matched the inflation rate will continue to have access to SBA's financial and contracting assistance programs," said SBA Administrator Hector V. Barreto. "We decided to make these changes immediately, rather than wait, because of the pressing needs that so many small businesses have in the Gulf Coast and in Florida from the recent destructive hurricanes."

SBA also changed how it determines the size of small business concerns when they apply for SBA Business Loans and for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Instead of looking only at the loan applicant's primary industry, SBA now looks at both its primary industry and the primary industry of the applicant together with its affiliates. This will provide additional assistance to small businesses that have subsidiaries and affiliates.

SBA also changed procedures for determining size status for the purpose of EIDL applications for businesses located in disaster areas declared because of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. For an EIDL loan, instead of having to show it was a small business when these hurricanes struck, the firm only has to fit the new small business size standard when SBA accepts its application for processing.

SBA issued an Interim Final Rule on December 6, 2005, and the revised size standards took effect the same day for its loan programs. For federal procurement, the new size standards become effective on January 5, 2006.

For more information about SBA's increase to its small business size standards for inflation, please see http://www.sba.gov/size/indexwhatsnew.html# inflIFR.

 

Chamber Elects 2006 Board of Directors

November 30, 2005

HAGÅTÑA--The Guam Chamber of Commerce elected eight (8) Board Directors for the 2006 Chamber year during its Annual General Membership meeting today. The six (6) voting directors elected to serve a three-year term are:

  1. BRIAN ARTERO, President, Pacific Dining LLC dba Lone Star Steakhouse
  2. PAUL L. BLAS, General Manager, Seabridge, Inc.
  3. LAURA DACANAY, Vice President & Banking Center Manager, First Hawaiian Bank - Maite Branch
  4. SINFOROSO "ROSSI" TOLENTINO, Administrative Partner - Guam Office, Carlsmith Ball LLP
  5. PETER "SONNY" ADA, President, Ada’s Trust & Investment, Inc.
  6. STEPHEN C. RUDER, President, Glimpses Advertising, Glimpses of Guam, Inc.

The two (2) Alternate Directors elected to serve a one-year term are: CHARLENE GOO, Vice President/Operations, Pacific Region, Outrigger Hotels & Resort/Ohana Hotels & Resorts, and MARK CHAMBERLIN, President, Guamcell Communications. Brian Artero was the highest vote-getter and will automatically serve on the Chamber's Executive Committee in 2006.

The eight (8) Directors elected today will join twelve (12) holdovers and comprise the 2006 Chamber Board. The holdovers are:

  1. JAMES L. ADKINS, President, East West Rental Center
  2. MICHAEL T. BENITO, Asst General Mgr, Payless Supermarkets, Inc.
  3. FRANK J. CAMPILLO, Health Administrator, Calvo's Insurance
  4. JOEY CRISOSTOMO, President, CarsPlus, LLC
  5. JEROLD W. FILUSH, Partner-in-Charge Audit & Assurance, Deloitte & Touche, LLC
  6. PHILIP J. FLORES, President & CEO, BankPacific
  7. MONTE D.M. MESA, General Manager, Guam Premier Outlets
  8. MONTY A. McDOWELL, President, Advance Management, Inc.
  9. GERALD S.A. PEREZ, Proprietor, Micromed Suppliers
  10. GREGORY D. PEREZ, President, Perez Bros., Inc.
  11. CARL PETERSON, President, Money Resources, Inc
  12. LEE P. WEBBER, President & Publisher, Pacific Daily News
 

Chamber to Host Annual Membership Meeting

November 28, 2005

The Guam Chamber of Commerce Annual Board of Directors Election will be held during the Chamber's Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, November 30, 2005, 11:30 a.m. (Voting begins at 11:00 a.m.), Chamorro Ballroom, Guam Marriott Resort & Spa. Members elected to fill eight (8) available seats will join twelve (12) holdovers to comprise the 2006 Board of Directors. Results of the election will be announced at the close of the meeting.

Also at the meeting, Board Chairman Monty A. McDowell will deliver his End-of-the-Year Address and Chamber President Eloise R. Baza’s written Annual Report of 2005 Activities will be distributed.

Members and their guests should RSVP with the Chamber Office at Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: ccastro@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 30, 2005.

 

Power of Certification: Employee Training

November 15, 2005

The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that Cathy Gogue and Lolita Reyes from the Guam Community College will be the main presenters at a Small Business Management Seminar on Friday, November 18, 2005, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at the Chamber Conference Room in Hagåtña.

Participants will learn about training opportunities available to employers on Guam and discuss how gaining certification will help a company retain better employees. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to learn of business solutions for human resources. Mr. Frank Crisostomo-Kaaihue, Business Counselor & Training Program Coordinator, Guam Small Business Development Center, will discuss how the SBDC can further assist business owners.

The seminar is part of a monthly Small Business Management Seminar Series developed by the Chamber’s Small Business Focus & Development Committee in cooperation with the Guam Small Business Development Center.

Admission fee for the November 18th event is $20.00 for non-Chamber members. There is no admission fee for Chamber members. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please contact the Chamber Office at Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: gchamber@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 17, 2005.

 

Don't miss your chance to participate in the 2005 Christmas Festival

November 1, 2005

The Guam Chamber of Commerce would like to remind everyone that the deadline to submit entries for the various competitive and non-competitive events for the 2005 "Christmas by the Sea" Festival is next Thursday, November 10, 2005, 5:00 p.m. at the Chamber Office.

The three competitions are:

  • Poster Contest (Three categories of entries: Pre-K through 5th Grade)
  • Costume Contest (Three categories of entries: Pre-K through 5th Grade)
  • Hat Contest (Three categories of entries: 6th through 8th Grade)

Winners of these contests will share in prizes valued at over \,000! In addition, the first place winners in each category will win an additional prize for the school or organization they represent. First place winners in the poster contest will be invited to ride with Santa and his elves in the Mini-Parade on November 26th.

Groups interested in entering a marching unit or song and dance entry are welcome pending space availability. The entry deadline for non-competing events is also November 10th.

Interested teachers and parents are invited to contact the Guam Chamber of Commerce for registration, judging, and other information at 472-6311/8001, or Festival Committee Vice Chairwoman Anitra Rios at 472-4837. Entry forms, contest rules and other information on the Christmas Festival are also available online at the Chamber's Web site.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Chamber’s 13th Annual Holiday Kick-off at Skinner Plaza in Hagåtña on Saturday, November 26th, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The 2005 Christmas Festival is supported by the First Lady of Guam, Guam Visitors Bureau, Guam Shipyard, RIM Architects and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Guam.

 

Social Security Guidelines for Small Businesses

October 19, 2005

The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that Mr. Dennis Clarkson, Guam District Manager, Social Security Administration will be the main presenter at a Small Business Management Seminar on Friday, October 21, 2005, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at the Chamber Conference Room in Hagåtña.

Participants will learn about the benefits of participating in the Social Security System and the requirements to become entitled to Retirement, Survivors, Disability and Medicare benefits. Self-employed individuals should find out about issues regarding these entitlements. Mr. Frank Crisostomo-Kaaihue, Business Counselor & Training Program Coordinator, Guam Small Business Development Center will discuss federal compliance issues and how the SBDC can assist business owners.

The seminar is part of a monthly Small Business Management Seminar Series developed by the Chamber’s Small Business Focus & Development Committee in cooperation with the Guam Small Business Development Center.

Admission fee for the October 21st event is $20.00 for non-Chamber members. There is no admission fee for Chamber members. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please contact the Chamber Office at Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: gchamber@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 20, 2005.

 

Results Of Voter Poll On Gwa

May 25, 2005

Dededo, GU (May 25, 2005) - To change the way the Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) is managed or not? According to recent poll results, that is not the question. Market Research & Development, Inc. released results today of a March poll which examined how registered voters felt about the current management of GWA and whether other alternatives should be explored. In addition, a few questions regarding the government’s current and projected economic performance were posited. The poll was accurate to within ±5.5% at the 95 percent confidence level. In other words, if the survey were to be replicated, the same results would be obtained 95 times out of 100.

According to Jay Merrill, Chairman of Market Research & Development, Inc., the top ten results of the survey are as follows:

  1. Few voters are satisfied with the Government of Guam’s economic performance to date - an impressive 84% rate it as either "poor" or "fair".
  2. At the same time, 89% of the population believes the economy will either get better or stay the same over the next year - only 11% believe it will get worse.
  3. Voters were noncommittal about their satisfaction with how essential services are being managed by the Government of Guam - 52% of registered voters believe that the government could be doing a more satisfactory job of providing them with general utilities such as water, telephone services, and electricity.
  4. Out of all the government-owned service providers, the Guam Power Authority at 37% was considered to have the highest quality of service overall. The Guam Telephone Authority follows second, with 26% of the votes.
  5. Locals show a marked dissatisfaction with GWA - almost half (47%) believe that it provides the worst service of all government-owned service providers.
  6. According to 61% of voters, the reliability of the Guam Waterworks Authority will either decline or remain the same over the following two years.
  7. 90% of Guam’s voting public prefers some form of private management and operation of GWA over the current public management of the system.
  8. Voters were asked which should guide the decision to entertain private management of GWA - the needs of rate payers, or the needs of employees. Some 52% believe that the rate payers should be given priority, while 44% indicate that a combination of both should be applied.
  9. If a force reduction at GWA is required to accommodate private management of the utility, nearly half (47%) of respondents indicate that any level of reduction was acceptable, so long as it resulted in improved service.
  10. Even more remarkable, 66% of registered voters were willing to accept higher rates in exchange for improved service.

Voters are convinced that a change in management at GWA is required and the utilization of some form of private management is preferred.

View the Presentation

For more information, contact:
Jay R. Merrill, Chairman
Market Research & Development, Inc.

Tel: (671) 635-1122
Fax: (671) 637-3850
Web: http://www.mrdmicronesia.community

 

Chamber Honors Business Leaders

April 08, 2005

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced the selection of the late Edward M. Calvo, Businessman/Co-Owner - First Vice President, Calvo Enterprises, Inc., and Frank S.N. Shimizu, President/CEO, Ambros, Incorporated as 2005 Laureates; and, Triple J Enterprises, Inc., as the 2005 Business Laureate to be admitted into the Guam Business Hall of Fame this year.

The Laureates will be inducted during the Guam Chamber of Commerce's 81st Anniversary Gala Celebration on Saturday, April 30, 2005 at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa. A video commemorating the accomplishments of the 2005 Laureates will be featured that evening and a symbolic award will be presented.

A significant part of the Chamber's Anniversary Celebration will be recognition of Chamber member companies celebrating 20 years plus (in five year increments) of doing business in Guam. A special award will be presented to 28 member companies celebrating 20 to 60 years of servicing the Guam community.

Chamber President Eloise R. Baza said, "Since 1992, the Guam Business Hall of Fame has paid tribute to Guam's outstanding business leaders who have contributed positively to our island's economic growth. It is our hope that all of Guam's outstanding business role models and visionaries will be given the honor and recognition they truly deserve. We thank the community of Guam for their continued support of the Guam Business Hall of Fame."

The Guam Business Hall of Fame is located at the Guam Chamber of Commerce office in Hagåtña [173 Aspinall Avenue, Suite 101, Ada Plaza Center].

For further information on the Laureates, contact:

Eduardo A. Calvo, Calvo & Clark, LLP: 646-9355 (re: Edward M. Calvo)

Frank S.N. Shimizu, Ambros, Inc.: 477-1826

Robert H. Jones, Triple J Enterprises, Inc.: 646-9126

 

Chamber Seeks Nominations For Business Hall Of Fame

February 11, 2005

HAGÅTÑA, Guam -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2005 Guam Business Hall of Fame Laureate Awards--prestigious awards that pay tribute to outstanding companies and business leaders who have made exceptional contributions to business growth in Guam.

There are two categories for the Laureate award: 1) Individual; and, 2) Company. Any individual or for-profit enterprise licensed to do business in Guam is eligible for the award. Laureates to the Guam Business Hall of Fame will be selected on the basis of key criteria.

Individuals Must:

  • be recognized as having made a significant contribution to the success of their company or profession;
  • have developed a company or structure that enhanced productivity, quality and profits;
  • have served as a role model;
  • have demonstrated civic as well as corporate leadership; and,
  • have resided or worked in Guam.

Companies Must:

  • be recognized as having made a significant contribution to the success of their business and industry;
  • have developed a business that met community needs;
  • have demonstrated successful management of resources to enhance productivity and profitability over an extended period of time;
  • have maintained good labor/management relations; and,
  • have demonstrated outstanding commitment to community service.

Nomination forms are available at the Chamber office (173 Aspinall Avenue, Ada Plaza Center, Suite 101, Hagåtña). The deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m., Monday, February 28, 2005. Selection will be made by a panel of judges comprised of representatives from the business community and the community-at-large.

The 2005 Laureate and Business Laureate will be inducted into the Guam Business Hall of Fame at the Chamber's 81st Anniversary celebration on April 30, 2005. A special program featuring the accomplishments of the awardees will be featured and a symbolic award will be presented.

 

General Membership Meeting

October 27, 2004

Date: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2004

Time: 11:30 a.m. ­ 1:30 p.m.

Place: Somnak Ballroom, The Westin Resort Guam

Guest Speaker: JOHN BENAVENTE General Manager, Guam Power Authority

Topic: "Current State of GPA and Plans for the Future"

Lunch Fee: $15.00 per person

For reservations, please call the Chamber office at 472-6311/8001 by no later than 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 26, 2004. You may also reserve by fax using this form or via e-mail: gchamber@guamchamber.com.gu.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS [Call 472-6311/8001 for more info.]
  • 2004 ANNUAL BOARD ELECTION ­ November 17, 2004: Nominations from the Floor will be accepted at the October 27th General Membership meeting. Candidates for this year’s election will also be introduced at this meeting.
  • 2004 CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL, "THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS" ­ November 27, 2004, Skinner Plaza: Sponsorship deadline: November 1, 2004.
  • COMMITTEE TO GET GUAM WORKING (CGGW): For updated information on the work of the Committee, visit www:getguamworking.biz/NEWtoday. Don’t forget to send in your contribution (Special Assessment) to the Chamber Office.
  • LIFE SKILLS YOUTH PROGRAM ­ Members interested in offering a life skills workshop for youth in our Guam Juvenile Drug Court Program should contact the Chamber office for more information.

REPLY TO FAX NO. 472-6202: The following individual(s) will be attending the OCTOBER 27, 2004 General Membership Meeting: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. COMPANY NAME:

 

GPA To Discuss Future Plans At Chamber Meeting

October 25, 2004

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM -- The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that JOHN BENAVENTE, General Manager, Guam Power Authority, will be the guest speaker at their General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, October 27, 2004, 11:30 a.m., Somnak Ballroom, The Westin Guam Resort.

Mr. Benavente will address the membership on the topic, "Current State of GPA and Plans for the Future".

Please RSVP with the Chamber Office at Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: gchamber@guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 27th.

 

Release from the Committee to Get Guam Working

October 25, 2004

From: Eloise R. Baza, President

Following is a release from the Committee to Get Guam Working regarding Senatorial Candidate Endorsements for your information.

Dear Members,

This morning at 11:00 a.m. the Committee to Get Guam Working (CGGW) PAC held a Press Conference and announced its endorsement of thirteen candidates for Senator in the upcoming election. To view the Press Release and the endorsements please go to: http://www.getguamworking.biz/102504.htm

As part of the evaluation process. The CGGW prepared a questionnaire on a series of issues that we believe is important to our members. We sent the questionnaire to the thirty Senatorial Candidates for their positions and/or views. Only 12 of the candidates responded to the questionnaire. You can view their responses at: http://www.getguamworking.biz/list.htm

If you have any questions, contact Simon Sanchez at 646-7993, via e-mail at gdcmgr@ite.net or you can log onto our website at: http://www.getguamworking.biz/ for updates.

 

Young Artists Invited to Join Christmas Poster Contest

October 22, 2004

HAGÅTÑA‹The Guam Chamber of Commerce invites children ages 3 to 11 years (Pre-K to 5th Grade) from all over the community to join in the 2004 "Sights and Sounds of Christmas" Poster Contest in November. The Poster Contest is one component of the Chamber¹s 12th Annual Holiday Kick-off at Skinner Plaza in Hagåtña.

The contest is open to individual students from Pre-Kindergarten to Fifth Grade in the following categories:

  • I. Pre-K: Ages 3 - 4 years
  • II. K-2nd Grade: Ages 5 - 8 years
  • III. 3rd ­ 5th Grade: Ages 9 ­ 11 years

Poster entries will be on display and judged at the Agana Shopping Center on Saturday, November 13, 2004. Winners of the Poster Contest will share in prizes valued at over \. In addition, First Place Winners in each category will win a gift certificate for the school or organization they represent and be invited to ride in the Holiday Train during the Christmas Festival Mini-Parade on November 27th at Skinner Plaza. The entry deadline for this contest is November 5th.

"The Festival is our way of saying thank you to the public for their patronage and for supporting the projects of the Guam Chamber of Commerce," said Tes C. Reyes, Chairperson of the 2004 Christmas Festival. "We encourage public, private and home school groups to participate in this colorful event."

The Guam Chamber of Commerce invites all interested teachers and parents to contact their office for registration, judging, and other information by calling The Guam Chamber of Commerce 472-6311/8001 or Tes Reyes at 472­5027~8. Entry forms, contest rules and other information on the Christmas Festival are also available online at the Chamber's website: www.guamchamber.com.gu.

 

The Economic Impact of Proposal A

October 18, 2004

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM – The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced today that "The Economic Impact of Proposal A" The Guam Casino Gaming Control Commission Act, will be the topic at a Special Membership Meeting on Tuesday, October 19, 2004, 11:30 a.m., Chamorro Ballroom, Guam Marriott Resort & Spa.

World renowned gaming expert William N. Thompson, PdD. will be the guest speaker.

This Chamber of Commerce Luncheon is open to GHRA Members, GVB Members and to the public and may sell out. Please RSVP with the Chamber Office at Tel: 472-6311/8001, Fax: 472-6202, or Email: gchamber(gc)guamchamber.com.gu by no later than 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 19th. Admission of $15.00 includes lunch.

 

Second CGGW Golf Tournament

March 24, 2004

I am inviting you to become a sponsor of the 2nd Committee to Get Guam Working (CGGW) Golf Tournament, which has been set for Wednesday APRIL 14, 2004 at the Leo Palace Resort. The CGGW was created by Guam’s five leading business organizations, including the Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association, the Guam Chamber of Commerce, the Japan Guam Travel Association, the Guam Contractors Association and the Employers Council. Click here to sign up.

 

Chamber Honors Business Leaders

March 23, 2004

The Guam Chamber of Commerce announced the selection of Eduardo G. Camacho, Founder, Pacific Financial Corporation; Alfred C. Ysrael, Founder & Chairman, Tanota Partners; and, Black Construction Corporation, as Laureates to be admitted into the Guam Business Hall of Fame this year.

The Laureates will be inducted during the Guam Chamber of Commerce's 80th Anniversary Gala Celebration on Saturday, April 24, 2004 at the Hyatt Regency Guam. A video commemorating the accomplishments of the 2004 Laureates will be featured that evening and a symbolic award will be presented.

A significant part of the Chamber's Anniversary Celebration will be recognition of Chamber member companies celebrating 20 years plus (in five year increments) of doing business in Guam. A special award will be presented to 22 member companies celebrating 20 to 90 years of servicing the Guam community.

Chamber President Eloise R. Baza said, "Since 1992, the Guam Business Hall of Fame has paid tribute to Guam's outstanding business leaders who have contributed positively to our island's economic growth. It is our hope that all of Guam's outstanding business role models and visionaries will be given the honor and recognition they truly deserve. We thank the community of Guam for their continued support of the Guam Business Hall of Fame."

The Guam Business Hall of Fame is located at the Guam Chamber of Commerce office in Hagåtña [173 Aspinall Avenue, Suite 101, Ada Plaza Center].