Signature Annual Events
The Guam Chamber of Commerce hold its annual Anniversary GALA every May to celebrate its membership and years of service to the island community. During the GALA, the Chamber of Commerce honors various business members for the years they've been in in business on Guam and inducts Laureates into the Guam Business Hall of Fame. The GALA is a great opportunity to meet business community leaders and catch up with old friends.
Annual Small Business Expo & Outreach
An annual event for small business owners, managers and their representatives on Guam and Micronesia to network with Chamber member companies and organizations such as the U.S. SBA, Pacific Islands Small Business Development Network and others that can offer services, leads and products to meet their business needs. Chamber members are provided the opportunity to showcase their products or services to a captive audience, allowing them to gain exposure, develop new leads, and expand their customer base. The event highlights include a seminar or workshop often associated with the theme chosen for the annual program, an after hours mixer and the announcement of the Annual Small Business Excellence Award recipient.
Annual Song Festival
Since 1978 the Guam Chamber of Commerce has held a Christmas event for the community of Guam to say "Thank You!" to the community for its patronage of local businesses through the year. From 1978 to 1992 the Chamber held a Christmas Parade on Thanksgiving Day along Marine Corps Drive that featured member company floats and drill teams from island schools. From 1993 – 2012 the Chamber moved from the one-day parade event to a month long lighting experience at Skinner Plaza in Hagåtña, which delighted the community for 20 years. The occasion was marked by a very special kick off event featuring local entertainment, a kid's mini-parade, Santa's workshop, member food booths, plus wholesome family activities that officially opened the holiday season on Guam. With the onset of additional holiday lighting events on Guam, the Chamber felt it was time for the Christmas Festival to evolve. The new Song Festival format will highlight Guam's growing vocal community - specifically the youth. The diversity of genres and styles throughout the various schools across the island will be featured in a one-day event where schools will celebrate the love of song and singing and compete for cash prizes and bragging rights!
Guam Business Hall of Fame
A program established in 1992 by the Chamber for the people of Guam to serve as a commemoration of many outstanding visionaries who have fostered business growth in Guam. Individual Laureates and Business Laureates (category added in 1998) are inducted into the Business Hall of Fame during a special ceremony at the Chamber's annual anniversary celebration. The Business Hall of Fame is located at the Chamber office in Hagåtña. Contact the Chamber office for tour and pamphlet information.
Small Business Excellence Award
This annual recognition, honors one Chamber member company, group, or organization who makes or has made a noteworthy contribution to the growth of small business in Guam with the development of sustainable practices, products and/or services. The recipient was announced and recognized at this year's Annual Small Business Expo. This is a program of the Small Business Focus & Development Committee.
Na' La' Bonita Guam Beautification Program
The mission of the Na' La' Bonita Guam Campaign is to beautify Guam with a community anti-litter and beautification program that creates education, pride, excitement and community involvement between the Chamber, the Government of Guam and our local community. The program seeks to send a positive message to the community recognizing individuals, businesses or organizations that continually maintain their facilities (inside and out), or somehow personally contribute towards the beauty of our island.
Summer Youth Swimming & Water Safety Program
A drug prevention effort offering positive alternatives to children ages 5 - 15 years is offered each summer. Since 1996, over 2000 children participated in this prevention program. Over a six-week period, participants
- Learn how to swim or swim better;
- Learn about water safety; and
- Participate in drug abuse presentations led by trained youth leaders from the Youth for Youth Organization. Workshops focus on building self-esteem and self-confidence, increasing awareness and knowledge about drugs, stress management, suicide prevention, and problem-solving/decision making.
JDC Life Skills Youth Program
The Chamber, in partnership with the Superior Court of Guam's Juvenile Drug Court, developed a program of basic skills workshops designed for youth participants. The courses are grouped into four categories: Work or Job Oriented Skills, Life Skill or Personal Interest, Self-Esteem and Goal Oriented Skills, and Sports & Health Development Oriented Skills. The categories are further broken down into specific topics, which are focused and short in duration such that success can be readily achieved. Life skills activities offer necessary skills to encourage self-reliance, access to resources, and engagement into the community. The owners and top managers of the more than 300 companies that are members of the Guam Chamber of Commerce conduct courses.
Small Business Seminar Series
A series of monthly seminars developed by the Chamber's Small Business Focus & Development Committee in cooperation with the Guam Small Business Development Center, and presented by Chamber members. Initially developed with small businesses in mind, each seminar provides guidance and instruction on a variety of topics to assist all companies, including customer service, tax issues, fraud and economic trends.
Salute to the U.S. Armed Forces
The annual Salute is an event of the Chamber's Armed Forces Committee. This event is a tribute to the men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces in Guam. The Chamber recognizes the important role of the U.S. military's presence in the Western Pacific and considers it an honor and privilege to be able to express our appreciation for what the armed forces does each day in defense of our freedom.
Buy Local Commitment
The "Buy Local Commitment" supports the Buy Local movement, emphasizing the value of local activities on Guam to grow Guam's economy. Buying Local means to purchase products and services offered by local businesses that are the backbone of our island's economy. This commitment is a company's pledge to "Think Local, Support Local, Buy Local," whenever possible. 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. This is a program developed by the Guam Chamber of Commerce, Guam Economic Development Center and the University of Guam's Pacific Center for Economic Development
Guam Chamber of Commerce Dave J. Santos Scholarship
A scholarship fund was established in 1993 to assist business students enrolled in the University of Guam's School of Business. The scholarship was named in honor of the late Dave J. Santos, past Chamber Board Chairman, Guam's 1993 Small Business Person of the Year, and a strong advocate of local entrepreneurship. The scholarship is available to eligible juniors and seniors in the undergraduate business program in the School of Business, which includes $2,000 tuition assistance ($1,000 per semester) and an internship with the Chamber office.
Eloise R. Gaza GCA Trades Academy Scholarship
The scholarship is sponsored and funded by the members of the Guam Chamber of Commerce in recognition of the achievements of the late Eloise R. Baza, Past President of the Guam Chamber of Commerce (1985-2007). The scholarship is made available to GCA Trades Academy apprentice students who are outstanding members of our Guam community and have a sincere desire to become a skilled trade journeyman, certified by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Apprenticeship & Training.
Annual Amateur Golf Tournament Fundraiser
An annual "fun"-raising golf tournament is one of the Chamber's most successful and enjoyable annual events. The day begins with an informal lunch, golf with four hole-in-one prize opportunities, and exceptional awards for the top three teams, dinner, and raffle prizes. The event offers an excellent networking opportunity for members. Proceeds from the tournament support programs and activities of the Guam Chamber of Commerce.
Toys for Tots Partnership
The Chamber partnered with the MarForPac (Fwd) Guam & CNMI in 2010 (Now Marine Corps Activity Guam) to bring this American holiday tradition to Guam and the Marianas. The program is launched at the Chamber's September General Membership Meeting to officially kicking off toy collection for the program. Several Chamber member companies and community organizations collect new and unwrapped toys that will benefit needy children (up to age 17). Contact the Chamber for more information on how your company can participate in the program.
Red Ribbon Month
Through its partnership with the Judiciary of Guam, the Chamber has joined the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Guam Red Ribbon Week Committee to promote safe, healthy, drug-free lifestyles throughout the month of October, which culminates with the nationally recognized Red Ribbon Week. This campaign provides an opportunity for communities to unite by bringing together parents, schools and businesses as we look for new and innovative ways to keep kids safe and drug free. The Chamber encourages business members to participate in school outreach programs, place a Red Ribbon message or logo on their advertisements, wear Red Ribbons and distribute ribbons to their employees, and support the island wide "wear red day." The event includes community outreach at shopping malls, education outreach at schools, a poster contest for youth, and ends with the "Say Boo! To Drugs" event at Agana Shopping Center at the end of October.
General Membership Meetings
The Chamber's General Membership Meetings are generally held on the last Wednesday of each month beginning at 11:30 a.m. Details on keynote speaker, topic, and location of meetings are announced prior to each event. Meetings provide information to the membership about recent Board actions, upcoming & current Chamber projects and activities, and feature a guest speaker who addresses a topic of interest to the business community. This event provides an excellent opportunity to network with other Chamber members.