Events

 

Workshops and Seminars

September 2

U.S. Department of Labor: Wage and Hour Division Updates

Friday, September 2, 2016
Somnak Ballroom, Outrigger Guam Resort
Presenter: Patrick Candoleta, U.S. Representative with the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Office

Be informed of the changes in the new overtime ruling, interpretation of the new rules, guidance on how to implement the new rules, and the possible outcomes if not implemented properly.

November 6

Tax Updates for Small Businesses

Friday, November 6
Fort San Jose Ballroom, Outrigger Guam Beach Resort
Presentor: Joe Arnett, Deloitte & Touche LLP.

When running a Business it is important to know, understand, and keep up to date with the current tax laws in order to make reasonable business decisions. Join us on Friday, November 6, 2015, at the Fort San Jose Ballroom, Outrigger Guam Beach Resort for an informative session with Joe Arnett, Deloitte & Touche LLP., who will speak on the topic: "Tax Updates for Small Businesses". Don’t wait, save your seat today, to learn more about general tax advices for small businesses, tax changes both current and proposed.

Tax Updates for Small Businesses – Joe Arnett Presentation

October 16

Guam Economic Outlook for 2016

Friday, October 16
Fort San Jose Ballroom, Outrigger Guam Beach Resort
Presentor: Joseph Bradley, SVP/Chief Economist and Business Continuity Officer, Bank of Guam and Gary Hiles, Chief Economist, Guam Department of Labor. Moderator: David John, President/Director of Asset Management, ASC Trust Corporation.

Guam's economy is affected by changes in visitor arrivals and spending, federal and military direct investment (and related programs), private Asian and US investment, transportation links, and geopolitical factors beyond our borders, amongst others. What will be the key economic issues that influence the growth and development for regional economies in the coming year?

To respond to this question, we have invited Guam's leading economists, statisticians, and business representatives to share their views and insights on the economic outlook for Guam and Micronesia. These presentations will be followed by a Q&A discussion with seminar participants.

This is a "must attend" event for business leaders, business and public policy advisors, economic planners, and others.

September 19

13 Practical Tips for Disciplinary Actions

Friday, September 19
Fort San Jose, Outrigger Guam Resort
Presentor: Toshie Ito, Proprietor, Motiva Training & Consulting

When managers are faced with employee performance or behavior problems, they maybe reluctant to take corrective actions if they are not confident about what actions to take or when to start implementing disciplinary procedures.

This seminar introduces unique and useful tips and methods to help participants learn when to and how to use the disciplinary process to tackle employee performance or behavior problems.

Learn ways to enhance your corrective judgement, confidence, empowerment, and accountability by attending this seminar. Space is limited. RSVPs required.

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September 5

Bankruptcy Seminar

Friday, September 5
The Gallery, Hilton Guam Resort & Spa
Presentor: Curtis Ching, Assistant U.S. Trustee, United States Trustee's Office

The Chamber's Small Business Focus & Development Committee is pleased to present a great opportunity offered by the U.S. District Court of Guam and the United States Trustee's Office. Plan to learn more about the issues of bankruptcy including:

Bankruptcy Abuse: This topic covers both presumed and non-presumed abuse under the Bankruptcy Code, including discussion of the Means Test and a debtor's ability to repay creditors over time.

Creditor Remedies: This topic reviews the circumstances in which creditors can protect their interests against debtors, including reaffirmation, exceptions to discharge, denials of discharge, and dismissals.

Automatic Stay: This topic will briefly review the scope of the automatic stay, exceptions to the automatic stay, and the potential pitfalls for violations of the automatic stay.

Presentation available for download: Bankruptcy Seminar, September 5, 2014

August 29

Shipping A-Z

Friday, August 29
Fort San Jose, Outrigger Guam Resort

Find out what the ins and outs are in the shipping process and how the process may benefit or affect your business. The process of shipping goods from a manufacturer or producer to a market, customer or final point of distribution can be complex. The Chamber's Small Business Focus & Development Committee is pleased to present an opportunity of enlightenment. Save time by attending this seminar on the fundamentals of shipping goods to and from Guam.

This seminar will feature speakers representing Guam Pak Express and Approved Freight Forwarders; who will touch on typical documents used in the shipping process such as commercial invoice, shippers export declaration, the Bill of Lading, and other documents required by the carrier or country of export, import, and transshipment. Space is limited. RSVPs required.

July 11

All You Ever Wanted to Know about MACCs (Multiple Award Construction Contracts)

Friday, July 11, 2014
Fort San Jose Ballroom, Outrigger Guam Resort

There are currently 6 MACCs that Naval Facilities Marianas (NAVFAC) uses to award about $300 million annually for various military construction, facilities maintenance, and repair projects on Guam. And about 40 contractors have been selected to participate in these MACCs. Learn the 5Ws (who, what, where, when, and why) of NAVFAC MACCs.

This seminar covered other contract vehicles that NAVFAC Marianas uses to maintain/upgrade its facilities; e.g. painting, roof repair, paving, architect-engineer services, etc.

Finally, this seminar touched on general services/supply contracts that help keep the military bases operating on a daily basis; e.g. custodial services, landscaping, communications, vehicle/equipment rentals, etc.

Find out who the current contractors are that you may be able to contact in order to provide your products or services to.

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June 20

How to Work with a Large Prime Contractor

Friday, June 20, 2014
Fort San Jose Ballroom, Outrigger Guam Resort

Since November 2013, over $250M has been awarded to large prime contractors to perform military construction and base operations support services on Guam. A number of large military construction projects as well as a new base operations support services contract are expected to be awarded before September 2014.

Large prime contractors cannot reasonably self-perform all their contracts and often rely on subcontractors/vendors to assist them. Depending on individual contracts, prime contractors look for subcontractors and vendors to provide a myriad of products/services such as specialty trade construction services, construction materials, supply items, landscaping, janitorial services, equipment rental, temporary labor services, etc.

Additionally, large prime contractors are required to meet specific Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, Woman-Owned Small Business, and HUBZone Small Business goals provided in their Subcontracting Plans.

You can help your company and also help large prime contractors meet their Small Business goals. Learn how to get on prime contractor listings/databases; what forms/documents you may need or any specific requirements they may have. Find out first-hand what prime contractors expect from their subcontractors and vendors. Finally, learn about things you can do to increase your chances of obtaining subcontracts.

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April 25

Disciplinary Actions and Terminations

Friday, April 25, 2014
Fort San Jose Ballroom, Outrigger Guam Resort

At your wit's end? Learn some tips and tools in coaching and disciplining employees and terminating nonperforming employees so it does not come back to haunt you.

Grace Donaldson, COO/General Manager of Pacific Human Resource Services and Rocio Merrill of Human Resource Services will present an interactive, scenario based training on coaching, disciplining and terminating employees. Together, they have over 50 years of combined experience in human resource management. Be prepared to think!

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January 31

Department of Defense Contracting Opportunities for 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014
Fort San Jose Ballroom, Outrigger Guam Resort

With the President's signatures on the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the subsequent Omnibus Spending (Appropriations) Bill, Guam is poised to receive a significant amount of funding for various federal programs. Large Military Construction (MILCON) projects highlighted in the media recently tend to overshadow the continuing need for products and services that support the Navy and the Air Force bases year round. Service contracts, minor construction projects, and recurring commodity buys keep the bases operating in support of their missions. The Navy Exchange continues to seek businesses that enable them to provide their customers with quality goods and services and to contribute to quality of life programs.

This workshop will be facilitated by representatives from the 36thContracting Squadron, Navy Exchange, and NAVFAC Marianas. Attendees at this seminar will receive an overview on small business prospects for 2014 as well as what can be done to increase their chances for success in an increasingly competitive business environment.

This seminar features Eddie "Franc" Franklin, Director of Business Operations, 36th Contracting Squadron, Anderson AFB; Sue Gentapanan, Buyer - Guam District, Navy Exchange Guam; Dante Serneo, Contracting Officer, NAVFAC Marianas; and Al Sampson, Small Business Advisor, NAVFAC Marianas.

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November 22

Contracting Basics for the Small Business

Friday, November 22, 2013
Fort San Jose Ballroom, Outrigger Guam Resort

By attending this seminar, you will be able to better utilize contracts appropriately as a commercial tool. This presentation is designed to address the foundations of contract law in the business setting. It covers the integral parts of a good contract, offers advice for understanding contractual material, and explores the traps and hazards of contract drafting.

This seminar features Elyze McDonald Iriarte, Administrative Partner at Carlsmith Ball, LLP, and Michael Gatewood, Associate at Carlsmith Ball, LLP.

Presentations available for download:

October 25

Guam Economic Outlook

Friday, October 25, 2013
Fort San Jose Ballroom, Outrigger Guam Resort

What will be the key economic issues that influence the growth and development of regional economies in the coming year? To respond to this question, we have invited Guam's leading economists, statisticians, and business representatives to share their views and insights on the economic outlook for Guam and Micronesia. These presentations will be followed by a Q&A discussion with seminar participants. This is a "must attend" event for business leaders, business and public policy advisors, economic planners, and others interested in our local economy's activity.

This seminar features Joseph Bradly, Chief Economist and Senior VP at Bank of Guam, Gary Hiles, Chief Economist at Guam Department of Labor, and David John, President & Director of Asset Management at ASC Trust Corporation.

Presentations available for download:

September 27

Integrating Social Media into your Marketing Plan

Friday, September 27, 2013
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
The View, Guam Marriott Resort & Spa

In this seminar, you will learn how to beef up your marketing plan by integrating targeted social media marketing. With an overview of social media channels, you will learn to craft meaningful content and analyze the results. You'll learn the ropes of dashboard management, scheduling, paid campaigns, and much more. We'll highlight case studies of best practice engagement with fans, local cross-promotion, as well as how to seamlessly integrate social media into your website and other media. Harness this powerful tool and learn how to reach thousands of potential customers at a fraction of the cost of traditional advertising.

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September 24

Substance Abuse and the Bottom Line

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
The Gallery, Hilton Guam Resort & Spa
8:00 a.m.: Registration
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Seminar
FEE: $60/person
he Gallery, Hilton Guam Resort & Spa
This event has been pre-approved by the GBA's CLE Committee for a maximum of two (2) hours of CLE credit.

Statistics show that in the United States, 73% of drug users are full time employees and that drug and substance abuse cost U.S. businesses approximately $170 Billion annually. Learn more about how substance abuse impacts your company and gain insight on recognizing symptoms of abuse and how your company can benefit from employee assistance programs.

This event features David Mann, Northern California Consultant, The Other Bar and Meredith M. Sayre, Partner, Carlsmith Ball LLP. You won't want to miss this powerful event.

Presentations available for download:

RSVP link:

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Please support our great sponsors: Delta Airlines, East West Rental Center & IT&E

August 30

Bonding, Insurance & Risk Management

Friday, August 30, 2013
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Outrigger Guam Resort, Fort San Jose

Are you a Small Business looking to get a handle on insurance? Are you interested in the concept of bonding your company? If so, this is the seminar for you! Presenters will provide an inside look into bonding, as well as insurance issues and risk management. Participants will learn what bonding is, who is required to provide bonds, the application process and procedures, and basic insurance guidelines for Small Businesses. Please contact: info(info)GuamChamber.com for registration information.

July 26

Starting in Management: How to Coach Employees with Corrective & Positive Feedback

Part 2 in the Starting in Management Series by Motiva Training & Consulting

Friday, July 26, 2013
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Outrigger Guam Resort, Fort San Jose

For managers and supervisors, communication skills are essential to effective leadership and employee performance management. Lack of or poor communication skills can result in (1) losing employee morale and loyalty, and (2) letting problem behaviors fester to affect work environment, productivity and customer satisfaction. Managers' and supervisors' silence is deadly. Employees would wonder where they stand if they are not given appropriate feedback in a timely manner. Your employees are entitled to receive corrective and positive feedback from you. Do not surprise your employees 6 months later or at the time of a performance evaluation review, or with a totally unexpected disciplinary action. Day-to-day communication is the key to successful management.

Click here to view seminar flyer:

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RSVP link:

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June 27

Pre-Expo Seminar
Back2Basics: How to Reduce the Cost of Running Your Business

Thursday, June 27, 2013
2:00 – 4:00 pm
The View, Guam Marriott Resort & Spa

Synopsis: A panel of industry professionals will discuss ways to reduce power consumption, cost-saving technologies, the benefits of investing in energy saving projects, and how to fund projects that will help alleviate the burden of energy costs. Contact info(info)GuamChamber.com for registration information.

June 7

The HR Challenge: Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Friday, June 7, 2013
8:30 – 10:30 am
Outrigger Guam Resort, Fort San Rafael & Fort Santa Cruz conference rooms

Synopsis: The seminar will detail the law against sexual discrimination and sexual harassment, behaviors considered to be sexual harassment, and understanding employer and employee responsibilities in complying with EEO. Contact info(info)GuamChamber.com for registration information.

May 31

Tax Planning for Small Business

Friday, May 31, 2013
8:30 – 10:30 am
Outrigger Guam Resort, Fort San Jose

Synopsis: Learn to manage your small business taxes with expert advise from Joe Arnett, Partner at Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Get the latest tax updates to keep your business in line. Contact info(info)GuamChamber.com for registration information.

April 26

Starting in Management: How to Create Effective Supervisors and Managers

Friday, April 26, 2013
8:30 – 10:30 am
Outrigger Guam Resort, Fort San Jose

Synopsis: When you promote an employee to step up to a management position, you must provide necessary education and training, clarify the scope of responsibilities and give appropriate authorization before the actual transition begins. Promoting an employee to work as a leader without giving proper and timely education can create significant failures in employee morale, teamwork, internal communication and productivity. At worst, you may lose the new leader and employees. It is essential for the company to invest in the new leaders to grow and achieve the goals. The following topics will be introduced:

  1. How to fail/succeed to create effective supervisor/manager;
  2. Re-writing the job description in "action" language;
  3. New role as a communicator, a motivator and a problem-solver;
  4. Defining the responsibility boundary - where it starts and stops;
  5. How to apply "RACI" Chart to eliminate inaction and redundancy;
  6. Creating a training package to maintain consistency in understanding and action;
  7. How to coach new supervisor/manager to succeed;
  8. Staff employees' responsibilities in creating successful transition

Contact info(info)GuamChamber.com for registration information.

March 22

How Small Businesses Lose Money

Friday, March 22, 2013
8:30 – 10:30 am
Guam Chamber of Commerce 2nd Floor Conference Room

Synopsis: If you are experiencing a decrease in cash flow, or your profit and loss statement reflects a net loss and you do not know the cause of this financial dilemma, then this is the workshop for you. Participants will learn various underlying reasons for financial distress that business Owners encounter. The presenter will explain the methods to identify these issues, and how to mitigate these effects. You will also learn about the cause and effect relationships within the financial statements that can lead to financial distress.

2013 Small Business Seminar

Feb 22

What is True Leadership?

Friday, February 22, 2013
8:30 am – 10:30 am
Outrigger Guam Resort, Fort San Jose

Synopsis: True leadership is born out of the character of the leader. How does he react to adversity, to success? A leader, because of his position, becomes the example that others follow. Key characteristics to be discussed include such things as personal habits, integrity, and attitudes. These attributes and others contribute to the success or failure of leaders and their projects or businesses. Another important consideration is the relationship between the leader and his followers or employees. He must not only be an example to them, but must effectively relate to them as real human beings requiring patient attention, encouragement, training, and tender loving care. People are the leader's most important resource and are worth any effort and sacrifice on his part. A leader's development will also be discussed. Some things can be learned through books and teachers but most maturing comes through life experiences and difficulties. Development is often hindered by not accepting adversity as an opportunity to grow. Together the maturing leader and his employees form a team that holds the keys to the success or failure of the project or business.

RSVP link: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e6zmou2rhcl5ue0h/start

Jan 18

Federal Procurement Challenges for 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013
8:30 am – 10:30 am
Outrigger Guam Resort, Fort San Jose (Mezzanine Level)

Synopsis: This seminar will provide the current step-by-step instructions on the two initial steps (registering in DUNS and SAM) of Federal Contracting. Participants will learn how to obtain a DUNS number and register in the CCR replacement system, SAM. Additionally, presenters will discuss how budget challenges faced by the Federal Government have a direct impact on what they can procure. This makes it difficult for many businesses looking forwork with the Federal Government. New military construction projects appear to be slowing down; however, there is still work to be done on both the Navy and the Air Force bases on Guam. Service contracts, minor construction projects, and recurring commodity buys keep the bases operating in support of their missions. Attendees at this seminar will receive an overview on small business prospects for 2013 as well as what can be done to increase their chances for success in an increasingly competitive business environment.

RSVP link: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e6umyuzdhbcrgpes/start

Presentations available for download:

2012 Small Business Seminar Series

Dec 7

Effective Use of Social Media to Grow Your Business

Friday, December 7, 2012
8:30 am – 10:30 am
Mezzanine Level, Outrigger Guam Resort, Fort San Jose (Mezzanine Level)

Synopsis: The presenters for this seminar were the driving force behind a brand new political candidate in the recent Guam elections. By creating a website that leveraged the social media the aspects of their campaign to the max, the candidate was able to take almost 20% market share of the primary vote in just 4 months of campaigning. We have asked them to apply their social media know-how to business marketing. This seminar will cover cloud-based contact management, template website design and set-up, and online advertising strategies. We are well into the social media era of marketing. If you are not on board yet, this seminar will help you get there with new insights into integrated, internet-based, marketing strategies

RSVP link: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e6nf4r0th9kq7joa/start

Nov 16

Securing Your Business

Friday, November 16, 2012
8:30 am – 11:30 am
Fee: $10/person; $20/Non-member
A full breakfast will be served
Mezzanine Level, Outrigger Guam Resort

RSVP Link: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e6hulimoh85ey8ui/start

Protect your business from being next crime statistic of theft, burglary, vandalism and fire. Participate in the upcoming seminar "Securing Your Business", presented and sponsored by G4S, the world's leading provider of security and fire safety solutions. Topics being presented include:

  • Fire prevention and suppression: law versus folklore
  • Top 5 reasons criminals are targeting small businesses
  • Most misunderstood concepts of crime prevention
  • Security solutions tailored for any budget, large or small

Oct 19

Guam Economic Outlook

Featuring Panelists:

  • David John, President, ASC Trust Corporation
  • Joseph P. Bradley, SVP/Chief Economist & Business Continuity Officer, Bank of Guam
  • Gary Hiles, Chief Economist, Guam Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Friday, October 19, 2012
8:30 am – 10:30 am
Fee: $10/person; $20/Non-member
Mezzanine Level, Outrigger Guam Resort

The economies of Guam and Micronesia are affected by changes in visitor arrivals and spending, federal and military direct investment (and related programs), private Asian and US investment, transportation links, and geo-political factors beyond our borders, amongst others. Many of these factors are expected to be in play in 2012 and beyond, and therefore subject to change. What will be the key economic issues that influence the growth and development of regional economies?

To respond to this question, we have invited Guam's leading economists, statisticians, and business representatives to share their views and insights on the economic outlook for Guam and Micronesia. These presentations will be followed by a Q&A discussion with seminar participants. This is a "must attend" event for business leaders, business and public policy advisors, economic planners, and others

November 7th Chamber Business Women's Network Seminar

Nov 7

What Women Want... and Need

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
8:00 a.m. Registration 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
$20 per person (with Breakfast) Payable at the door
Fort San Jose, Outrigger Guam Resort

RSVP Link: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e6i62gk0h881mtja/start

If you are a woman, no matter where you are in life, how much money you have, what titles you hold, or how old you are, you must come to this seminar to find out what all women should know. You have a dynamic life with many facets and sometimes you have to wear many "hats". How does your ability to manage your finances affect the important aspects of your life? Whether it's finance, relationships, family, health or protecting the future for you or your loved ones, now is the time to discover valuable principles that all women need to be aware of to manage life more effectively.

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