This week’s Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker features Pono Chong, the Vice President of Advocacy and Development for the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce. Pono and Sherry Menor-McNamara (CEO of the Hawaii Chamber) is a powerful team with a loud and creditable voice at the legislature. Together (and with the help of many Chamber volunteer members) they help our elected state officials become more aware of the ramifications of the proposed bills they are hearing. With thousands of bills being proposed every year this is a huge task which the Chamber is consistently monitoring and staying on top of.   Now that the current legislative session is closed, Pono provides us insight on how things went this year.



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Reg Baker, CPA PFS, is a nationally recognized expert on Small and Mid-Sized Businesses (SMB’s). He serves on the national board of directors for the Small Business Administration’s Regulatory Fairness Board and is the Chairman of Region IX which includes California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam and American Samoa. He Chairs the Small Business and Entrepreneur Committee of the Hawaii state Chamber of Commerce and hosts Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker. Mr. Baker has over 25 years’ experience both owning small businesses and serving SMB’s and their owners focusing on start-ups, stressed company turnarounds, taking companies to the next level and Wealth Management for the owners.