The Hawaii Chambers Advocacy Power

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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, advocate and writer for 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. Baker also served on the Hawaii Small Business Regulatory Review Board which reviews all small business rules and regulations at the State and County level and makes recommendations to the Governor and respective Mayors. He Co-Chaired the combined Small Business and Entrepreneur & Economic Development and Invocation Committees of the Hawaii state Chamber of Commerce and hosted the weekly TV show Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker. Mr. Baker has been named twice as the SBA's Financial Advocate for the state of Hawaii. He has over 35 years’ experience both owning small businesses and advocating for SMB’s and their owners. He focuses on taking companies to the next level with higher profitability and sales and provides Wealth Management services to the SMB owners.