ProgramsPrograms and Projects of the Lāna‘i Chamber of Commerce
The Lāna‘i Chamber of Commerce is focused on delivering results and building the strength of our members and community.
A few of the things in the works for 2017:
- Events, continue Fifth Friday and create additional events.
- More workshops, including topics on successfully starting and running a small business.
- Continue and expand partnerships with MEO MEDB, OED, ‘Ohina and others.
- Continue efforts to market Lāna‘i and our products and businesses on Maui and to the world at large.
- Revisit the “Lāna‘i” Branding and Logo work conducted by the small business breakfast committee.
- Conduct more Socials and Networking meetings of our Members.
- Seek additional grants and funding sources when justified by our programs and projects.
Fifth Friday Lāna‘i Program
Lāna’i Chamber of Commerce created Fifth Friday as a fun and interactive way to highlight local small businesses and create a family-friendly event that celebrates life on Lāna’i. The Lāna’i Chamber of Commerce in coordination with our sponsor Coalition for a Drug Free Lāna‘i will host Fifth Friday events in each month that has a fifth Friday. Highlights are:
- The inaugural Fifth Friday was held on August 29, 2014.
- Support, promote and increase the economic activity of Lāna‘i’s small businesses.
- Track visits generated to participating Businesses via Stamp Card.
- Free Prize Drawing.
- Successfully promote and market the event to both Lāna‘i and Maui County residents/visitors in partnership with www.mauifridays.com. Consistently selling out the special return later ferry.
- Get more information at www.lanaichamber.com.
- Special Thanks – The Lāna‘i Chamber of Commerce would like to extend special thanks to Coalition for a Drug Free Lāna‘i for working as our sponsor and for the generous support of the Maui County Mayor’s Office of Economic Development who has made it possible to include the return ferry ride from Manele Harbor, Lāna‘i to Lahaina, Maui at no additional cost, as part of current events.
Meal Delivery Program
The Lāna‘i Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Pūlama Lāna‘i and the John Hardy Group organized and coordinated the delivery of meals from local restaurants to the Manele Construction site. Highlights of the program were:
- 8 Local Restaurants Participated – Blue Ginger Cafe, Cafe 565, Canoes, Coffee Works, Lana‘i City Grille, Lana‘i Ohana Poke Market, No Ka ‘Oi Grindz and Pele’s Other Garden.
- Each Friday at noon delivered from Sept 2015 until July 2016 some 10,000 meals.
- Resulting in more than $120,000 in economic benefit to the local businesses.
The Chamber believes in working together and developing relationships with Partners in the community, government and private business. As a way to connect Lāna‘i to outside resources and to leverage those resources for the benefit of our Members and Community.
Some of our significant Partners are:
- The Maui County Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) and Maui County.
- ‘Ohina Short Film Showcase
- Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB)
- Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO)
- Rotary International – The Rotary Club of Lāna‘i
- Lāna‘i High & Elementary School (LHES)
- Maui Business Brainstormers (MBB) & Small Business Week
Projects, programs and Events:
- OED Grant Workshops, Department visits & field trips, Small Business Breakfast Presentations and ongoing grant and program support.
- Inclusion of ‘Ohina’s Short Film Showcase as part of Fifth Friday’s and we are partnering on an ambitious 2017 Program to connect Lāna‘i High School Media Students to a local Film Project and potential Careers in the Industry. http://www.ohina.org/
- Co-sponsored MEDB’s Small Business startup workshops and working with MEDB on more workshops in 2017.
- Working together to support MEO’s Core4 Program and Loan Programs.
- Cosponsored the first annual teacher appreciation dinner in conjunction with the local Rotary Club.
- Working to develop and deploy Economic Literacy programs for LHES students in 2017.
- Promoted Small Business Week Activities on Lāna‘i in partnership with MBB and OED.
Better Business Bureau Partnership – Lāna‘i is OPEN
The partnership with the Better Business Bureau grew out of a presentation at a March, 2015 Small Business Breakfast by BBB CEO/President Greg Dunn titled “Weathering the Perfect Storm – how the Better Business Bureau and the Lāna‘i Chamber can help you build your business during the downturn”. Goals of the partnership were:
- Lāna‘i is OPEN. Lets get the message out.
- Day Visitors are going to be the only tourism resource available during the resort closures. Let’s start now to promote Lāna‘i to day guests and develop a market, independent of the resorts, which will continue into the future after the resorts reopen.
- We can accomplish more by working together and with partners than each of us working alone. Let’s work together to develop day guest’s experiences and make their visit memorable/worthwhile and partner with like-minded entities on Maui and Oahu.
Benefits and Achievements of the partnership were:
- $50 monthly accreditation package including Google SEO Optimization and Upgraded BBB Member Page listings, which was a 90% reduction in monthly BBB fees for SES and Enhanced Member Pages programs offered only for Lāna‘i Chamber members.
- BBB is built a Lāna‘i Business Landing page on their website and promoted Lāna‘i businesses and Lāna‘i with a portion of a $120,000 Google ad word grant.
- Discounted co-branded advertising on TV and print media.
- Four Seasons Lāna‘i participated in the accreditation program, TV advertising and committing to golf promotions aimed at attracting day guests.
- Island Air joined the effort and offered a special airfare for day guests.
- Lāna‘i Visitors Bureau coordinated blogger’s visits to coincide with the public announcement of the Chamber/BBB initiative.