It's July 1st! We are officially halfway through the year and into the heat of the summer! ☀️

It's always a good time to dust off that annual plan of action and see where you are in your company or organization, if you are on target or need to make some adjustments to your plan. Your Chamber has been diligent with our plan and continue to stay the course. We have gotten into some great new things (part of the plan!) including our new podcast series and our Member2Member Benefits program. You don't want to miss out on getting involved and taking advantage of these great member deals that become effective July 15th! While you are going through the benefits and exploring the member app, listen to either of our podcasts that are available on YouTube and Spotify. If you have ideas on issues you would like us to discuss on future episodes, please drop me a line or call the Chamber office with your ideas.

It's election year and the Guam Young Professionals has its much anticipated YOU DECIDE Legislative Forum scheduled in the next few weeks. You will get to hear from senatorial hopefuls about the issues they are passionate about. The Forum will take place over the course of two scheduled days: one would feature republican candidates and another featuring democratic candidates. The Chamber is working on details for a gubernatorial forum before the general election, so be sure to keep an eye out for details in your email, coming soon! If you have been reading these newsletters you will know that the Chamber has been encouraging people to get registered to vote. If you know of anyone of voting age who is eligible, send them this email and get them to sign up to vote! Change can only happen when you participate in the process.

As you make plans for this Independence Day weekend, I hope that you will have a few minutes to update your calendar on some good things that can benefit you and your business by scrolling through this newsletter for news and updates. Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend! May freedom ring from our Pacific shores in Guam, to the snow topped mountains of Alaska to the Atlantic Coast! Cheers to America!

Onward Together,

Catherine Castro
Save the Date!
Friday, July 29, 2022
Guam Chamber of Commerce Office
9:00am - 1:00pm

Hi Member - This is your event! The Chamber Health Fair will take place on Friday, July 29th and will feature Health Screening, Gym/Fitness Partners, Nutrition Seminars, Wellness Partners, and more! Don't miss out!

We look forward to seeing you there!
Legislative Forum
July 28 & August 4
Be on the look-out to officially register for the upcoming "You Decide" Legislative Forum. This year's forum will be held virtually over two days. One day will feature democratic candidates and the next will feature republican candidates.

The forum will provide an opportunity for all candidates to address the Guam Young Professionals and members of the Guam Chamber of Commerce. The virtual event will provide member voters some insight as the candidates discuss issues that are important to the GYP and members at large. Questions related to young professionals and the island community.
Paper Bag Ban: July 1, 2022
Effective July 1, 2022, paper carry out bags may be distributed only by eating and drinking establishments permitted by the Department of Public Health and Social Services, as defined in 26 GARR §4404(f)

June 29, 2022
General Membership Meeting
Thank you Mr. Frank Isizaki, Instructor of Legal Studies, Expert in Residence, School of Business & Public Administration, University of Guam, for speaking to our members on Wednesday, June 29th. Crime is top of mind for many in our community and his talk was timely and informative. If you missed the meeting, we have a recording available. Click on the link below to view.
Save the Date!
July 27, 2022 
General Membership Meeting
11:30 a.m., Micronesian Room
Hilton Guam Resort & Spa
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 27th for our General Membership Meeting. Event details will be coming out soon. Be on the lookout for guest speaker details!
CBWN Pop-Up Shop at GPO!
On Saturday, June 18th, the Chamber Business Women's Network hosted its second Pop-Up event at the Guam Premier Outlets. Over 40 locally owned businesses displayed their products and vendors & tenants alike expressed their pleasure at the number of people that came out to support our local entrepreneurs. 

We are thrilled with the public's response which contributed to the success of this second event. Thank you for continuing to support our local small businesses! Be on the lookout for another Pop-Up event in October!

We are very excited to launch our first episode of the Chamber Member Spotlight Podcast featuring guest speaker, Chelsa Chester, owner of Island Skin Spa.

Small Businesses are the backbone of any community, they provide much-needed services and products, employ our residents, pay taxes, and give back to our community in a number of ways. This podcast and future member spotlight episodes will feature our fearless small business members! This is a great first podcast - listen to Chelsa's story today!

Are you signed up for July 7th?
The AFC's A Conversation with Captain Nicholas Simmons, Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Sector Guam will take place on Thursday, July 7th,
12 Noon and will include light lunch and an opportunity to engage with CAPT Simmons. There are only a few seats left!

This event is open to AFC members only. If you are interested in learning more about the Armed Forces Committee, please contact your Chamber Team: (671) 472-6311.
Small Business Seminar
JULY 19th
The Chamber would like to thank Ms. Toshie Ito, Proprietor of Motive Training & Consulting, who spoke on 31 tips for successful employment management on June 30th. It was a full house!

If you missed this event, the same seminar will be offered on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at the Chamber Office. Please make sure to RSVP today. Seats are limited and fill quickly!
Applications now available:
2022 - 2023 Dave J. Santos Scholarship
We are excited to bring back this great scholarship opportunity for Juniors and Seniors enrolled at the University of Guam!

The Chamber established this program in honor of the late Dave J. Santos, past Chamber Board Chairman and Guam's 1993 Small Business Person of the Year. A strong advocate of local entrepreneurship, it was Dave's vision to start a scholarship fund to assist business students enrolled in the University of Guam's School of Business and Public Administration.

The scholarship is open to full-time Juniors or Seniors enrolled at the UOG School of Business & Public Administration. Students with a genuine interest in promoting entrepreneurship are invited to apply. Call or click the links for more information.

View former interns Jeannie Nguyen and Celia Anderson's testimonies of their internship with the Guam Chamber on our FB page here.

Chamber group health plan:
With your Chamber Health Insurance Plan, you have access to a nurse 24/7. Contact the Nurse line at 1-866-874-3936. This is especially helpful late in the evening when urgent care centers are closed and it’s not quite an emergency situation.

Ask SelectCare about our group Health Insurance Plan!
Call (671) 472-6311 for details.
Upgraded Online Health Risk Assignment
Our Health Risk Assessment, powered by Wellsource, is an essential tool that identifies existing and future risk factors based on an individual's lifestyles habits.

We stand with the Action PAC
Do you believe it's time to make a difference in our community? If you want to influence change in our legislature, we encourage your support of ACTION PAC. 

Learn more by clicking on the PAC's news page and engage with the PAC by joining its membership (its free!) or by following and interacting with the PAC on social media! Click on their website for details!

Be a Force for Positive Change! #JointhePAC and #TakeActionGuam
Resources & Planning
View Guam SBDC's
View Guam PTAC's
Commercial Office Space for Lease
Do you need commercial office space? Ada's Trust & Investment, Inc. has space for lease at the Cliffline office center, Bldg B, Ada Dededo Shopping Center, Bldg E. Both unites have a full backup generator and in a suite restroom. For more information, contact Joe C. Nowell at Tel: (671) 472-9830 Mobil: (671) 864-8274 or email at

UOG Endowment Foundation Wine Dinner
July 30th
University of Guam is hosting a Wine Dinner on Saturday, July 30, 2022. from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the new Capitol Kitchen on airport road, doors open at 5:30pm. $175 Dine with a purpose over a tantalizing 5-course dinner paired with fine wines and breathtaking view. Island Cocktail Attire.

RSVP with:
Valerie (671) 483-3092
Shawn (671) 482-7464

In observance of Independence Day, our office will be closed on
Monday, July 4, 2022. Have a safe and happy holiday!