Back in February this year, we sent you a message regarding Bill No. 276 (introduced by Speaker Tina Muna Barnes at the request of Governor Lou Leon Guerrero), which seeks to limit the hours of the day within which alcoholic beverages may be sold by off-sale licensees. The Chamber sent testimony opposing the bill. You can view the Chamber's Testimony here. After several months, a public hearing was held on Friday, November 6th, by the Guam Legislature. You can view the public hearing here.

Legislative Committee Chairwoman, Senator Sabina Perez, has advised that all comments must be provided by November 13th. If your business will be impacted if this proposal becomes law, we encourage you to submit comments and contact your senators. Please submit your written testimony directly to Senator Perez via email to office@senatorperez.org. It is very possible that this bill will be included in the Legislature's next session scheduled for this month.

A few weeks ago we reported that Senator Joe San Agustin held a public hearing on Bill No. 384-35, which seeks to update and clarify statutes concerning licensing, sales, and service of alcohol beverages. GHRA, the Guam Women's Chamber and the Guam Chamber have been working with the Guam Legislature to allow for restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages with takeout meals. See the joint letter here. If you have not already sent in your comments, we encourage you to send messages to your senators to support the measure before the next legislative session.

This proposal, introduced by Senator Regine Biscoe-Lee, seeks to completely ban the sale and distribution of carryout bags made of plastic by retail & wholesale establishments on Guam. If passed, the bill will be implemented on January 1, 2021. There seems to be full support from the current legislative body for this measure.

This bill, introduced by Senator Regine Biscoe-Lee, seeks to prohibit any further use of septic tanks on certain lots located in the groundwater protection zone regardless of whether said lots are part of parental subdivisions. The realtors have expressed concern regarding this measure. If you have additional concerns we'd like to hear from you.

Senator Therese Terlaje has invited interested Chamber Members and members of the business community to provide comments on Bill No. 414, introduced by Speaker Tina Muna-Barnes. (view invitation) The proposal seeks to establish limited liability to essential businesses, and private and public sector entities under the Emergency Health Powers Act during a public health emergency. A virtual public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 1:00 p.m.

Please contact Senator Terlaje's office at senatorterlajeguam@gmail.com or call 472-3586 to confirm participation no later than Monday, November 9, 2020, and for any questions you may have. Upon confirmation of attendance, the hearing link and virtual hearing guidance will be emailed to you.

If you prefer to provide written testimony only, you can submit testimony via email to senatorterlajeguam@gmail.com. All written testimony submitted prior to the hearing will be made available to all Senators and the public attending the hearings.
COVID Perception on Guam
Friday, November 13, 9:30 a.m.
COVID-19 has dramatically impacted the lives of Guam residents, but little data has been available on the effects of the pandemic on the financial and emotional well being of our community.
Bank of Guam, ASC Trust Corporation, and GTA recently contracted a professional research firm, Anthology Research, to conduct a scientific survey of Guam residents.

The survey findings shed light on the perception of COVID-19 as a threat, personal and government efforts to prevent the spread of the virus, economic impacts of the pandemic, and resident perceptions looking ahead.

This valuable data can be used to identify needs and inform support, prioritization, advocacy and/ or reform to help our community during this unprecedented time.
Thursday, November 12
It’s time for a huge boost in leadership — once again, it’s time for Live2Lead! John Maxwell’s 8th annual global leadership event is coming back to Guam, Thursday, November 12.

There’s never been a time when this program has been more necessary, as workers the world over need a major infusion of hope for the future. Just as important, they need ideas and strategies they can use right now.

For complete details on Live2Lead, see the program site at live2leadguam.com
Maxwell has assembled a powerful group of speakers for this year’s event. They include:

  • Steve Harvey — well known television personality and also a well-respected entrepreneur.
  • Kat Cole — CEO of a global group of restaurant and food service brands. Also ranked as the #1 female speaker.
  • Alan Mulally — has led organizations such as the Ford Motor Company and Boeing, and has a deep understanding of what succeeds in organizations.
  • Craig Groeschel — New York Times’ best-selling author, pastor, also named by Glassdoor as one of the top 10 CEOs in the U.S. of small to midsize companies.
  • John Maxwell — millions have read his books, he has consulted with numerous world leaders, and is generally considered the number one leadership authority.

Live2Lead is brought to you by Jerry Roberts and Guam Training, and is again presented by Atkins Kroll. Also partnering in the program are the Guam Contractors’ Association, Guam Chamber of Commerce, Guam Daily Post, and The Point, 93.3 FM.

Starting and Growing Your
Business in 2021
November 19 & 20

The Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA) has announced the dates for its upcoming two-day conference: Taking the Leap; Starting and Growing Your Business in 2021, set for November 19-20, from 9am to 12pm on both days.

The virtual conference hosted by GEDA was created for small business owners and upcoming entrepreneurs. The free, multi-tiered and fully interactive conference will provide resources and insight for those wanting to start and grow in our new economy; offering licensing and marketing guidance, financial options, testimonials from the business community as well as a variety of other topics of indispensable use for the growth of our economy. For more information visit investguam.com/leap and register for free at visit http://bit.ly/GEDAleap.
As with many things these past several months, we have had to make adjustments to our events. The annual Coffee with the Candidates mixer was always a great opportunity to meet our Board Candidates. Although we didn't have a chance to meet candidates face to face and enjoy some breakfast treats and a hot beverage, all eleven (11) candidates joined us this morning for a virtual meet and great. Each candidate introduced themselves and answered some questions from members of the Nominating Committee. The event turned out very well and if you missed it, click the link and watch the presentation on our YouTube page.
There is only one way to vote in this year's Chamber Board Elections - virtually. There will be no paper ballots this year.

Please note the following guidance as you prepare to vote in the Chamber Board election:

  • Only members in good standing will receive an electronic ballot

  • If there is more than one executive listed in our membership roster, the most senior executive will receive the ballot via email

  • If the senior executive would like to pass on the ballot to another person listed on the Chamber's roster, please let us know in writing and we will make the change accordingly

  • If a company would like another member representative vote on their behalf (someone not already listed on their company roster or from another member company), please send an official proxy letter via email to the Chamber office by Monday, November 9th.

Voting will take place over a seven (7) day period beginning on Wednesday, November 11th and will close at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 18th. 

Friday, December 4, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 am.

Guam's economy has been greatly impacted by the COVID pandemic which has affected drastic changes in visitor arrivals and consumer spending, federal and military direct investment (and related programs), private Asian and US investment, transportation links, and Geo-political factors beyond our borders, among 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 business representatives to share their views and insights on the economic outlook for Guam. These presentations will be followed by a Q&A discussion with webinar participants.
The Guam Department of Public Health & Social Services, the Office of Technology and the Office of the Governor have worked on a contact tracing smartphone app to help control the spread of Covid-19 in our community. The app is available for both iPhone and Android platforms.

Grateful Playlist
Hello November, so much to be thankful for. Put our playlist on for your listening pleasure! 🍂

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Guam Chamber of Commerce
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