maureen-NEW-photoThank you to everybody who has already supplied us with events for our 2016 events calendar. There is no shortage of galas, milestone events and conferences coming our way in the islands. Likewise, there are a significant number of major sporting meets and lifestyle happenings.

Is the number of events an economic indicator? Of course. …

 

And an important event date for your diary is the 11th Annual First Hawaiian Bank and Guam Business Magazine Businesswoman of the Year Gala on April 30 at the Hyatt Regency Guam. Nominations are open until Feb. 12. You can find the nomination form on www.guambusinessmagazine.com and www.mbjguam.com.

The Businesswoman of the Year program raises funds for scholarships at the University of Guam, Guam Community College and the Northern Marianas College.

The program was designed to help part-time students, as well as full time students. Sharon Hart, president of the Northern Marianas College, said that this fulfills a particular need; one that Expert Columnist Jayne Flores talks about in her column on Page 8.  …

 

We also include on our calendar and in coverage events around the Pacific Rim and elsewhere, as they impact our readers. It’s never a bad thing to know which organizations in the private sector — and our regional governments — are active in developing our economies at home and abroad. …

 

As far as coverage of your 2016 happenings, I would particularly like to thank those organizations that have advised us they are planning events, but don’t have specific dates.

Those events are now on our radar.

Glimpses Publications is a media organization with a big job — a wide area to cover and lots of business news, brought to you by our news team and a number of correspondents around the region.

It’s not unusual for us to have a string of events listed in the islands on any given day, or any given week, and frankly, it’s amazing the editors are able to make sure we have somebody in the right place at the right time.

So if your organization is new to our region or as a reader, or whether you have a long-standing presence, we always appreciate as much notice as possible of events. …

 

As we settle into 2016, many boards with new members are gathering. For those of us who serve on boards, I am sure we are all aiming to present stakeholders with meaningful annual agendas and hoping for board colleagues who not only weigh in on policy, but share the practical load of tasks.

And boards include non-profits and their endeavors to fundraise through events. The success of their efforts is another economic indicator in our region, since it is the business community that supports non-profit endeavors…

 

As I was driving to the Guam Chamber January board meeting bright and early, all the above thoughts were on my mind. It was the first board meeting of the year, with some newly elected members. …

 

I also mused on what was on the mind of our readers: the readers of our publications.

Whether you are in business for yourself or managing a number of employees in a corporation, the minimum wage is one issue. From President Barack Obama’s initiative, to federal legislation, to the debate on Guam — those are points to watch, and the paper will continue to do so. …

 

And then I realized that I would do better to pay full attention to the road.

Though the traffic was moderate, my fellow drivers were changing lanes with speed and enthusiasm, but not much notice.

They were racing to what — other board meetings? Events? Also musing about the minimum wage?

Not watching their speedometers?

Could they be running late at 7-some in the morning? …

 

When I prepared to turn onto Marine Corps Drive, ahead of me were six sizeable commercial vehicles.

My mind wanted to wander again. Were six commercial vehicles an economic indicator? Possibly.

Where were the vehicles heading? To one of the ongoing Hagåtña projects? That was a mystery.

And it remained a mystery until the last minute.

Of the six commercial vehicles, only one indicated it would be turning left, though they all did. …

 

Wherever they are rushing to, is the number of vehicles on our roads in the islands an economic indicator? Of course. More so if they were purchased in the islands. …

 

I’m probably not telling you anything you don’t know about economic indicators, or what influences our economy.

But each year it seems that the quest for economic data and economic analysis becomes increasingly important.

The Journal and Guam Business Magazine plan to bring you yet more information in 2016 too, so that you may add to your own knowledge of the economy. We welcome feedback on our efforts. …

 

— Maureen N. Maratita is publisher of Glimpses Publications, which comprise Marianas Business Journal, Guam Business Magazine, Beach Road Magazine and R&R Pacific.