Chamber welcomes 3 new businesses

Posted on Nov 12 2019

Saipan Chamber of Commerce executive director Maxine Laszlo introduces the new members of the Chamber during its general membership meeting last Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency Saipan’s Ballroom. PHI Pharmacy, the Commonwealth Health Care Corp., and RebelFi CNMI are the new members of the Chamber. (MARC A. VENUS)

The Saipan Chamber of Commerce increased its membership, as it introduced three new businesses joining the Chamber. PHI Pharmacy, the Commonwealth Health Care Corp., and RebelFi CNMI were introduced during the Chamber’s membership meeting last week.

PHI Pharmacy general manager Joshua Wise told the Chamber that the pharmacy’s interest of joining is because of the ongoing concerns related to healthcare. “My goal has been to unify healthcare across all different spectrums from doctors and pharmacists, to small town insurance companies and cities,” Wise said.

Wise said the pharmacy aims to not only be known as a medication distributor, but to become an accessible medical provider for the CNMI as they aim to advance health care in the CNMI through the chamber.

CHCC CEO Esther Muña presented on behalf of the corporation. Muña said in order to solve the current health care issues affecting the CNMI, the CHCC must be able to collaborate with other businesses and help the CHCC address these issues leading to CHCC joining the Chamber.

“We wanted to work with the community and with the partnership with the Chamber, this is just the first step to more opportunities in health care,” Muña said.

Lastly, RebelFi CNMI is a recently opened small business that handles customized apparels and online shopping. Owner Nathan Roppul took the opportunity to show how creating and expanding a small business can influence a younger generation of entrepreneurs. “Like a lot of groups on Facebook, I started off in a hotel room and here I am presenting to the [Chamber] about my business mode, and I hope to become a role model to the younger generation of entrepreneurs,” Roppul said.

With this new membership, these three businesses/entities have access to a wide range of businesses in the CNMI to network, communicate, and possibly, collaborate through a shared network.

Founded in 1959, the Chamber now has over 140 members ranging from sole-proprietors to large resort hotels, service companies, tour agencies, insurance firms to construction companies.

Marc Venus | Reporter
Marc Venus is the Saipan Tribune's public health and education reporter. He has an associate degree in Applied Sciences in Computer Applications and is working on his bachelor’s degree at the Northern Marianas College. Contact him at
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