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National ACE August Newsletter
 
AAPISTRONG Annual Conference
Agenda Out Now!
National ACE’s AAPISTRONG Annual Conference will deliver engaging leadership programming and networking opportunities for AAPI business leaders. Attendees will discover innovative opportunities, receive legislative updates, and hear from founders, investors, and community leaders who are setting new industry standards. Breakout rooms will include a discussion led by panelists from industry leaders, who will share best practices for growth, contracting opportunities, and matchmaking, and will include a local chamber development track. Attendees can attend the Marketplace Expo, one-on-one matchmaker meetings between suppliers and top corporations, panels with Fortune 500 companies, and an awards dinner celebrating the achievements of our AAPI business leaders and community advocates.
 
The 5th Annual Minority Women Lead is BACK and in-person! The California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, National ACE, and Comcast are proud to make space for the next generation of visionary minority women at this year's event. Please join us for a riveting, live pitch competition featuring the top five innovative entrepreneurs selected across the nation. At the event, attendees will experience the live pitches, enjoy appetizers and drinks, and have the opportunity to network with entrepreneurial women who are working to make positive impacts in their communities.

Event details:
Event: 5th Annual Minority Women Lead
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2022, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: The GlassHouse, 84 W Santa Clara St. Ste. 100, San Jose, CA 95113


Space is limited — RSVP to reserve your seat!

Upcoming Events
August 4: Utah Small Business Roundtable
August 10: Sacramento Small Business Roundtable
August 18: Seattle Small Business Roundtable
August 19: North Carolina Small Business Roundtable
August 25: Minority Women Lead RSVP
September 19-21: AAPISTRONG Annual Conference RSVP

October 13-14: ACE NextGen Unity Conference RSVP
 
National ACE Policy
Regional and National Surveys Provide Pulse on the State of AAPI Business in 2022
AAPI small business owners report overall economic optimism and high trust in government while still facing lack of access to sufficient capital and race-fueled violence. Read Press Release

National ACE at a roundtable with the Hill to discuss scalable solutions to enable diverse small businesses to grow and thrive. From Left: Ying McGuire, President & CEO, NMSDC; Steve Clemons, Contributing Editor, The Hill; Chiliing Tong, President & CEO, National ACE; Ramiro Cavazos, President & CEO, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Joe ErlingerPresident, McDonald’s USADewayne Goldmon, Senior Adviser, Racial Equity, USDA
National ACE at the Celebration of Life honoring The Honorable Norman Mineta on Tuesday, July 19th at the U.S. Capitol.
National ACE in the News
Above: National ACE President/CEO Chiling Tong on CBS News LA for the AAPISTRONG Small Business Grants on July 20, 2022. Click to watch.
Sugar Bliss Donates 10% of Proceeds to National ACE
Asian American owned bakery Sugar Bliss in Chicago (who ships to all 50 states!) is donating 10% of the proceeds to National ACE for anyone who uses the "ACE2022" code at checkout. Order Now!
Sign Up for The Small Business Digital Ready Program

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National ACE's New Strategic Partners
Welcome to Chinatown (New York)
Carolinas Chinese Chamber of Commerce (Serving North and South Carolina)
 
 
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National ACE July Newsletter
Registration Now Open for the AAPISTRONG Annual Conference
National ACE’s AAPISTRONG Annual Conference will deliver engaging leadership programming and networking opportunities for AAPI business leaders. Attendees will discover innovative opportunities, receive legislative updates, and hear from founders, investors, and community leaders who are setting new industry standards. Breakout rooms will include a discussion led by panelists from industry leaders, who will share best practices for growth, contracting opportunities, and matchmaking, and will include a local chamber development track. Attendees can attend the Marketplace Expo, one-on-one matchmaker meetings between suppliers and top corporations, panels with Fortune 500 companies, and an awards dinner celebrating the achievements of our AAPI business leaders and community advocates. Register Now!
 
AAPISTRONG: Small Business Grants
The COVID-19 pandemic hit Asian American and Pacific Islander American (AAPI) business owners across the country hard. Now, as signs of recovery emerge, the long tail of COVID's economic impact on small businesses continues.

To support AAPI business owners and entrepreneurs, Reimagine Main Street and National ACE – with financial support from Meta – are partnering with community organizations across the country to launch AAPISTRONG: Small Business Grants.

The new initiative will provide $2 million in cash grants to help 100 AAPI business owners grow and thrive.

Applications open on July 11, and interested entrepreneurs can sign up now to receive information as soon as applications go live!
The California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce and National ACE are seeking the next generation of visionary minority women whose businesses have a positive impact on the community. At the 5th Annual Minority Women Lead event in the Silicon Valley, selected applicants will participate in a live pitch competition, pitching their projects to a panel of business innovators who will award funding of up to $10,000 to each winner. Up to three winners will be selected.

Applications close Monday, July 11 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
Selected pitch applicants will be notified in July. More information: minoritywomenlead.com

Eligibility:
  • Business is 51% owned and operated by someone who identifies as female AND identifies as Asian American, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and/or a Person of Color
  • Business is based in the USA
  • Business is independently owned and operated, and not a franchise location
  • Business has operated for at least one year
  • Owner is at least 18 years of age
  • Able to travel to San Jose, California for the live pitch event on August 25, 2022 (roundtrip flight vouchers will be provided and ground transportation upon arrival in San Jose, California to/from the event)

Upcoming Events
July 12: Q&A on AAPISTRONG: Small Business Grants RSVP
July 18: Asian American Mental Health, Healing, and Trauma RSVP
July 21: Technology 101 for Small Businesses RSVP
August: Minority Women Lead RSVP
September 19-21: AAPISTRONG Annual Conference RSVP

 
National ACE Policy
National ACE at the White House for the signing of Congresswoman Grace Meng's bill establishing a commission for the creation of a National Museum on Asian Pacific American History and Culture on Monday, June 13, 2022
Statement

(from left) Deputy Secretary of Labor Julie Su, Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation Polly Trottenberg, and National ACE CEO/President Chiling Tong at the Department of Labor's Good Jobs Summit on June 21, 2022
National ACE, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Urge the House of Representatives to Fund MBDA in FY2023 Appropriations Bill on June 28, 2022
Read the Letter

National ACE in the News
June 9, 2022
Too often hate crime against Asian Americans goes unreported
Dallas Morning News

June 22, 2022
Unity March: First Asian American-led march on National Mall will bring together thousands
Yahoo News

June 23, 2022
For Small Businesses, Grants Can Offer Both Cash And Lifelong Relationships
Forbes

June 24, 2022
Amid a Weekend of Demonstrations, Asian Americans Will Have Their First National Rally
Bloomberg
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National ACE Announces AAPISTRONG Annual Conference
for September 19-21, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C.   From September 19-21, 2022, the National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (National ACE) will host its AAPISTRONG Annual Conference. This three-day business conference will bring together Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) small business owners, state and local AAPI Chambers of Commerce from around the country, corporate partners, and community leaders to network and celebrate AAPI small business communities. AAPI entrepreneurs will sit with elected and government officials and business change makers to discuss their experiences, concerns, and policy priorities, and learn how to grow their businesses.

National ACE’s AAPISTRONG Annual Conference will deliver engaging leadership programming and networking opportunities for AAPI business leaders. Attendees will discover innovative opportunities, receive legislative updates, and hear from founders, investors, and community leaders who are setting new industry standards. Breakout rooms will include a discussion led by panelists from industry leaders, who will share best practices for growth, contracting opportunities, and matchmaking, and will include a local chamber development track. Attendees can attend the Marketplace Expo, one-on-one matchmaker meetings between suppliers and top corporations, panels with Fortune 500 companies, and an awards dinner celebrating the achievements of our AAPI business leaders and community advocates.

AAPI businesses make significant contributions to American society in the form of economic output, productivity, ingenuity, and job creation. The pandemic and sharp spike in xenophobic attacks against the AAPI community have have hit AAPI business owners particularly hard. Without equitable relief and diversity and inclusion solutions, we risk the wellbeing of the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States. The resilience and prosperity of the AAPI business community will be key drivers to restoring our national economy.


Monday, September 19, 2022
Networking Cocktail Reception
5:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
The reception will be an opportunity to network and celebrate the accomplishments of our AAPI small business community. All National ACE partners, affiliates, and AAPI small business owners are invited to gather and recognize the important work being done locally and nationally on behalf of the AAPI community.


Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Conference Day: Plenary and Breakouts
8:30am - 4:00pm EDT
Join us for legislative updates, three concurrent breakout rooms, marketplace, keynote speakers, matchmaking, and networking.


Awards Dinner
6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
National ACE will recognize and honor AAPI advocates, trailblazers, and industry leaders who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to uplifting AAPI communities.


September 21, 2022
Capitol Hill Visits (Strategic Partners Only)
9:00am - 3:00pm EDT
The AAPISTRONG Annual Conference will explore how public policy, advocacy, procurement, and equitable access to resources will help AAPI small businesses grow. Now more than ever, it is critical to help AAPI small businesses and entrepreneurs recover from the pandemic and emerge stronger than before.

We invite our strategic partners to join us as we connect AAPI business leaders and entrepreneurs with their elected officials in Congress in a bipartisan effort to influence legislative change. The AAPISTRONG Annual Conference is a place for our unified voice to play an integral role in our economic recovery. Join us for a seat at the table.

For more information on the Capitol Hill Visits, contact Sarah Haque at shaque@nationalace.org.


Format: In-Person

Media: Media outlets will be invited to attend. For media inquiries, please contact Daniel Oliver at doliver@nationalace.org

Attendance: Entrepreneurs, small business owners, elected officials, non-profit and community-based organizations, National ACE strategic partners.

Dress Code: Business

To register for National ACE’s AAPISTRONG Annual Conference and for additional details, please visit www.aapistrong.com.

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About National ACE
National ACE’s mission is to serve as a strong advocate of AAPI business interests and effect positive change on all issues that enhance and advance the goals and aspirations of AAPI business owners, entrepreneurs, and corporate leaders. With over 70 affiliate chambers of commerce and minority business organization partners throughout the country, National ACE strives to support and promote issues that impact the AAPI business community by improving economic development and impact, advancing coalitions and enhancing community building, and fostering the next generation of AAPI entrepreneurs and executives. National ACE provides a unified voice for the business interests of AAPIs nationally. Learn more at: www.nationalace.org

 
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