THE NATION’S POWERFUL BUSINESS ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION
A Lunar New Year Message from the Chairman
Dear Member and Partner:
On behalf of the entire Board and staff of the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce and Virginia Asian Foundation, I wish you a healthy and prosperous Lunar New Year 2020 as we welcome the Year of the Mouse! As the mouse is the first of the 12 Zodiac animals, he represents a new opportunity and a new beginning, we at Virginia Asian Chamber are excited about the prospects that 2020 will bring. We hope 2020 will bring happiness, health, peace, and prosperity to you and yours. To celebrate Lunar Year, we will be special guests of the National Initiative for Asian Pacific Islanders of US Secretary of Commerce The Honorable Wilber Ross and US Secretary of Transportation The Honorable Elaine Chao.
In 2020, VACC events will continue to expand in many more regions of Virginia and the cities of Richmond and Arlington will be greeting us at our 11th then 12th Annual Asian American Business Policy Summits targeted to thousands of VACC members and Asian Business Network from Central then Northern Virginia, respectively, as well as our upcoming Asian American “Post Session” event in Virginia Beach this summer.
We are looking forward to our Executive Committee active involvement in ensuring that our membership take full advantage of the many activities we will host in diverse major areas in the U.S Mid Atlantic. We have already taken the initiative to host three upcoming targeted trade education events, a summit on how to do business in Namibia in March, one with our partner the Embassy of India in June, and one about the Zhengzhou (PRC) Market in October of this year in collaborations with several other global and domestic partners, as well as supporting several NGOs and global business partners working on behalf of U.S companies among A.S.E.A.N nations such as the US-ASEAN Business Council. And that’s just the beginning of a full slate of 30 + bi- monthly activities planned in all three (*3) major Virginia regions to include industry specific events, global trade symposiums, one on one business match making events, and bi monthly engagements with Virginia private and public sector buying decision makers at our three (3) upcoming major B2B and B2G business conferences, our signature ProcureCon EXPOS in in Richmond, Hampton, and Fairfax, as well as a significant end of year celebration of our success at our 12th Annual Business Gala on December 1, 2020 at the iconic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.
We look forward to working with you, our valued members, to enhance the economy and business environment of the United States. We will continue to take full advantage of the incredible economic opportunities for domestic and global trade and investment between Virginia and selected emerging markets in the free world. Most of all, we hope the Year of the Mouse is a peaceful, healthy, and prosperous one for all.
Mr Tinh D. Phan
Founder and Chairman of the Board
Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce & Virginia Asian Foundation
About the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce
Created in 2004, the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce, The Voice of Asian Business, is the only and largest Asian American business advocacy organization in the Commonwealth of Virginia, with more than 5,000 network members.
The Chamber is a non-partisan small business advocacy organization that works in the business development and legislative arenas to act as the catalyst for competitiveness for our members in the Mid-Atlantic Region, resulting in helping the Commonwealth of Virginia regaining its position as top of our nation’s business climate rankings in 2019. Learn more at www.aabac.org
Virginia Reaps the Return of Investment Benefits As a Result of VACC Advocacy Actions
Since 2004, the Virginia Asian Chamber’s public policy team actively advocates on behalf of our members for initiatives that help move Virginia forward, and stands up against legislation that will harm Virginia’s business climate.
Together with our partners, Virginia’s largest enterprises, policy experts, members of the Virginia Administration, and elected officials, the Chamber hosts a dozen of signature events to advance the Chamber’s business advocacy goals.
February 13 and March 26, 2020: Upcoming Asian Business Legislative Events Across Virginia
We do this by collaborating with regional district planning commissions, the state Virginia Chamber of Commerce, regional Chambers The Virginia Asian Chamber, and coalition of Northern Virginia Chambers of Commerce in supporting small business financing, venture capital formation, and tax incentives for small businesses.
A New Voice of Diverse Businesses in the Mid Atlantic
VACC was declared the Voice of Minority Businesses by a robust network of government and service providers during the Commonwealth of Virginia ‘s Business Summit in Hampton, Virginia in September 2019.
As the only minority business advocacy trade association in Virginia alone with 100 + years combined in economic development and hands-on international trade experience record, we promote equity for under-served small businesses in this emerging region. Members made the trip from as far as Alabama and New Jersey to join our many major events across Virginia. View our exciting Photo Gallery.
VACC Continues to Help Virginia with its Census 2020 Count
Under the leadership of Mr Tinh Phan, VACC Chairman and Founder in following our tradition and record in helping the United States with its Census 2010 Count project by working with the Obama administration back in 2008 and 2009.
In 2019 and moving forwrad, VACC continus to play an active role in helping promote Virginia regions and Commonwealth of Virginia as a whole with its Census 2020 Count. The Complete count Commission was created by Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia.
Virginia Asian Foundation ‘s Workforce Development Program
Our 3 scholarship winners were honored at The 11th Annual Asian Gala 2019 at the Five Star Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, Virginia. The mission of the Virginia Asian Foundation’s Asian Student Scholarship program, as part of the organization powerful workforce Development program is to promote the entrepreneurial spirit in Asian American students within the context of global business opportunities and challenges.
To be eligible, applicants must be current college-bound senior high school students and Undergraduate (only) students who are enrolled in a Virginia institution of higher education (Colleges or universities undergraduates), during Spring 2019, from any majors, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.Generally, VAF award winners are selected based on a combination of academic performance, extracurricular activities, leadership character, and records of giving back to the community. Applicants must submit: The one page Application form itself, A cover letter stating student interest, a teacher’s letter of recommendation if the student is a high school student, the unofficial transcript from the school portal, and a one page resume
VACC with Amazon and Other Tech Leaders
In 2019 VACC Hosted a successful statewide Business Mixer series- THE BASH – At various statewide locations in Virginia in celebration of our continuous success in the Capital Region. Among our BASH special guests were Director of Community Realtions Stephen Harrington of the Greater Washington Partnership, Garrett McGuire of AT&T, Joseph Anderson, VP of External Affairs of Alibaba, and Amazon’s Senior Legal Policy Director Brian Moore sharing technology, e-commerce success, and economic growth brought by Amazon HQ2 to close to 1,500 + attendants.
Coming to Virginia in Summer 2020: The India-Virginia Global Economic Summit
During the Spring and Summer 2019, VACC Executive Director My Lan Tran, representing 65,000 Asian American businesses, assisted the Embassy of India with several of its investment and trade projects/trade missions.
The Embassy of India and VACC now have been connecting regularly via several meetings at the Embassy. the two organizations will work together on an India-Virginia Global Economic Summit in the Summer 2020. Details coming in March 2020.
The 16th Annual ProcureCon EXPO on May 29, 2020 will be a Match Making Event in Richmond
This year it will be highly focused on Match Making and Business Certifications.
We expect this show to be another great success. In 2019, more than 200 attendees and 25 primes and local, state. and federal buyer took part in ProcureCon EXPO 2019 in May at the Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, VA. Registration website coming in mid February 2020.
Buyers Are Lining Up for 4th Annual ProcureCon Hampton Roads – August 26, 2020
This 2020 iconic Industry Day event will be held on August 26, 2020 in Hampton City! We have outstanding programming partnership, sponsorship, and advertising opportunities to accommodate our growing followers trusting on our brand.
We are honored to have already established a waiting list for participating exhibiting Buyers. If interested in being an Exhibitor and / or a Sponsor, please contact us at: email@example.com
Make Sure to Check out our 2020 Event Calendars
Virginia Asian Chamber, with the collaboration of our partners, the top executives from Virginia’s largest enterprises, policy experts, members of the Virginia Administration, and elected officials, will be hosting a dozen of signature events to advance the Chamber’s small business advocacy goals. VACC signature 2020 Bi Monthly -state wide Industry Partnership Mixers, Procurement BASH Networking events, Economic and Industry Summits, and B2B-B2G Forums bring together hundreds of businesses for win-win partnerships. Our signature Regional match making events, Networking Mixers, Forums, and Conferences have helped hundreds of VACC members to become Top Asian Companies in the Nation.
Bring your enterprises to the NEXT level!
Ready to grow your business? Staffed by three times national award winning counselors from the SBA for Region 3 and the Commonwealth of Virginia, we are the organization you can turn to for:Business Development Plan redesign – Domestic and International, Marketing – Domestic and International, and Selling to the government and large commercial companies. Our recent NEW Program Examples include: Access our EVENTS PAGE to view:
- Our Bi-Monthly Networking Mixer and Referral Service connects professionals-businesses to one another in various regions (Total: 18 to 24 Bi-Monthly Networking-Small Business Development events per year in NOVA, Central Virginia, and the Hampton Roads))
- Our CareerConnect offers mentoring to young professionals and links them to human resources personnel (Year-Round with School Academic Calendar)
- Our Annual Legislative summits attract top law makers and state government officials at the highest levels (1 Legislative Summit Reception event annually in Richmond and 1 in Northern Virginia- Total: 2 Legislative Summits Receptions )
- Our Statewide Annual Business Development Conferences (3 major business conferences in Northern Virginia, Central Virginia, and the Hampton Roads)
- Our influential Pan Asian Industry Councils- Women Business and Professional Councils give our statewide members a collective strength and a stronger presence in all targeted industries (Construction-A/E industry- Women Business Network)- Meetings vary pending on membership interest- 1-3 events annually)
- Our Annual Awards for Community and Leadership Excellence (1 Business Gala Event annually)
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