The Power of Knowledge and Connectivity
The Voice of Asian American Business in Virginia and the U.S Mid Atlantic Region
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The Power of Knowledge and Connectivity

We’re one of the most highly educated workforce in the nation. And our business membership is a key factor for success of the robust and thriving economy of Virginia and the U.S Mid Atlantic Region.

 

 

THE NATION’S POWERFUL ASIAN BUSINESS ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION

Covid-19 Crisis Alert

Asian American Business Assistance Center – AABAC – Counseling Operations Schedule Status:

The Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce ‘s AABAC counseling and economic development specialist staff will be working remotely from March and May in a virtual capacity.

Multi-Lingual Counseling Service:

Our leadership, staff and and core business volunteers are professionals and seasoned entrepreneurs who are native Korean-Vietnamese-Chinese- Hindi-Arabic – Tagalog, and French and Spanish speakers.

Our mult-lingual counselors offer you coaching, mentorship, and procurement guidance and all professional counseling sessions are conducted via email, telephone, and group webinars or group telephone conferences.

During Covid-19 crisis: We are also planning on series of webinars throughout COVID-19 crisis through April, May, and June so far.

We will make all events announcements as they come via social media and at our website www.aabac.org through May. Please contact us at tel: 804 502 8081 or email us at aabac@aabac.org and we will return your call within 24 hours as during this crisis all our local offices are experiencing a higher volume of inquiries but we are here to fully serve all members’ needs.

SBA PPP Updates

Here are the latest updates:  On Friday April 3, 2020 the US Department of Treasury and the Small Business Administration announced a 31 page final rule called PPP  (Paycheck Protection Plan which will be implemented after its way being legalized through the Federal Register shortly.  Check for program details on a regular basis at: http://www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection.

Support, Assistance & Guidance for Small Businesses Impacted Due to Novel Coronavirus:

Counseling Support and Financial Assistance for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

The Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce is here to help all businesses through the COVID-19 crisis.   We are compiling the most updated resources to help you maintain operations and access financial assistance and other support.

Help For Your Business: Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act 

Virginia SBDC

SBA Emergency Loans – Summary of Program description and eligibility requirements

US Chamber of Commerce

CARES Act:  Small Business Guide
Corona Virus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide & Checklist

Small Business Administration

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Approved PPE Lenders 

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Employee Retention Credit

US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

Guide to the Cares Act

Other CARES Act Resources

DHG – Tax Implication Analysis

Small Business Resources

Virginia SBDC – COVID-19 resources for small businesses.

Small Business Administration

SBA Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

SBA OnLine Disaster Assistance Loan Portal

SBA Loan Application Form 

Other Business Support Assistance

Coronavirus Best Practices Guide for Businesses:  Template

Virginia Employment Commission

COVID-19 Information & Resources for Virginia Manufacturers

National Retail Federation

Coronavirus Resources for Retailers

Society of Human Resources Management

Covid-19 Workforce Resources

Virginia Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Resource Center

Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity

Business Certifications and Business Development & Outreach Services

Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association

Covid-19 Resource Center

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Coronavirus Resource Page

Guidance for Employers to Plan and Respond to the Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Workplace Tips for Employees

OSHA

COVID-19 Safety and Health Standards, Control & Prevention

Protecting Workers During a Pandemic Fact Sheet

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

US Department of Labor

Guidance on Unemployment Compensation

Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers

Resource Page

Facebook

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

About the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce

The Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce (VACC) was created in 2004  to promote, advance, and encourage both domestic and international commerce.  Before we became incorporated, we worked for eight (8) years as an active volunteer community and business based entity serving small businesses since 1996.

With a membership of 2,000+ active firms in Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, The Carolinas, Georgia, and Alabama, and more than 2,000 associated members, employing over 200,000 Virginians alone, the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce is formally recognized as “The Voice of Asian Business” representing 76,000 Asian owned businesses , the premier Asian American business organization to enhance competitiveness and promote commerce among Asian American business communities.

Connection

The VACC brings together potential business partners through networking events, forums, personal one on one match making based on our network of more than 17 years, business conferences/ summits, round table discussion forums, and personal introductions and individual referrals.

Resources

The VACC keeps our membership abreast of Virginia and the nation’s most current procurement and industry information through weekly powerful one on one matchmaking, webinars, “Lunch and learns,” “BASH”, events, membership briefings, and specialized and targeted industry partnership committee meetings, while providing members with venues to contribute ideas and solutions to concerns that impact the VACC membership.

We also promote trade show exhibition of products and services and networking opportunities with prospective customers to help you grow international sales.

Advocacy

The Virginia Asian Chamber is the primary advocate for the interests of the Asian American business community. Since 2004, we develop solutions and opportunities for our membership and Asian communities. As a member, you benefit by having a voice in the organization that sets the course for the future of the Asian American entrepreneurial growth.

VACC is a non-profit C6 organizations and all donations are tax-deductible.

 

Covid-19 Disaster Relief Resources for Small Businesses and America’s Workforce

 

VIRGINIA ASIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INVITES YOU TO JOIN A FREE WEBINAR:  LEVEL UP TO COVID -19 : USING DATA FOR SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH

Whether you’re looking for economic or demographic data, let the US Department of Commerce Census Bureau train you how to get what you need for your various proposal development projects.

Wednesday April 8, 2020 * From 2 pm to 3 pm

REGISTER HERE: https://leveluptocovid19usingdataforgrowth.eventbrite.com

 

VACC Helps Members Grow International Sales

By promoting international trade VACC helps our members increase their international sales by moving more of their goods internationally.

With a robust 20,000 members in various Asian community groups across Virginia, we play a leading role in complementing the Commonwealth’s commitment to help Virginia companies increase the volume of their international business.  By referring members to export development resources, teaching members learn how to gain local knowledge and conduct market research and attending trade missions, engaging in face to face trade meetings, members learn how to pre-qualify buyers.

VACC Certified Trade Counselor also offers counseling to both new and experienced member exporters enter new global markets, help members find new markets, learn how to develop global market entry strategies, and find global contract work in defense via our robust referral system, state funding research, and export compliance resources.

VACC Hosts:  A Forum on Doing Business in Namibia

 

Special Remarks by:  The Honorable Monica N. Nashandi, Ambassador of  The Republic of Namibia

Thursday June 30,  2020 * From 5 pm to 8 pm * Richmond Police Academy,  Richmond, VA .  Free Event.   To reserve your seat, click:   https://doingbusinesswithnamibia.eventbrite.com

 

 

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 * April 2 * June 24, 2020: Asian Business Economic Policy Events Across Virginia 

 

The Asian Chamber will be hosting several signature legislative events across Virginia.  The Chamber promotes the integration of small business in statewide economic planning efforts.  

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. On Feb 13, 150 businesses and more than 30 members from the Virginia General Assembly and 6 top Cabinet members of the Administration attended the Richmond Summit and spoke at the Policy event. April 2 Post Session Reception in Arlington and June 24 Summit in Virginia Beach promise to be an outstanding opportunities for policy makers to offer post-session legislative briefings.

 

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 Complete 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 forward, VACC continues 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, leadership character, and records of giving back to the community. Virginia Asian Foundation also offers other scholarships to promote Asian culture at diverse Virginia colleges and universities year round as needs arise.

 

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: Global Economic Summit

 

In 2019, VACC Executive Director My Lan Tran, assisted the Embassy of India in the USA 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.

Both organizations have the vision to collaborate in a near future to promote India-Virginia trade.

During 2018  VACC leadership and its NOVA membership assisted the Embassy of the Philippines in the USA connect with members of the Virginia Commerce and Trade Secretariat.

The Embassy of the Philippines and VACC remain connected and we also plan on creating a Philippines-Virginia Global Economic Summit in 2020 or 2021. Details coming soon.

Both India and the Philippines are some of the top markets for Virginia exports of products and services specially in telecommunications, tourism, and energy.

 

 

 

 

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: aabac@aabac.org

 

 

The 7th Annual ProcureCon NOVA Buyer EXPO 2020

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL!

Tuesday October 20, 2020 * Fairfax * Virginia

We will again bring together 25 buyers and 250 suppliers to meet with dozens of federal- state, local NOVA agencies, and prime contractor representatives for one full day filled with prospecting, face to face match making, and business development activities.  This focused event has so far served more 4,000 diverse suppliers and more than 400 major organizations seeking qualified vendors in all business sectors.

Exhibitors package is now made available. Please contact Trade Show Manager at: aabac@aabac.org –   Registration website: Open in June 2020.  

 

 

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 Bi Annual B2B-B2G Forums bring together thousands of businesses for win-win partnerships.   Our signature Regional match making events, Networking Mixers, 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 a (3) 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 business assistance, selling to the government and large commercial companies. Access our EVENTS PAGE to view details.

  • Our BASH Networking Mixers and Referral Service connects professionals-businesses to one another in various regions (Total: 18 to 27 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
  • Our 3 Annual Legislative Summits attract policy makers at the highest levels  (3 Legislative Summit Receptions in Richmond -NOVA- The Hampton Roads )
  • Our Statewide Annual Business Development Conferences (2-3 major business conferences on a bi-annual basis, in Northern Virginia, Central Virginia, and the Hampton Roads)
  • Our influential Pan Asian Industry Councils give our statewide members a collective strength in all targeted industries (Construction-A/E industry- Meetings vary annually)
  • Our Annual Awards for Community and Leadership Excellence (1 Business Gala Event annually)

 

Join VACC Business Ambassador Program! 

 

Interested in growing your own brand? Passionate about the VACC brand of service and focused small business assistance and mission?

VACC Champions promote the Asian Chamber mission with their own customers in the marketplace based on the business goals for their own brand.

Consider joining us as an Ambassador? Contact us at aabac@aabac.org and be ready to lead and grow your bottom line.

WE ARE POWERFUL AND WE ARE CONNECTED!

A Multi National Award Winning Asian Chamber  – VACC Leaders together with over 500  years of business experience cordially invite you to join us today and enjoy high level domestic and global business development activities and business coaching, plus:

  • Enjoy capacity building events, social networking events, match making, referrals, face to face match making, and brand promotion.
  • Gain direct access to career and job opportunities
  • Receive nomination for our Annual Asian American Student Scholarships
  • Opportunities to be a Special THE BASH and other statewide Conferences and Event Sponsors.

VACC IS THE OFFICIAL VOICE OF ASIAN BUSINESSES IN VIRGINIA 

 

 

 

 

The 16th Annual ProcureCon Buyer EXPO 2020

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR SMALL BUSINESSES- OPEN TO ALL!

Friday May 29, 2020 * Richmond  * Virginia

We will again bring together 300+ suppliers to meet with dozens of local, state, federal agencies, and prime contractor representatives for one full day filled with prospecting, one on one match making, and business development activities.  This focused event has so far served more 3500 diverse suppliers and more than 300 major organizations seeking qualified vendors in all business sectors.

Exhibitors package is now made available. Please contact Trade Show Manager at: aabac@aabac.org

Registration website to open in March 2020.  

Questions? Drop us a line at: aabac@aabac.org 

OUR ICONIC ANNUAL CELEBRATION 

The 12th Annual Asian Chamber Gala 2020

 

December 1, 2020 at The Jefferson Hotel

This is a platform intended to foster conversation among our corporate sponsors and philanthropists on how service influence social change. Program includes:

Investing in Education Through Virginia Asian Foundation Student Scholarships

Scholarships will be awarded to the  three (3) most deserved students.  Application packages will be made available online in June 2020.

Celebrating Global Cultures

Exhibits from exotic Asian nations are displayed by Asian Embassies. Participating country delegates so far include China, Thailand,  Indonesia, Vietnam, The Philippines, Mongolia, and Korea.  The Annual Night Walk In the Garden of Cultures, our new signature artistic program features traditional performances from regional and national artists by 40 artists.

Global Connections

This focused program is customized specifically for the government and global diplomats and by invitation only.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Contact Ms My Lan Tran at Email: aabac@aabac.org for details.

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About Us

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.

The Virginia Asian Chamber actively advocates on behalf of our members for initiatives that help eliminate legislation that harm Virginia’s competitive business climate. With the collaboration of our partners, the top executives from Virginia’s largest enterprises, policy experts, members of the Virginia Administration, and elected officials, the Asian Chamber hosts a dozen of signature events to advance the Chamber’s small business advocacy goals.

Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce promotes the integration of small business in statewide economic planning efforts 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 the development of small business development financing, venture capital formation, and tax incentives for small businesses.  Fueled by the Virginia Asian Foundation (VAF), our C3 Charitable Sister Agency, and with more than 1,500 Network members in the U.S AAPI community, we are the public voice of Asian American Pacific Islanders businesses in the U.S. Mid Atlantic.

Our Mission

To promote and facilitate the success of our members through networking, outreach, business development, capacity building, advocacy, and connections.

Enter a Whole New World of Connectivity

AABAC/VACC membership is an investment in the Mid Atlantic region’s business community today and for the future.

Our membership offers you valuable access to a network of government and corporate decision makers and other  businesses through our regional conferences, Buyer Days, and matchmaking activities.

Each membership level offers an array of benefits and opportunities to help your company get connected.

Join us today!

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