April 2018 Newsletter


National AAPI Business Summit: Planning Meeting with WHIAAPI and MBDA

On March 6, National ACE met with the Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) George Mui and the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), Holly Ham, to discuss ways in which to collaborate on events specifically aimed at the bettering of the Asian American business community. National ACE also met the new MBDA Acting National Director, Edith McCloud, who attended both National AAPI Business Summits in previous years. She is familiar with the WHIAAPI and MBDA collaboration and kicked off the summit last year.
The AAPI business summit will be held in collaboration with National ACE and ACE Foundation as a part of a nationwide educational program to facilitate access to federal and regional program impacting the AAPI business community. 


National ACE Participates at the Latino Coalition Legislative Summit

On March 7, National ACE attended the Latino Coalition Legislative Summit. Both President Trump and Transportation Secretary Chao addressed the summit.  CEO Chiling Tong met with Latino Coalition Chairperson, Hector V. Barreto, to further develop a close working relationship between National ACE and the Latino Coalition.  Panel topics included federal regulations, infrastructure investments, small business contracting, and women entrepreneurs. The first panel, Red Tape Intelligence: What You Need to Know about the New Regulatory Landscape, examined how federal regulations are changing under the Trump Administration and how today’s entrepreneurs can have an impact on the rules that have the power to make or break their profitability. Another panel on infrastructure investment shared developing plans to invest in our nation’s infrastructure, including tips on how to ensure the small-business community will be part of the work to rebuild America’s bridges, roads, railways and tunnels. Lastly, the business women panel shared stories, advice, and insight on leadership in the corporate sector. This summit was a productive day for National ACE to learn, discuss, and share insight about timely issues the business communities are facing. 


National ACE Briefs Utah Governor Herbert on Policy Agenda at WTCC Conference

On March 9, National ACE spoke at the World Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce (WTCC) Annual Conference.  ACE and WTCC discussed ways to formalize our existing partnership through an MOU agreement. WTCC was established in 1994 to promote the exchange of business information. Their objectives are to promote the social interaction, communication, and exchange of expertise among members; provide industrial, commercial and financial information from different countries; and promote cultural exchanges to understand economical development. WTCC has 36 Chapters in US and 40,000 members worldwide. At the event, CEO Tong met with Governor of Utah, Gary Herbert, and briefed him about ACE’s policy agenda. The Governor appreciated our efforts and asked his economic team members to follow up to collaborate with the ACE team to promote AAPI businesses in Utah. 




CalAsian Chamber President Kushida Briefs ACE on Chambers and Foundation Functions

On March 7, the National ACE team met with the President of the CalAsian Chamber of Commerce, Pat Fong Kushida. The CalAsian Chamber of Commerce has a large network. They address programs, global issues, policy, and workforce and leadership development.  The CalAsian Chamber of Commerce has an extensive build of programs and resources in their toolbelt available to help their community. They work closely with SBA, Institute of International Commerce, and the MBDA Export Center. Their annual events include the California policy summit, legislative summit, minority women business conference, and API leadership celebration.
Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce focuses on three pillars: workforce development, bid opportunities, and business services. They created a separate Foundation to house each chamber’s economic and workforce development, leadership, and education programs. Their focus is on forming collaborations with many community-based organizations on issues related to regional economic development to advance the community’s interests. As a group, they advocate on behalf of the chamber at the local, state, and federal levels, and successful ongoing fundraising development programs to ensure chamber viability.
The CalAsian Foundation was established to strengthen underserved, diverse communities through leadership, professional development and education, community economic and workforce development. Cultural programs help to develop the next generation of AAPI leaders. Their Global Initiatives Division facilitates international exchanges to create long lasting relations and provide access to international business, students, scholars, tourists, etc. Cal Asian Foundation partners with Emerging Leaders program and the Institute of International Commerce to fulfill their mission. 


Comcast NBC Universal Dinner Discussion on 2018 Olympic Winter Games

On March 7, National ACE was invited to the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games Dinner Discussion. Comcast discussed how media and technology have changed coverage, reporting and the overall Olympic experience. PyeongChang 2018 was Comcast’s first time serving as an official partner of the United States Olympic Committee, and we couldn’t be more proud to support the Games and Team USA. This year’s Olympic Winter Games also mark a historic moment for the Asian-American community, with over 10 Asian-American athletes representing Team USA and a record number of Asian-American figure skaters competing on the ice.
The dinner discussion included topics from the shift in viewing trends to the cutting-edge technology and unprecedented NBC coverage that delivered the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games to screens across the nation.


AAPI Tech and Telecom Briefing with AT&T

On March 8, National ACE was invited to join a tech briefing hosted by AT&T where we discussed the importance of federal privacy legislation. Today, data on the internet is widely shared, accessed, and stored on all platforms. In order to protect consumers, especially with sensitive information, we should have federal legislation in place in the U.S. Other countries like India, Japan, and many throughout Europe already have some laws for privacy, while a few states in the U.S. have started passing privacy and data security laws. Currently, the Federal Trade Commission regulates internet privacy. Having federal legislation allows for a uniform set of rules for everyone collecting data and creates transparency for all. We had a productive conversation about how the future of technology should be protected for consumers.


National ACE Collaborates with WHIAAPI for AAPI Meet and Greet Tour

National ACE was part of The White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) Meet and Greet Tour to talk with AAPI leaders about pertinent business issues specifically in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Los Angeles from March 12-15. WHIAAPI has asked ASIAN, Inc. to assist in convening a session in Silicon Valley and San Francisco for AAPI business leaders to meet and discuss issues with Holly Ham, the new WHIAAPI Executive Director. National ACE hosted the Los Angeles dinner reception on March 14 and Chairman Amar Shokeen spoke at the dinner regarding our mission.  National ACE also hosted the Los Angeles morning briefing. ACE Board of Director, Bill Imada, welcomed local community and business leaders to participate the briefing.
Ms. Ham presented an overview on WHIAPPI’s policies. Attendees shared their perspectives on the AAPI business landscape, including information on ways to assist WHIAAPI with facilitating relationships with the federal government that benefit our collective communities.
WHIAPPI works to improve the quality of life for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the nation through increased access to and participation in federal programs.The Initiative engages with federal leaders and the community on four cross-cutting ideas: data disaggregation, language access, capacity building, and workforce diversity.
Discussions also included community challenges, success stories, and possible collaboration with WHIAAPI on key focus areas (Business & Economic Development, Immigration, Education and Healthcare). Other topics discussed included American Infrastructure Initiatives and the impact of the new tax bill on AAPI Businesses.




5G & Small Cell Deployment Fireside Chat with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr

On March 20, National ACE participated in a roundtable discussion about our 5G future and small cell deployment involving industry leaders and community stakeholders. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr with Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee led the discussion. A panel of experts from the hosting organizations Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP), and U.S. Black Chambers discussed the implications of Commissioner Carr’s recent announcement and specifically how it will impact communities of color, jobs, and hopefully be a step toward bridging the digital divide. This group of thought leaders explored the ways in which the proposed regulatory approach will impact the expansion of wireless and wireline technology deployment.
The deployment of a 5G network will create 3 million new jobs and opportunities for the next decade. A new change in technology will drive funding and teach skill sets toward supporting deployment of 5G. This will advance our technological applications for uses like remote surgery and autonomous vehicles. Benefits of this initiative will help low income and minority groups to have internet education programs, reduced cost of internet services with a lower cost of deployment, and overall internet access, especially in rural areas. 


National ACE Briefs Walmart on 2017 Accomplishments and 2018 Plans 

On March 22, National ACE visited with Joanne Tabellija-Murphy, Director of Constituent Relations for Walmart. We discussed how Walmart and National ACE can partner together to support our 2018 NextGen and AAPI programs. Joanne informed us on Walmart’s constituent relations objectives and AAPI advocacy focuses. We presented National ACE’s 2017 accomplishments, participation, and how we are continually developing our organization. We informed Joanne on NextGen’s conference in Miami, summer academy, and annual conference. These are possible events where Walmart can contribute their expertise and resources in collaboration. We are thankful for the continuous support of Walmart and look forward to supporting the AAPI business community.


National ACE Signs MOU with New York Young Entrepreneurs Roundtable overseen by Former US Ambassador to China, Max Baucus

On March 17, National ACE signed an MOU agreement with New York Young Entrepreneurs Roundtable (NYYER) and President Cherry Huang at the 2018 Education and Business Conference.  Former US Ambassador to China and Senator Max Baucus attended and keynoted this conference and oversaw the signing ceremony. National ACE supports NYYER in working with the young entrepreneur community to be able to pass down knowledge to the next generation.


National ACE Briefs US Chamber of Commerce VP Rick Wade

National ACE introduced our policy agenda to Rick Wade, the Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach for the US Chamber of Commerce. Vice President Rick shared the sentiment that our policy issues, specifically relating to access to capital, access to contracting opportunities, access to international commerce, reduced regulation and taxes, developing more leaders in public and private sectors, are of particular importance to AAPI businesses. Both the US Chamber of Commerce and National ACE share specific core values: to deliver powerful advocacy, provide business solutions, increase economic opportunities, and maintain organizational sustainability. National ACE looks forward to working closely with the US Chamber of Commerce for the betterment of the entire business community.


Shau-Wai Lam as Vice-Chairman for Si-Yo Music Society Foundation’s Award Concert

ACE Board of Director Shau-Wai Lam, chairman emeritus of DCH Auto Group, joins the Honorary Committee of Si-Yo Music Society Foundation’s award concert at Carnegie Hall. Lam will serve as the vice-chairman. The Honorary Committee highlights the breadth and scope of the community of supporters who shared the founders’ purpose of helping musicians achieve their aspirations while bringing world-class performances to prominent venues as well as schools and community centers with few such opportunities. Si-Yo Music Society Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and cultural institution dedicated to inspiring a global community with classical music. Lam received recognition from local news, Business Wire. 


Bill Imada with National Millenial Community Hosts Community Trip 

ACE Board of Director Bill Imada founded the National Millennial Community with a mission of changing the conversation about millennial students. Kushin, Burke, and Buchanan participated in the National Millennial Community spring break trip in Philadelphia and Washington, DC. They visited executives from companies, non profits, and government agencies. This was a great opportunity for university students to meet and engage with large organizations. The trip provided more exposure and professional development to enhance their communication. Imada received recognition from local news, Herald Mail Media.