May 2018 Newsletter



Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Planning 

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) which recognizes the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  Floyd Mori, President of APAICS has collaborated with many AAPI organizations to discuss new updates for all events while also playing a large role in organizing the business summits, conferences and galas. Some of the collaborating organizations include CAPAC, JCL, MNET, APAICS, NCAPA, WHIAAPI, AAJC etc. 


CalAsian Chamber of Commerce’s 9th Annual Legislative Summit and Reception

On April 10, National ACE was invited to participate in CalAsian’s 9th Annual Legislative Summit. The CalAsian Chamber is the largest statewide ethnic chamber in California, with the mission to grow and empower the API business community throughout California. They advocate for policies, legislation, and programs that will help California’s API-owned businesses community reach new markets and provide growth opportunities. The CalAsian Chamber works consistently on creating sustainable communities through economic development and focuses on providing access, education, and opportunities for California’s AAPI and small business community.
This summit brought California’s small business community to the Capitol in Sacramento to hear about key issues affecting economic growth and California’s economy. During the conference, we discussed legislative issues on behalf of members and partners across the state. Policy issues involved small business advocacy, cannabis, housing, and education and workforce development. Participants engaged with members of the legislature and other members of the Capitol community while gaining a first-hand perspective on the legislative process.

National ACE Joins the Small Business Roundtable Coalition 

The Small Business Roundtable (SBR) launched in April with six other associations to advocate for policies on entrepreneurship. National ACE is proud to join founding members with National Small Business Association, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council), the National Association for the Self-Employed, National Association of Women Business Owners, and the U.S. Black Chambers. This Coalition will bring together a greater voice in addressing public policy and increasing influence. “All too often, Asian and Pacific Islander Americans are left out of policy-making discussions,” said Chiling Tong, president and CEO of National ACE, in a statement. “National ACE looks forward to providing critical input to ensure the needs our communities’ small businesses are met and that the next generation of millennial entrepreneurs have the resources they need to succeed.”

By working together, we have more resources to affect policy changes for business owners across the U.S. This will advance economic agendas across the U.S. and push meaningful action on policies necessary for the success of small businesses. Through focusing on policy, access, and inclusion, SBR will work to change the small business community. National ACE received recognition from Small Business Trends and Associations Now.


NCAPA Leadership Workshop

On April 16, the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) hosted a leadership workshop for executive directors and senior staff for various AAPI non-profit organizations. The day long training was split into three sessions. 

The first session was an interactive presentation media training led by Ken Scudder, writer and communications consultant specializing in message development, communication training, writing and editing, and crisis communication.  For three years, Mr. Scudder worked on Capitol Hill as a Communications Director for Congressman Mike Honda and then Congressman Alan Grayson, and eventually as the Democratic Communications Director for the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee.
The next session detailed best practices in development and fundraising presented by Bill Imada and Ed Fichter. Bill Imada is the founder, chairman and chief connectivity officer of IW Group, a minority- owned and operated advertising, marketing and communications agency focusing on the growing multicultural markets. For more than 20 years, Mr. Imada has worked with some of the top companies in the U.S., including American Airlines, Coca-Cola, General Motors, HBO, Lexus, McDonald’s, Southern California Edison, Verizon, Walmart Stores, Warner Bros. Pictures, and many others. His areas of expertise include advertising, branding, multicultural communications, marketing, crises management, and public relations. Ed Fichter served as Director of Development for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR) for over 15 years. His expertise in fundraising and institutional advancement led to the capacity building efforts of the C3 and C4 arm of LCCHR. Before then he served as Vice-President for Development and Communications at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. They provided meaningful insight on better connecting and developing relationships with corporate sponsors, highlighting the importance of integrating collaboration with the community and different organizations to host events in order to reach a wider audience. They gave helpful tips on how to better spend sponsor money by hosting less dinner galas, to focusing more on meeting individually with executives, and being more accountable with sponsor contributions.
Lastly, the session on Elevating Your Policy Work was presented by Linda Shim, Gregg Orton, and Khelan Bhatia. We gained insider advice from Hill staffers on presenting effective agendas to legislators. We greatly appreciate the presenters for taking their time to share their knowledge to make our organizations work better together.


Congressional Awards Leadership Reception

National ACE was invited to the 38th annual Congressional Award Leadership Reception in the U.S. Capitol on April 24. This event provided a great opportunity to learn more about the Congressional Award program and to interact with supporters on the Hill, as well as Board Members and youth participants. Leader Mitch McConnell and other members of the House and Senate were in attendance to show support. The Congressional Award is the only award for young Americans legislated by the U.S. Congress. To date, over 8.5 million hours of service have been contributed to communities across the country as a part of the Congressional Award program. 


CEO Conversation with Politico

On April 26, National ACE attended a CEO Conversation talk with Steve Balmer, former CEO of Microsoft and leader of USAFacts. This conversation was led by Politico CEO, Patrick Steel, who asked a series of questions on how USAFacts is important for the American population. Balmer is a prominent civic and business leader with an impressive background. USAFacts is Steve’s project for gathering, reporting, and sharing the numbers behind the U.S. government. USAFacts seeks to inform people on the statistics and reports from the government in an easier manner so everyone can understand. 


NextGen Miami Retreat – Level Up Your Business

ACE NextGen hosted a retreat in Miami for meeting with like-minded AAPI entrepreneurs from all over the United States. There were plenty of opportunities to build relationships, learn from each other, as well as interactive workshops led by seasoned entrepreneurs and business coaches. Speakers Lavanya Jawaharlal, co-founder of STEM Center USA, and Ian So, CEO of Chicken & Rice Guys, shared stories about starting up their own businesses through their struggles and successes. Breakout sessions included topics on work-life balance, hiring your first employees, and creating a positive work culture. Different members of NextGen hosted one on one coaching which focused on branding, podcasts, finances, female entrepreneurship, and selling as an entrepreneur. Speaker Kit Pang led a case study discussion on why entrepreneurs fail and the 5 stages of a startup. 



Michigan Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce Gala

On April 28, National ACE was invited to join and support Michigan’s Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC) for their 17th annual Gala “One World, One Voice.” This gala aimed to celebrate 17 years of APACC with all their accomplishments and milestones. The mission of APACC is to facilitate business relationships among Asian and U.S. based companies and to promote the economic advancement of Asian Pacific Americans. APACC strives to provide its members with information that is current and important in making strategic business decisions. They continuously identify timely topics and seek leaders in their field to address theme from different perspectives to enhance their knowledge and network base in this global economy. National ACE and APACC has an established MOU agreement to collaborate and expand their network of Asian business leaders. This was a great opportunity to reconnect with our partners and discuss new business developments.