Legislative Agenda for AAPI – Reception & National Conference 2014

CAABO is one of the main architects that developed a national discourse on  legislation and policies affecting the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) businesses and community with the Asian/Pacific American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (ACE).

AAPIs own 1.6 million businesses and create around 3 million jobs. We are an economic engine for the nation. But we have had a hard time to making our voices heard, especially in Washington, and our potentials haven’t been completely recognized. Once we have more resources and opportunities, especially though interaction with federal agencies and Congress, we can definitely continue to grow.

As the one voice representing the AAPI business community, ACE has selected policies that affect the success of not only AAPI businesses, but also the development of our local communities: (1)small business, (2)international trade and commerce, (3)immigration, (4)data collection, and (5)AAPIs in the workforce.

Finally, ACE’s first Legislative Agenda and Policy Priorities were published thanks to its board members, advisors, and partners. ACE hosted a Congressional reception on November 12 (Please click here to read Congresswoman Chu’s remarks at the reception covered by the World Journal) and National Conference & Banquet on November 13 to celebrate the publication, discuss the included topics in-depth, and to disseminate the Agenda and Priorities to significant key players of the Washington policy making scene, including Congress members. The two events also brought networking opportunities for AAPI business people with their colleagues and DC policy makers. The Agenda document is the first national-level legislature-targeted publication reflecting the unique needs of the AAPI business and community.

CAABO attended the events as one of ACE’s partners and a contributor to the publication. Ms. Chiling Tong, co-Chair of CAABO, was involved in and led the project as the Policy Committee Chair of ACE.

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(from Left) Ms. Daphne Kwok, Vice President of Multicultural Markets & Engagement, AAPI Audience at AARP and Former Chair of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on AAPI; Mr. Marty Lorenzo, ACE Board Member; Ms. Chiling Tong

 

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Congresswoman Grace Meng with ACE Board of Directors. Congresswoman Meng attended a Congressional Reception of ACE announcing its first Legislative Agenda & Policy Priorities on November 12, 2014 on Capitol Hill and made remarks.

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Ms. Chiling Tong made opening remakrs as the Policy Committee Chair of ACE. Congresswoman Judy Chu arrived at the moment.

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Congresswoman Judy Chu with ACE Board of Directors. Congresswoman Chu attended a Congressional Reception of ACE announcing its first Legislative Agenda & Policy Priorities on November 12, 2014 on Capitol Hill and made remarks.

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Mr. Robert Chiappetta, Associate Director of Government Affairs at Toyota Motor North America, Inc.; Ms. Chiling Tong; Ms. Alejandra Castillo, National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) at U.S. Department of Commerce at the ACE 2014 National Conference on November 13 in D.C.

 

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Mr. Bruce H. Andrews, Deputy Secretary of Commerce (middle) and Ms. Alejandra Castillo, National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency with ACE Board of Directors. Deputy Secretary Andrews and National Director Castillo attended the ACE 2014 National Conference as keynote speakers.

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Panel Discussion on the ACE’s first Legislative Agenda and Policy Priorities. (from left) Ms. Betty Lo, Vice President of Nielsen; Hon. Mark Keam, Senior Advisor at Verizon and Member of the Virginia House of Delegates; Mr. Robert Chiappetta, Associate Director of Government Relations at Toyota; Ms. Chiling Tong (moderator); Ms. Susan Jin Davis, Senior Vice President of Comcast

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Hon. Maria Contrares-Sweet, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator with ACE Board of Directors before the ACE 2014 National Conference Banquet

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Hon. Maria Contrares-Sweet, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator, made remarks at the ACE 2014 National Conference Banquet.

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Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu with CAABO members

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Hon. Chris Lu, Deputy Secretary of Labor, made remarks at the ACE 2014 National Conference Banquest on November 13.

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At the end of the banquet, Ms. Chiling Tong presented an award to the White House Initiative on AAPI (WHIAAPI) on behalf of ACE. Mr. Bill Imada, ACE Founding Chairman and Current Chair of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on AAPI (far left); Mr. George Mui, Senior Advisor to WHIAAPI & Market Access Team Lead at MBDA (middle); Ms. Daphne Kwok, Former Chair of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on AAPI (next to Mr. Mui); Mr. Jason Tengco, Senior Advisor of WHIAAPI came on the stage together for photography.

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CAABO Table at the Banquet!

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