Our History

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” - Lao-Tzu

In 1984, there was a strong lack of organizations that traced their members’ heritage to Asia, and there was no organization that represented the interests and future of the diverse pan Asian American (includes East, South and Southeast Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) business and professional community.

Few noticed the growing diversity and size of the pan Asian American (AA) population. Even fewer knew about the burgeoning growth of the AA business community—which would become the fastest-growing group with the highest job creation record, highest household income, highest education attainment (U.S. Census 2010, Pew Research in 2012, and Nielsen Report in 2013).

The need for an organization that would address the aspirations, potentials and the challenges of AAs faced in the mainstream market place was essential. Thus, the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) was established.

As a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, USPAACC educates, trains, develops, and advocates for equal opportunity for Asian American businesses, professionals, and business organizations in the corporate and government procurement market; and promotes business between Asian Americans and their business partners in corporations, government agencies, and in the small and minority business community.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, USPAACC has regional chapters in California, New York, Texas, Illinois, Georgia and the Maryland-Virginia-Washington, DC National Capital area.

Certification History

After completing several years of advocacy work, USPAACC noticed a large gap in access to and knowledge about corporate procurement and minority business development (now called supplier diversity) within the pan AA business and professional community. The rate of AA businesses being invited to the market compared to the number of qualified Asian American businesses available was scarce.

After consulting with NMSDC and WBENC certification leadership, USPAACC started its certification program in 1989. Although a long and arduous path, the certification program today brings more diverse suppliers to the market, opens doors to more Asian Americans, and gives variety to corporations interested in working with diverse suppliers.

Today, USPAACC has educated an entire generation of AA businesses about the efficacy of Supplier Diversity. Our suppliers go through a meticulous vetting process before they are certified as an Asian American supplier. Our certification process is as rigorous and robust as that of NMSDC, WBENC, SBA and other certifying organizations, and is accepted by numerous Fortune corporations.


For the past three decades, USPAACC has served as the “go to” place for Asian American large, medium and small businesses for opportunities to sell to major corporations and governments at the federal, state and local levels; and for corporations and governments to identify Asian American suppliers in the United States and abroad.

Through extensive outreach, advocacy, educational training, technical assistance, and business development counseling programs, USPAACC has created an environment and platform where Asian American businesses could exchange ideas, share best practices, procurement, technical and marketing strategies amongst one another, and form teams and joint ventures.

Thanks to programs such as the annual CelebrAsian Procurement Conference, Chief Procurement Officers Forum, Under 40 Millionaire Entrepreneurs: Agents of Change, Fast 50 Asian American Businesses, One-on-one Prescheduled Business Matchmaking Meetings, Asian American Corporate Directors’ Awards, Business Express: ReadySetGrow, Asia Trade Mission, Supplier Diversity Managers’ Caucus, Federal Contracting Town Hall, and others, USPAACC is able to successfully connect its large, medium and small Asian American business members to Fortune corporations and Federal, State and Local government for mutually beneficial outcomes.

USPAACC’s sustained growth over the past 29 years is possible through strong, dedicated, and never-give-up leaders and members with common goals and shared values. It has worked with four U.S. Presidents, seen the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of the Cold War, the exciting Information Technology revolution, globalization, the Asia financial crisis, the September 11 terrorist attacks, Katrina, and the 2008 financial crisis. Throughout, USPAACC has kept a steady presence, providing the one unified voice for equal opportunity for Asian American businesses, professionals and business organizations at the Nation’s Capital and across the country.

As a thought leader with a 30-year track record in business matchmaking accomplishments, strong partnerships with corporations, government, and Asian American businesses, USPAACC is poised to raise the bar to yet another level as it charges forward into the future.

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The US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation was founded

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The First annual Excellence 2000 Awards Dinner was held in Washington, DC

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The Scholarship Program was created to help high school seniors achieve higher education

USPAACC Asian American Business Certification program was created to help AA businesses tap into the mainstream procurement market

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The Excellence Award was created to honor Asian Americans who have exceled in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, and community services.

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The One-on-One Prescheduled Business Matchmaking Meetings program was introduced

The Excellence 2000 Awards Dinner was changed to CelebrAsian Award of Excellence

The first CelebrAsian Conference was held in New York

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Asian Business Leadership Awards program was created with Wells Fargo to recognize Asian American business owners for their vision, success, and community involvement

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Supplier Diversity Managers’ Caucus was created as a platform for supplier diversity professionals to discuss opportunities, challenges, best practices and trends in the supplier diversity arena

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China Trade Mission was created, to extend friendship, establish strategic connections, strengthen existing relations, promote American products and services, explore opportunities for joint ventures, and source potential suppliers

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Fast 50 Asian American Businesses Awards program was created to recognize AA-owned businesses who accomplish impressive revenue growth rates over a 3-year period

China Trade Mission was changed to Asia Trade Mission when USPAACC travelled to Taiwan and China in 2010, and to India in 2012

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Chief Procurement Officers Forum was created to discuss domestic and global trends in the supply chain, issues and challenges facing the business community in the U.S. as well as the roles that small and medium size companies could play in this changing market for mutually beneficial outcomes

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Under 40 Millionaire Entrepreneurs: Success Stories program was created to share the stories of young entrepreneurs on how they started their businesses from scratch, competed against large companies and made their millions before reaching the age of 40

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Business Express: ReadySetGrow executive coaching program was created with Wells Fargo as the Legacy Founder, to help small- and medium-sized Asian and other minority businesses take their business to the next level of growth

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The Asian American Corporate Directors Awards program was created to honor Asian Americans who serve as members of the Board of Directors of Fortune 500 companies

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Business Leadership Series, a series of 16 live webinars exclusively sponsored by Wells Fargo, was created in partnership with The George Washington University School of Business, to explore current issues in the small and minority business community related to starting, managing and growing an entrepreneurial venture

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First annual Asian American Chambers Summit was presented at USPAACC’s 30th Anniversary & CelebrAsian Procurement Conference to discuss issues that affect the advancement of organizational excellence and effectiveness within local Chambers and prospects of closer collaboration on a national scale

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USPAACC’s first Ideas Marketplace: What’s Your Pitch? competition was a hit at our 30th Anniversary & CelebrAsian Procurement Conference with 13 start-ups participating in the first elimination round and 3 finalists pitching on stage to conference attendees for a main prize of $5000 in cash