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2023 Year in Review

USPAACC has been hard at work delivering impactful business development programs and opportunities for our members. As we begin our work again in 2024, we would like to share some of USPAACC’s highlights and successes from 2023.

USPAACC's Impact through Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP)

The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) American Rescue Plan-funded Small Business Community Navigators Pilot Program is the largest-ever dedicated federal investment in navigator services for small businesses. Watch our video showing the impact of our work at the ground level.

How USPAACC Helped Fanny Crystal Jewelry Survive the Pandemic: An Interview with Tony Tong, Co-Owner

Fanny Crystal Jewelry proudly serves the Brooklyn Chinatown community. The owners, Fanny and Tony Tong, are immigrants who came to the United States to pursue their American Dream. However, when the pandemic hit, Fanny Crystal Jewelry was forced to close, resulting in a loss of income. Thankfully, they found assistance through the Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP), operated by USPAACC’s Spoke Universal Processing in New York City. The CNPP is a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) program that helps small businesses in underserved communities access grants, loans, and other assistance to emerge stronger from the pandemic.

Report from Capitol: USPAACC asks lawmakers to consider continued funding for the Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP)

The pandemic must be over, because traffic has returned to Capitol Hill. And USPAACC’s CEO,Susan Au Allen & Alyn Hadar, Public Affairs Specialist (Advocacy), joined the throngs of folks from interest groups, lobbyists, and individuals who walked the halls of Congress trying to convince Representatives and Senators that their issues are worth supporting.

USPAACC CEO Susan Au Allen Receives Prestigious “Beacon of Inspiration Award” for Her Service to the AANHPI Community

Susan Au Allen, CEO of the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC), was honored with the “Beacon of Inspiration Award” by the World Journal and Scholarship America at the 18th Greater New York Chinese Education Foundation Scholarship Award Ceremony on July 7.

Recent Developments on SBA 8(a) Program and Affirmative Action

We would like to hear from you and welcome your thoughts on the U.S. District Court decision on the SBA 8(a) program.

Congratulations to the 14 high school seniors who received $54,000 in college scholarships from USPAACC!

USPAACC has provided over $2 million in scholarships to over 330 students since its launch. The scholarship program receives 3,300+ applications annually. Help us congratulate this year's recipients!

Pan Asian Americans: Leading the Way in Tech, Innovation, and Small Business

Each May, we come together as a nation to celebrate the rich heritage and immeasurable impact of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. Their contributions and influence are interwoven into the very fabric of our nation - from the arts and sciences to business and public service.

CelebrASIAN Success Story: MSL Express, Inc.

Chester Tong is the founder, President, and CEO of MSL Express, Inc., a respected industry leader with a great global reputation. MSL Express, Inc. is also a proud USPAACC member. Recently we caught up with Mr. Tong to see how he has been since being announced as a recipient of the 2022 Fast 50 Asian American Business Excellence Award.

2022 Year in Review

What a productive year we’ve had! Our plate was full with challenges and wins. Yet we rolled up our sleeves, kept our nose to the grindstone, persevered as a team – and we came out stronger.

4 Ways to Find a Business Idea for What’s Your Pitch: Innovations Competition

We at the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) agree that innovation is important for the business sector and the world. As such, we have launched the next round of the What’s Your Pitch: Innovations Competition for 2022. Individuals who have a unique business idea will not only win over $50,000 worth of prizes but will also be coached by successful entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and Houston. So if you want to stand out in the competition, here are a few strategies that can help you innovate...