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We've Been Busy!

Hello all, we’ve been busy! September was filled with chamber events for USPAACC. We are not resting on our laurels. We strive and continue to be active in our community and last month was an example of how packed it could be even during the sleepy, dog days of summer.

USPAACC Employee Business Resource Group Leadership Caucus (EBRG)

big thanks to Punita, Dr. Fisher and Kandace for their inspiration and useful tips...

Senators Working to Help Small Businesses

The bill sponsored by Senators Bill Cramer (R-N.D.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Krysten Sinema (D-Ariz) would expedite the forgiveness process for those businesses that received funds from the Small Business Administration PPP.

Milken Institute - Coming Together

It was good to sit at this table with both Ron and Ramiro. Not only was I present to share my insights of our Pan Asian American business community, but I learned quite a bit as well from my friends.

Innovations Meet the Market: Elnaz Sarraf of ROYBI

Serial entrepreneur Elnaz Sarraf is the founder and CEO of ROYBI, an edtech company that offers interactive, personalized language and STEM learning experiences for children. Elnaz was one of the 2019 What’s Your Pitch competition winners. She shares her company’s story, as well as advice for future contestants.

Streamlined Loan Forgiveness

More good news for our small and diverse business members.

More Funds for Minority Businesses

In unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances like the one we are in today, USPAACC is also here to provide good news such as this, the Open For Business Fund, and offer the resources and support to regroup and regain a foothold in business.

Innovations Meet the Market: Zachary Witman of GrowSquares

Zachary Witman founded Brooklyn-based GrowSquares to take the guesswork out of gardening. Zachary was the grand prize winner of USPAACC’s 2019 What’s Your Pitch: Innovations Meet the Market competition held in Houston, TX last June. We recently checked in with him to hear how the company has grown over the past year and what advice he has for future contestants.

Looking Back To Move Forward

Like most Americans, we all came from somewhere else, but our arrival was not met with open arms. In 1882, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act—the only U.S. Iaw to prevent immigration and naturalization on the basis of race.

COVID-19 + the George Floyd Killing Amplify Our Need to Come Together

COVID-19 has amplified the needs of so many for help and compassion, and the lack of Internet access in undeserved communities. The George Floyd killing further exacerbated the anguish over injustice in the Black community.

USPAACC LiveTALK Library

On March 30, three days after the President signed the CARES Act into law, we launched our LiveTALK online video broadcast series to inform our members, supporters, and the public about the PPP and EIDL. Watch our past videos here, giving the community valuable advice, opportunities, strategies, and more.

Challenges of Racism in America Today

As I write to you, I am worried for our country and with a very heavy heart. People are scared and angry. George Floyd’s death has sparked wide protests but these peaceful demonstrations have been mixed with violence, riots and clashes with the police.