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USPAACC’s Business Express Program Helps Small Pan Asian American and Minority Businesses Reach New Heights

USPAACC’s Business Express Program was a tremendous success that attracted virtual attendees nationwide. Pictured, center, are USPAACC CEO Susan Au Allen (left) and USPAACC President Karin Hung (right).

The US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) announced the 2023 launch of its Business Express Program, an innovative business coaching program specifically created to help underserved small Pan Asian American and minority businesses reach the next level of growth.

USPAACC’s Business Express Program took place on October 10, 2023, as an ambitious hybrid learning experience with eight physical locations and virtual attendees across the country. The 10-session program over a five-month period features two exciting tracks to choose from: Track 1, a learning platform to improve business knowledge, explore effective business setups, and create a solid business plan for growth, and Track 2, a learning platform to unlock new procurement avenues, refine 1-on-1 pitches and supercharge small business networking.

Business owners who complete Track 1 can join the business plan competition at the end of the workshop series and win award funding of $5,000 for their business. The Track 1 Trainer was Tim Fulton, President of Small Business Matters, and the Track 2 Trainer was Jackie LaJoie, Retired Supplier Diversity Manager for telecom, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing industries.

USPAACC’s Business Express Program is powered by the U.S. Small Business Administration and sponsored by Wells Fargo. The physical locations were hosted by USPAACC’s regional chapters and partner organizations in California, Illinois, New York, Texas, and Georgia. The program was inaugurated in 2011 by Wells Fargo and has since helped hundreds of businesses grow and thrive.

“Our Business Express Program was robust, energetic, and included valuable information that participants thought they might know but didn’t. The program was a tremendous success and will help small Pan Asian American and minority businesses reach new heights. We are proud of our initiative’s impact and grateful to our sponsors, trainers, hosts, and participants for making it possible,” USPAACC CEO Susan Au Allen said.

Further details about USPAACC’s Business Express Program are available at https://uspaacc.com/programs/education/business-express.

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Founded in 1984 in the nation’s Capital, the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) is the most established and effective national nonprofit nonpartisan  organization representing all Asian American and Asian American-related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services. Our mission is to promote and propel economic growth and job creation by opening doors to business and professional opportunities for Asian Americans and their partners in corporations, government at the federal, state and local levels, and the small, minority and diverse business communities.  For 35 years, USPAACC has served and will continue to serve as the unified voice for equal opportunity in business for Asian Americans, as the gateway to corporate and government contracts, to Asian American suppliers, and information about Asian Americans and the Asia-Pacific and Indian Subcontinent markets.

Our signature annual thought-leadership programs include: College Hallmark Scholarship Program that began in 1989, One-on-One Prescheduled Business Matchmaking Meetings in 1998, Supplier Diversity & Procurement Leadership Caucus in 2004, Federal Contracting Town Hall Meetings in 2005, Fast 100 Asian American Businesses in 2008, Business Executive Coaching: ReadySetGrow in 2011, Chief Procurement Officers Forum in 2011, What’s Your Pitch Innovation Competitions in 2015, Chief Technology & Information Officers Forum in 2017, and Corporate Employee Business Resource Group Leadership Caucus in 2017.

Headquartered in Washington DC, USPAACC reaches Asian American businesses nationwide through regional chapters in California, Texas, New York, Georgia, Illinois and the Washington DC-Maryland-Virginia National Capital Area.

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