Since its founding in the nation’s capital in 1984, USPAACC has developed connections and relationships with policy- and decision-makers in Congress, the Executive Branch, national trade associations, and think tanks. Our views on issues affecting the economy and international trade are often sought by legislators, researchers and representatives of the media.
USPAACC is just as strongly tied to the Asian American and minority business and professional communities throughout the nation; it has regional chapters in California, Texas, Georgia, Illinois, New York, and in Washington, DC-Maryland-Virginia in the National Capital area. Through this coast-to-coast network, the USPAACC team stays abreast of issues and opinions, both at the grassroots and national levels.
Meet and discuss with the nation’s lawmakers important and relevant issues that impact your business. Operating from our national headquarters in Washington, DC, USPAACC has easy access to Capitol Hill, where legislative briefings are held and our members’ concerns are regularly presented and discussed.
- On April 13, 2021, Susan Au Allen, our National President and CEO, spoke at
a US Chamber of Commerce Event, Equality of Opportunity in Action: The AAPI Business Community Speaks
Up, and addressed in some length the status of AAPI businesses in America, how do hate and racism
impact AAPI business now? How has the situation changed over the past year? The steps USPAACC are taking to
help, and how can government help?
- On April 5, 2021, USPAACC published a Manifesto for the
AAPI Community and Diverse Americans. It is a purposeful 5-point action plans for all Americans to
create a cohesive environment of mutual respect, understanding, and fairness.
- Since early 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic was announced, USPAACC has organized 19 LiveTALK broadcasts
Sean Moore, who
Ben Cardin’s (D-MD), Democratic Staff Director for the Senate Committee on Small Business &
EntrepreneurshipSenate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship. During the discussion,
explained the PPP Round 2 and its implementation, advocating for wide usage of the law among the
and minority business communities. That was of tremendous help to AAPI businesses who are in need of
the PPP Round
2 funding relief because many did not benefit from the PPP last year due to language barriers, lack of
and difficulties in following through with the application process, inability to produce acceptable
support the application, lack of mainstream banking experiences or a banker who would take their
serious as larger businesses.
After the horrific George Floyd killing, we presented Race
Relations, a discussion among African American, Hispanic American and
Asian American community leaders, and then E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One), a follow-up discussion to
advocate for Americans coming
together to seek better understanding of each other's unique background and cultures, experiences,
tribulations as well as successes and contributions to the country. Thousands of Asian Americans came
out in support
of BLM. They wanted to show solidarity with the Black community, believing that discrimination against
group is discrimination against all groups. Our blogs calling for calm resonated with a wide audience.
When the PPP funds began to flow into the community, USPAACC presented Rebooting Our
Realistic and Reasonable Way to Open the Economyand Realistic and Reasonable Way to Open the
for prudent and considered plans as the AAPI and diverse communities prepared to re-enter the economy.
- In early 2020, USPAACC urged the White House, Treasury Secretary Steven
Mnuchin, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leaders Chuck
Schumer, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, to pass the Cares Act. It was passed.
- In 2019, we joined the Automobile Manufacturers Alliance, now Alliance for
Automotive Innovation, to advocate for legislation that would lead to adoption of Comprehensive Autonomous
Vehicle Law. The innovation that will follow legislation, research, implementation, etc., will benefit the
small and minority business communities in job creation, and business opportunities.
- Since 2018, USPAACC National President & CEO Susan Au Allen has been an
active Member of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Advisory Committee on Diversity
and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE). There, she co-leads the Supplier Diversity programs for three years,
that resulted in two public Supplier Diversity events and a third, Tech Communications and Diversity
Opportunity Symposium & Networking One-on-One Meeting Fair on April 28, 2021. All three events are designed
for the minority community. Her experience and opinions are sought and respected. On March 29, 2021, the FCC
issued Public Notice Condemning AAPI Violence. USPAACC's role on this Committee has been to advocate for
effective outreach to the minority community nationwide, improving broadband access, educating broadband
adoption, facilitating business opportunities, and referring employment opportunities to minority and
- October 10, 2017 – Susan Au Allen, National President & CEO of USPAACC, led
a delegation of small business owners to meet with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, at his office in
Washington, DC. Learn
- Since 2016, in partnership with the Associated Builders and Contractors,
Inc. (ABC), we have been advocating for fair and open competition on taxpayer-funded construction projects
which will open more opportunities for all qualified small businesses, minorities and women in the
- USPAACC is a founding member of the Chamber Leadership Alliance (CLA), previously Chamber Training Institute (CTI) which
began in 2010. The founding members of CLA are: US Black Chambers, Inc., US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, US
Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, and National LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
- In addition, USPAACC has advocated over the years on specific issues on behalf of AT&T, Comcast, Verizon,
Walmart, The American Builders and Contractors Association, Inc., The American Hotel & Motel Association,
and the International Franchise Association ; and the reauthorization of MBDA (Minority Business
- April 2016 – Letter to the Honorable Tom Wheeler, Chairman and
Commissioners of the FCC Committee about expressing concerns about the sweeping video navigation
device rule introduced on February 18.
- March 2016 – Letter to the Members of Senate Committee on Commerce,
Science and Transportation in support of the Blunt Blumenthal Amendment to assure that revenue
generated at airports would be used for airport-related purposes.
- February 2016 – Participated in the Minority-Owned Small Business
Roundtable organized by House Small Business Committee to discuss issues facing small business owners
on the invitation of Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY).
- December 2015 – Recommended a woman-owned small business to testify
before House Small Business Committee, Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce on “Supporting
Success: Empowering Small Business Advocates.”
- July 2015 – Met with Chairman of House Small Business Committee,
Congressman Steve Chabot, to discuss job creation and minority business growth programs.
- May 2015 – Published article in the Washington Times about the Asian
American vote in 2016.
- May 2015 – Met with Brad Bailey, Policy Advisor, Speaker Boehner; to
discuss TPA and TPP.
- April 2015 – Met with Congresswoman, Judy Chu, Congressmen Mike Honda
and Takano to discuss TPA & TPP.
- February 2015 – Letter to the SBA Administrator, Maria
Contreras-Sweet, in support of TPA and TPP.
- January 2015 – Joined US Chamber of Commerce in an open letter to the
114th Congress re: Intellectual Property.
- August 2014 – Letter to The Honorable Tom Wheeler, Chairman, FCC, in
support of Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner.
- July 2014 – Joined the National Black Chamber of Commerce, National
Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in an open letter to advance
broadband access and adoption.
- June 2014 – Spoke at Policy Summit in Washington, DC on small business
- November 2013 – Recommended to President Obama to laud USPAACC
member’s success story in his immigration speech in San Francisco. The White House asked USPAACC to
recommend a successful Asian American business whose inspiring immigrant story could be shared to a
- November 7, 2012 – Supported AT&T Petition to Launch Proceeding
Concerning the TDM-to-IP Transition.
- April 2012 - USPAACC National President & CEO Susan Au Allen spoke at
the Federal Reserve Bank in Washington, DC about the changing landscape in the global economy; the
social and economic ties of Asian American business to the Asia-Pacific region; their cultural
competency to facilitate entry into this market; the role USPAACC plays in Corporate procurement; and
how the different disparate ethnic groups can work together for the greater good.
- November 8, 2011 – Letter to Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Hatch,
Senate Finance Committee, applauding the House passage of H.R. 1002, the Wireless Tax Fairness Act.
USPAACC urges the Senate to support this legislation, which will help small businesses and consumers.
- March 3, 2011 – USPAACC National President & CEO testified before the
Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship about SBA’s 8(a) and small and minority
business programs and current issues minority and small businesses are facing.
- March 4, 2011 – USPAACC issued a press release that National President
& CEO, Susan Allen, testified before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship on
small and minority business issues.
- January 18, 2011 – Attended press conference at Hyatt Hotel in
response to union protest.
- January 6, 2011 – Met with Latino Coalition about collaboration on
advocacy activities on behalf of small and minority businesses.
- June 30, 2010 – Letter to Chairman Rockefeller, Senate Committee on
Commerce, Science and Transportation and Chairman Henry Waxman, House Committee on Energy and
Commerce, advocating for support of public policies that promote broadband expansion and investments.
- May 25, 2010 – Held a “Capitol Hill Day” as part of the annual
national 25th Anniversary CelebrAsian Business Opportunity Conference (now CelebrAsian Procurement
Conference) and met with Senators Daniel Akaka and Daniel Inouye, Senator Mary Landrieu Chief of
Staff, Senator Olympia Snowe Chief of Staff, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Congressman Mike Honda and
Congressman David Wu to discuss small and minority business concerns.
- January 13, 2010 – USPAACC, along with other Chambers, sent a letter
to FCC Chairman Genachowski and Commissioners to carefully gather all the facts and seek informed
counsel before issuing its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on network neutrality.
- December 11, 2009 – Letters to Senators McCain, Grassley, McConnell
and Reid in support of Importation of Pharmaceuticals.
- 2008 – USPAACC’s National President & CEO, Susan Au Allen, invited to
join Obama transition team to advise on small and minority (specifically Asian American) business
issues in Commerce, Labor, Transportation, International Trade Administration and Energy.
- 2003 – Entered into partnership with the U.S. Small Business
Administration (SBA) ata Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony, pledging to collaborate through
information and resources to Asian American small business across the country.
- 2002 – Helped to organize a White House reception in honor of Asian
Pacific American Heritage Month with 150 select guests, including the first Indian-American astronaut
and first Indian woman in space, Kalpana Chawla, who was one of the seven crew members that died in
the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003.
- 2001 – Bipartisan work to promote the Asian Pacific American Heritage
Month with former President George H.W. Bush and Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta
- 1992 – Met with President Bill Clinton at the White House to discuss
Asian American views on civil rights, education and healthcare
Chamber Leadership Alliance Meeting: Ramiro Cavazos, President & CEO of USHCC, Susan Au Allen, National President & CEO of USPAACC, Justin Nelson, Co-Founder & President of NGLCC, and Ron Busby, President/CEO of USBC.
"Closing the Gap: Exploring Minority Access to Capital and Contracting Opportunities"
Susan Au Allen, USPAACC’s National President & CEO, testifies before U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship.
"Supporting Success: Empowering Small Business Advocates"
Tracy Balazs, President and CEO of Federal Staffing Resources, LLC, testifies to House Small Business Committee Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce