E-Newsletter | August 16, 2021
Celebrating 31 years and highlighting the some of the top influential Asian Own businesses and entrepreneurs in Houston.
Come join us in celebrating 31 years serving the Greater Houston Area. Each year, The Asian Chamber of Commerce in Houston recognizes companies and individuals who have impacted our community at large. The event unites the Asian business community to celebrate excellence in leadership, business, and community impact within the greater Houston area.
  • 4:30 PM Registration Begins
  • 5:00 PM Cocktail Hour / VIP Reception
  • 6:00 PM Award Program Begins
Announcing the highest celebrated speakers and honoring those who have contributed towards our Asian Business Community. More speakers and award honorees will be announced.
The Honorable Elaine L. Chao
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and U.S. Secretary of Labor
By attending you will be immersed in the joining the various business leaders in our city. Connect with those who stand united in elevating our economy and supporting Asian-owned Businesses.

Mayor Sylvester Turner

Date: Friday, September 10, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM CT
Venue: Houston Marriott Westchase (2900 Briarpark Dr, Houston TX 77042)
Current ACC Members – Discount code has been sent to your email box.
Confirmed Speaker List
Local Speakers: (As of August 16)
  • Mayor Sylvester Turner, Executive Officer of the City of Houston
  • Ric Campo, Chairman of the Port of Houston Authority and Chairman/CEO of Camden Property Trust
  • Christopher Olson, Director of Trade & International Affairs with City of Houston
  • Jorge Franz, Senior Vice President, Tourism and Industry Relations with Visit Houston
Federal Speakers:
  • Eric A. Miller, Regional Director of the Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Peter Tataris, Senior International Trade Specialist of the U.S. Commercial Service
Countries and Trade Regions: (Listed In Alphabetical Order)
  • India – The Honorable Aseem R. Mahajan
  • Indonesia – The Honorable Andre Omer Siregar
  • Japan – The Honorable Hideo Fukushima
  • Korea – The Honorable Myung Soo Ahn
  • Mexico – The Honorable Alicia Kerber-Palma
  • Taiwan – The Honorable Robert Fu-Wen Lo
  • Vietnam – The Honorable Nguyen Trac Ba
We invite you to attend our 2021 Asian Chamber Trade Forum and Business Expo including the Rising 10 Awards (All part of the Business Conference and Expo) happening Friday, September 10th. This is a continuation of our annual business conference where we will focus on opportunities of trade both locally and globally. This year’s theme, “Rebound, Recover, Reengage”, will provide essential business tools and cover topics to help reengage customers as the country and our international border opens up for business.
You will have an opportunity to listen to 7 countries talk about trade opportunities as well as visit the business expo where over 50 exhibitors will showcase their offerings. During our luncheon, listen to opportunities from the City of Houston in driving trade opportunities along with bringing more visitors into Houston. We will also host an in-person awards ceremony highlighting 10 Asian owned businesses, who have excelled over the past 3 years. With support and partners from the US Department of Commerce, City of Houston, Greater Houston Partnership, US Chamber, National ACE and SBA, we have put together exciting sessions of learning and connect with essential business opportunities.
Each attendee will have an opportunity to in person visit over 50 exhibitors in showcasing their products and services and network with participants throughout the forum and expo.
We invite you to register today in discovering new ways of growing your business and driving new opportunities to meet other business owners and potential customers. With celebrating 30 years serving the community, The Asian Chamber stands behind your success of helping drive new business!
  • Registration – 8:30am
  • International Trade Forum – 9:00am-11:30am
  • Business Expo – 9:00am-11:30am
  • Houston Economy and Trade Luncheon – 11:30am
  • RISING 10 Awards – 12:50pm
  • Business Expo Reopens – 1:30pm-3:00pm
  • Event Closes – 3:00pm
Grubhub in partnership with National Asian Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (National ACE) announce a grant opportunity for Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) owned restaurants nationally to receive much needed funding.
There will be 13 winners within our region in Northeast Texas. The top 12 selected restaurants will receive $10,000 and a runner up winner will receive $8,000. If selected as a grant recipient, your simple obligation would be to share a testimony as to how the funding helped your business.
Eligibility Requirements
  • The business must be Asian American/Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian (AAPI) majority-owned (at least 51%)
  • The business is based in the United States
  • The business must have been operational in 2019
  • The business must be currently in operation
  • The business’s primary licensed activity is “the preparation and serving of food”
  • The business operates in a maximum of three locations (ineligible if operating in four or more locations)
We encourage our members to apply for the grant as soon as possible as only 100 restaurant applications will be accepted in our region. The system will close at 11:59 p.m. on August 31, 2021 or when it has accepted 100 applications, whichever comes first.
For more information and how to apply please visit
The AAPISTRONG Restaurant Fund is supported with a $2 million donation from Grubhub’s “Donate the Change” program. Throughout the month of May, Grubhub customers opted-in to round up their bill at checkout and donated the difference to support AAPI-owned restaurants, with Grubhub also matching donations from Grubhub+ members. Eligible restaurants across the country will be able to apply for a $10,000 or $8,000 grant with nearly 200 restaurants being awarded in October.
AAPI-owned restaurants were among the hardest hit during the pandemic’s early days. By April 2020, roughly half of the Chinese restaurants in the U.S. had closed because of the pandemic, coupled with consumer prejudice and misperceptions.
The Asian Chamber of Commerce wants to help your business WIN BIDS by enrolling in our upcoming Supplier Diversity Academy. Join the program and learn how buyers look for diverse suppliers who represent women-owned and/or minority-owned businesses. Be coached by decision makers from mayor corporations and the public sector in researching bids, learning the application process, and how to knock out a winning presentation. Use this opportunity to network and be seen by potential buyers through the Academy!
Speakers from:
  • Shell, H-E-B, Chase, Port Houston, Metro, United Airlines and Lone Star College and more
Topics covered:
  • Certification
  • Where to Find bids/opportunities
  • How to Apply
  • How to Have a Winning Presentation
  • How to Negotiate
All Virtual Sessions will take place 11:00am – 1:00pm
Assignments will be self-paced through our online learning platform
FEES – $200 – Will be collected after approval into the Academy
* FREE for ACC Bronze members and higher

Business Resources and Partner Events

Join the SBA September 13 – September 15, 2021, for the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit to learn new business strategies, meet other business owners, and chat with industry experts. This free online event will include educational webinars, updates on resources for small businesses and a networking chat room for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
On August 11, 2021, the SBA announced updates to the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, including:
  • New applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. PT on Friday, August 20, 2021.
  • The SBA will open the program for supplemental SVOGs for 50% of the original award amount, capped at a total of $10 million (initial and supplemental combined) later this month. Details will be announced at a later date.
  • The SBA is currently accepting, by invitation, applications for reconsideration of award amounts and appeals. This rare opportunity gives applicants a chance to prove their eligibility and reverse a prior decision.
Houston Business Expo
September 28th
“Doing Business in Houston”
City of Houston
Presenting Speaker:
Porscha Jackson, PhD
Learn about getting Certified and Registered with The City of Houston. About the RFP & Open Bid Process and Resources for:
· Small Business Owners
· Women Business Owners
· Minority Business Owners
Program Schedule:
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Welcoming Reception
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Guest Speakers “Doing Business in Houston”
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Breakaway Session
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Business Networking Expo & Happy Hour
Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center
6633 Travis Street
Houston, TX 77030
TEXT “Networking” to 88202 & RSVP

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Date: Tuesday, August 17th, 2021
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm CST
Venue: Hotel ZaZa, Fountain Room (5701 Main Street, Houston, TX)
The Offshore Technology Conference is the largest oil and gas sector trade show in the world.
The USRCC’s OTC Reception provides energy professionals the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters.
The following industry executives will make their remarks during the OTC Reception 2021:
  • Thomas Schuessler, Senior Vice President, Global Upstream Conventionals, ExxonMobil;
  • Sandy Esslemont, President and CEO, Parker Drilling Company;
  • Alexander Zakharov, Consul General, Consulate General of Russian Federation Houston
  • Jeff Shellebarger, Chairman, 23rd WPC Organizing Committee
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