E-Newsletter | April 4, 2022

Chamber Events and Announcements

The Asian Chamber of Commerce along with Harris County Precinct 4 Community Assistance Department would like to invite you to a WORKSHOP for RESTAURANT OWNERS. Come hear from Harris County Health Department and Fire Marshall on best practices. We want to help keeping your restaurants in compliance.
Monday Apr 11, 2022 | 2-4pm In-Person
Tracy Gee Community Center
3599 Westcenter Drive
Houston, TX 77042


Come join the Chamber in visiting Daikin Technology Park on Friday, April 8, 2022 @ 2-4pm
Located just outside of Houston, Texas, the Daikin Technology Park allows Daikin to consolidate manufacturing, engineering, logistics, marketing and sales for Goodman, Amana and Daikin brand unitary heating and air conditioning products in one location. The facility is designed from the ground up to encourage collaboration and innovation. With engineering and manufacturing in one location, product innovations can quickly be tested and implemented into manufacturing processes.
Friday Apr 8, 2022 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Daikin Texas Technology Park
19001 Kermier Road
Waller, TX 77484
Those riding the bus must arrive by 1pm to the ACC Office.
The tour is only for Asian Chamber of Commerce members.
Tour is free but registration is required. Limited number of spaces available – ACC members must be registered and on the list in order to attend. Note: Registration does not guarantee a seat for this tour. You will be notified once there is confirmation.


UPS and National ACE Launch (2nd Annual) AAPISTRONG Proudly Unstoppable Fund to help AAPI-Owned Businesses
Independent Asian American and Pacific Islander businesses across the country can apply for a $5,000 AAPISTRONG Proudly Unstoppable grant.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 18, 2022 — UPS, the multinational shipping and receiving company, and the National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (National ACE) have announced a program to support Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) small businesses with competitive grants worth $5,000 each. The AAPISTRONG Proudly Unstoppable Fund enters its second year to help small businesses respond to those challenges and recover from the effects of the pandemic, such as paying employees’ wages or repairing racially-motivated damage or vandalism.
“Our AAPI-owned businesses are still experiencing severe losses as a result of the pandemic and even worse, are victims of increased hate, discrimination, and bias at their places of business,” said Chiling Tong, President and CEO of National ACE. UPS’s ongoing commitment to AAPI-owned businesses is further demonstrated by the ongoing grant support they have provided the community. This contribution from UPS will provide hope for AAPI small business owners that were not eligible for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Restaurant Relief Funds (RRF).”
The AAPISTRONG Proudly Unstoppable Fund will be supported by a generous donation from UPS. AAPI-owned restaurants and businesses were amongst 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 AAPISTRONG Proudly Unstoppable Fund will accept grant applications from all AAPI-owned businesses across the country from March 21, 2022 to April 3, 2022. To qualify for grant assistance, AAPI-owned businesses must satisfy all of the following requirements:
The business must be Asian American/Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian (AAPI) majority-owned (51% or more AAPI-owned), based in the United States, currently in operation, operating in a maximum of three locations, and not part of a chain or franchise. The business owner(s) must be willing to be interviewed for earned-media opportunities related to this grant and complete the application before the closing date or be amongst the first 1,000 applicants.
Applications will open at 12pm ET on Monday, March 21, 2022 via The application period will close on April 3, 2022 and grants will be fully distributed by the end of May 2022. Interested applicants can learn more about the AAPISTRONG Proudly Unstoppable Fund and the full application process at
Dear AAPI Small Business Owners,
You’ve been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in ways that aren’t always visible to policymakers. By taking a 10-minute survey, you can help make clear how the pandemic has impacted you and small businesses like yours. Let your voice be heard by taking the survey here.
The survey’s findings will help elected officials to develop economic recovery policies and programs to better serve Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The Asian Chamber of Commerce will work with National ACE (our national partner) to share the results with legislators and policymakers.
Your input is critical. The survey will take you about 10 minutes and your responses will be anonymous and confidential. You can take the survey anytime until March 24, 2022.
Upon completing the survey, you could win a roundtrip flight with Southwest Airlines.
Let your voice be heard by taking the survey here.
Applications for shelf-ready products are now open through April 8 for Walmart’s largest annual Open Call event in its nine-year history. The event will be extended to two days, June 28-29, with participants choosing virtual or in-person pitch meetings with a Walmart or Sam’s Club buyer. More than 2,000 companies have already registered more than 6,000 items they hope to present to buyers through an exclusive early access period offered to Marketplace sellers. Additionally, we are offering mentoring sessions to all applicants registering for the event, providing suppliers with the tools needed to successfully sell on Walmart’s virtual and physical shelves.
Open Call, Walmart’s largest sourcing event, helps support our 10-year commitment to American jobs through its $350 billion investment in items made, grown, or assembled in the U.S and aims to bring American-made products and businesses to communities across the country.
Businesses wishing to apply for this year’s Open Call event can apply here. Anyone wishing to learn more about becoming a Walmart Marketplace seller can click here. Please help us spread the word!

Join the City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity and SCORE Houston for a panel discussion designed for City of Houston vendors.

This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about doing business with the City of Houston and how SCORE Houston can support you while running your business.  During each monthly meeting get your business questions answered by industry and Office of Business Opportunity experts and SCORE Mentors. Gain the information and support you need to provide your products and services as a City of Houston vendor.
Husch Blackwell is offering eligible minority businesses free legal services to see them grow and develop. If you are a small, minority-owned business or minority entrepreneur seeking legal assistance related to your business, apply at: The ideal applicant is a viable company, meeting its financial obligations to expand and employ, but is unable to afford legal services.
For more information, e-mail Quinncy McNeal, Pro Bono Counsel at or call 713-525-6253.
Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator is dedicated to helping build sustainable equity and growth for Black entrepreneurs by enabling their success as sellers. Grow your business with access to financial support, strategic business guidance and mentorship, and marketing and promotional support.