• Tammy Duckworth at the Expo 2013
  • Tammy Duckworth meeting small business owners 2013
  • Pat Quinn greeting small business owners 2013
  • Pat Quinn, Toni Preckwinkle greeting small business owners 2013
  • A record turn-out at the Expo 2013
  • Toni Preckwinkle at the Expo 2013
  • George Mui, Shelly Ng, Lois White at a monthly networking event in 2013
  • Ed Lai working with volunteers at the 2012 Expo
  • Milan Madhani at the 2012 Expo
  • Rudy Pamintuan at the 2011 Expo
  • Jaz Park, Michael Smith and Shelly Ng at the 2012 Expo
  • Janny Leung meeting Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the 2012 Expo
  • Workshop by KAAC at the 2012 Expo
  • Workshop by KAAC at the 2012 Expo
  • Kam Liu at a monthly networking event in 2012

Asian American Business Expo

Saturday, September 6th, 2014, 9 AM - 3 PM
UIC Forum, Chicago

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel addresses the audience at the Asian American Business ExpoThe Asian American Business Expo is a one-day event with more than 20 workshops and 60 exhibits. The Expo is non-profit, free of charge and open to everyone. The attendance in 2013 exceeded 1,100.

The Expo’s mission is to promote economic progress, diversity and responsible business practices. Our goals are to promote entrepreneurship, leadership and job creation for Asian Americans and immigrants.

The Expo achieves its goals by providing resources and education that helps the Asian-American and immigrant communities to

  • assimilate and succeed in the American economy;
  • leverage their cultural heritage to participate in or create export opportunities;
  • participate and succeed in procurement opportunities;
  • succeed economically; and
  • create jobs.

As Heard on WBBM Newsradio.

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About Asian Americans

About Asian Americans

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Asian-American population grew by 43% between 2000 and 2010 to more than 15 million. The Asian-American population comprises sixgroups that account for 86 percent of the Asian-American population (22% Chinese, 20% Indian, 18% Filipino, 11% Vietnamese, 10% Korean, and 5% Japanese). The three next largest groups, Pakistanis, Hmong, and Cambodians together account for another 6% of the Asian American population.

The State of Illinois is home to 600,000 Asian Americans, and 60,000 Asian-American-owned businesses.

About Asian-American Entrepreneurship

Asian-American businesses are also the fastest growing in 12 states across the country. Asian-American businesses cover all major industry sectors, generate more than $500 billion in economic output to the U.S. economy, are nearly three times as likely to generate sales through exports, and create almost 3 million jobs annually.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency, one in four minority businesses is owned by an Asian American. Asian-American businesses generate more than half of the gross receipts generated by all minority firms in the United States. In addition, more than half of minority firms with employees are Asian-American owned.

Everyone is Welcome!

We encourage non-Asian-Americans to participate in the Expo. We welcome the opportunity to network and collaborate. We encourage non-Asian-Americans to leverage our cultural heritage to support U.S. export initiatives and job creation.

The Partners of the Expo 2014

The partners of the Asian American Business Expo 2014 are:

  • OCA Asian-American Advocates - Greater Chicago Chapter (OCA Chicago)
  • Association of Chinese-American Scientists and Engineers (ACSE)
  • Asian Real Estate Association o America - Greater Chicago Chapter (AREAA Chicago)
  • Asians with Disabilities Outreach Project Think-Tank (ADOPT)
  • Korean-American Association of Chicago (KAAC)
  • U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
  • City of Chicago
  • Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council (CMSDC)

The Planning Committee 2014

  • Shelly Ng
  • Hussain Bhanpuri, Accion Chicago
  • Janny Leung, OCA Chicago
  • Kun Liang, ACSE
  • Lisa Wong, ACSE
  • Lily Pai, Accion
  • Ann Trandai, AREAA
  • Anil Chugh, AABA
  • Jae Jin Pak, ADOPT
  • Jaz Park, KAAC
  • John Chiu, FTS-Chicago

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