• 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
UIC Forum, Chicago

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.


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.


The mission of the Expo is to promote entrepreneurship, leadership and job creation. The Expo provides resources to help

  • Asian-American firms to succeed and create jobs
  • Asian-American firms to leverage their cultural heritage for export opportunities;
  • non-Asian-American firms to partner with Asian-American ones for export and procurement opportunities;
  • Asian-American employees to succeed in the workplace

The Asian American Business Expo is non-profit and open to all. It’s a one-day event with more than 20 workshops and 40 exhibits. The attendance in 2011 was 425; in 2012 was 850; it’s expected to surpass 1,000 in 2013.

In addition to the one-day Expo, there are networking events that take place throughout the year bringing back attendees and sponsors for continued education and exchange.


We offer year-round business education. Please click here to see our upcoming events.