Washington (May 30, 2013) — Today leaders of the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (ACE) met with U.S. Small Business Administration Deputy Administrator Marie C. Johns to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing to work together to ensure that small businesses owned by Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are provided with the information and tools needed to achieve their business aspirations.
The historic meeting with Deputy Administrator Johns was held at The White House Eisenhower Executive Office Building after a roundtable discussion with more than 50 AAPI business leaders and entrepreneurs. The discussion covered a wide array of topics from access to capital and international trade, to immigration reform and the provisions contained in the Affordable Care Act.
“Our meeting with SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns clearly demonstrates her deep commitment to developing, growing and nurturing ethnic businesses and entrepreneurs in this country,” said ACE Chairman Bill Imada. “Our organization stands ready to work with the SBA on creating programs that will fuel innovation, entrepreneurship, business development and job creation within the greater Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.”
SBA offers a wide array of programs and services designed with small business owners and entrepreneurs in mind, including workshops, trainings and symposia covering business lending, marketing, health insurance, innovation, export-import, and more.
During the meeting, Johns stated that signing an agreement with the SBA is important to broadening its reach in the diverse Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. In addition, SBA leaders emphasized the need for public-private solutions to solving today’s business challenges.
ACE is a national organization focused on advancing the needs, interests and aspirations of business owners, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander heritage. ACE is based in Washington, D.C. and was founded in March 2013.