The California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce (CalAsian) works to empower and grow the Asian Pacific Islander (API) business community throughout California. There are over 600,000 API-owned businesses comprising 16% of businesses statewide, generating over $200 billion in revenue and employing over one million Californians.
As the largest ethnic chamber in the state, CalAsian serves as the voice of the API-owned business community. We work on behalf of our members and partners to advocate for policies and legislation that enhance their ability to access business opportunities and ultimately contribute to the growth of California’s economy.
In addition to improving access and opportunities for the API and business communities in existing sectors, an important part of CalAsian’s policy work involves identifying new business opportunities in emerging industries. In California, this can include anything from renewable energy solutions to the newly legalized cannabis industry to the wide-ranging technology innovations that have today’s entrepreneurs shaping the way we live, work, and move. CalAsian seeks to ensure that API businesses have the access and information necessary to participate in the next economy, however that may come to evolve.
Through Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), CalAsian is strategically aligned with over 47 partner organizations throughout the state that represent the diverse API community and its network of partners.
Developing the Legislative Agenda
The CalAsian Chamber policy team drafts the legislative agenda with its policy priorities and the statewide legislative context in mind. This draft then goes to the Public Policy Committee for revision and approval. Once approved, it is shared with the CalAsian Chamber Board and adopted.
Implementing the Legislative Agenda
The Legislative Agenda serves as the guiding document for CalAsian Chamber’s policy strategy. Policy decisions are made in consultation with this document, and while not limiting in scope, listed items reflect the organization’s policy priorities for the year.