California exports rally in June, top $15 billion

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PG&E hosts its second “How to do Business with PG&E” in collaboration with PG&E’s Asian ERG

Posted on May 11, 2018 by - News

On May 18, 2017, PG&E hosted the second “Doing Business with PG&E” workshop in collaboration with PG&E’s Asian ERG. It was an event conducted in collaboration with PG&E’s Asian Employee Resource Group. CalAsian Chamber of Commerce and the US Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce, its members and Asian minority business attended the event. Special agent Dave Minami of the FBI did an in depth presentation on cybersecurity. Over 50 Asian/Pacific American businesses attended the workshop.



Market Development Cooperator Program

Posted on May 11, 2018 by - News

PROJECT PROFILE: California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce (CAPCC or CalAsian Chamber, 2016 award)

SOURCE: International Trade Association

CalAsian Chamber helped the New World Wine Club, introduce wines from Sonoma County to a selected group of Korean bloggers at the Korea Daily headquarters in Los Angeles on January 14, 2017. image: New World Wine Club, videographer Arthur Walsh

Korea Makes Sense as Target Market for California Processed Food Firms

Growing demand has positioned South Korea as the sixth largest export market for processed foods from the United States. California, with its mediterranean climate and access to its own prodigeous output of agricultural commodities, is also a top producer of processed food.


MDCP Award/CAPCC Match: $299,911/635,707

Markets Targeted: Korea and Hong Kong

U.S. Industry Promoted: Processed food

Period: 2016-2019

Key ITA Collaborators:

George Tastard, ITA Team Lead, GM/USEAC Sacramento

Jim Rice, I&A/Office of Consumer Goods

Gordon Arata & Darla Brown, GM Korea Country Desk Officer

Daniel Lew & Jessica Son, GM/CS Seoul

Project Description:

Assess firms’ export readiness.

Develop sales channels, especially eCommerce.

Offer technical help.

Translate & localize products.

Survey to gage effectiveness.

Project Milestone Report (Part B)

Projected Exports Generated by 2019: $67,500,000

Read the MDCP Project Application

California boasts the largest concentration Korean-Americans in the United States. The family and cultural connections that characterize this community make it especially well-placed to help the hundreds of California’s processed food and food processing equipment companies to export to South Korea. The implementation of the Korea-United States Trade Agreement makes the project timely as well.

Project to Exploit Online Distribution Opportunities

Online marketing is likely to be a good way to sell to South Koreans whose daily lives have become more and more digitized. Supported by the highest average network connection speed (205 MBPS) in the world, 90% of the South Koreans use the Internet to access information, share data, participate in social media, and purchase items.

When it comes to social media, South Korea leads the world for having the highest percentage of population using social media. Seventy-six (76) percent of all South Koreans are active social media users. They often use distinctly Korean IT tools and platforms. For example, Korean IT firm Naver handles more than 3/4 of the online searching by Koreans.

CalAsian Chamber plans to help U.S. firms to market products with a combination of an active presence in Naver, both blog and café, and regular postings on the social media platforms popular in South Korea. The blogging and social media activities can generate interest of potential consumers who may be looking for trendy California products that may not be well-known to South Koreans. This is likely to lead to direct online purchases, especially for items not readily available through other channels in South Korea.

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Based in Sacramento, the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce (CAPCC or CalAsian Chamber) was founded to give a voice to the over 600,000 Asian Pacific Islander (API) owned businesses in California. API-owned businesses generate over $181 billion in annual revenue and employ over 910,135 Californians with an annual payroll of over $26 billion.

PRESS RELEASE: November 23, 2015

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Wells Fargo Awards $50,000 to CalAsian Chamber of Commerce for Economic Development Program, EMPOWER


Tanya Motta (916) 446-7883 Email:


SACRAMENTO, California – The California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce (CalAsian Chamber) is pleased to announce it has received a $50,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation for the EMPOWER economic development program. These funds will support the EMPOWER program, focusing on bolstering workforce development programs in low-tomoderate incomes areas of California’s South San Joaquin Valley.

EMPOWER, is focused on reducing the chronic long-term unemployment rate within the Fresno Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) through an innovative job skills and contractor procurement training program for the regional labor pool leveraging California’s High Speed Rail Authority’s construction of a maintenance facility in the Central Valley.

“The CalAsian Chamber is dedicated in providing the Central Valley the resources their population needs for this future influx of jobs,” said Andy Wong, the Northern California Business Banking President for Wells Fargo. “We are proud to support such an innovative solution to alleviate any stagnant economic growth in California.”

The CalAsian Chamber boasts an impressive record of assisting small emerging businesses — specifically minority, women and disadvantaged owned businesses — in acquiring government contracts at local regional and state levels.

The CalAsian Chamber will use these grant funds to provide training workshops and education, through its vast community network of businesses across the Central Valley, thus closing the skills-gap currently present due to a saturation of low-wage agricultural jobs and too few nonagricultural opportunities.

“We are very honored to receive funding from Wells Fargo for the EMPOWER program,” said Pat Fong Kushida, President/CEO of the CalAsian Chamber. “Their continued support enables us to bring more direct resources to the ethnically diverse small business community in low-tomoderate income areas of the State.”

CalAsian Chamber advocates for programs and policies that foster economic self-reliance and develops opportunity for growth of API businesses and the various communities they reside and serve. For more information on the CalAsian Chamber, please visit:

PRESS RELEASE: October 20, 2015

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CalAsian to Host California Food and Beverage Products Manufacturers at FHC 2015 Trade Show in Shanghai, China

Sam Driggers, CEcD (916) 446-7883 Email:


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce (CalAsian Chamber) announces its annual 2015 Trade Mission to China, November 7 – 14, 2015.

CalAsian’s mission to China is supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and a grant funded by the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) known as China Direct. The China Direct program is a low-cost means for assisting California’s specialty food and beverage manufacturers to launch or increase their exports to China by way of exhibiting at “FHC China 2015”, a premier global food and hospitality trade show held in Shanghai, China.

CalAsian’s sector-based economic development and trade promotion strategy is a reflection of the reality and priority that the State of California and federal government places on bolstering our key industries in the face of intense inter-state as well as international competition. “Our globally competitive advantage in the Chinese market is our worldrenowned reputation for high-quality and nutritious products accompanied by strong food safety and protection standards regime that puts California in a strong position to satisfy China’s growing demand for these products.” said President and CEO Pat Fong Kushida.

Under the China Direct program, CalAsian is hosting California food and beverage products companies at the U.S. Pavilion at the FHC China 2015 trade show in Shanghai. In addition, working with the U.S. Department of Commerce, exhibitors will receive qualified leads and meetings with buyers and distributors from various Pacific Rim markets.

Firms participating with the China Direct program – within the U.S. Pavilion – at the FHC China 2015 trade show include: California Center; DTRS Enterprises; Guittard Chocolate Company; Initiative Foods; Nutiva; Primavera Marketing; San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee; Sunrise Fresh; Yusol International Foods. For details about the trade show and the world-wide exhibitors please go to

“This trade mission is part of the CalAsian Chamber’s annual commitment to enhancing sustainable growth for our small to medium sized enterprises. By finding the right suppliers to meet their needs and identifying strategic business partners to sell products and services into Pacific Rim markets, the CalAsian Chamber reduces the time and cost involved in doing business overseas.” said George Tanaka, CalAsian Board Member and Managing Director for MUFG Union Bank, N.A. in Los Angeles.

Kushida commented that “California – from a geographic, cultural and economic sense – is well positioned to expand our food and beverage products exports, welcome and facilitate inward investment, and increase opportunities for California food and beverage manufacturers in China.” This mission enables participants to promote their products to qualified buyers while exploring the marketplace.

To register for the trade mission, please visit:

For additional event information, please contact Sam Driggers, CEcD at (916) 446-7883 or CalAsian Chamber advocates for policies and legislation that foster economic self-reliance and develops opportunity for growth of API businesses and the various communities they reside and serve. For more information on the CalAsian Chamber, please visit:

PRESS RELEASE: October 8, 2015

Posted on May 11, 2018 by - News, Press Release

U.S. Department of Commerce Awards EDA grant to CalAsian Chamber


Sam Driggers

(916) 446-7883 Email:

U.S. Department of Commerce Awards EDA grant to CalAsian Chamber Funds support Chamber’s research to build international institute in the Capitol Region SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce (CalAsian Chamber) a $90,000 investment grant through the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to conduct a feasibility study for establishing an international trade institute in the Capitol Region.

This project directly aligns with the Capital Region Next Economy, the Capital Region Export Plan, and Valley Vision’s AgPlus IMCP Initiative, all of which are designed to foster regional economic growth. “This federal grant will help the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce establish a Capitol Region Pacific Rim International Institute focusing on improving the Sacramento Region’s global competitiveness and attracting foreign direct investment,” said Congressional Representative Doris Matsui. “Our region must be prepared for the global economy and these funds position the region for further success in the Asian markets.”

According to the EDA, the outcome of its investment will provide a strategy to support job growth and promote business expansion in the region.

“Our Chamber has the unique opportunity at the ground level to ensure this project has the resources it needs to succeed,” said CalAsian Chamber President and CEO Pat Fong Kushida.

By 2030, 66 percent of the global middle-class will be in the Asia Pacific region. This bloc of consumers is likely to reach to $32 trillion in annual consumption expenditures while comprising 43 percent of the worldwide demand.

The CalAsian Chamber recognizes how vital California is as the nexus for our national economy and the burgeoning markets of the Pacific Rim. CalAsian Chamber represents the interests of over 600,000 API owned businesses in California. The organization advocates for policies and legislation that will help California’s API-owned business community reach new markets and provide growth opportunities. For more information on the CalAsian Chamber, please visit:

EDA grants are awarded through a competitive process based upon the application’s merit, the applicant’s eligibility, and the availability of funds. More information on EDA’s grant process and investment process can be found at

EDGE Workshops Recap

Posted on August 9, 2017 by - News, Uncategorized

On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, The California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce (CalAsian Chamber) hosted three EDGE Workshops in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. The Southwest Region Small Business Resource Center (SBTRC) completed extensive outreach to all small businesses and disadvantaged small business within the Los Angeles area. The workshops focused on giving our small businesses interactive presentations on understanding contracts, the negotiation process, managing their contracts once awarded and preparing to go after government and utilities contracts.

A testimony from a participant of the workshop, “I was not expecting this workshop was going to be active like this, and I was impressed how fun it was.” – Anonymous 

The presenters provided by Southern California Edison shared engaging presentations on why it is important for small business owners to understand their contracts. Attendees were engaged on how contracts are formed, what makes contracts invalid, understanding project management and contracting with governmental agencies.  The presenters included Eldonna Lewis Fernandez (CEO of Dynamic Vision International Inc.), Rene Cota (President of CMG Alliance) and Don Martinez (President of Domar Companies).

The workshops consisted of three separate presentations; “Contracts 101,” “How to Prepare for Post Award Management and Contract Negotiations,” and “How to Prepare for Utilities and Government Contracts.”

USDA’s Veteran Farmers Outreach Event Recap

Posted on August 7, 2017 by - Chamber Blog, News

Over 25 agencies and organizations came together on Monday, July 31st, to attend the USDA’s Veteran Farmers Outreach event in Elk Grove. This event was designed to provide Veteran farmers with the information about all the resources available to help them establish and grow their farming business.


Featured speakers included David Castaneda from the Small Business Administration, Martin Carrillo from the Farmer Veteran Coalition and Matthew Ceccato from the Office of Congressman Ami Bera. Mr. Castaneda talked to attendees about the SBA’s free programs, like classes, individual business consulting meetings and assistance with securing federal loans for business expansion. Ms. Emily Schmidt from (VFC) and Mr. Ceccato reassured their commitment to aid veterans in the agriculture industry with their programs, fellowships and resources. Lastly, Mr. Carrillo, a Sacramento County Farmer, shared his experience of growing his business with the federal programs accessible to him.
The speakers also emphasized an uplifting, key theme throughout the event: Veterans have the best qualities to become farmers, as they are resilient, hardworking and unwavering. After the talks, CalAsian Chamber of Commerce connected with the other organizations that assist veterans, their families and their businesses. Overall, it was a meaningful occasion to be part of.