Topic: Press Release

The CalAsian Chamber Gears Up to Visit Denver, Colorado for their “Mile High Study Mission”: A Closer Look at an Evolved Cannabis Market

Posted on May 16, 2018 by - News, Press Release

On September 23rd to 26th, 2018 the CalAsian Chamber will be taking a delegation comprised of regulators, entrepreneurs, investors, and electeds from California to Denver, Colorado to observe and experience the evolution of the cannabis industry since the legalization of adult-use in 2012 leading up to the successful regulation roll out in January 2014.

Our focus is to identify and explore the opportunities and challenges that regulators, entrepreneurs, and investors may encounter in California since legalization and how Colorado capitalized on this new industry. The study mission will also provide education and insight from developed businesses and regulators from all aspects of the industry including retail, cultivation, manufacturing, ancillary, banking, taxes and technology.

The trip will consist of tours, panels, and meetings amongst Denver’s industry leaders, Colorado’s regulators, and key members of the business community sharing their perspective on how the industry has changed since the transition to adult-use in 2014 as well as the industry’s impact on the City of Denver. The CalAsian Chamber hopes to bring back perspective and insight to both local and state representatives here in California in an effort to prepare for the future and protect both cannabis business Learn, Lead, and Refine.

Interested in joining us on our trip to Denver?

Contact Thuy Nguyen at or 916.389.7468

See our itinerary here 

PRESS RELEASE: November 23, 2015

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

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

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

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