• Attendees visiting exhibits at the Expo 2013
  • Jaz Park of KAAC speaks to media at the Expo 2013
  • 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
  • Gayle Newcomb at a monthly networking event in 2012
  • Vihar Patel at a monthly networking event in 2012
  • Rohan D'Abreo and Hussain Bhanpuri at the 2012 Expo

Join Us in Our Next Workshop:

Franchising: What You Need to Know Before Buying or Selling a Franchise
Co-hosted by the Association of Chinese-American Scientists and Engineers (ACSE) 

Date: Sat, 4/5/2014
Time: 9:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Location: Hoffman Estates, IL

Franchise businesses are expected to grow faster and create more jobs than the rest of the economy in 2014, according to the International
Franchise Association Education Foundation. The number of franchise businesses in America in 2014 is expected to increase by nearly
13,000, bringing total establishments to more than 770,000.

Workshop Part I: What You Should Know Before Buying a Franchise?
For many entrepreneurs, franchises are a better option than start-ups. If you are thinking of starting a business, should you buy a franchise instead of starting from scratch? What should you look for when considering a franchise to buy? Are you the right type of entrepreneur to operate a franchise?

Workshop Part II: How to Expand Your Business through Franchising?
For many growing businesses, franchising is a great option to gain market share and increase profits. If you are looking to expand your business, should you consider selling franchises? Is your business franchiseable? Would you be an effective and profitable franchisor?

Get your questions answered by attending our workshop on franchising. Space is limited. Register now!

 

 

 

Thank You for Making the 2013 Asian American Business Expo a Success!

We had a record turn-out this year! Many thanks to all the partners, board members, sponsors and volunteers. We were honored to have Governor Pat Quinn, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth with us. We were also joined by Roxanne Nava from the City of Chicago delivering Mayor Rahm Emanuel's message, and by Commissioner Mariyana Spyropoulos from the Metroplitan Water Reclamantion Disctrict.

 

Asian American Business Expo 2013     Pat Quinn at the Asian American Business Expo 2013

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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.

Everyone is Welcome!

We encourage non-Asian-Americans to participate in the Expo. We welcome the opportunity to network and collaborate. We encourage non-Asian-Americans to leverage our cultural heritage to support U.S. export initiatives and job creation.

The Partners of the Expo 2013

The partners of the Asian American Business Expo 2013 are:

  • Organization of Chinese Americans - Greater Chicago Chapter (OCA Chicago)
  • Korean-American Association of Chicago (KAAC)
  • Association of Chinese-American Scientists and Engineers (ACSE)
  • Asian Real Estate Association of America - Greater Chicago Chapter (AREAA Chicago)
  • U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
  • Chicago Mayor's Office of the New Americans
  • Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council (CMSDC)

The Planning Committee 2013

The members of the planning committee 2013 are:

  • Shelly Ng
  • Hussain Bhanpuri
  • Janny Leung
  • Jaz Park
  • Ann Trandai
  • Gayle Newcomb
  • Brian Jenkins
  • Don Sheu
  • Ed Lai
  • Tanesha Pittman
  • Anil Chugh
  • Rohan D’Abreo
  • Alok Gupta
  • Chenping Ni
  • Henry Jiang
  • Lisa Wong
  • Smita Shah
  • Jim Lew
  • Theresa Padua

Click to see photos for our monthly networking events and annual Expo.

Event: Workshop & Networking
Workshop: Franchising: What You Need to Know Before Buying or Selling a Franchise
When: Sat, 4/5/14 9:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Where: Jersey’s Pizza & Grill, 2360 Lakewood Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
Cost: $0 (Online registration required)

REGISTER NOW

 

Daphne Kwok, Chair, President's Advisory Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders, sends the White House' support for the Asian American Business Expo. Click to read her message.



Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the 2012 Asian American Business Expo

llinois Governor Pat Quinn supports the Asian American Business Expo. Read Governor Quinn's message.

llinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon supports the Asian American Business Expo. Read Lieutenant Governer Sheila Simon's message

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin supports the Asian American Business Expo. Read Senator Durbin's message.

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka supports the Asian American Business Expo. Click to read Judy Baar Topinka's message.



Senator Mark Kirk's remarks for the 2011 Asian American Business Expo