3rd Annual California Asian Business Summit - San Francisco
California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce & Asian Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship
Friday, September 19, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)
Online registration closes at 12pm on Wednesday, September 17. You may still register at the door.
O V E R V I E W
The 3rd Annual California Asian Business Summit organized by the California Asian Pacific (CalAsian) Chamber of Commerce and the Asian and Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ACE), and ChinaSF will be held on Thursday and Friday, September 18th and 19th at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The California Asian Business Summit will bring together corporate, business, and government leaders to explore cutting edge issues affecting the global economy. The long standing goal of this annual event has been to shine a light on the significant impact that Asian Pacific Islander (API) businesses, both domestic and abroad, have on the state’s economy.
Having the event in San Francisco adds a special element to this year’s summit. San Francisco has enjoyed deep cultural and economic ties with China for more than 150 years, including a long-standing Sister City relationship with Shanghai since 1979. More than 25 percent of the City’s population is of Chinese ancestry, and many San Francisco companies, including many leading legal, financial, architecture, engineering and technology firms, are already doing business in China. ChinaSF, one of this year’s organizing summit partners, helps facilitate business opportunities between China and California. Established in 2008, ChinaSF is an economic initiative of San Francisco in close partnership with the San Francisco Center for Economic Development. ChinaSF’s mission is job creation in San Francisco which benefits the entire state.
Also partnering in this year’s summit is a new national business organization called (ACE) formed in 2013. ACE is an association created to support the needs, and aspirations of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander business owners, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. ACE’s board of directors include senior executives within Fortune 500 companies, leaders of nonprofit business and community-based organizations, and small business owners/entrepreneurs.
The CalAsian Chamber, which has successfully organized this event over the last two years (in Los Angeles and San Diego), represents a growing and influential demographic for the state of California. The Asian Pacific Islander (API) community represents close to 15% of the state’s population and account for 16% of the total businesses with over 600,000 small businesses. The API demographic, according to the US Census Bureau is the fastest growing population in this state with 26% annualized growth year over year. Its mission is to help grow and empower the API business community throughout California. Representing the interests of API businesses in the state, the CalAsian Chamber is working to ensure these businesses are equipped with tools necessary to be successful and connect them with all opportunities available to help their businesses thrive.
S U M M I T MI S S I O N
At the Asian Business Summit, government leaders, policy-makers, business titans, investment professionals, and environ- mental leaders will outline strategies in key areas of interest tailored to California’s API business leaders. Specifically, the roles of government, private enterprise, and public/private investment will be explored to determine how they can unlock opportunities for California’s API business leaders – both here at home and abroad.
S U M M I T
California’s Next Economy
Exponential Growth Opportunities
Innovation to Improve Your Business
- Attracting Venture Capital Investment
GO A L S
- Provide a platform for companies to deliver their support message of a strong California through economical advancement of API businesses
- Understand the opportunity to expand into the Pacific Rim through California
- Utilize technology to promote strong, sustainable, and balanced growth
- Promote dialogue on emerging technologies and investment opportunities and discuss short-term and long-term benefits of investing in green technologies from a business perspective
- Raise funds to extend to year-round educational and technical assistance programs for small business owners