E-Newsletter | Apr 15, 2021


Description: The Restaurant Revitalization Fund is a $25 billion grant program for restaurants and other food service businesses that have been affected by coronavirus outbreak-related shutdowns. Restaurants can apply for a total of $10 million – or $5 million per physical location – based on other review losses during the pandemic.
Speaker: Tim Jeffcoat, District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Houston
Date/Time: Wednesday Apr 21, 2021 09:30 AM in Central Time
We are excited to announce that applications are NOW OPEN for the 2021 Rising 10 Awards! The Awards will highlight the top 10 fastest growing Asian-owned businesses in Houston. This event will be part of the 2021 Asian Chamber Business Conference & Expo.
Day 1: Thursday June 10, 2021, 9:00am – 5:00pm CT (virtual)
Day 2: Friday June 11, 2021, 10:00am – 3:00pm CT (in-person)
Rising 10 will be part of the luncheon on Day 2.
Download and Apply today at
Here is Your Chance to Be Part of the ACC Business Conference and Expo 2021!
ACC Supplier Diversity Academy 2021
The Asian Chamber of Commerce wants to help your business WIN BIDS by enrolling in our upcoming Supplier Diversity Academy. Join the program and learn how buyers look for diverse suppliers who represent women-owned and/or minority-owned businesses. Be coached by decision makers from major corporations and the public sector in researching bids, learning the application process, and how to knock out a winning presentation. Use this opportunity to network and be seen by potential buyers through the Academy!
Speakers from:
  • Shell, H-E-B, Chase, Port Houston, United Airlines and Lone Star College
Topics covered:
  • Certification
  • Where to Find bids/opportunities
  • How to Apply
  • How to Have a Winning Presentation
  • How to Negotiate

Business Resources and Partner Events

Date: April 17, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT
Texas Federation of Asian American Chamber of Commerce meet and greet with Texas Lawmakers:
  • Gene Wu, (D) Texas House of Representatives, District 137
  • Celia Israel, (D) Texas House of Representatives, District 50
  • Eddie Rodriguez, (D) Texas House of Representatives, District 51
  • Sarah Eckhardt, (D) Texas Senator, District 14
Please join us in a virtual meet and greet with Texas lawmakers who serve on issues that affect the Asian community and Asian businesses.  
We will hear from each lawmaker about their work on the following important and timely issues that affect our families, businesses, and community: 
  • Impact of the Biden Plan for infrastructure and economic recovery
  • Safety
  • Racial Equity
  • Economic Development
  • State and local issues
There will be a Q&A opportunity with the lawmakers. Please submit any questions that you have for the lawmakers to
Texas Federation of Asian American Chamber of Commerce constitutes four Asian Chambers in Texas:
  • Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce
  • Asian Chamber of Commerce – Houston
  • Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce
Join CO— and event partner FedEx, on Thursday, April 15 at 12pm ET for the next episode of CO— Roadmap for Rebuilding, focused on growing your sales. Our speakers will discuss the strategies and insights you need to turn potential new leads into sales, and for expanding your online sales operations.  Host Jeanette Mulvey, Editor-in-Chief at CO—, will lead the session, combining expert advice with personal insight from small business owners, like you. 
Date: Thursday April 15
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
Register here for this hour-long, complimentary event and get your most pressing questions answered live tomorrow, April 15 at 12:00 pm ET. For any questions in the meantime, our team is standing by at
Houston Community College
State of the College 2021
April 16, 2021
10:00 a.m.
Virtual Event
Welcome to the virtual Houston Community College 2021 State of the College event. The theme of our event this year is “Deep in the Heart of Houston,” as 2021 is HCC’s 50th Anniversary, and we are proud that we have been educating and training Houstonians to meet the workforce demands in the region.
This virtual program will feature remarks by the HCC Board Chair, Chancellor, Faculty Senate President, as well as student testimonials and inspiring videos. The event will also include a panel discussion with leaders of area Chambers of Commerce, who will discuss Houston’s changing educational, economic, and societal landscape amidst the pandemic, as we navigate the future together.
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Valerie Daniels-Carter.
Dr. Valerie Daniels-Carter is one of the most preeminent business owners in the United States. In addition to auspiciously commandeering several restaurants branded operations in the United States, she has been widely recognized for her adroit business ingenuity. She is the President and CEO of V&J Foods, Holding Companies, Inc. (V&J Holdings), a multi-brand/multi-state operation. It is recognized as the largest female owned franchise organization in the country. Dr. Daniels-Carter’s quick-service restaurant empire operations are comprised of Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzels, Burger King, Coffee Beanery, Nino’s Southern Sides, MyYoMy Frozen Yogurt, Pizza Hut and Captain D’s Seafood along with numerous Real Estate ventures. She is also a minority owner of the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Texas Restaurant Association has kick off The Great Texas Hospitality Worker Vaccine Drive for Houston Hospitality Worker on April 19 & 20. Vaccines will be administered by Memorial Hermann.
The Great Texas Hospitality Worker Vaccine Drive is a joint project of the Texas Restaurant Association, the Texas Food & Wine Alliance, and Good Work Austin. It started as a group effort between Anna Tauzin (TRA), Mariam Parker (Texas Food & Wine Alliance), and Chef Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie, Good Work Austin), who all knew that restaurant workers needed specific and targeted help to make sure they get access to and information about the COVID-19 vaccine.
SBA has low-interest federal disaster loans available. To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency at
or at 800-659-2955. 

Request for Bilingual Volunteers for COVID-19 Vaccination site at NRG Park

As you’ve read in the news, FEMA has set up a large COVID-19 Vaccination site at NRG Park, serving 6,000 people per day. Because of the large number of our community coming through, there’s a need for bilingual volunteers to help those whose first language may not be English.
There’s an urgent need for Vietnamese and Mandarin-speaking volunteers. Below are some of the highlights of the request:
  • The NRG Park CVC (Community Vaccination Center) runs 7 days a week, from 8am to 6pm (or until the last vaccine for the day is given)
  • There are 2 shifts each day: 7a-1pm and 1pm-7p
  • Volunteers must be 18 years or older
  • Volunteers need to have an advanced knowledge of both languages English-Mandarin/English-Vietnamese, as some of the translations are medical in nature
  • Volunteers MAY be eligible to receive a vaccine at the end of the day if there are doses left over that must be used. This will vary day to day and are not guaranteed.
  • This is an outdoor volunteer position and they will be on their feet most, if not all, of the day
  • Breakfast and Lunch will be served and snacks, coffee, and water are available throughout the day
  • You can sign up for as many shifts as you able to serve