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E-Newsletter | Aug 12, 2022
 

 

Chamber Events and Announcements

 
 
2 Day Business / Trade Event
Thursday, August 25
Pre-Conference Trade Forum
Friday, August 26
Business Conference and Expo | RISING 10 Awards
 
We invite you to attend our upcoming 2022 Asian Chamber Business Conference & Expo | Trade Forum | RISING 10 Awards happening August 25-26, 2022. This year’s theme is “THE FLEXIBLE BUSINESS PLAYBOOK, How to Manage and Navigate the Economic Uncertainty”. Invited speakers will provide essential business tools and cover topics to help reengage customers as local businesses manage the turbulent outlook; through resiliency and use of innovative technology. This is where over 400 attendees along with 50+ exhibitors will converge to be educated in best practices and shared ideas to remain competitive in today’s market. Hear from over 30 speakers at our 2 day event.
 
In addition to the annual conference and expo, the Chamber will host our preconference event, ACC Trade Forum, where over 8 regions will share opportunities of import/export trade along with the City of Houston’s resource to support the $93.5 billion dollars of good coming in/out of Asia to Houston.
 
Day 1 – Trade Forum (Aug 25)
Government Presentations
  • City of Houston – Mayor Sylvester Turner (Invited)
  • Houston Airport System – Liliana Rambo, Chief Terminal Management Officer
  • Port of Houston – John Moseley, Chief Commercial Officer
  • Visit Houston – Jorge Franz, Jr, Senior Vice President Tourism and Industry Relations, Houston First Corporation & President of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (Invited)
  • Export-Import Bank of the USA – Eric Miller, Regional Director, Texas and New Mexico
  • Houston MBDA Export Center – Lisa Phillip, Director
  • US Commercial Services – Jason Wilson, Director, Houston
  • State of Texas – Office of the Governor – James Chen, International Investment & Trade Representative, Asia/Pacific
 
Trade Regions Presentations
  • Canada – Interim Consul General Duane Robson
  • India – Consul General Aseem R. Mahajan
  • Indonesia – Consul General Andre Omer Siregar
  • Japan – Consul General Hirofumi Murabayashi
  • Korea – Consul General Myung Soo Ahn
  • Mexico – Deputy Consul Adolfo García
  • Philippines – Consul General Jerril G. Santos
  • Taiwan – Director General Robert Fu-Wen Lo
  • Vietnam – Consul General Nguyen Trac Ba
 
Day 2 – Business Conference (Aug 26)
  • State of Texas – Governor Greg Abbot (Invited)
  • U.S. Small Business Administration – Edward “Ted” James, SBA Regional Administrator, Region 6-SouthCentral
  • Greater Houston Partnership – Patrick Jankowski
  • IW Group – Bill Imada, Chairman and Chief Connectivity Officer
  • Comcast Houston – Toni Beck, Vice President, External Affairs
  • Walmart – Ivan Jamie, Director, Government & Public Affairs
  • Cart.com – Remington Tonar, Co-Founder
  • ADP – Marc Calabro, VP of Sales – Diverse Markets
  • JPMorgan Chase – Danielle A. Davis, Vice President, Houston Middle Market Banking
  • Jackson Walker – Sang Shin, Partner
  • Jackson Walker – Shari Mao, Partner
  • Jackson Walker – Jeremy Sheng, Partner
  • MaloneBailey – Nicole Zhao, CPA
  • Joieful Co. – Kate Nguyen – Brand Director 
  • Comcast Business – Andrew Foxwell, Director of Field Sales
  • Houston Community College – April Felton, Program Director, Economic Development
  • Houston MBDA Business Center – Tanya McGilbra, Business Advisor
Exhibitors (As of Aug 11th)
 
ACE NextGen, ADP, Amegy Bank of Texas, AT&T, Bear Robotics, Blossom Hotels, CenterPoint Energy, Chamberlain Hrdlicka, China Star Restaurant Group, City of Houston OBO, Clark Hill, Crowe, Comcast, East West Bank, Environeer Engineering Consulting, Focused Post Acute Care Partners, Frost Bank, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation, HISD, Houston Asiatown Tours, Houston Community College, JP Morgan Chase, LiftFund, Lone Star College, MaloneBailey LLC, Mattioli Vision Professionals, MBDA Export Center, MedX Pharmacy, Memorial MRI & Diagnostic, METRO, Naskila Gaming, Port Houston, Onset Technologies, Reddy & Neumann, P.C., Sake-Hana Wholesale & Imports USA, Savve Concepts, SCORE, Southwest Management District, Southwest Realty Group, The University of Houston Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network, The University of Texas MD Anderson, UnitedHealthcare, University of Houston, U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, The V Agency – Allstate Insurance, Wallis Bank, Walmart, and more…
 
We will also host our Rising 10 Awards luncheon highlighting the 10 fastest growing Asian-owned businesses in Houston. These are business owners who have excelled over the past 3 years. The event won’t be complete without our international expo where attendees can interact face to face with exhibitors.
 
Venue: Marriott Westchase Hotel, 2900 Briarpark Dr, Houston, TX 77042
 
For Registration $25 Discount (Use code: LASTCALL)
 
 
 

BUSINESS RESOURCES
AND PARTNER EVENTS

 
$10,000 – $65,000 Grants Available in Houston
 

OPEN FOR BUSINESS GRANTS
OPENS AUG 9th

 
In February 2022, Wells Fargo announced a $20 million donation to the Houston Fund for Social Justice and Economic Equity, known as the Houston Equity Fund to provide small business owners with new ways to grow and own more of their businesses. The Houston Equity Fund will distribute the funding in the form of grants towards the purchase of property, equipment and other tangible assets, supporting economic development in underserved communities.
 
The purpose of the Open for Business Grant Program (i.e. OFB Grant Program) is to advance the mission of the Houston Equity Fund to enact transformational change by investing resources into organizations and initiatives that empower and uplift communities of color.
 
The OFB Grant Program will focus on serving mission-aligned diverse-owned small businesses with employees of 1-50 (including the owner) and are located in and positively impact vulnerable communities within the City of Houston.
 
Who is the Houston Equity Fund?
 
The Houston Equity Fund’s mission is to enact transformational change by investing resources into organizations and initiatives that empower and uplift communities of color. The Houston Equity Fund’s four pillars are Social and Racial Justice, Economic Development, Youth Empowerment and Education, and Community Building.
 
When and how do I apply for this grant?
 
Please visit the Houston Equity Fund’s website to find a link to the application portal. The online application portal for Round 1 will open at 9:00 AM on August 9, 2022. The application will close at 11:59 PM on August 23, 2022.
 
What are the terms of the grant?
 
Grants will range from $10,000 – $65,000. Grant award amounts will be made on a case-by-case basis. Generally, awards will not exceed 10% of 2021 Gross Annual Revenue. The grant period is 12 months. Grant funds must be fully utilized and/or committed within 6 months when the first report is due. A final report is due after the end of the 12-month grant period. 
 
 
 
ACE NextGen would like to extend a VIP invite to you for our 5th Annual National Conference on October 12-14, 2022 in Chicago at the McDonald’s Global Headquarters. 
 
The conference theme this year is Unity. The intention is to unite, connect and empower AAPI entrepreneurs and business owners across the country. VIP tickets are available to you and your special guests for $150 each (Please use code UNITYACC at checkout). Alternatively, regular conference tickets are $1,000 and proceeds go back to our nonprofit initiatives to support AAPI small businesses.
 
2-Day Admission Ticket Include:
  • Access to 20 different speakers and workshops including Bing Chen of Gold House, Bryan Pham & Maggie Chui of Asian Hustle Network, & Andrew Yang of Humanity Forward. Topics include: Profit First, Traction 101, Crypto, & Mindfulness
  • Gala Ticket to the Pathfinder Awards Ceremony Celebration with Live DJ/Poker
  • Networking opportunities with 200+ AAPI entrepreneurs from across America
  • Founder Pass to meet local Chicago AAPI business founders
  • Meet speakers and special guests like Karen Eng of National ACE, Andrew Chau of Boba Guys, Ha Nguyen of 7leaves, Bill Imada of IW Group
  • Free ACE NextGen membership for 2023
  • Food and Beverage for the 2-Day Conference
Please email Kat Pham, the ACE NextGen Program Director, at kat@acenextgen.org if you have any questions.
 
 
The Office of the Governor would like to announce the launch of a new recovery program, the Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program (TTIR), which will begin accepting applications July 6, 2022. The purpose of this program is to provide grants to Texas businesses in the tourism, travel, and hospitality industry that were negatively impacted due to COVID-19.
 
The TTIR program will issue a one-time grant of up to $20,000 to eligible Texas businesses in the following industries: arts, entertainment, and recreation; food services and drinking places; traveler accommodation; RV parks and recreational camps; traveler arrangement and reservation services; convention and tradeshow organizers; breweries; wineries; and distilleries.
 
Applications will be accepted in phases by industry group. Below is a listing of application timelines, based on business NAICS code.
 
Due to the overwhelming response from businesses and non-profits in the travel and tourism industry, we have extended the Category 1 application window to August 7 and have pushed back the dates of the upcoming application dates for Categories 2, 3 and 4. Check the website for updated dates.
 
The Texas Economic Development & Tourism Office will host a series of webinars for specific industry groups to provide more information and answer questions on the program and application process. To register for the webinars and for eligibility and grant application details, deadlines, and more, click the link below. 
Applications will be accepted through the TTIR Program Portal beginning July 6, 2022, in accordance with application timelines by industry grouping.
 
 
Networking Events/ Opportunities
 
The inclusion of events in this eblast does not equal an endorsement of any products or services.
 
The Office of Business Opportunity Solution Center conducts workshops throughout the Houston Community. Some of our workshops are in partnership with SCORE, the Houston Public Library, the UH Small Business Development Center, and other business organizations.
 
Vision:
The Office of Business Opportunity’s vision is to eliminate systemic barriers to prosperity and economic opportunity in the Greater Houston region.
 
Mission:
The Office of Business Opportunity is committed to cultivating an inclusive and competitive economic environment in the City of Houston by promoting the success of small businesses and developing Houston’s workforce, with a special emphasis on historically underutilized businesses and disenfranchised individuals.
Examples of our workshop topics include: Starting a Houston Business, Business Plan Basics, Financing, Franchising and Social and Media Marketing. Our upcoming workshops, programs, and appearances are detailed below.
 
 
Whether you’re looking to expand your professional network or looking to diversify your talent, A World of Opportunity Awaits at WE22.
 
Join SWE from October 20-22, 2022 in Houston, TX for the world’s largest conference and career fair for women in engineering and technology. Each year, this highly anticipated event draws thousands of attendees of all career levels and disciplines together to pursue growth, expand their network and explore new career opportunities. 200+ professional development sessions, unique networking opportunities and a robust career fair make WE22 an effective opportunity to engage with the SWE community, reach recruitment goals and align your organization with SWE’s values of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.
 
See what awaits you at WE22 October 20-22, 2022 in Houston, TX. Visit we22.swe.org!
 
 
 
Applications are now open for the Southern Opportunity and Resilience (SOAR) Fund – a new program created by a diverse group of community lenders aimed at helping small businesses and nonprofits navigate and rebuild from the Covid-19 health and economic crisis. Small business owners and nonprofits, with fewer than 50 employees, across the South can apply for very low interest loans of up to $100,000 and free business support.  For more information and to apply, visit: www.TheSoarFund.org.
 
 
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and FedEx have teamed up to create the Small Business Readiness for Resiliency (R4R) Program. This program helps small businesses prepare for a disaster and offers immediate relief funding for those prepared businesses when a disaster strikes their region. More than 100 grants of $5,000 each are expected to be distributed between June 2022 and May 2023. 
 
“FedEx is proud to continue its long history of supporting small business resiliency and recovery. This multi-year commitment with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation allows us to contribute directly to small businesses that actively prepare for natural disasters,” said Jenny Robertson, Senior Vice President, Integrated Marketing and Communications at FedEx.
 
How it Works
 
This program is designed to encourage preparedness and resiliency. We want to ensure that all small businesses have what they need to deal with the impacts of a disaster in their community. 
 
The R4R program provides resources and incentives for small businesses to take the actions they need to become more resilient, including the distribution of grants following a disaster.
 
Step 1: Complete the Preparedness Checklist
Download FedEx’s Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Small Businesses (available in English and Spanish), and make sure you have completed an Emergency Action Plan as outlined in the checklist.
 
Step 2: Apply
Fill out the application, which asks details about you and your business.
 
Step 3: Grants Awarded
Our team will monitor disaster declarations and individual/home assistance distinctions by FEMA. If your business meets the following criteria and is selected for a grant, we will reach out to you.
  • Your business is located within an area impacted by the declared disaster.
  • Your application was submitted before the disaster occurred.
For more information on eligibility and process, check out our FAQs page or contact us at resilience@uschamber.com.
 
 
National ACE’s AAPISTRONG Annual Conference will deliver engaging leadership programming and networking opportunities for AAPI business leaders. Attendees will discover innovative opportunities, receive legislative updates, and hear from founders, investors, and community leaders who are setting new industry standards. Breakout rooms will include a discussion led by panelists from industry leaders, who will share best practices for growth, contracting opportunities, and matchmaking, and will include a local chamber development track. Attendees can attend the Marketplace Expo, one-on-one matchmaker meetings between suppliers and top corporations, panels with Fortune 500 companies, and an awards dinner celebrating the achievements of our AAPI business leaders and community advocates.
 
 
 
 
 

OSHA’s Guide in Preparing
for Hurricane Season

 
 
 
Employers looking to hire young, local talent can find great candidates through the #HireHoustonYouth Job Board, which is open for employers to post positions that are available to youth 16 to 24 on a year-round and summer basis.
 
 
 

Work for Port Houston

 
Get in on the action at Port Houston where You can be a part of a great team; where You can help create an environment of excellence; where You can be a part of a tradition, more than 100 years in the making.
 
We want your work at Port Houston to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family, and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.
 
We offer all full-time employees benefits that allow employees to choose the benefits they desire and need.
 
 
 
The MBDA seeks to resolve the challenges faced by minority business enterprises (MBEs) in the export industry. Through outreach to minorities in the masses, MBDA will identify those who are not exporting and would like to explore the opportunity to export. We provide technical assistance and business development services for MBEs to have greater access to new and global markets. The criteria to participate in this program is to have a registered business for three years or have a registered business with an export ready product. If you are new to business and would like to learn what it takes to become an exporter, your ambition is also welcome. We are thankful to expand the MBDA strategy by helping minorities grow, flourish, and gain greater access to global markets.
 
For contact information, please visit our website at www.mbdaexporthouston.com.
 
 
 

QUICK LINKS

 
 
 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT 
EVENTS & RESOURCES
WORKFORCE WEBINAR SERIES

In case you missed the Workforce Webinar Series, all recordings are now available on our website at http://houstontx.gov/obo/workforce_development_programs.html . Go on to hear from some wonderful partners like Dress for Success Houston, Houston Financial Empowerment Center, JW Marriott and more to hear about their offerings for job seekers. 
 
 
In an effort to assist small businesses in navigating the City’s procurement process, the Office of Business Opportunity, in collaboration with the Strategic Procurement Division, is pleased to present the new City of Houston (COH) Procurement 101 Tool. These web-based, on-demand training videos walk prospective City contractors through topics including How to Bid on Contracts, Responding to RFPs, RFQs, and ITBs, Pre-Bid Meetings, Structuring the Team – Prime & Sub, Contract Terms & Conditions, and much more. The web-based training videos are available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week.