The year 2008 proved to be a very fruitful year for the Chamber. FACCSFV actively participated on various projects and events which had great impact to the Filipino-American community. It has also forged strong partnerships and strategic alliances with some non-profit organizations (NPOs) aimed at promoting the Filipino-American as well as Asian-American community.
ASIAN AMERICAN CHAMBER ASSOCIATION
The Asian American Chamber Association was established in January 2008 when representatives from the Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai chambers of commerce in Southern California organized themselves together to maximize their influence and expand their economic opportunities. In May 2008, the six new members joined the original four and collectively represented tens of thousands of mostly immigrant entrepreneurs in Southern California from Asia.
Asian American business owners in Southern California representing 10 Asian nations formally signed a collective agreement in a historic ceremony on May 28 at The Mercury in the heart of Koreatown in Los Angeles. The presidents of the ten members of the newly formed Asian American Chamber Association who signed the agreement are Edward Tan (Cambodian-American Chamber of Commerce), Chester Chong (Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles), Waqar Ali Khan (Council of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce), Leo A.Maranan (Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of San Fernando Valley), Ted Wakao (Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California), Chang Y. Lee (Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles), Dashdorj Dugar (Los Angeles Mongolian Association), Esther Wee (Singapore American Business Association of Southern California), Sommai Patamakanthin (Thai Chamber of Commerce at Southern California), and Zahangir Sayem (US Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce).
UNITED CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE, THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY (UCC)
United Chambers of Commerce (UCC) of the San Fernando Valley and Region is a coaltion of 32 business organizations including, twenty-two (22) chambers, six (6) business organizations and four (4) strategic partners representing over 21,000 businesses.UCC deals with Valley-wide, Country-wide and Regional issues and promoted the San Fernando Valley's overall welfare , progress and economic prosperity. Additionally, UCC provides a network of communication among chambers, businesses and government to amplify local concerns. Visit UCC,SFV.
VALLEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CENTER (VEDC)
VEDC has grown to become the largest non-profit business development corporation in the metropolitan Los Angeles area providing consultations, trainings, financing assistance and workforce solutions to local businesses. In 2006, VEDC provided consulting for 5,000 businesses; graduated 250 business owners from VEDC's Entrepreneurial and Microenterprise Training Programs, was responsible for $20 million in direct and guaranteed lending and assisted in placing 45 people into jobs. These efforts resulted in the creation of 600 jobs and 155 new businesses. Visit VEDC.
ASIAN PACIFIC AIDS INTERVENTION TEAM (APAIT)
“APAIT positively affects the quality of life for Asian and Pacific Islanders living with or at-risk for HIV/AIDS by providing a continuum of prevention, health and social services, community leadership and advocacy to the Southern California region.”APAIT is one of the nation's largest providers of HIV/AIDS prevention and care services for the Asian and Pacific islander (API) communities. APAIT's mission is to positively affect the quality of life for API's living with or at-risk for HIV/AIDS by providing a continuum of prevention, health and social services , community leadership and advocacy to the Southern California region. It has been providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services to API's since 1987 through a very dedicated, compassionate and talented group of individuals. Visit APAIT.
The Los Angeles County Business Federation charter is to effectively mobilize the collective - and cooperative - voice and volume of all the existing advocacy organizations, trade groups and economic development organizations, representing tens of thousands of businesses across every corner of our County, on business and policy issues that affect the economic vitality and quality of life in our county and its cities.
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Mabuhay Chapter Toastmasters Club
Its mission is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has an opportunity to develop communications and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. All Chamber members are welcome to join and share this gift of learning to communicate successfully while having fun .
The Mabuhay Toastmasters Chapter is currently on hiatus.
Latin Business Association
The mission of the Latin Business Association is to Build Economic Wealth And Opportunity For Latino Entrepreneurs. The LBA provides innovative programs and services that enhance the success, growth and advancement of Latino and Minority businesses, and the community at large. For more information vist http://www.lbausa.com