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Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce – A Key Agency For Virginia Future

A Place at the Table

Article on Richmond Magazine highlighted Asian Chamber accomplishments to serve Asian-American business communities – by Megan Wilson – February 7, 2017


The Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce helps connect business leaders across the state. 

My Lan Tran, the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce’s executive director was interviewed by Richmond Magazine for its January 2017 edition.   She cited a few examples of the types of minor differences that can affect business relationships. The Virginia Asian Chamber represents a variety of countries that all have their own values, cultures and languages. “We work to help the community and their entities to be aware of our existence, our positive contributions, workforce development, hiring opportunities and more,”  VACC leadership meets one-on-one with local economic development agencies, chambers and business leaders across Virginia and from other states.  “It’s hard work,” says Tran. “But businesses can’t grow unless we’re able to connect people.”

Feb 14 – HAMPTON ROADS Small Business Supplier Forum in Norfolk Was A Smashing Success

Feb 14 – HAMPTON ROADS Small Business Supplier Forum Drew Over 50 Small Businesses from All Over the Commonwealth.

Article on INSIDE BUSINESS – PILOT ONLINE highlighted the event: http://pilotonline.com/inside-business/news/small-business/the-small-business-supplier-expo-and-forum-comes-to-hampton/article_92378958-d3bb-5143-9d4b-711ca71fe944.html


VACC Hampton Roads  Office’s : HAMPTON ROADS Small Business Supplier Forum which was held on February 14, 2017 from 1 to 4 pm at Slover Library, in Norfolk was a smashing success with more than 50 small businesses and organizations attending the dynamic forum.  The main focus behind the event is to introduce to Asian small businesses new business opportunities and connectivity, to increase the opportunity for small-women-Veterans- diverse-minority –disadvantaged companies to secure our fair share of government contracting (taxpayer) dollars with business opportunities.

Businesses from Northern Virginia, Central Virginia, and the Hampton Roads area came to meet our Buyers and enjoy a powerful procurement speaker forum with City and State, and private sector buyers addressing the need to diversify their supply chain in all types of business sectors: Construction- Non Construction-Professional -Technology-Professional Services.

First class refreshments were enjoyed by all. Event was free to VACC Members and $20 for Prospective Members.




Asian Chamber Day at the Capitol 2017

Asian Chamber Day at the Capitol: The 8th Annual Asian Legislative Summit and Reception 2017


View our 2017 Asian Chamber Day at The Capitol Gallery:


On February 1, 2017, VACC led about 25 Asian owned companies from various Asian countries to meet with Virginia state legislators to address issues in small business concerns on their behalf.

VACC is the first and only state Asian Chamber with 7 regional offices across the Commonwealth with a growing participating membership in GA, NC, PA, MD, DC, and VA.

The State Asian Chamber – ” The Voice of Asian Business “- has been leading this effort since the past decade working with Asian companies and local groups from 37 Asian countries.

At the Chamber Office at SunTrust Bank, we  hosted a powerful Asian Legislative Forum commanding all top 7 candidates for Virginia’s Top Jobs (GOVERNOR and Lt GOVERNOR positions) for the upcoming 2018 election to come and present their platform to the Asian business communities under the umbrella of the Virginia Asian Chamber.

Attendants are from all major and not so major groups (Korean-Vietnamese-Thai-Indian- Pakistani-Sri Lankan-Taiwanese-Chinese – Nepali- Bangladeshi-Filippino-Japanese- Laotian- Cambodian- Singaporean-Malaysian), various trade groups, and as a united group, they represent a vibrant economic power, at one venue, at that day, under the banner of the Voice of Asian Business”, the ” Asian American Business Assistance Center “, DBA ” Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce”.

Our national SBTN Televison Network covered the powerful event.

Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet Wins Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce Award 2016



December 16, 2016

Media Contact:           Tinh duc Phan, Chairman


Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet

Wins Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce Award


The Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce has presented Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet the “Champion of Economic Visionary Award” for 2016. The award ceremony was held in Richmond on the 7th anniversary of the date Mr. Hemstreet began his role as the head of Loudoun County government, which now has more than 4,000 employees.

Mr. Hemstreet is the sixth recipient of this prestigious award; previous honorees include two state governors.

“We selected Mr. Hemstreet for this honor because of the outstanding economic development success that has been achieved under his leadership,” said VACC Founder and Chairman Tinh duc Phan.

Read more at attached Press Release.

Press Release, Tim Hemstreet Loudoun County






VACC Northern Virginia Office’s ProcureCon NOVA (Nov 2, 2016) in Fairfax – A Huge Success


The VACC Northern Virginia Office’s 3rd Annual ProcureCon NOVA held on November 2, 2016 in Fairfax – Northern Virginia was a huge success with over 200 attendees.

The audience of 200 small businesses as well as buying organizations clearly appreciated all presentations made by business leaders from major state and federal agencies , and the mega networking and match values at the premier small business development conference.

View the conference gallery:


VACC Leadership Expertise Helps Local RVA Export Campaign A Success









VACC Leader Helps a Local VCU-RVA Export Campaign 

VACC Leader My Lan Tran’s first-hand knowledge and understanding about the  experience of Small and U.S newcomer entrepreneurs regarding selling internationally is a major reason for a recent local export initiative promotion campaign event where we re-connected with our long time supporter, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore, winner of VACC’s prestigious Visionary Award for Economic Development of 2014 .

Our agency leadership’s knowledge in the business of exporting advances Virginia’s Asian business community’s trade development interests.


Altria cordially invites all retail convenience store owners that own locations in the City of Richmond to be able to hear more on the City of Richmond proposal for a Cigarette Tax Increase.

Join Altria at a  Richmond Advocacy Day, to be conducted October 11th at the Jefferson Hotel.  The objective of this meeting is to:

  • Discuss the current landscape of taxation in Virginia
  • Discuss the current political landscape for potential increased taxation in Richmond
  • Discuss proactive strategies and tactics for retailers in Richmond

There is  still time to REGISTER: Business retail store owners located in Richmond City can RSVP to: Benjamin.S.Dessart.Contractor@altria.com or a call to 804-484-8953 to register

View the event rva-advocacy-day-invite.



Foundation Offers Asian Student Scholarships


Virginia Asian Foundation To Offer: 

3 Asian Student Scholarship 

Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce and Virginia Asian Foundation Hosts

The 8th Annual Asian Gala 2016


Wednesday December 7, 2016  5:30 pm

The Five Star Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, Virginia

This is a Black tie event

Scholarship and Business and Community Recognition Awards Banquet


5 pm Friday November 4, 2016.

Meet Last year 2015 Asian Scholarship Winners!


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Attention Asian Students:

Virginia Asian Foundations’ Annual Scholarship Application 2016


5 pm Friday November 4, 2016.



About The Student Scholarship Program

The mission of the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce Student Scholarship Award Program is to promote the entrepreneurial spirit in Asian Pacific American students within the context of global business opportunities and challenges.

 The program supports both secondary and higher education and encourages students at the high school and undergraduate college levels to consider the field of business entrepreneurship as a career.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, applicants must be current college-bound senior high school students, undergraduate, or graduate students who are enrolled in a Virginia institution of higher education and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Key Contact

Scholarship Coordinator email: aabac@aabac.org

VACC Members Got the Latest on IT Contract Opportunities


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VACC ‘s Central Virginia Office hosted another successful IT Business Contracting Forum- August 29 2016 in Richmond at the William Mullen Law Center downtown Richmond.  50 suppliers attended the standing room event.

Our keynote speaker Mr. Greg Scearson of VITA together with Mr Bud Oakey, President of Advantus Strategies and Mr Chris Kenyon, Generation Supervisor of Dominion both added an invaluable importance to our meeting by addressing the importance of teaming, of establishing long term relationship with the state project owner, and supplier capability and commitment issues

A big thanks go to our Major Sponsor, Summitis  LLC,  Ahaaaps and Radiantere LLC for their support, together with the William Mullen Law Firm and CIT for their partnership and assistance with our program and venue logistics allowing VACC to foster Asian American business entrepreneurship growth in Virginia!

Virginia Asian Foundation Offers Internship Opportunity

Updates: Internship Opportunity in Downtown Richmond and Norfolk Office

Virginia Asian Foundation Offer Internship & Student Mentoring Opportunities

FALL 2016 &  WINTER & SUMMER 2017

intern2Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce , an international trade association seeks qualified students interested in obtaining a unique multi-cultural and business internship experience with the chamber in its community outreach, event management, marketing , business development, and  education programs for students majored in  business, marketing, or communications and related areas.

We look for students interested in helping our trade association with projects and events through:

  1. domestic and global community outreach
  2. events management  – logistics
  3. journalism/public relations/entrepreneurship development/international business trade and investment
  4. graphic design/marketing
  5. business operations of a business trade association/membership service                                                                                                                                                                     Worksite location:   Downtown Richmond  or Norfolk
  • in Richmond – at downtown Richmond Suntrust bank headquarters- 919 east main st, Richmond. Mentoring will be part of the internship.
  • in Norfolk- – at downtown Norfolk BBT building – 500 main st, Norfolk. mentoring will be part of the internship.


Contact: Ms My Lan Tran Ex. Director * www.aabac.org email: aabac@aabac.org – Please send a resume.