The Asian Chamber of Commerce was founded as a 501 (c) 6 non-profit organization February of 1984 in Denver, Colorado by H.S. Adnan, Sumiko Hennessy and Patty Coutts, with the mission to promote awareness of and to assist in the economic development of the Asian business community in Colorado. In 1990 the Asian Chamber of Commerce became a partner in the Minority and Women’s Chamber Coalition which included the Colorado Black Chamber, the Denver Metro Hispanic Chamber, Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber and Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
The Asian Chamber of Commerce has been a strong advocate for the Asian business community and some of the proof of these efforts are the various projects Asian businesses have participated with in and around the Denver area. Denver International Airport, the T-Rex light rail transit project, I-25 South expansion, the Denver Broncos football stadium, Coors Field, Union Terminal re-design and light rail expansion to DIA and the hotel project at the airport are some examples of the substantial work that ACC members have been involved with and worked on over the last twenty five years.
The Asian Chamber of Commerce has been a very visible and effective collaborative partner with many non-profit, economic development, governmental and national Asian business associations over the history of the Chamber maintaining ties with the World Trade Center Denver, The Denver Sister Cities and many Asian organizations, events and programs in Colorado. The ACC has been invited to and attended trade missions to China, Japan, Korea and India, organized by the State of Colorado and City and County of Denver.
The Asian Chamber of Commerce has been a partner with a variety of organizations and event planning for many years. Some of the annual events have been the Martin Luther King Jr. Business and Social Responsibility Awards Luncheon, International Rodeo Night at the annual stock show and rodeo event where in 2002 the Premier of China was a guest, Small Business Administration Resource Fair held at the Denver Public Library and other events that would be planned for special occasions.
The Asian Chamber of Commerce is interested in supporting the local Asian community and shows others how reasonable it is to work together when you are fair minded and want a good outcome for all. As the Asian community continues to grow in Colorado, so has the awareness for those to learn and understand how vital this community will continue to have an impact on Colorado’s economy and cultural diversity. The Asian Chamber of Commerce meets monthly for networking events, hosts a golf tournament in the summer and concludes the year with their annual meeting, business awards and holiday party and board of director’s installation in January.