• COVID-19

  • May 11, 2020

    Dear Valued Members, Partners and Community,

    Now that Colorado is slowly and cautiously reopening, you may be asking if the Asian Chamber of Commerce will also reopen.  The fact is – the ACC never closed!  Although we have been working from home, we have continued personal contact and communication with all our ACC Members and Partners.

    During this time of the COVID19 crisis, the ACC has...

    • Increased website, social media and newsletter presence specific to COVID19, including;
      • “Open for Business” list
      • Chamber Member News & Resources
      • Webinar Postings
         
    • Hosted or Co-Hosted Webinars and Virtual Meetings                                        * on ACC Website
      • *COVID-19: Federal and Colorado Support for Small Businesses – March 31st, 2020
      • ACC Small Business Meeting – April 2, 2020
      • “Your Home or Office Space” – Rosanne Dutzer, Kentwood Real Estate April 15th , 2020
      • *“Navigating the New Normal” – Emily Kikue Frank MA April 22, 2020
      • *“Sharing Strategies for Reopening and Recovery” – April 30th, 2020  
    • Participated in Business and Community Leader virtual meetings at the City, State and Federal level
    • Participated in virtual meetings with the National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (National ACE) and White House Initiative on Asian American Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI).
    • Provided assistance and support to ACC Members, AAPI SBEs and Individuals applying for Local, State and Federal COVID19 Relief funds.
    • Continued to assist and make referrals for ACC Member SBE certifications
    • Provide training and mentorship to new immigrant and refugee individual SBEs.
    • Outreach to and for Asian American Pacific Islander Communities regarding Anti-Asian discrimination and bias motivated crime.
      • Participated in advisory capacity to Governor Polis’ OEDIT and Community Engagement Office condemning Anti-Asian crime and sentiment toward AAPI SBEs
      • Participated in advisory capacity to Denver Mayor Hancock public statement condemning Anti-Asian crime and sentiment
      • Provided testimony to Aurora City Council in support of RESOLUTION NO. 2020 – Condemning Hate Crime Acts and Anti-Asian Sentiments as related to the COVID19 Pandemic.
      • Participated in advisory capacity to Denver Police Department Bias Motivated Crime Unit; to Aurora Police Department Interim Chief Vanessa Wilson; Crystal Murillo Aurora City Council.
      • Supported and co-signed statement to Neighborhood Grocery Stores requesting increased awareness and safety for AAPI customers.


    And, as of May 6th, the ACC is officially represented in the Denver Economic Relief and Recovery Council (ERRC), Strategic Partners Committee.  The ERRC is the Advisory group created to provide strategic recommendations to the Mayor and the City’s Executive Leadership on how to mitigate and prevent further negative impacts of COVID19 as well as accelerate future growth to the Denver economy and businesses, through an equitable lens.  https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-office-of-economic-development/economic-relief-and-recovery-council.html.

    Your support of the Asian Chamber of Commerce is more important now than it ever has been! The ACC relies on New and Renewed Membership Dues in order to continue our support of you, your business and your community. Unlike other SBEs and Non-Profit organizations, Chambers of Commerce are excluded from applying for Federal and Local COVID19 relief funds or soliciting for tax-deductible donations. The ACC has collaborated with other Chambers (Colorado Chamber of Commerce, Minority & Women’s Chamber of Commerce, National ACE etc.) to advocate Congress to approve 501C6 applications to Federal Relief Funds (PPP, CARES); however, there is no word yet…

    We can all move forward together and hold on to the connections that matter! Thank you for your continued support of the Asian Chamber of Commerce!

    Respectfully,

    Fran Campbell

    President / CEO