Largest Asian American Business Conference in the United States to be Held in Washington, DC on May 4 - 6

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CelebrAsian 2005, the largest annual national Asian American business conference in the United States and the only national conference designed for the Asian American business community, will be held on May, 4 - 6, 2005 in Washington, DC.

The US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) will culminate its year-long 20th Anniversary celebration by hosting the largest annual national Asian American business conference in the United States and the only national conference designed for the Asian American business community--CelebrAsian 2005: Diversity Means Business--on May, 4 - 6, 2005 in Washington, DC.

CelebrAsian 2005, which coincides with the national observance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, is open to all those who do business or would like to do business with Asian American suppliers, importers/exporters in the Asia-Pacific region, Fortune 500 companies, the federal government and the minority business community. Over 1,000 participants are expected to attend the three-day event that will hold sessions on Capitol Hill and at the main conference site, the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Founded in August 1984 as a non-profit organization, USPAACC has since become a stalwart voice for and a strong supporter of the Asian American and minority business community. Today, USPAACC continues to grow and serve the needs and interests of the Asian American and minority entrepreneur with seven regional chapters nationwide--Southern California, Northern California, New York, Texas, Illinois, Georgia and the National Capital Area.

“We are proud to have reached an important milestone as the vital conduit between the Asian American business community and their business partners in corporate America, the federal government, and the minority business community,” USPAACC National President and CEO Susan Au Allen said. “We are strongly committed to our constituency and we will continue to work hard to make all avenues become accessible to them, so that they could successfully compete in today’s marketplace.”

USPAACC is the leading Asian American organization that brings contract and procurement opportunities to the table with corporate America and the federal government, first-rate educational and diversity seminars, Procurement Connections, the E-Portal for suppliers and buyers, third party certification, the Asian American Suppliers Council (AASC), and the preeminent Asian American business conference, CelebrAsian.

Through CelebrAsian, USPAACC has brought pioneering programs such as Break Cultural Barriers to Succeed, Woman Pioneers Symposium, Import/Export Series, Supplier Diversity Managers’ Summit, Franchising and the renowned Guanxi* Opportunity Fair (*Guanxi is a commonly used Chinese business term meaning “connections” or “relationship”) that features pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings between suppliers and buyers--bringing added value to the Asian American business community and their partners in corporate America, the federal government, and the minority business community. In addition, USPAACC’s Scholarships Program awards each year, over $100,000 in educational aid to some of the most talented and hardworking Asian American youth.

CelebrAsian has also become synonymous with recognizing the achievements of outstanding Asian Americans and the young talent of the Asian American community through the black-tie event, The Excellence Awards and Scholarships Dinner. Past recipients of the Excellence Awards include Nobel Laureate Subrahmanian Chandrasekhar, U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, architecture icon I.M. Pei, Time Magazine Man of the Year Dr. David Ho, Olympic Gold Medalist for figure-skating Kristi Yamaguchi, Linksys founders Victor and Janie Tsao, Hotmail.com founder Sabeer Bhatia, and many more outstanding Asian Americans. This year USPAACC marks this important milestone with a special reunion of the recipients of the Excellence Awards in the past two decades.

The corporate chairs for this year’s business conference are Federal Express, Cendant, Verizon and Wells Fargo. For more information about CelebrAsian 2005 and other USPAACC activities, log on to http://www.uspaacc.com or contact USPAACC at 1 (800) 696.7818.

About USPAACC: US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) was formed in 1984 as a national, non-profit organization representing all Asian Americans and Asian American-related groups in business. USPAACC promotes, nurtures and propels economic growth by opening doors of contract, educational and professional opportunities for Asian Americans and their business partners in corporate America and government agencies. Headquartered in Washington, DC, USPAACC has a nationwide reach through regional chapters in Southern California, Northern California, New York, Texas, Illinois & Georgia.

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