U.S. Secretary of Commerce to Deliver Keynote Speech at Largest Asian American Business Conference in the United States

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez to deliver keynote speech at CelebrAsian 2005Â?the largest Asian American business conference in the United StatesÂ?presented by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC)

The US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) today announced that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez will deliver the keynote address at the black-tie Excellence Awards & Scholarships Dinner, USPAACC’s 20th Anniversary CelebrAsian 2005: Diversity Means Business—the largest annual national Asian American business conference in the United States and the only national conference designed for the Asian American business community—on May 5, 2005 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

CelebrAsian 2005, a culmination of USPAACC’s year-long 20th Anniversary celebration and coincides with the national observance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, will be held on May 4 - 6, 2005. It will be 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 at the U.S. Department of Commerce and at the main conference site, the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

At the May 5 gala dinner, four Asian Americans will be honored with the Excellence Award for outstanding achievement in their respective disciplines. USPAACC will also name the recipients of the Corporation of the Year and Government Agency of the Year awards.

The corporate chairs for this year’s business conference are Federal Express, Cendant, Verizon and Wells Fargo. Featured speakers are: Chairman of the House Committee on Small Business Congressman Donald Manzullo, U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao, U.S. Treasurer Anna Escobedo Cabral, U.S. Small Business Administrator Hector Barreto, top executives from Fortune 500 companies, officials from the federal government, and successful Asian American entrepreneurs.

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, the federal government, and the minority business community.

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. This year, USPAACC marks this important milestone with a special reunion of the recipients of the Excellence Awards in the past two decades and the announcement of the 2005 Ten Most Influential Asian Americans in Business.

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, and the National Capital Area.

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