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Asian Businesses Leaders Join Forces for a Conference Aimed to Stimulate Trade in Texas

Asian Chamber of Commerce President Linda Toyota

HOUSTON (Nov. 19, 2012) – The Asian Chamber of Commerce hosted its inaugural Asian Business Conference on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Representatives of various local Asian chambers met to network and share their perspectives on economic development, planning, and more with a theme titled “Emerging and Engaging.” In support of the conference, Houston Mayor Annise Parker declared the day as “Asian Business Conference Day” in the city. Additional supporters included U.S. Representative Al Green, State Senator Rodney Ellis, and State Representative Hubert Vo.

A goal of the event was to provide a platform for corporations and entrepreneurs to share their diverse backgrounds, and explore opportunities for working with one another to enhance progress and prosperity in Houston. AT&T, H-E-B, and MetroBank were among the many sponsors of the conference. Dr. Anne Chao of the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University served as keynote speaker. She shared her devotion to ensuring that the center’s archive of Houston’s Asian American history is all-encompassing. “We want to be as inclusive as possible. We’re not political. We’re academic,” said Chao. “We are really here to record history and make sure everyone who has lived in this city will be recognized.”

The conference’s attendees included the Houston Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Korean-American Chamber of Commerce, Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, and eleven other chambers. Conference co-chairs Catherine A. Le and Asian Chamber President Linda Toyota were proud to welcome the diverse assembly of participants. “We are thrilled to be a part of this first of its kind conference,” said Toyota. “The unity and cooperation of the various chambers will aid in new ideas and the growth of the Houston community.”

The event took place at the AT&T auditorium on 6500 West Loop South Bellaire, TX 77401 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It included breakfast and lunch, as well as a chamber panel and business/entrepreneur panel. For more details, contact Linda Toyota at

About the Asian Chamber of Commerce
The Asian Chamber was founded on June 20, 1990 as a Texas 501 (c)(6) non-profit corporation, and has become known for its ability to broaden business connections and opportunities, promote economic development for the Houston Asian American business community, enhance leadership and business skills of its members, and serve as a resource to the community. Visit to learn more.

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