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January 28, 2014 > Asian Business Alliance installs new officers

Asian Business Alliance installs new officers

Submitted By Simon Wong

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Stuart Hing swore in the Asian Business AllianceÕs (ABA) officers for 2014 at Skywest Restaurant, Hayward, on December 28, 2013.

The ABA was founded in 2009 by local businesswoman Marita Cheng, Hera Tong Gutierrez, Mercy Halim-Tambunan and their spouses, Dr. Francis Cheng, John Gutierrez and Hendra Tambunan. In seeking a solution for a business issue, the three women recognized the need for an organization to address the networking and collaborative needs of Asian and Pacific Islander businesses and professionals in southern Alameda County and surrounds. The non-profit provides a voice for business, cultural and other issues pertinent to these communities. ABA promotes and supports advocacy that advances its membersÕ interests through its program of monthly activities.

ÒThe ABA is the epitome of Asians coming together, as a diaspora, under the umbrella of Ôbusiness.Õ Commerce is one of the Asian American communityÕs identifying strengths; however, one must not assume all Asian Americans enjoy success or fit the same mold. Policy-makers should move away from assumptions, ask the right questions and develop programs that assist present and future generations. This is important for society,Ó stated Congressman Mike Honda (District 17).

Senator Ellen Corbett echoed HondaÕs sentiments and acknowledged ABAÕs contribution to Senate District 10Õs business environment. According to Corbett, small businesses, including ABA members, drive CaliforniaÕs huge economy. Hence, the newly-formed GovernorÕs Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) which offers business resources.

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