The Asian Chamber of Commerce has been supporting the business community in Houston for 25 years. We’re a diverse, multicultural group focused on increasing business with the Asian community locally and abroad for all Asian countries, as well as improving the overall economic prosperity of Houston. We host and support numerous activities around the city to encourage our members to develop lasting relationships.
The Chamber was founded on June 20, 1990, by eight original members: Michael Chou, Glenda Joe, John Kim, King-Fun Ho Lai, David Ng, David Schein, Dan Nip and E. Allan Tiller. The official purpose and mission of the Chamber is “To promote the common business interests of its members, in particular the promotion and facilitation of commercial trade between Houston-area businesses and Asian businesses.” This mission is still alive and well today as we host approximately 30 events per year totaling more than 2,000 attendees and participants.
The Chamber is run by a board of directors and staff president Linda Toyota. See the Board & Staff page for more details. The chamber is incorporated as a non-profit corporation and is qualified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(6) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
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Who are the members of the Chamber?
The membership of the Chamber consists of both individuals and companies from many different sectors (Asian and non-Asian) who are involved or interested in doing business with Houston's Asian-American communities or trade between Houston and Asian countries, as well as those who service such trade. The chamber also counts among its members representatives of local and federal government bodies as well as of consulates and other representative offices of Asian countries. By joining and supporting the ACC, you are immediately presented with opportunities to connect with businesses and public entities across the city.
What are the Chamber activities and services?
Breakfasts & Luncheons that include speakers on business topics related to Asia and the Asian-American community.
Trade Shows and Business Expos that are sponsored and/or exhibited at by the Chamber to increase business opportunities.
Public Receptions that include government officials and business leaders with valuable community updates and presentations.
Annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner to celebrate and recognize local Asian entrepreneurs.
After-hour Networking Events throughout the year such as happy hours, social events, ribbon cuttings, etc. that allow members the opportunity to develop business leads and relationships.
The Chamber also receives information and notices which it disseminates to its members with weekly/monthly e-blasts. The compilation of yearly events ultimately helps individuals and companies in Houston and Asia seeking or offering business opportunities.
Can members deduct dues paid to the Chamber?
Dues paid to the Chamber may not be deducted as charitable contributions on the member's federal income tax return. However, the dues may be deductible as trade or business expenses if they are ordinary and necessary in the conduct of the member's business.