• Advocacy Initiatives

  • GAACC advocates for our members, Asian Pacific American (APA) businesses in Central Texas, and the APA community in general both locally, statewide and nationally.

    At the federal level, we are MOU partners with the Asian Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and support the following:

    1. Increasing APA Business Opportunities
    2. Promote International Trade
    3. Comprehensive Immigration Reform
    4. Disaggregation of APA Data
    5. Workforce/Leadership of APA Employees


    We are also a member of the U.S. Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce and support their efforts to increase minority business participation in federal procurement.

    On the state level, we participate in the MBE Public Policy Day when the Texas State Legislature is in session. Be on the lookout for this in 2017.

    Finally at the local level, we support the adoption of rules and regulations that promote economic growth and equity with relevant public agencies such as City of Austin, Travis County, Capital Metro, and independent school districts. For example, in 2015 we supported increased funding for the Asian American Resource Center, facilitated a meeting with the Austin Police Department on business safety, and advocated in front of City Council for expansion of the rotation list for the Watershed Protection contract that resulted in three minority businesses being added.

    In 2016, we initiated the MECA (Multi-Ethnic Chamber Alliance) Business Dialogues with each Council Member of the City of Austin so that businesses in each district have the opportunity to meet with their city representative.

    Need some cultural or APA information training? Experiencing an issue that is impacting your business? Reach out to us as we can speak to your group and may be able to intervene or advocate on your behalf.

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      GAACC Chair Paul Kim with Senator John Cornyn in Austin
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      GAACC and Asian Chambers from Houston and Dallas at MBE Public Policy Day at State Capitol
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      Meeting with State Representative Gene Wu
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      GAACC and National ACE Visit Congressional Representatives in Washington D.C.
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      Marina Bhargava Presenting on the APA Community
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      MECA Dialogue with Council Member Ora Houston of District 1
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