Resources for AAPI Business Owners

by Lashay Smith
May 29, 2024

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PIDC is committed to helping businesses and nonprofits in every corner of Philadelphia grow, including those that are Asian American- and Pacific Islander-owned or operated. In recognition of AAPI Heritage Month, we compiled a list of resources designed to empower AAPI business owners and nonprofit leaders. These resources are tailored to help you navigate challenges and seize opportunities ahead. Check out our curated list of supportive networks, funding opportunities, and educational programs to help AAPI businesses and organizations thrive.

Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia (AACCGP)

The Asian American Chamber of Commerce builds relationships between Asian and non-Asian businesses, serving as a conduit for corporations seeking to engage with the Asian American Community. Their efforts catalyze growth and promote business retention through strategic partnerships and inclusivity. Collaborating with other chambers, they aim to benefit multicultural communities, establish robust networks, and achieve sustainable goals. Additionally, the chamber provides technical and educational support, along with financial literacy programs, to empower entrepreneurs and startups in realizing their potential and achieving growth.

Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC)

Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC) is a grassroots, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Established in 1966, PCDC is the only institution in Chinatown that addresses the needs of urban renewal and affordable housing development. It also offers support for Chinese-owned businesses through its Main Street Program, which provides support services such as street cleaning, free online marketing and promotion for major events, and more. 

Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia (CAGP)

The Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia (CAGP) has provided programs and services for Cambodian, refugee, and immigrant communities since 1979. For over 43 years, CAGP’s collective work addresses complex social, health, and educational needs, directly impacting every age group and generation which includes preschool aged children through the elderly.

Council of Indian Organizations In Greater Philadelphia (CIO)

Council of Indian Organizations in Greater Philadelphia provides a platform for their members to express their common goals and concerns, as well as serving as a spokesperson for the Asian-Indian community. In 1996, during the Festival of India, CIO instituted a program to recognize persons of Asian Indian origin in Delaware Valley for community service. During India Day, CIO recognizes persons of Asian Indian Origin for their professional excellence.

Philippine American Chamber of Commerce-Greater Philadelphia (PACC)

The Philippine American Chamber of Commerce – Greater Philadelphia represents a diverse community of Filipinos and Americans in the USA and the Philippines. It serves as a platform for communication and business opportunities for their members and surrounding communities. Through effective organization and collaboration, it aims to enhance networking, promote mutual understanding, and facilitate economic growth for its members.

Korean Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia (KCCP)

The Korean Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia provides access to valuable resources, including networking opportunities, advocacy, and educational programs to empower Korean-American entrepreneurs to succeed and make a lasting impact in Philadelphia.

SCORE

This nonprofit organization provides free mentoring, resources, and tools for small businesses and entrepreneurs in the United States. You can find workshops and events tailored to your business needs as well as connect with a mentor that can guide you through the process of starting a business and building the confidence to take your business to the next level.

Business Financing from PIDC

PIDC has financing resources to serve the unique needs of businesses, nonprofits, and real estate developers, including those that are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color)-, women-, veteran-, immigrant-, disabled-, and LGBTQ+ owned and operated. To understand your business beyond the numbers, PIDC takes a holistic approach to help you access the capital your business needs to thrive while supporting you to build capacity with knowledge and resources. PIDC can often help fill funding gaps critical to complete the overall capital stack and is complementary to other financing provided by traditional lenders. Find out how we can connect you to the capital or information you need to grow.

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