Asian Business Association, Black Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Form Strategic Alliance

SAN DIEGO (October 10, 2019) - San Diego County’s three largest ethnic chambers of commerce have formally agreed upon a partnership memorandum of understanding (MOU), forming a Strategic Alliance. Together, all three organizations represent the interests of tens-of-thousands of local businesses.

“For too long, many of our minority business owners, associations, and leaders have fought for the same limited resources -- for that seat at the table. We’re thankful for the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce leadership for their willingness, vision, and support in helping bring all of us together to ensure we have an inclusive economy that works for all of us.” - Jason Paguio, President and CEO, Asian Business Association San Diego

“We’re excited to work with the Alliance and bring forward the perspective of the businesses we represent throughout the County. Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy and when we work together to support each other, we improve the quality of life for all San Diegans,”  - Iris Garcia, Chairwoman, San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“Our voices are stronger together, whether it’s advocating for access to capital, technical training for our small businesses, or supporting those who took to the risk opening a business and employing local residents. Our Alliance represents the hard work of our business leaders’ long term vision of helping create a qualified and diverse workforce.” - Donna DeBerry, President, Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce

Among the MOU’s priorities are community-based outreach, sharing business resources, events, educational workshops, and business advocacy. The three organizations have begun sharing information regarding public policy priorities, technical assistance resources for their small business members, as well as participating in networking events

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Asian Business Association San Diego (ABASD) believes in building sustainable communities through inclusive economic development and a qualified diverse workforce. ABASD accomplishes its mission through educational workshops, technical assistance, business mentorship, advocacy and access to capital to Asian Pacific Islander owned small businesses throughout San Diego County. For more information: www.abasd.org

The San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SDCHCC) is San Diego's largest business association representing the San Diego-Tijuana Hispanic Business community. The SDCHCC was founded as a not-for-profit legal entity in 1989 by a group of men and women business owners who felt a need for an organization to assist and promote the interests of the Hispanic entrepreneur in San Diego County. For more information: www.sdchcc.org

The Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce’s (CSDBCC) mission is to create generational wealth through business enterprise, education, employment, and investing. Their goal is to support the business, career, and financial success of Chamber members which results in the economic empowerment of our Communities. The CSDBCC utilizes innovative programs, networking opportunities, and business partnerships to advance and strengthen Inclusive Economic Development throughout the City and County of San Diego. For more information: www.sdblackchamber.org