Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis Kicks Off With Lunar New Year Celebration

January 12, 2012 – The Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis (AACC) officially launched with a Lunar New Year Celebration at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in University City on January 10, 2012.

Coordinated and emceed by AACC Chair of Programming and Community Engagement, Charlene Johnson with BKD CPAs & Advisors, the event was co-sponsored by United Way Multicultural Leadership Society, COCA, and The Regional Business Council. Other sponsors included Anheuser Busch and US Bank.

With more than 400 attendees, the event brought together a diverse group of supporters that included area employers, business owners, families, universities, as well as representation from the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative and St. Louis Minority Supplier Development Council. Business offices of Governor Jay Nixon, St. Louis City Mayor Francis Slay, and University City Chamber of Commerce were also among the attendees.

The evening included a networking reception, performances by COCA’s Ballet Eclectica and Japanese taiko drumming group, St. Louis Osuwa Taiko. AACC board member Max Tsai and Baily International, Inc. provided gift boxes for the attendees that included discounts supporting local member restaurants such as Mayuri Indian Restaurant and Wasabi.

President James Qin of Q&C International and AACC Board Chair Alexander Lee with Gonnerman Reinert, LLC provided background on the formation of the chamber and their desire for the AACC to become the umbrella organization for all Asian American businesses and organizations in the St. Louis region. In addition to regular chamber meetings, future AACC programming including the St. Louis Asian American Talent Expo in May, St. Louis-Asia Trade Show in September, and Annual Dinner in November. For more information

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, who also attended the celebration provided closing remarks welcoming the AACC and encouraged the attendees to be active participants in the St. Louis community.

Our vision is to be instrumental in connecting Asian American businesses and organizations in the St. Louis region as well as positioning this region to be internationally competitive.