AAPI-Owned Businesses

Supporting Asian American and Pacific Islander-Owned Businesses

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We are committed to elevating the success of Asian American and Pacific Islander-owned businesses. Below is a curated list of  funding, programs, and resources offered by various organizations who support AAPI-owned businesses. If you have any resources that should be added to this list, please reach out to employerpledge@aarp.org. 

Funding Opportunities

Name Type Description
AAPISTRONG Small Business Grants Grant AAPISTRONG: Small Business Grants is providing 100 cash grants to Asian American or Pacific Islander American (AAPI) -owned small businesses. By providing $2 million in cash grants and other valuable resources, we can fuel the aspirations and boost the trajectory of AAPI entrepreneurs across the United States who continue to recover from the COVID-19 crisis.
Asian Women Giving Circle (AWGC) Grant Asian Women Giving Circle (AWGC) believes culture is an essential part of any strategy for social change. We support Asian American women-led organizations and individual artists in NYC who are using arts and culture to bring about progressive social transformation and raise awareness and catalyze action around critical issues that affect Asian American women, girls and families.
Inclusive Backing Grant American Express has partnered with Main Street America on a $1.65M year-round program called Inclusive Backing. This program builds on American Express’ ongoing Backing Small initiative to provide economically vulnerable small businesses with financial support and other resources to address their critical needs and challenges.

Business Expertise

Name Type Description
AANHPI Innovation and Entrepreneurship event series (USPTO) Governmental Support The Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Innovation and Entrepreneurship program offers opportunities for AANHPI independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small business owners to learn about useful resources and how to use their creative works to reach their full potential.
Asia America MultiTechnology Association Support Organization Founded in 1979, AAMA (Asia America MultiTechnology Association) is Silicon Valley's largest and most established non-profit organization dedicated to the needs of founders and investors building cross-border technology startups in Silicon Valley and Asia.
Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC) Support Organization The Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC) uplifts AAPI business owners for their societal contributions. AABDC seeks commitments from AAPI entrepreneurs to assist other business owners through programming and policy actions.
Asian Business Association Support Organization Asian Business Association (ABA) is a non-profit membership based organization that has been proactively assisting Asian American small businesses to gain access to economic opportunities and advancement.
Asian Business Collaborative Support Organization The Asian Business Collaborative is a 501-c3 (status pending) organization focused at supporting Asian and Pacific Islander owned businesses. Through business support, ABC helps API small business owners in a culturally competent way.
Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (National ACE) Support Organization The National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ACE) gives a voice to the business interests of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Gold House Support Organization Gold House is a leading nonprofit collective of Asian and Pacific Islander founders, creative voices, and leaders dedicated to uniting the world's largest populace to enable more authentic multicultural representation and societal equity.
Indian American Business Association & Chamber (IABAC) Support Organization Indian American Business Association of USA Inc. DBA Indian American Business Association & Chamber (hereinafter "IABA" or "IABAC") isfocused on advancing and promoting growth of the Indian business community and voice their concern in collaborative efforts to help bring solutions.
National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Support Organization NMSDC is the global leader in advancing business opportunities for Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers in the corporate supply chain.
The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) Support Organization The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) is a group of organizations that advocate for low-income AAPI communities, centering housing and economic resource programs.
The Pacific Islands Small Business Development Center Network (PISBDCN) Support Organization The SBDC offers an ongoing program of workshops, conferences, and seminars all designed to meet the needs of local small businesses.
U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAC) Support Organization We are the most established and largest non-profit organization representing Pan Asian American and their related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services.