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Richmond Chamber signs partnership agreement with Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs
Date:  4/7/2015
ArticleType:  Press Release

RICHMOND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SIGNS PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT WITH ASSOCIATION OF CHINESE CANADIAN ENTREPRENEURS



Richmond Chamber of Commerce Chair Gerard Edwards and Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs President Irwin Li, signed a MOU at the 2015 ACCE Awards Gala in Markham ON, March 7th, 2015. Overseeing the signing was the Honourable Philip S. Lee, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba and his Aide-de-Camp.

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On March 7th at the 2015 Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACCE) Awards in Markham Ontario, Richmond Chamber of Commerce (RCC) Chair Gerard Edwards and Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs President Irwin Li, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), establishing an official partnership between these two organizations.

ACCE is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1994.  Its mission is to encourage entrepreneurship and to strengthen the competitiveness of Chinese Canadian businesses in the global market. It also seeks to assist Chinese Canadians in developing new businesses by providing quality training in the form of seminars, workshops, conferences and special programs on relevant business topics, as well as a network where members can share resources and provide mutual support. ACCE also assists in facilitating communication between government officials and new businesses.

The RCC serves British Columbia’s fourth largest city, and has been the leading voice of business in Richmond since 1925. Richmond businesses are a powerful and internationally recognizable force that includes leaders in technology, pharmaceutical, transportation, construction, communication, distributions and many other industry sectors.

This partnership agreement between ACCE and the RCC is a natural arrangement for these two organizations. As the gateway to the Asia Pacific, home to the Vancouver International Airport, major railroads, highways and sea ports, Richmond is a hub of international trade, and home to a very active and prosperous Chinese business community.

This collaborative agreement between these two organizations will increase access to business opportunities within the two parties’ respective memberships and develop synergies therein. “This agreement will expand the ACCE’s reach not just into Richmond, but into the Vancouver - Lower mainland, and for our Richmond members and business, it gives them access to one of the most successful Chinese Business Associations in Canada”, said RCC Chair Gerard Edwards.

ACCE President Irwin Li said of the agreement, “The Richmond Chamber of Commerce is an ideal partner for our organization. Richmond has a significant Chinese population, similar to the Toronto region, and the Richmond Chamber has knowledge and experience about what Chinese business people require for success. “

For more information about either organization, please visit:

www.richmondchamber.ca & www.acce.ca

 

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Contacts:

Matt Pitcairn
Manager of Communications & Policy
Richmond Chamber of Commerce
mpitcairn@richmondchamber.ca
604-341-8319

Karen Ng
Executive Director
Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs
karen@acce.ca
905-479-2802

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