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#AAPI TRAILBLAZING: Asian American Chamber of Commerce

The Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City was founded in 1998 by Young Sexton and Joseph Melookaran. The mission of the non profit is to, “enhance the economic opportunities for Asian American businesses through education, networking, and advocacy while promoting community engagement and visibility.” As John Thong, president, stated, “The past few years have highlighted a desire for greater community and support among our members. I am extremely energized and encouraged by how our Chamber supports membership and community as a whole.” The Chamber is active through events such as the Annual Career Fair, various ribbon cuttings, scholarship awards, B2B Procurement Networking, and much more. Funds are raised through an annual golf tournament and holiday party, and proceeds go to KVC Health Systems and Children’s Mercy Hospital. Volunteers are always needed and encouraged to contact the Chamber. 


The Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City’s Career Fair


The Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City’s Annual Awards Gala

Featured in the May 13, 2023 issue of The Independent.


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