Dear Friends of ABC,
Seasons greetings from all of us at the Asian Business Collaborative! Since our start this past July, we have had tremendous growth in our mission to build up a culturally inclusive community for Asian business owners. Among our accomplishments these past few months:
- We’ve grown our client list to 10 businesses. These businesses are receiving a range of support including financial advising, permitting and loan assistance, marketing consulting and more.
- We’ve distributed 560 boxes of PPE (personal protective equipment) to businesses around Albuquerque with 90% being Asian-owned businesses.
- We’ve engaged 15 volunteers totaling over 50 hours of volunteer work to help distribute PPE.
- We’ve raised $14,000 in 6 months to support Asian business leaders across New Mexico.
- We’ve grown our staff to include 3 part-time employees to handle operations, client support, and fund development.
These accomplishments couldn’t be possible without the generosity and support of the Albuquerque Community Foundation, the City of Albuquerque, and our dedicated community partners and volunteers. Thank you for your continued commitment to ABC! We are honored to be able to serve the community with such success in such a short amount of time.
While our growth has been substantial, so too remains the need for our services. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian businesses owners have seen an increase in violence, racist remarks, vandalism, and a severe drop in business. On top of these incidents, business owners continue to overcome language barriers and cultural barriers to managing their businesses during this global health crisis. Racial inequality and discrimination continue to pervade the daily lives of these business owners and their employees. ABC remains steadfast in our commitment to empower, support, and sustain diverse business leaders so that all of New Mexico is made stronger. To learn more about how ABC serves New Mexico, visit our website at asianpibc.org and read about the community need that launched our organization at http://bit.ly/3axgI5O.
Looking to 2021, we remain dedicated to our mission and our work in the community, and have big plans for ABC. We invite you to join us on this exciting journey by joyfully giving your time, resources, and support in the following ways:
— Joining our Board of Directors —
We are looking for mission-aligned individuals committed to ABC and culturally-inclusive work in New Mexico. Whether you are a business leader or a nonprofit community leader, you can help build ABC’s legacy of sustainable inclusivity.
— Becoming a business mentor for our clients —
Asian businesses owners face a myriad of obstacles in starting, running and growing their businesses, most especially in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are looking for business leaders to help our clients navigate the challenges of their specific industry.
— Fundraising —
We are looking for community partners to support us financially by fundraising with us, donating a meaningful contribution, and spreading the word about ABC. Give a gift that will empower and build up New Mexico’s diverse local businesses. Donate Now.
With your help, we can ensure that the businesses we know and love survive and thrive in 2021. Thank you for your on-going support of ABC.
We wish you all a happy holidays and happy new year!
The team at Asian Business Collaborative