New Member Spotlight: EB5 of Ohio

EB5 of Ohio is a local EB-5 Regional Center in Cincinnati, OH.

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is a federally-sponsored investment program coordinated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  The goal of the program is to facilitate the flow of foreign investment in the U.S. economy and promote the creation of U.S. jobs.

The EB-5 program provides foreign nationals with the opportunity to become conditional residents upon making an investment of $1 million, or $500,000 if in a designated Targeted Employment Area (TEA).  The investment must be in new commercial enterprise and the investment must create, directly or indirectly, ten (10) new jobs for U.S. workers.  Once this requirement is met, the investor may obtain permanent residency.

EB5 of Ohio was founded by Nigerian American Chinedum Ndukwe.  The son of two Nigerian immigrants, Chinedum played for the Cincinnati Bengals for 4 years, and upon retirement, launched Kingsley and Co., a real estate investment and development firm.  Chinedum was attracted to the EB5 program because it creates local jobs, stimulates the local economy, is a helpful tool for immigration, and is a great resource for developers as it offers low interest financing.


Chinese Chamber Board Member Profile

Jin Kong – Social Entrepreneur, Attorney, Adventurer

2016-17 Board Chair, Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce


Jin Kong (孔进, 字 德昌), Esq., was born in the Gobi and grew up in Beijing. He came to Cincinnati at age 12 and attended Walnut Hills High School. After college, Jin enlisted in the U.S. Army as a combat medic and was deployed to Mosul, Iraq, in 2004 with the 1-24 infantry battalion. He was honorably discharge in 2006 and worked for The American Legion National Headquarters in Indianapolis thereafter. Jin attended IU Robert H McKinney School of Law at night and after graduating in 2013, he went to work for a large regional full service firm focusing his practice in health care, regulatory compliance, and international business. Jin is an Applied Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certified by International Society for Six Sigma Certifications and a LEED GA by U.S. Green Building Council. He currently practices law part-time at Kong Esq., LLC and focuses on China, non-profits, social startups, health care (Medicare and Medicaid), elder law (Social Security), and community advocacy.

As a Social Entrepreneur, Jin is the Founder and Pathfinder of BrainBox ltd, a boutique consulting company focused on making sustainability simple and doing good measurable. BrainBox takes a proprietary process-based approach to help clients realize value in their triple (social, environmental, and economic) bottom-line. Additionally, BrainBox applies Lean Six Sigma principles to helping clients, non-profits and social enterprises, measure their impact by establishing logic models and data points in order to continuously improve. BrainBox offers workshops, guidebooks, and tailored consulting services based on client’s needs and budget.

In addition to BrainBox ltd, Jin is working with a team of professionals on a multilingual publishing and technology startup. The goal of this startup is to promote Cincinnati’s people and places through authentic stories, connect the city’s culture and heritage through quality content, make available a resource guide in many languages, and promote the region’s businesses, organizations, events and activities through printed books, web portals, mobile applications, and iBeacons.

Jin spends his leisure time writing on Confucian Merchant Philosophy and its overlap with modern day social entrepreneurship. His hope is to help inspire a global culture of human resilience grounded in virtue and wholeness.

Providers and Hospitals Prohibited Against Discrimination

Providers and Hospitals Prohibited Against Discrimination and Expected to Provide Language Assistance to those with Limited English Proficiencies

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in May of this year released its final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. This Section prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in certain health programs and activities receiving funding from HHS (e.g., Medicare and Medicaid, and Health Insurance Marketplace participants).

This final rule incorporates Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. It does not, however, specify whether Section 1557 prohibits against discrimination re sexual orientation; but it is worth noting that HHS prohibits such discrimination “as a matter of policy.” Covered entity under this final rule (not to be confused with HIPAA’s “covered entity”) are also required to take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to those individuals with limited English proficiency (e.g., provide oral and written translations).

Hospitals and providers are required to be in full compliance by October 16, 2016. Please note there is a private right of action (including class action) under this Section 1557.

You can find the final rule here:

HHS’ policy on Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Limited English Proficient Persons is here:

Chairman’s Mid-Autumn Festival Message

This week we celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Harvest Festival or the Moon Festival. This is a special holiday in Asian cultures. Next to the Lunar New Year, this holiday is the second most important. I’ve always thought of it as the equivalent of Thanksgiving in the U.S. It is a time for gathering family and friends, give thanks for the harmonious times, and pray for good fortunes.

Here in the Midwest, we are far away from the warmth of this holiday and the smell of fresh baked mooncakes, the soft glows of lanterns, and the days-off to celebrate. As an immigrant of more than 20 years, I have grown accustomed to the lost and longing. But I remind you, our member companies, and the good people of this Greater Cincinnati region that this is a special time for those who do celebrate. I ask that you share your smiles and open your hearts. Learn about the traditions and folklores of this important festival. Ask about the ten suns and the story of Chang-E. Don’t be afraid to try a piece of mooncake, and no it is not the same as a moon pie. Welcome and embrace the difference, celebrate together the meaning and substance to your diversity and inclusion efforts.

And for all those who do celebrate this Mid-Autumn Festival, I wish you:

月到秋分明,一年团圆日,祝你中秋事圆,身体安康, 万事如意,心想事成!

Jin Kong (孔进, 德昌)

Chairman, Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce