July Newsletter 商会简报

Building on our Successful Trade Mission

What we were able to accomplish in our 2018 China Trade Mission were incredible. In as little as 17 days, the Chinese Chamber trade delegation visited 11 cities with 145 million population in total and 2.65 trillion USD in GDP. We came back with two signed agreement to build friendship cities relationship between Cincinnati and Chongqing, and West Chester and Jiaozhou. Subsequently, the Mayor of Chongqing, Mr. Tang Liangzhi, came to visit Cincinnati on May 24, 2019. Mayor Cranley received the delegation in his office and received a letter of invitation from Mr. Tang to attend the Smart China Expo, held in Chongqing from August 26 to 29.

The Chinese Chamber once again took on the responsibility to organize Midwestern businesses to go exhibit at the Smart China Expo. While the Expo itself is little known to many, it is a very high level expo co-organize by the top state-level ministries in China, such as the Ministry of Science & Technology, the Ministry of Industries and Information Technologies and the State Academy of Science, etc. It aims to promote trade and technological advancements in emerging industries such as big data, smart cities, artificial intelligence, smart grid, smart homes, smart driving, as well as more conventional industries such as precision and advanced manufacturing and materials. Applications of such technological advancements can be used for consumer and industrial segments and are considered in high demand for the China market in the years to come.

Midwestern businesses in the US can benefit from exhibiting at this expo and engaging in dialogues with business partners and professionals attending the expo. The Chinese Chamber has secured a booth designated to the Midwestern Regional with 1500 square feet at the Expo.

Give us a shout if you are interested in joining our delegation

We’re happy to announce that REDI Cincinnati has sponsored the expo once again and we welcome Midwestern businesses to contact us for opportunities to collaborate at this expo.


Artificial Intelligence in PA

The Chinese Chamber has done such a great job, we now have businesses from Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and several other Midwestern states joining the chamber. In a recent visit to Pittsburgh, Executive Director Leo Chan reached an agreement with the Pittsburgh team to launch a local chapter. This chapter will help the Chamber service Western PA area with more focused efforts as the region is booming with emerging industries especially in the artificial intelligence (AI) sector.

We have invited speakers from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Uber AI, Labs and Argo AI, all are leading players in the automated driving and artificial intelligence business. There will be a lunch and learn to celebrate the local chapter launch and these speakers will share views on the industry latest development trends.

Stay tuned for more information soon!

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.

New Chairman’s Welcome

Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce (G4C) Chairman’s Welcome

Dear G4C members,

I am honored to serve as your Chairman during this 2016-17 year. I want to thank our immediate past Chair Michael Kou, of Growth by Export, for his dedication and service to the G4C. Under his leadership, this Chamber experienced a tremendous transformation. I look forward to continuing his hard work and I am committed to doing my best in executing the responsibilities charged to me. Michael will remain with the Board as Chair Emeritus and will continue to serve as our trusted advisor. Also I want to thank Catalin Macarie (UC), Kevin Kahn (K2 Industrial Controls International), and Louisa Luk (Green Energy Enterprises) for their hard work as part of the outgoing 2015-16 executive team.

We now begin the year of the Monkey and prepare to welcome the Rooster. This is a transitional year for G4C and we are under new management. Tessa Xuan, Executive Director, is hard at-work building organizational processes and volunteer capacity to ensure our viability and sustainability. We are lucky to have her and she needs all of our support. My goal this year is to assist her the best I can to stabilize and grow this Chamber, to build a succession plan for our volunteer leadership ranks, and to promote awareness and engagement among G4C members and the region at-large. I am fortunate to have a strong Executive Committee to help with the heavy lifting and to help accomplish this. A special thanks to:

  • John Guo from 5/3 Bank (1st Vice Chair of Membership)
  • Franklin Lim from Kroger (2nd Vice Chair of Programs)
  • Hui-Pin Sepulveda from Deloitte Tax (Treasurer)
  • Rhonda Schechter from Frost Brown Todd (Secretary)

In China, there is a saying: 德本財末 – virtue first, wealth follows. This Chamber was founded as a group of Chinese restaurateurs who thought to help themselves by helping each other. Over the years, many others have come and gone and made this Chamber what it is today. As we struggle to define the Chamber’s identity, associated of Chinese? Of Asians? Or of Americans who are doing business in China? We come to realize such an inquiry begs the fundamental question of why we are coming together. We are not here to benefit one person, one race, one culture, or one country in particular. On the contrary, we are associated together because we are all vested in our connection with the richness of Chinese culture, as well as our mutual interests in our professional endeavors. We are associated because we believe in the timeless Chinese virtues pertinent to the changes around us; we believe the sizable impact China will have on our common future. And most importantly, we are associated together because we want to make the Greater Cincinnati region more diverse and prosperous than we found it.

So we come together as a “Chinese Chamber” charged with the task of taking care of one another in these trying times. In light of the recent racial tensions, global terror, and growing distance between all of us, I stand with my fellow board members committed to deliver to you, our members, a Chamber of Commerce worthy of its name and tradition.

Yours truly,

Jin Kong, Esq.

Board Chairman 2016-17

Member Profile: Kroger & G4C Board Member Franklin Lim

Chinese Chamber Member Profile
The Kroger Co.

Kroger and the Asian consumers
Kroger’s overall vision is to make our stores a shopping destination for shoppers of all cultures and a source of inspiration for experiencing the world.  Our mission is to provide our Asian customers an uplifting shopping experience by offering relevant assortment, noticeable value and connecting with them in meaningful ways.

We aim to win in the marketplace through:

  1. Authenticity: We continue to bring the best authentic products that are available to us from Asia.
  2. Integration: We will continue to integrate international products with mainstream products. International food is not just meant for International customers anymore. By integrating the international categories, we are appealing and increasing the visibility to households.
  3. Noticeable Value: Due to our growth in Asian food, we are now buying direct from some key Asian manufacturers, thus improving our cost and price for our customers.
  4. Expanded Promotions: We are now offering yellow tags and promotions to our customers with Asian foods. Furthermore, we are planning to actually promote an Asian product in our National ad for the first time during the third quarter of 2016.

Our dry and frozen Asian commodities have grown significantly over the last five years. The Dry Asian commodity was selected as one of the top priority commodities for the Grocery department in 2016 so we expect to continue winning in this segment.

Franklin Lim, Global Sourcing Manager, The Kroger Co.

Franklin Lim is the Global Sourcing Manager for the The Kroger Co. and a Board Member of the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce. During his 12 years at Kroger, he has been in different roles ranging from Capital Equipment sourcing, Logistics Manager, and Corporate Strategic Sourcing Manager. Franklin has driven significant growth for Kroger through contract negotiations across multiple categories. He has more than 20 years of Sourcing and Operational Experience at small growing companies as well as in Fortune 500 firms.

Franklin holds an MBA degree from Xavier University. He spends his leisure time traveling, exploring local culture, and creating memories through family adventures. Among his favorites are: hiking the Machu Picchu ruins, exploring the jungles of Amazon, and the piranha experience (swimming with, fishing, and eating piranhas). Franklin can converse in 5 languages (fluent in English, Filipino and Fujian/ Taiwanese).

Franklin is the Founder and Co-Chair for the Asian Associate Resource Group. The Asian Associate Resource Group was formed to help in the recruitment, retention, and development of Asian associates at Kroger. It is a great way to network and meet like minded individuals where we can help educate and celebrate the Asian culture within the company. The group is currently composed of more than 160 associates from multiple functions such as Sourcing, Consumer Research, Food Technology, IT, Operations,Finance, HR, etc.

Recently Franklin Lim was elected Vice-Chair of the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce, effective July 2016. We take this opportunity to thank Kroger and Franklin for your continued support of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and our members.