Letter from the Director — March’s End



Spring has sprung, allegedly, and as the weather warms up – again, allegedly – so goes the activity at the Chinese Chamber, rain or shine.

Earlier this week we held the first installment of a business luncheon series called Growing Your China Business, where Dezan Shira tax manager Sabrina Zhang flew from Beijing to give us the skinny on tax updates in China. She talked specifics on the changing tax laws coming from the central government that are meant to spur an economy based more on services than exports. Effectively, a deliberate and phased transition of tax reforms means a lower tax rate for many companies doing business in China. Sabrina left us her presentation document. If you would like to learn more, feel free to email me.

 Members and guests from March 25’s Growing Your China Business luncheon

Continue reading

What to Expect — Tuesday’s Business Luncheon

Tuesday, March 25, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm the Chinese Chamber will hold its first business luncheon of the year. It’s the first part of a three-part seminar on China’s regulations and best practices, presented by Dezan Shira & Associates. You should register right now if you want to do some business networking and you’re free for lunch Tuesday. Keep reading for more information about our new member, Dezan Shira, and the location of Tuesday’s lunch.

Click Here to Register

Continue reading

2014 Board of Directors and Officers

The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has so far been set for 2014.

This year’s board members, the organization they represent and their statuses are as follows (LinkedIn profiles linked to names where possible):

  • Chairwoman Hui-Jiang Saldana, Mercy Health and Catholic Health Partners
  • Chairman-Elect Michael Kou, Growth By Export
  • Vice Chairwoman Louisa Luk, Green Energy Enterprises
  • Treasurer Julie Hagen, Barnes Dennig
  • Alan Warner, WARNER architecture studio
  • Anita Haefner, DHL Express
  • Daniel Brockdorf, Horsehoe Casino
  • David Le, Lang Thang Group
  • Heather Quinley, Duke Energy
  • Lawrence Gales, University of Cincinnati (scheduled for replacement by the university)
  • Membership Committee Chairman Marty Wilz, Sur-Seal
  • Marvin Bai, Deloitte & Touche (pending board approval to replace Ning Zhang at March 19 meeting)
  • Matthew Schottelkotte, GBBN Architects
  • Pei Zhang, Frost Brown Todd
  • Reuben Shaffer, Kroger (pending board approval at March 19 meeting)

Letter from the Director — February’s End

Letter from the Director

We’re a whole month into the Year of the Horse now and a lot of people have asked about our 2014 Lunar New Year Gala. From a fundraising standpoint, it was certainly on par with tradition, thanks to our sponsors and loyal members. We ran a survey after the event and the response was positive. We also received some great ideas for next year’s event. All in all, it was up to historical standard, but there’s room to improve and we intend to fill that space.

Continue reading

The Times They Are a-Changin’

Bob Dylan wrote and recorded a now famous song called The Times They Are a-Changin’ as an anthem to express the changes going on in the early 1960s. Just as his song served as history of the changes, so too does this blog post serve as post of change, although on a much smaller scale.

The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce moved Feb. 3 from its location at the Barnes Dennig offices — 150 E. 4th St. Third Floor — to offices down the street at 1106 Race St. Suite 2. Please make note of the change.

Continue reading