To support and promote strong networks of Asian business owners in the Central California region.
The essence of ABIRC as an organization whose mission was to assist Asian business owners began in 2008 through a series of community meetings funded by Citibank and Wells Fargo. Topics of interest for the Asian community included access to resources, business and financial plans, marketing assistance, non-traditional loans, workshops conducted in various languages, networking, advocacy for small businesses, certifications for various contractual opportunities, and other means of building capacity within the Asian business community.
By March of 2009, ABIRC was launched as a non-profit with backing from Wells Fargo. The original mission statement for ABIRC was “to provide assistance to Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) throughout the State of California in obtaining nationally recognized supplier certification, and build sustainable communities by developing opportunities with financing resources and corporate, healthcare, government and educational entities interested in supplier diversity.” One of the earliest events the first Board of Directors chose to participate in was the First Annual Small Business Development Day, sponsored by the City of Fresno and various community partners. With over 230 small businesses in attendance, participants had the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops spanning a wide range of topics.