AABDC to host FREE Year of the Tiger virtual event to support small Asian American businesses

The Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC) and NextShark are partnering once again to present the free Lunar New Year virtual event to celebrate the Year of the Tiger on Feb. 8 at 6:00 p.m. EST.

This year’s free event will be streamed exclusively on NextShark’s Facebook page.

Hosted by Emmy Award-winning CBS2 News Anchor Cindy Hsu, the show features performances by the iSchool of Music & Art, the world-renowned New Asia Chamber Music Society, and includes classic Lunar New Year traditions like the Lion Dance, a Sichuan Opera Face Changing performance, and Thai and Chinese dances.

The New Asia Chamber Music Society. Photo via AABDC

The AABDC Lunar New Year Planning Committee is also proud to announce Hennessy and PepsiCo as its recipients of the “2022 Distinguished Corporate Service Award” for their support and aid to minority and Asian American communities.

In 2020, Hennessy donated $4M through its Unfinished Business initiative to uplift and provide resources for Black, Asian and Hispanic-owned small businesses affected by the pandemic. The following year, PepsiCo and The PepsiCo Foundation pledged a $1M commitment to support Asian businesses and organizations similarly affected in its Stronger Together community-based programs.

“Diverse communities have faced the brunt of the after-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and two years later, are still struggling to return to normal,” Moët Hennessy North America CEO Seth Kaufman said. “Under-represented, often left out of government and financial support systems, many minority enterprises and individuals have suffered devastating losses.

Seth Kaufman, CEO of Moët Hennessy North America. Photo via AABDC

“Asian Americans play a significant role in America’s economy and are major contributors to the business community, whether as corporate professionals or small business owners,” said Ramon L. Laguarta, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo.

Ramon L. Laguarta, CEO and Chairman of PepsiCo. Photo via AABDC

In the wake of the rise in anti-Asian violence and economic distress, AABDC Founder John Wang adds that now in the Year of the Tiger, they embrace courage, a fighting spirit and new hope.

Register for the free event HERE and consider supporting Asian American-owned small businesses with a donation to AABDC, a 501-(c)(3) non-profit organization.

About AABDC: Since 1994, AABDC has been championing Asian American businesses as a 501-C3 non-profit organization and recognizing exceptional leaders in its Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award flagship program and fundraiser for over 20 years.

Featured Image via AABDC

This post was created by NextShark with AABDC

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