On Friday evening, February 22nd, we went to the 2019 Chinese New Year Annual Event put on by the Greater Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce (GCCCC) which, on this occasion, took place at the Old Brooklyn Winery on Memphis Avenue.
As its mission statement reads, “the Greater Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce is a 501 (c)(6) non-profit organization serving Chinese and American business communities in Northeast Ohio. Cleveland Chinese Chamber strives to provide support and create opportunities for our constituency: Chinese American and Chinese business owners, professionals, entrepreneurs, and students in Northeast Ohio; Chinese companies that are interested in doing business in Northeast Ohio; and American companies and professionals in Northeast Ohio that want to learn more about doing business in China.” Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown sent Citations honoring the GCCCC.
While we were at the celebration, we visited with quite a few people including Mr. Andrew Bednarski, Corporate and Government Gift Officer with the Cleveland Orchestra, who told us to thank Ms. Margaret W. Wong for her consistent support; Ms. Hu Huang who, along with her husband Mr. Fred Bahr, enjoys coming to the holiday party of Margaret W. Wong and Associates, LLC each year; and our friend, Mr. Tino Go, an entrepreneur whom we interviewed for “I, Foreign Born” in the summer of 2017.
We also spoke with Mr. Kim Thomas, owner of Christopher Almira Studio and Christopher Almira Academy, whom we initially met when she spoke on behalf of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown at a rally that took place at the end of January; Mr. Don Larson, President of the British American Chamber of Commerce in the Ohio region; and Ms. Chia-Min Chen from the Community Relations Board of Cleveland.
Mr. Pingshan Li, the GCCCC board chairman, also noted that this was the year of the pig which means that it will be a year for good commerce and prosperity. Accordingly, he believed that involvement in the chamber was a good way for its membership to have the opportunity to help each other achieve those goals.
Mr. Li was also very pleased by the sizable turnout, in fact he said that, even though the GCCCC was fairly new and started off small, from what he saw at this time, it didn’t look like it was so small anymore.