The mission of the Asian Business Association of Hampton Roads (ABAHR) is to strengthen the Asian communities of Hampton Roads through cultural, economic, and social empowerment.
We start by meeting the locals and bring them together through bi-monthly networking FusionMeet:
ABAHR was originally formed in 2010 as the Asian Association of Hampton Roads. In August 2012 it became the Asian Business Association of Hampton Roads to further define its role as a business organization.
Easily explained, ABAHR is a business network. ABAHR's board of directors and general membership consist of business and community leaders of different backgrounds from all corners of the greater Hampton Roads region of Virginia.
"Strength in Unity, Innovation through Diversity" is the motto of ABAHR, adopted at its founding in April 2010.
2012-2013 Mission Objectives
At the 2nd Annual Meeting of the Membership held at Aloft Hotel in Chesapeake, Virginia in May 2012, at the passing of the gavel from incumbent President Ron Suzuki (AAHR's 2nd President) to Tim Bradshaw, new directives were established for the Third Year of the Association.
Educating business owners and the community are key factors in developing a strong business network to enhance our region. ABAHR's mission includes providing education through public forums, workshops, and the upcoming 2015 Luncheons. Check out our events calendar for those dates.
Providing opportunities for business owners, decision makers, business/community leaders, and other professionals to meet and exchange both ideas and knowledge is a primary objective of ABAHR. In December 2012 we launched our ABAHR Monthly Networking Luncheon. Members and non-members are invited to discuss ideas and network with each other. Each month we have a featured speaker to provide education to our membership or discuss key issues in our region and the economy.
ABAHR's mission includes the continued leadership development of our Board of Directors and our General Membership through communication of leadership workshops and events as well as conducting our own workshops and providing opportunities for individuals to take up leadership roles within the growing organization.
Reaching out to Regional Organizations
Fostering cooperation with other regional organizations that share similar interests is a key focus of ABAHR. We work closely with our sister organization, Asian-Pacific American Heritage Organization (APAHO), to promote their annual Asian Fest celebration.
ABAHR Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors consists of business and community leaders from different backgrounds. Meet our 2013-2014 Board of Directors.