25 September 2023 (Chicago) – The Philippine Consulate General in Chicago, through Consul General J. Susana V. Paez, pitched the Philippines as an investment destination during the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Chicago (PACCGC) Networking Event held at the Fifth Third Bank Business Office in Rosemont, Illinois on 18 September 2023.
Organized by PACCGC with the support of Fifth Third Bank, the event was attended by nearly a hundred current and prospective members of the chamber. Filipina-American Mae Espina, Fifth Third Bank Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager, and other bank executives delivered the welcome remarks. PACCGC President Aurora Austriaco provided an overview of the chamber. Other speakers were Alderwoman Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth, the first Filipino-American member of the City Council of Chicago, and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Business Development Manager Edwin Tumlos.
After the speeches, there was an open mic for business owners to speak and promote their business. Filipino food enterprises were also present to provide a free sampling of their products.
In her remarks, Consul General J. Susan V. Paez looked forward to the Filipino and Filipino-American business community blossoming anew with bold new initiatives and the addition of dynamic members. As the chamber pursues its core objective of “empowering Chicagoland’s Filipino-American community by coaching, educating and connecting its businesses with growth opportunities and community events”, she hoped that it will consider business opportunities that mutually benefit entrepreneurs, professionals and workers back home.
Consul General Paez looked forward to working with the Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce and PACCGC in organizing inbound and outbound business missions to and from the Philippines. She also expressed openness to partnering with the chamber to help Filipino small businesses in the Midwest expand their operations, assist them in importing their inputs from the Philippines, and possibly exporting their products and services back home. END