I recently had the honor of joining 49 other entrepreneurs and business leaders being recognized by the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC) as part of their Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award gala.
I am always honored to be recognized by organizations such as the AABDC, but I also find that events like this inspire me by giving me the opportunity to network with other passionate and successful businessmen and women who are pursuing their dreams.
The award honors the achievements of Asian American leaders and entrepreneurs across a wide spectrum of industries and their contributions to the U.S. economy. This year’s award recipients represented a microcosm of Asian American business owners whose ethnicities included China, India, South Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, Japan, and other Asian countries.
The AABDC plays an important role in helping members of the Asian American business community, encouraging leaders to be more actively involved in issues and policies that directly affect them at the federal, state and city levels. The organization also provides assistance that helps businesses compete and expand in the mainstream marketplace.
Of course, honors such as this would not come my way if not for the help and support of many, many people.
The list of those to thank is long, beginning with my parents, who started me on this journey, and my wife and children, who provide me with support and encouragement each and every day.
Then there are the team members and franchisees at Edible Arrangements, Netsolace, Naranga and BroadPeak. Some days, it’s hard to believe how much we have accomplished together.
And a big “Thank You” goes to our loyal customers who make all of our success possible.
If you would like to learn more about AABDC, please visit aabdc.com. You can also follow them on Facebook or Twitter.